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Chip

Miami Shores, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Lords of the North

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (33)

    The year is 878, and the Saxons of Wessex, under King Alfred, have defeated the Danes to keep their kingdom free. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, helped Alfred win that victory, but now he is disgusted by Alfred's lack of generosity. Uhtred flees Wessex, going north to search for his stepsister in the formidable stronghold of Dunholm.

    Chip says: "Cornwall at his best"
    "Cornwall at his best"
    Overall

    Like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Saxon Chronicles take a while to catch on. The first book was engaging but not gripping. The second was better and this thiird one, "Lords of the North" was just Superb. Uhtred is the essence of untamed masculine ethos and the reader grows to love him more and more with the passing of time. Like most of Cornwall's novels, female/male relationships tend to be rather superficial, and repeating romances starts to get old after a while. However, the action is fast paced, the battles are brutal and the plot is pure Cornwallian Fascination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ramage and the Dido

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dudley Pope
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Ramage hopes to enjoy a well-deserved leave when he receives new orders: Commission and take command of the Dido - a massive 74-gun ship that carries enough weight of metal to destroy a frigate in a single broadside, or sweep a ship's decks clear of men. Accompanied by the courageous crew of the Calypso, Ramage ventures to sea once again - bound for the West Indies where he faces the challenge of commanding this massive weapon of war.

    John says: "I wish there were more :^("
    "One of the best Ramage novels!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Finally! Ramage is in a ship of the line, a 74; and he puts it to very good use in this stirring sea tale. Ramage continues with all the characters we've cone to know and love over time. The only real complaint is that this is the last audiobook available in the series and leaves things hanging for the avid audio listener. There are more Ramage printed books, but those do not fill the drudge on the commute home as these have for the last few months. Audible, how about some more Alan Lewrie and Ramage novel???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stonehenge: 2000 B.C.

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Four thousand years ago, a stranger's death at the Old Temple of Ratharryn, and his ominous "gift" of gold, precipitates the building of what for centuries to come will be known as one of mankind's most singular and remarkable achievements.

    Martin says: "Plodding"
    "Well done historical fiction as usual for BC."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Stonehenge in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating Maybe Tale


    Any additional comments?

    This book used what facts exist in evidence for the construction and existence of Stonehenge. It inserts make believe characters who participate in events, which must have taken place in order for the historical facts to be in evidence. While there is necessarily some literary license taken with the actual prehistoric characters, it is well done in the typical Bernard Cornwallian venue of engaging plots and characters in the framework of limited historical facts. The reader did a decent job of conveying the individual characters, although not nearly in the same league as someone like John Lee. Overall, it was a very worthy read and one which will entertain the usual historical fiction reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3544)
    Performance
    (2696)
    Story
    (2709)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Really Tried to Like This Book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Cloud Atlas?

    Boring, poorly connected, Sophomoric prose with a distinctly left leaning diatribe. The story line is like a collage of college students trying to write on disparate themes, none of which is particularly exciting. The assassination is written as though the writer is desperatly imagining what it woudl be like without ever having experienced it. The first sortie, written about a 19th Century Pacific nautical activity is clearly intended more to garner sympathy for an underprivlieged people (Maori), than to actually relate an interesting story. I thought that because this book became a motion picture, it would have an engaging story line. But, alas, the more I listened, the more mundane it became. If the movie is as bad as the book, I will pass it by at the local blockbuster.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Perhpas a Jack Reacher novel OR a Ruth Downie Medicus series


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrators were actually pretty good. That is why I tried to like this novel, I kept thinking it would get better, or perhaps all these disparate, relatively boring events would tie together. But, alas, by the time I reached the half way point in the novel, I could not stomach any more of it.


    What character would you cut from Cloud Atlas?

    Well, one of the problems is that there are so many characters to keep track of, one never really gets to know any of them very well.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't imagine how this got 4+ stars. That also was a factor in my choosing this novel. I will be more careful in using the 4+ star rating as a deciding factor in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roughneck Nine-One: The Extraordinary Story of a Special Forces A-Team at War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Frank Antenori, Hans Halberstadt
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (212)

    On April 6, 2003, 26 Green Berets, including those of Sergeant First Class Frank Antenori's Special Forces A-Team (call sign Roughneck Nine One), fought a vastly superior force at a remote crossroads near the village of Debecka, Iraq. The enemy unit had battle tanks and 150 well-trained, well-equipped, and well-commanded soldiers. The Green Berets stopped the enemy advance, then fought them until only a handful of Iraqi survivors finally fled the battlefield.

