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Bruce

Ventura, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 51 titles in library
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  • Harsh Cry of the Heron: The Last Tale of the Otori

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Julia Fletcher, Henri Lubatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (426)

    16 years of peace and prosperity have passed since Lord Otori Takeo united the Three Countries. Takeo and his beloved consort, Kaede, have three daughters and a happy family life. Their success has attracted the attention of the distant Emperor and his general, the warlord Saga Hideki, who covet the wealth of the Countries. Meanwhile, the violent acts and betrayals of the past will not lie buried, and other secrets will not stay hidden. Everything that Takeo and Kaede have achieved is threatened.

    Bruce says: "Fourth Book falls short"
    "Fourth Book falls short"
    Overall

    First off, I loved and was totally enthralled in books 1-3 mostly because the narration of all three books were the same people and great acting. They kept you glued, conscious and focused. The switching from the male perspective to the female was great. Then came the anticipated fourth book and they (for some reason) changed the narration characters....AWFUL! I barely got through the book, the Male narrator was bland, monotone and had no excitement whatsoever then the Female voice was almost intolerable boring especially when she tried to do a males voice OMG!!!
    The book itself was good but a bit redundant at times, kind of sporadic and drawn out. Again I really think that changing the narration characters was a grave choice and was disappointing, but nevertheless I had to listen to all 19 hours because I invested so much time in the later books that I needed the conclusion.

    Over all I give this book a 3 star.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Spartan Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (720)

    Treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are exploring the Great Pocomoke Swamp in Delaware when they are shocked to discover a World War II German U-boat. Inside, they find a bottle taken from Napoleon's "lost cellar." Fascinated, the Fargos set out to find the rest of the collection. But another connoisseur of sorts has been looking for the bottle they've just found.

    C. Johnson says: "A little bit National Treasure..."
    "Cookie Cut book with Loopholes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and/or Scott Brick?

    Possibly but I won't actively look for another one, although I enjoyed several of his other books just not this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Cussler again?

    I definitely will not be if it involves Sam and Reme.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I really enjoy Scott Brick, if I see he has narrated a book I am interested in I will for sure purchase it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spartan Gold?

    the book seemed disjointed, not thought out and very predictable. Lots of "of course they are" and "saw that coming"


    Any additional comments?

    I ended up skipping several chapters just to proceed to the end because I was frustrated and loosing my concentration with the unrealistic adventures of a treasure hunting couple taking life threatening, idiotic risks against ruthless hit men. There infiltrating a Ukrainian mafia lords home (really?) and escaped dozens of highly trained henchmen over and over again and always escaping only to get in another life threatening situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1849)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (871)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Please Help ME!"
    Overall

    Wow! I felt sick after listening to this book. I was refereed this book by Artie Lang of the Howard Stern Show and let me tell you.. I almost didn't make it through....what a waste of time; really, the main character is a real intelligent Dufus. I am so glad to be done with the book, I am one who needs to finish what I start, unfortunatly. I am glad it's over and I do not recommend the book unless you get of with COMPLETE idiocy!... the narration was very good I must say.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2265)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (450)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "Fantasy or Truth?"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book. I really got sucked into it, I did research at random house publishing and found "sudo" websites that corrolate to the story and realistic blogs which gave me a password to enter a section with secret notes about Splicers. Its so so close to the truth its scary! I now try to live off the grid also. A must read for people who are into martial arts, value there identity privacy and are aware of parallel universes. I cant wait to read the other two books in this trilogy. The Traveler is destined for the MOVIE THEATERS!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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