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Cathy

Carlin, NV, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Invasion: Alaska: Invasion America, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Vaughn Heppner
    • Narrated By Mark Ashby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (313)

    In this controversial book, Vaughn Heppner explores the theme of a shattered America facing the onslaught of the new colossus in the East: Greater China. The time is 2032, and the Chinese are crossing the polar ice and steaming through the Gulf of Alaska. They have conquered oil-rich Siberia and turned Japan into a satellite state. Now a new glacial period has begun, devastating the world’s food supply. China plans to corner the world’s oil market and buy the needed food for their hungry masses.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THE AMERICANS ARE NOT SIBERIANS"
    "Narrator"
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    I wonder where these narrators come from. I also wonder if they have ever listened to an audio book. Not too far into this one, but if he doesn't make a reading change fairly soon, I will not be able to say if the story is any good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Station Wolfenstein: Order of the Black Sun, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Preston Child
    • Narrated By Dan Lawson
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Sam Cleave, reporter for a small newspaper, has seen better days. After his partner was killed during an undercover investigation, he lost his passion for work and living. But when a resident of a nearby assisted living home is tortured and murdered in a barbaric manner, he starts investigating. He is especially intrigued when a mysterious box is given to him that belonged to the dead man, but he needs help to interpret what it means.

    Mark says: "Awful and amateurish Writing"
    "Boreing"
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    I found this not worth spending my time on. A lot of useless information in the short time that I listened to it. It didn't seem to make a lot of sense. People popping up with attitudes and agendas....I thought it may have skipped some in the download.
    I tried to pay attention because I thought my mind was wandering elsewhere. I would back it up and listen again to see what I missed. I found I hadn't missed a thing. I skipped ahead and it wasn't sounding any better.

    Could have been that I was having a couple bad days, or that I was expecting it to be something that it wasn't. Either way, I quit somewhere in the first quarter of this book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Monster

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Frank Peretti
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    It's Peretti's ultimate monster story. And this time, the monster is real. Miles away from the hectic city, Reed and Rebecca hike into the beautiful Northwestern woods. They're surrounded by gorgeous mountains, waterfalls, and hundreds of acres of unspoiled wilderness. But something - or someone - begins closing in on them. Something no human has ever seen. And it's killing everyone in its path without remorse.

    Lee says: "Liked it"
    "Ugh"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I couldn't get very far into it. Not certain if it is for children or not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Frank Peretti again?

    I have already purchased a few of his books. I liked The Oath enough to get more. Hope I will not be disappointed in the rest.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Perhaps a different narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I was shocked to see this was narrated by the author. It didn't sound like a child's book in the description. However, it is read that way. I found it too annoying to get past 2 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Oath

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (341)

    National best-selling author Frank Peretti is an undisputed master of supernatural thrillers. The Oath has sold nearly a million copies and won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction. When a nature photographer is killed and mutilated while camping, common sense points to a rogue bear on the prowl. But the search for answers uncovers a century of sin-and a beast of ghastly power. Filled with chilling suspense and unforgettable imagery, The Oath is an epic tale of good versus evil.

    Jeff A says: "The worst ending since "Lost"."
    "I Liked This One"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. It grabs your attention right from the start. Very hard to put down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, I wanted our lead character to come out on the top in the end. When he became inflicted as well, I was disappointed a little, but, that was good too. Touches on a lot of emotions.


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Now, this man can narrate! Very good job. Read with the right feelings in the right places, which some narrators never seem to manage. Made me feel I was right there or watching the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first I have read of Frank Peretti. Kept my interest all the way through it. I couldn't figure anything out before it said what was going on. I do like stories like this. Keeping my interest isn't always easy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bend: Terry Rankin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Gary Showalter
    • Narrated By Neill D. Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The day begins like any other: Terry Rankin, sole proprietor of Rankin Personal Security Services in Orlando, Florida, accepts a private meeting with a potential client. Sheila Adamson is looking for a bodyguard to protect her from her abusive husband, but Rankin refuses to take the job until she begins divorce proceedings. Moments later, Mrs. Adamson is dead and Rankin is buried beneath the rubble of his house, knocked flat by a car bomb planted in the dead woman's Jaguar.

