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Brian Bargmann

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  • Cat o' Nine Tales: The Jane Yellowrock Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (434)

    For the first time - in one Audible-exclusive collection - it's 13 stories of Jane Yellowrock, the shape-shifting skinwalker and vampire hunter for hire whose business card reads, "Have Stakes - Will Travel". Jane carries inside her the soul of her Beast, the mountain lion's soul which merged with hers when she accidently performed black magic as a child. Now, she and her Beast stalk the dark streets of New Orleans, bringing rogue vampires true death.

    Pauline says: "More of Everything Jane Yellowrock (and friends)!"
    "a mixture of short stories"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cat o' Nine Tales the most enjoyable?

    The last couple stories were filled with great action.


    If you’ve listened to books by Faith Hunter before, how does this one compare?

    It's a mixture of short stories so it isn't uniform but I expected that. Generally, the stories at the beginning were filled with Jane's backstory. The next few stories were actually excerpts from other novels in the series. I personally found that annoying since I don't want to pay for stories twice. However, the last two stories were related and worthwhile.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but since it's a collection of short stories, this would of been a nice book to read in portions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3589)
    Performance
    (3004)
    Story
    (3025)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Overdone Mystery"
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    This was an okay thriller but I felt Baldacci tried to hard to implement the story into a complex mystery to create more suspense. However, I found the main storyline hard to follow because it simply didn't make much sense. Even at the end when everything was explained, I found it very far fetched. I'm willing to guess he probably started with the conclusion and then back tracked and created the events backwards. Underlining the entire story was the fact that the villain mastermind had been targeting Robbie throughout and came close to killing him a few times. However, his master plan was to confront Robbie at the end ... now which is it?
    The characters were very well done and I'm glad most of them continue on in the next book in this series. I especially liked Julie and wished she had a bigger role in this book but I'm sure its only a matter of time before she does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Rough Man: A Pike Logan Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson, Neil Kaplan
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (269)

    A former Delta Force commander, Brad Taylor proves with this breathtaking debut thriller that Vince Flynn and Brad Thor have company. A collection of top operatives, the Taskforce was commissioned by the highest levels of government, kept secret from the media and even Congress. The best of the Taskforce bunch, Pike Logan knows the greatest threat to American security is one or two idealogues. Unfortunately for them, they’ve just crossed Pike’s path.

    Karen says: "Good story, disappointing storytelling"
    "Could have been alot better"
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    What did you like best about One Rough Man? What did you like least?

    The best part was the overall storyline in this novel. It was creative and had plenty of twist and action especially in the second half.The least part I liked was the inclusion of the dark killings such as torturing cilivians. I frankly could have overlooked in the first time but it was reoccuring theme throughout. Plus, it didn't really fit. What politician would hire a sadistic killer to covertly monitor and take out targets without raising any attention? The driveby shooting on Pike was the most ridiclous idea to fit their objectives. There were other inconsisent things like the bugging of ultra-top secret government issued devices. Which in my opinion was also very stupid in the long run. If found, it would eventually be led back to the source. I could go on and on but hopefully you get the generally idea.


    If you’ve listened to books by Brad Taylor before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first and only book of his I've read. I may get the second one in this series but haven't decided yet.


    What didn’t you like about J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ’s performance?

    This is the first time listening to male narrators and I didn't care for it. Part of annoyance with the characters in the first half of the book may have been in part due to the narration.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Well, since movies rarely have the same content as the book version. Yes, if the main two characters and the major overall plot were the same or close to it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you having or had trouble listening to the first half of the book, stick with it or skip to the second half. The second half was good and worth gritting my teeth through the first part.If you are seeking romance, then don't bother with this book. In fact, the brutal violence throughout the novel will probably give you nightmares if you were hoping this was a romance novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1101)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "a great thriller"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it has a great action without being bogged down with to much detail.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, Peterson did a great job blending all the scenes together. The suspense of the gun battles, being on the run, and the mysteries behind the characters combined together to provide a great balance that made it hard to stop listening.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Yes, no complaints. There were occasional background noises but it didn't really effect the performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. At least not emotionally. I could relate to some of Nathan's internal dialog and so it did make me think about some things.


    Any additional comments?

    The greatest factor for giving this book five stars were the new characters. I hope Peterson plans to make them to into major characters in future books. Nathan Mcbride needs all the help he can get ...

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Rising Thunder: Honor Harrington, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (799)

    Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

    Share Faerber says: "love this series, but less politics. more battles"
    "Cause and Effect Novel"
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    What did you love best about A Rising Thunder?

    I'm glad David Weber finally tied all the spinoff series back into the main Honor Harrington series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm glad Honor and the treecats had important parts in the series again.


    Which character – as performed by Allyson Johnson – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth, Empress of Manticore


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, unfortunately it felt like Weber rushed through or abruptly ended many of the events or scenes that could of had a major impact on the readers. If I remember correctly its happened in previous novels of his too. The best example in this novel was the battle in the Manticore system when the Solarian League attempted to force the Manticoren Empire into surrendering. As soon as the battle started, the scene ended and went into the effect the one sided battle had on everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of this novel is cause and effect. There would be an event (usually a short scene) and then there would be the effect which would be reflected by multiple viewpoints from various characters all over the galaxy. Frankly, I was disappointed once again due to fact there was only one actual space battle but plenty of dialog from many characters all concerning the same subject matter. Despite being on the brink of war, the fact that the tech is one sided and the battles will be just opportunistic ambushes might just led the series away from the military sci-fi genre for good. However, it may not matter since the series is probably almost finished anyway.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Ruin: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (507)

    Seven corpses are discovered in the streets of a Dragon’s fief. All identical, down to their clothing. Kaylin Neya is assigned to discover who they were, who killed them - and why. Is the evil lurking at the borders of Elantra preparing to cross over? At least the investigation delays her meeting with the Dragon Emperor. And as the shadows grow longer over the fiefs, Kaylin must use every skill she’s ever learned to save the people she’s sworn to protect. Sword in hand, dragons in the sky, this time there’s no retreat....

    Nina says: "Home Run!"
    "Rebound from chaos"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Belastaia is a good new character. I love the interaction between Belastaia and Kaylin at the end of the novel. I'm looking forward to a great heroine duo in future additions in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, several others. Khristine Hvam does a great job in all the narrations.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't really care for

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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