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Bradford C Rowland

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 168 purchased in 2014
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  • Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David E. Sanger
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Three and a half years ago, David Sanger’s book The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power described how a new American president came to office with the world on fire. Now, just as the 2012 presidential election battle begins, Sanger follows up with an eye-opening, news-packed account of how Obama has dealt with those challenges, relying on innovative weapons and reconfigured tools of American power to try to manage a series of new threats.

    Bradford C Rowland says: "Put yourself in the shoes of the President"
    "Put yourself in the shoes of the President"
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    This was an informative book that takes you behind the scenes of the presidency in its most difficult and sometimes scary role of commander in chief. This peak behind the curtain was incredible and I am greatly appreciative to the author for reporting on the leaders of our country as they took on the momentous events covered in the book.

    I felt I got to know the people behind the decisions and the differing views each of these situations involved. For example, the Bin Laden raid could have been a bomb, or could have included Pakistani buy in. Why did we choose a raid that could have ended like Black Hawk Down and to what extent did we feel confident that Bin Laden was even there? These were just a few of the issues discussed and I was absolutely enthralled with the way the story was told.

    In this book you get in-depth context and the “why” behind some of the directions we’ve gone and I can’t recommend it more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1034)

    It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order.

    Melinda says: "When Good Ghouls Go Bad"
    "Every book in this series has a different angle"
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    I loved this series! The first book in most series is usually the best because its all a mystery. You get to uncover your heroes, your villains, your basic story. Books that follow have a hard time bringing new terrifying twists to the characters, the plot, and the outlook on success. Each book in this series uncovers more of the creepy vision laid out by the master. You even learn of his origins and realize the hope of defeating him is ... bleak. Especially by a sympathetic but flawed meager human. Between the human blood camps, the hero exterminator, the ancient professor with a to the death mission, and finally the reveal of your fallen angel so addicted to human blood he tries to reshape the earth to satiate himself, this series is one of the best. I enjoyed the heck out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2377)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1309)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "These Vampires are awesome!"
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    ***Spoilers***** I enjoy killing time reading about vampires and zombies. This first book had elements of a zombie apocalypse beginning, only a lot more creepy. Ron Pearlman's narration was fun to me. I see what other reviewers mean when they say he has strange rhythm and can see how that turned some of them off. I always have to adjust to new readers and with Ron, after adjusting I felt his performance really added to the creepy factor. When the dead start coming to life I'm thinking, ok zombie minions or something. It was a harsh realization that these are not zombies but bada$$ vampires with a couple new tricks up their sleeves. If you are a fan of the genre, read this series. You won't be disappointed.

    Oh and if you don't like Ron, the next two books are a different narrator and seem to be better received by folks. I enjoyed them too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (613)

    Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

    Debra says: "Enjoyable annoying book"
    "Liked the book but could be better"
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    I believe if you listen to this book you will not rank it in your all time best but most won't feel it was a waste. I like some of the characters but others I felt deserved more attention. I felt the narrator did a good job and would listen to other books by him. My general feeling was that the author was kind of exploring the space and that his books will only improve from here. If you like this period in time I am not sure all of it is 100% accurate but you did feel some of the limitations of criminology in the time as well as the burgeoning of scientific method in the craft. That part was fun as the author worked through how discussions and methodology might have worked in the time. I just felt there was more creative license then research in some of the choices made by the author than I usually like in this type of book.

    I would read this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2699)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2078)

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Tony says: "Very Disappointed"
    "Quick diversion with different take on magic"
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    The Narrator has a very sexy southern accent (IMO). The elemental magic is cool and looked at in a new way. The characters are larger then life and its a fast exciting read. This is the exact book I like to take me out of my history or other 40+ hour audible books. There isn't a deep dive into how the magic works or complex relationships. Its direct, action packed, and diverting as I do house work. I recommend it as long as this is your genera because you get exactly what you'd expect in a 10 hour magic assassin book. Plus there are 7 books so you can intersperse them between your other reads to mix things up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (980)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "LOL you have got to be kidding me?"
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    As you read this you will just keep saying I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this before. Warring cannibal tribes in a hidden valley, tragic airplane crash with surviving barefoot bombshell and two men, one gravely injured. Can’t land a plane, can't get there with helicopters, constant threat of Japanese, what do you do? Put together a MacGyver inspired rescue plan involving an industrial rubber band and a glider. OMG, are you kidding me? This story was awesome!

