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Bruce E. Hawkins

solaris7

DFW, TX | Member Since 2002

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  • 19 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
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  • The Daybreakers: The Sacketts, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    A magnificent saga of American fiction, the Sacketts series is one of the greatest treasures by legendary storyteller Louis L'Amour. In The Daybreakers, L'Amour spins the tale of two brothers who couldn't be more different - yet remain bound by their restlessness of spirit.

    Bruce E. Hawkins says: "Very enjoyable story"
    "Very enjoyable story"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this story and the growth of two brothers from the backwoods who each created a new life for themselves. Didn't want to stop listening. Louie La'Amour is awesome.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5878)
    Performance
    (5490)
    Story
    (5509)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "A surprisingly good book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listened to the free 5-chapter preview, probably no intending to buy the book. So glad I did, as this was a well written, creative, really interesting book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well read, interesting characters and interesting story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final chapter, the showdown with SteelHeart.


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

    absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there's more in the future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3316)
    Performance
    (3070)
    Story
    (3075)

    When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

    Sandi says: "What A Shock..."
    "Not so much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Monster Hunter Legion?

    To many situations, too many characters, story was way out there....crazy weird.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia again?

    Depends on story, probably not another Monster Hunter story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Oliver Wyman?

    Sure


    What character would you cut from Monster Hunter Legion?

    Gee, let me choose. Several.


    Any additional comments?

    Really couldn't get into it that much, like someone was on drugs when they wrote this.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14507)
    Performance
    (11905)
    Story
    (12529)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "I must be missing something"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narrator, more plausible characters, better storyline.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    I would consider it, if it was compelling.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less of Annastasia's thoughts like "OMG", felt she acted like a teenager while involved in very adult situations.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom, disappointment, uninteresting characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I invested several hours of listening in this book before giving up entirely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7163)
    Performance
    (6236)
    Story
    (6217)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Abigail Lowery is one unique heroine..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witness to be better than the print version?

    N/A


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

    yes, I kept waiting for her to be discovered.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the girls went to the club.


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

    Very much so.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the better books I have listened to recently. The characters were outstanding and the storyline intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (741)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    Denise says: "UGH!!!"
    "She's interesting, but she's no Lizabeth Salendar"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book for the most part, but expectations of Michael Munroe being another Lizbeth Salander fall short. Looking forward, however, to Taylor Stevens next book in the Informationist series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cypress House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (194)

    Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

    Michele says: "Great book read by a great narrator!"
    "Well written, suspenseful"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite audible books to date. The narrator did a nice job with the plot and characters. Kept my interest though out and kept me guessing.Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse: The Twilight Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5757)
    Performance
    (2185)
    Story
    (2224)

    As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

    Kirsty says: "Continues to Please"
    "Pretty Good..."
    Overall

    Although by the end of three books, I am getting a bit weary of hearing Bell's inner thoughts on everything...I still enjoyed the book. Not as good as the first, better than New Moon. Moving on to number 4.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8814)
    Performance
    (5483)
    Story
    (5507)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "Best Listening Ever!"
    Overall

    I am so hooked. This series of books is the best I have read or listened two. After completing the second in the series, I am hooked. The writing is extraordinary and the narration unmatched. I recommend this book and the series to any adult. I can't wait to start Voyager.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Success Mastery Academy

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Brian Tracy has spent more than 20,000 hours researching and reading on the subject of personal and business success. This is the most comprehensive and advanced seminar on personal success and achievement ever developed. This 16-segment audio program reveals how to set goals, make more money, simplify your life, and supercharge your career.

    J. Sherman says: "Best self help program on Audible"
    "Outstanding!!"
    Overall

    Even though this audio was recorded a few years ago, it is still relevent and timely. I am enjoying this audio as much as any I have listened to in a long time. The information is excellent (some new, some not..but alway good to reinforce)and the delivery is easy to listen to. I would highly recommend this for any sales or business development professional.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Can't Believe I Listened to the Whole Thing"
    Overall

    If I would not have spent numerous hours traveling by air this week, I would have given up on the book. Never really got a good feel for the characters, lots of questions to be answered and I hated the ending. I too, acquired this audio book prior to any reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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