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Bradford

Heath, Texas, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (705)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Curb your expectations!"
    "First post-Clancy book; IMHO not a "Campus" book"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Greaney and/or Scott Brick?

    I don't think I'll be back to Mark Greaney; for me there are better choices out there.

    Scott Brick, to me, has a great voice quality but he also has a strange narrative style; many times he ends sentences almost as if they are questions. "I am going to the bathroom?", "He stepped out of the shower?"; distracting and out of character.


    Would you recommend Tom Clancy Support and Defend to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend. IMHO, this is not a true Clancy-quality book or a "Campus" book in anyway, shape or form; if you are expecting a new Campus novel with all of the crew you will be disappointed.

    This book, on the cover, claims to be a "Campus" novel. You will not see Jack Ryan here, nor Junior, nor will you see most of the major Campus characters. It was almost as if whoever owns the rights to Clancys character told Greaney "Look, now that Toms' gone and you're on your own you can write a book with 3 minor Campus members and if that works out we'll see about letting you write with some of his main characters". About all that shows up here is Dominic Caruso (the main character and the most prevalent Campus player of this book), the minor Campus character Adara Sherman (Flight Attendant \ Nurse) and very, very brief appearances by Jerry Hendley (Campus chief). Other than that, no Campus. Very disappointing.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Overly-dramatized performance


    Was Tom Clancy Support and Defend worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I was ready for it to be over.


    Any additional comments?

    The story seemed a bit too contrived in many ways.

    I don't care for stories where the main characters just happen to have info or connections right where they need them at a critical juncture; it seems unimaginative. To me, this seems to happen several times in this story. Paraphrasing one example in this book: Caruso: "I need information on naval vessels". Sherman:" Well I just happen to have been in the Navy and know all there is to know about that". Please.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3799)
    Performance
    (3326)
    Story
    (3345)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "A great reading of a fantastic story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great action, and a stellar performance by Lou Diamond Phillips


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my second time to hear LDP perform, and I have to say I am somewhat amazed by his incredible talent. From my brief previous exposure to him I never knew he had such depth of performance; his character voices are right on the money. He is quickly becoming my favorite narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Pet Peeve - This is the UNABRIDGED version of this book; so many other reviewers are complaining about the length\detail of this reading. I would suggest the abridged version for those who don't want as much detail, but IMHO it is unfair to buy the lengthiest version of a book then criticize it for being "too long" as though the author has done something wrong. For my taste, I appreciate the unabridged versions and the hard work and detail that goes into them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific - Saipan to Guam, June to August 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Victor Brooks
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    June 14, 1944, just nine days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. A huge U.S. flotilla of 800 ships carrying 162,000 men was about to attempt to smash into the outer defenses of the Japanese Empire.

    John says: "Great story of an important battle"
    "Adequate"
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    Would you try another book from Victor Brooks and/or Peter Ganim?

    If another book were offered by this author, I would definitely make it a point to listen to the preview in its' entirety before purchasing. I found a few of the historical facts to be incorrect, such as referring to Herman Kossler (the captain of the USS Cavalla which sunk the Japanese carrier Shokoku) as James Kossler. Mistakes like this bother me on two levels: first and foremost, this gentleman was awarded the Navy Cross for this fantastic battle action, the least we can do is get his name correct. Secondly, when I see such a glaring error that is easy to research it leads me to wonder what other inaccuracies are contained in the work.

    Another aspect I did not care for was the constant comparisons of segments of this battle to the American Civil War. One or two references was sufficient; after the first dozen or so I found myself starting to laugh as yet another comparison would be made in this regard. It got to the point of enough already, I can't believe he's trying to draw this comparison again!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The tone of the narrators voice was pleasant enough, but his overall speech was so robotic it sounded like it could have been a synthesized computer voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure that this author is a fine man, but I would submit that perhaps he could research and produce his books more carefully and that he should refrain from overly tiresome references to another war or time period.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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