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Christian Hauck

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Hays, KS | Member Since 2001

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  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot-and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer.

    Matthew McLelland says: "Worst Bourne ever"
    "Van Lustbader gets even farther from Ludlum!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative better?

    Better research by the author and a more careful review by the editors, more plausible plot and fewer unbelievable "coincidences" were painfully needed. More even volume by the narrator on the voices of the characters so that the book could be understood by people while driving in ordinary automobiles without having to constantly adjust the volume would have been a great benefit!

    The main problem with the book is these coincidences. The opening scenes present so many incredible connections with virtually all the characters that one must only assume that the author is too lazy to come up with a more believable way of interconnecting them. I'd give an example of one whopper that almost made me drop the listening right at the beginning, but it might spoil the experience for a more credulous listener. I'll admit that I kept listening to see if Van Lustbader could salvage something from the lame beginning, but was rewarded with even more and more unbelievable coincidental connections among the characters.

    The book is filled with many fundamental errors that should have been prevented by better research and/or editing. Many scenes involved containers full of $1000 and $500 notes as contemporary currency. In fact, these are now collectors items only, as the Federal Reserve began taking them out of circulation in 1969. In one scene, a character was brandishing a "911" pistol. I'm a gun buff, and have never heard of a "911." Possibly the author meant a "1911 Colt" pistol. The only "911" of which I'm aware is a Kimar non-firing 1911 replica! In yet another boo-boo, a character is shot twice with a ".32 ACP Walther PPK/S," the power of which "slammed him against the wall." A .32 ACP is a barely OK personal defense round (and was even once a standard issue pistol of the Danish police), but it's only slightly more potent than a .22 rimfire magnum, and certainly isn't going to slam anyone against the wall!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Van Lustbader again?

    No


    Did Holter Graham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. Virtually all the women's voices and "confidential" communications were inaudible to me while driving without constantly having to adjust the volume. Very annoying!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Listening to it was slightly better than staring out the windshield at 600 miles of Interstate Highway with nothing else to do!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cross My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Tom Wopat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (563)

    Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

    juliet says: "Worst Story EVER!"
    "Terrible (Non-) Ending!"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ?

    Yes


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

    It should have been identified as the first part of a series, not as a complete book!


    Do you think Cross My Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. This volume was incomplete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7189)
    Performance
    (2972)
    Story
    (2983)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Great content, poor performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator's fast, choppy and clipped speech pattern made it impossible to understand all the words while listening in the car. Our USB-connected iPod doesn't allow the use of the Audible app and it wasn[t possible to slow down the presentation to where it could be understood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Hugh Ambrose
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    In this companion to the HBO miniseries - executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman - Hugh Ambrose reveals the intertwined odysseys of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot during World War II. Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan.

    Howard says: "Big let down"
    "Great companion to the HBO miniseries!"
    Overall

    I'm about two-thirds through with this lengthy work, and am becoming impressed how well the individual stories integrate. I watched the first episode of the HBO series, and found that the book substantially enhanced my enjoyment of the installment, which would otherwise already been quite high!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Saboteurs: A Men at War Novel

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Griffin fans have waited years for the return of his rousing stories of the OSS, and now, at last, aided and abetted by his son, William E. Butterworth IV, Griffin has brought back his iconoclastic heroes in a brand-new adventure.

    Christian Hauck says: "Disappointing Abridgement"
    "Disappointing Abridgement"
    Overall

    I thought: "Well, even an abriged WEB is better than none." After listening, I'm not so sure. There are gaping holes in the plot, and I'd like to have found out how the final chapter of the adventure came out.

    Also, there were some surprising research errors (like having a character carrying a .357 revolver--I believe this pistol was a creature of the '50s and not a WW II weapon).

    The loud music overlaid upon the narration at the beginning of many chapters drove me nuts. I had to turn my car stereo up to "boom box" levels to hear the narration over the music and road noise.

    Still . . . It was a W E B Griffin (& Son) novel, and that can't be all bad.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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