    Tomio says: "Excellent First-Hand Accout of SF in Iraq"
    "Outstanding Insight into present day Special Force"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Roughneck Nine-One?

    Having served in Special Forces during the Vietnam Era, I was particularly interested to see that while some things have changed over the years, the core issues which define U.S. Army Special Forces remain the same. This non-fiction novel offers extraordinary insight into the nature of the


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    Patrick Lawlor's peformance was outstanding. Although initially, I thought his voice to be a bit out of pitch, as the story unfolded, it fit in precisely with SFC Antenori and conveyed a precise image of the persons as well as the events unfolding in the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several moments. Interactions between ranking commanders and team 391 (particularly the all too familiar WPPA candidate Major X), as well as the battlefield leadership scenarios which inspired and encouraged individuals within the teams.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4756)
    Performance
    (2028)
    Story
    (2032)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    Toni says: "Remarkable!"
    "Really a pretty good book"
    Overall

    Except for excessive use of vulgar language, the overall plot and characters are very engaging. This is a fascinating tale of cat and mouse antics with a New York accent. The principal character, John Koury, is perfectly dictated by the reader, who has the New York speech subtleties down just about perfectly. The story keeps a reader/listener coming back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (391)

    With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife, Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence, with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie's death, along with his kin.

    Theresa says: "disappointing"
    "Well done conclusion to a most enjoyable saga"
    Overall

    While still possessed of a rushed narrator, it is nevertheless well done and a fitting conclusion to the saga of Jamie and Clair. Although certainly not Davina Porter, Geraldine James does, in fact, become more endearing with time. Perhaps the most poignant disappointment about this novel was that it is the last in a series, which has become something of an salient friendship. Well written, exceptionally well researched and for the Clair/Jamie initiated, quite well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (335)

    The Fiery Cross is Diana Gabaldon's fifth novel in her award-winning Outlander series, featuring 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall.

    Debra says: "Waiting for Davina"
    "Disappointing Change of Venue"
    Overall

    After having become enamoured with Claire and Jamie over several volumes of Davina Porter's eloquent, unabrideged version of Diana Gabaldon's spectacular characters, this novel was a considerable disenchantment. The narrator, Geraldine James, certainly has a pleasent enough voice and elegent British accent. She rushes the diction, however, almost to distraction. It seems as if whoever put this together is trying to get by with squeezing as many words as possible into what is already shortened considerably by a very condensed abridgement. On the heels of former books, most of which entertained considerably for 3 to 4 times the length of time that Fiery Cross does, it was quite a disappointment.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • The Commentaries

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julius Caesar
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

    Murray says: "Great history of Rome, miltary strategy & tactics"
    "Outstanding Cesearean Commentary!"
    Overall

    Ceasar's commentaries are, perhaps, the quintessential standard for fascinating historical commentary. The reader was an absolutely fabulous voice for Julius Cesear and truly leaves the listener with a sense of both the inflection and force of Cesear's personality,not only throughout the Campaigns of Gaul, but on in to the the Civil War and death of Pompeii, including the awesome 1st hand account of Pharsalis. I listened to this entire narrative,in dribs and drabs, while driving around town in South Florida, often during rush hour. I found it to be a marvelous, calming influence on the hustle bustle of 5:00 traffic. I highly recommend this audio series to anyone interested in classic history and/or who may be interested in a glimpse into the fascinating personality of Julius Cesear.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sword Song: The Battle for London: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 4

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    The year is 885, and England is at peace, divided between the Danish kingdom to the north and the Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the south. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, warrior by instinct, Viking by nature, has finally settled down. He has land, a wife, and two children, and a duty given to him by King Alfred to hold the frontier on the Thames. But then trouble stirs.

    Kent says: "Wait for the Unabridged version"
    "Abridged too short"
    Overall

    This was such a GREAT BOOK! In this continuation of the Saxon Chronicles, Uhtred must deal with his egomaniacal cousin, while keeping the sanguine Alfred content. In the process there are marvelous battles and intrigues. About the only complaint I could muster was that the abridged version was TOO SHORT! I would very much like to have listened to the entire novel.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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