    I should say this is a very real story, with real people and real tragedy. I don't mean to make light of those aspects but it is really hard not do gravitate to the fantastical nature of the headlines this had to have generated in its day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12838)
    Performance
    (5201)
    Story
    (5242)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Cathedral? Who cares? Turns out by the end, I do!"
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    For me this is one of those books that I will forever regret not listening to when a friend first recommended it. I guess I was hesitant because while I like history, the idea of listening to the story of a single cathedral being built wasn’t very attractive to me. Now I think back about those preconceived notions and see where my imagination was so far off from the actual story.

    Yes, the book does use the cathedral as the center piece of the story. The true art of the book is how the author makes the building of the cathedral relevant to characters in the story, to the economics of the day, to the families, the culture and ultimately to a modern reader. It was that interweaving of culture, humanity, and technology that was so appealing to the historical explorer in me while at the same time keeping me truly invested with both the heart warming and heart wrenching. Each character’s connection to the cathedral is unique and each character is very well developed. The author was able to help me identify with a code of humanity and ethics that is timeless even though the culture and technology was so different.

    I constantly questioned if the effort was worth it. The building of the cathedral is threatened multiple times, but beyond the building itself it is the belief in family, community, charity, and ethics that is so very difficult in the face of adversity. The characters are flawed much as in today’s world and constantly have to choose where to stand with their beliefs as they face life and death decisions. By the end of the book I cheered for the heroes because they were real to me and I felt like it was my community or rather my cathedral in the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10102)
    Performance
    (9022)
    Story
    (9000)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "New fun original series"
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    Hounded is the introductory book to the series of Atticus. A modern day Druid who has managed to stay alive through the centuries by relentless adaptation to the times and situations he finds himself. It was a quick listen, the narrator was top notch, and I like the way Atticus stays true to himself and his close friends. He combines his unique Druidic form of magic with his sense of humor to fight the old gods only after he’s exhausted every way possible of avoiding conflict altogether. He is a wonderful modern day fantasy reluctant hero.

    The world created in this book is fun and irreverent. It is not a romance novel dressed up like fantasy, even through there are vampires, werewolves, fairies, and witches. Those type of books have their place but it is nice to have more adventure then relationship angst. Don’t get me wrong there are romantic interests but they just add to the fun of the adventure and are not the focus of the book necessarily. OH and I am also in love with his dog. I recommend this book and believe I have found a new series to follow for a long time to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8337)
    Performance
    (5781)
    Story
    (5817)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "WOW I can't express how much I enjoyed this book"
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    Mistborn was the best fantasy book I’ve read in a long time. I’ve have been slowly moving away from the genera for a while because the best stuff seemed to me, to be coming out for teens and although good, always left me feeling ultimately unfulfilled. This book basically bonked me on the head and made me realize I was just not looking hard enough. It made me remember how a completely made up world of fantasy could speak to my sense of hope, fear, righteous anger, fellowship, and awe like no other medium. I’ve not read other reviews on this book and its reader but if you are wondering if your next credit is safe being spent on this book, I would say resoundingly YES!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sarah Rose
    • Narrated By Sarah Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune, a Scottish gardener, botanist, and plant hunter, to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China - territory forbidden to foreigners - to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. For All the Tea in China is the remarkable account of Fortune's journeys into China - a thrilling narrative that combines history, geography, botany, natural science, and old-fashioned adventure.

    S. Mersereau says: "Like Fingernails on a Chalkboard"
    "History at its most intriguing and unbelieveable"
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    If you like spy novels, or industrial espionage, or discussion of important historical turning points you will love this book. Sarah Rose blended these aspects of her story perfectly and I could not stop listening. The story was so good I have been recommending it to my friends who usually stick with fiction because they have never been able to get into history with its often dry recitation of dates and un-relatable characters. I've gotten two thank you's from friends who decided to give it a try and were just as amazed as I was. This type of book is rare and I hope like heck I can find others like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7121)
    Performance
    (4143)
    Story
    (4174)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Book is full of cool tech, characters, and fun"
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    This book is amazingly fun and I marveled at the way the author took so many technologies just a little bit further to make them tactical and strategic weapons in the hands of his villain.

    Regarding the performance of the reader he will take some getting used to. Ultimately I enjoyed his rhythm and voices though. He made the actions and reactions of the characters seem like the narrations of a real life news story and that added immensely to the intensity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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