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Philip

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Pursuit of Honor: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3040)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1644)

    The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.

    Jason J Preston says: "Another Outstandung Vince Flynn Book"
    "Timely"
    Overall

    This book could have been taken from today's headlines! It is a real page turner, and I especially liked the confrontation with Congress persons who apologize for terrorists, and demand that we treat them with more respect and greater rights than they would offer us! I hope it is true that we have a few who are still willing to defend us!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2299)
    Performance
    (1919)
    Story
    (1903)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    William says: "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    "Edge of your seat listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Option to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version so I cannot compare to the audio book, but I can say that this 4th installment of the Mitch Rapp series is a winner. I started listening when I was getting my audio books from Barnes and Nobel so I got what they had and read the series out of order. Even so, this thriller was so exciting that it did not impact the effect of reading it after later books. I am glad to fill in the story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is of course Mitch Rapp who is middle aged, but fit, and brilliant. I wish I could think that fast.


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

    I have not listened to this narrator before, and I prefer Dick Hill as a narrator for these books, but Sulilvan held his own and pulled off a reasonably good performance.


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

    I always have strong emotions when listening to Vince Flynn books. After 22 years in the Navy, the ineptness of bureaucracies is all too familiar. Stupid rules that prevent people from doing their jobs abound, and I love it when Mitch adapts, improvises, and overcomes. We have met the enemy and we are they all too often.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Race: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (708)

    It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates - an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost - and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.

    Clint says: "Up, Up, Josephine..."
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Race again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because it is so rich in plot I am sure I can find something I missed the first time through.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Clive Custler and Justin Scott have a real winner in Isaac Bell. My parents were born in 1915 and 1918 respectively, and I am gaining some empathy for them and life in a country without highways. I love to read about the culture of America in that era. It is a context that makes the first air race across the country a very interesting and intriguing background for a story put together with a masterful flair.What sometimes causes me pause are the fantastical feats pulled off by Isaac Bell. I find myself wondering if it is really possible to do some of those things, and then I think,


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

    Scott Brick is a master of his craft. His voice and his inflection throughout this book and about a dozen others to which I have listended over the last two years is amazing. I have bought a couple of books just because Scott is the narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This book would make a wonderful movie. Action packed and fast paced the tag line could be America's Sweetheart of the Air Races for her life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3598)
    Performance
    (1980)
    Story
    (1991)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "tedious and hard to follow"
    Overall

    I found myself wishing this one was over before it was. I felt as though I had been dropped into another time and place without enough background. I found myself wondering about details I wasn't given while I missed the details in the current narration and had to back up the recording to hear what I had missed.

    The ending was a little abrupt and unsatisfying. If I had written this, I would have given a little more background, cut the middle, expanded the ending. At the end I realized that the Windup Girl was not the story. It was about a white shirt and a foreigner who were only tangentially connected to the Windup Girl. Maybe I am not a good judge of writers, but as a consumer, I would skip this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (834)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Yurgel says: "Oh my god"
    "fantastic read"
    Overall

    This was a wonderful book that started a little slow, but was full of twists and turns and the unexpected. An action packed page turner. I could not put this one down until the end. I moved from the CD in one car to my iphone in the hotel room until it was complete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3960)
    Performance
    (2363)
    Story
    (2380)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Page Turner"
    Overall

    There were times when this story brought tears to my eyes. An interesting twist on time travel, but it really worked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5047)
    Performance
    (2818)
    Story
    (2831)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Jean says: "Dead Or Alive"
    "Too much information"
    Overall

    My spouse likes Tom Clancy and I did too in the beginning. The level of detail in this book is so excruciatingly detailed that I would have quit if it were me alone. Way too long and too much detail. Just get on with it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (670)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Strangers"
    Overall

    This was definitely a page turner. I loved every minute of it, and looked for an excuse to go somewhere in my car so I could listen. It was suspenseful throughout with a surprise ending; at least it was a surprise for me. My wife seemed to have it figured out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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