    Cathy says: "Too much information"
    "Too much information"
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    This book was boreing to me. Just too much 'stuff'' that I think should have been left out. My mind wandered often. Too drawn out. I'm afraid I didn't finish it. Close to the end, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2923)
    Performance
    (2608)
    Story
    (2618)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Interesting and fun read"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed listening to this narrator. A lot of enthusiasm, quick and alert to read so
    well. I felt that he was having a good time reading this book. He made me smile a few times, which didn't take away from the story at all.
    So much truth and completely believable. It could actually be right around the corner for us. If not already happening. Just look at the news. Some bits are from a good imagination, but the book held my attention from beginning to end. I agree it is a lot like Michael Crichton, but more realistic.
    A very nice break from the last 5 or 6 that I purchased and just couldn't like at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (416)

    In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

    Patricia says: "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    "Just beginning this and I agree"
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    Haven't gotten very far. I do not like the narrator. Going to be tough listening and following this one. James Rollins is a big favorite and I am already disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Order

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (941)

    Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

    DeltaDeltaKilo says: "Boooooo!"
    "Didn't make much sense"
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    I thought this book was rather boreing. He had some real history and I found that to be the only good part of it. The reader was too forceful throughout the entire book, so I didn't care for him so much. The author skipped and bounced from here to there and, honestly, I had a hard time following it. With the narrator always in the same mode, if there was anything exciting happening, it didn't leave any impression of difference to me. My mind wandered. I had no trouble at all composing my shopping list in my head while listening to this one. I even listened to it twice....all the way through. I believe this will be the last Brad Thor book I will ever buy. Give me a David Baldacci any day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poe: An Alexandra Poe Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Brett Battles, Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    After losing her mother to a terrorist attack, Alexandra Poe was devastated when her father - disgraced and accused of treason - disappeared from the face of the earth. Now, over ten years and a stint in Iraq later, Alex is approached by a man who has information about her father and wants to help her find him. But there's a catch.

    Thelma says: "DISAPPOINTMENT from one of my favorite authors!!"
    "Poor Narrator Choice"
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    I am a fan of Brett Battles, but this one, so far is a big disappointment. 1 hour 40 minutes into it and I have to say, this woman is a very poor narrator for this kind of book. I started it over because I have no idea what it is about.( Realizing my mind went elsewhere while she is droning on). Now, just 35 minutes into it again and I am disgusted. Should have tried the ebook and read it myself. I don't understand why the people who make the choice in narrators don't realize how important their decisions are. These books aren't cheap. It is even worse when you buy as many of them as I do and about half are good experiences and the other half are like driving down the freeway and tossing money out the window.

    I can imagine the difficulty in reading for an audiobook to give all potential listeners a great experience. There are some out there who can do this with what seems like a cake walk for them, and I am amazed by their excellent job. That being said, I try to give the opposite readers a break and just struggle along with them to the very end. (I know I would be terrible at it).

    I have had about 5 books in a row that I simply couldn't get through. Monotone, droning on, etc, is not what will keep me buying these books.

    I am putting this book away for now.....maybe another day I will try it again and feel differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Line of Fire: Dr. Alan Gregory, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    Dr. Gregory is starting to feel settled, hopeful that a long period of upheaval in his private life is behind him. He refocuses his energy on his clinical psychology practice, where a beguiling new patient captivates him, but the interlude of calm doesn’t last. Devastating fires are threatening Boulder. Alan’s dear friend Diane is showing signs of a long-simmering emotional collapse. And Alan’s most pressing fear - the exposure of a dangerous secret - has become a peril too real to ignore.

    Corinne says: "I Miss the Crazy Patients"
    "Unable to finish this one"
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    I am not sure if it is just me...but I can't stomach any book that goes on about incest or sex trash. Too much time spent on the fast forward button, I really couldn't say what the book is about. Starts with a cop who killed someone and lapses into the 'junk' I don't want to hear. Can't get the earbuds out fast enough. Maybe another day when I have nothing else to do, I will try again and maybe update my opinion. Until then, just not good listening for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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