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Cory

I spend about 55 hours a week driving and really enjoy having a good book to pass the miles.

Amarillo, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Sandman Slim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (1708)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1445)

    When he was 19, James Stark was considered to be one of the greatest natural magicians, a reputation that got him demon-snatched and sent downtown - to Hell - where he survived as a gladiator, a sideshow freak entertaining Satan's fallen angels. That was 11 years ago. Now, the hitman who goes only by Stark has escaped and is back in L.A. Armed with a fortune-telling coin, a black bone knife, and an infernal key, Stark is determined to destroy the magic circle.

    Mike Naka says: "jack bauer + spawn = sandman slim"
    "Not what I was looking for."
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    Just finished Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey. Not exactly what I thought it would be. Reminded me of Spawn with a twist of Harry Blackstone. The narration was good. The magic/demonic element became ponderous after an hour or two of listening. Maybe just me but I won't read the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2984)
    Performance
    (2767)
    Story
    (2771)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "A good horror novel."
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    Just finished this one last night. I wasn't too keen on the narrator Kate Mulgrew. She's a little too over dramatic but otherwise the story was good. I found it to be a mixture of Christine and Salem's Lot. Considering he (Joe Hill) is Stephen King's son that's not surprising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jason Redman, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    Decorated Navy SEAL Lieutenant Jason Redman served his country courageously and with distinction in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he commanded mobility and assault forces. But his journey was not without its supreme challenges. He was critically wounded in 2007 when he was struck by machine-gun fire at point blank range. During his intense recovery period, Redman posted a sign on his door, warning all who entered not to "feel sorry for [his] wounds."

    Richard says: "Not Superman - Real Man With Incredible Courage"
    "Gripping story."
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    Finished listening to The Trident by Jason Redman last night. I enjoyed the story and the narrator Erik Bergmann. The best one sentence review I can give it is sometimes it takes a swift kick in the butt to get your attention. His recovery story is inspiring should serve as a model for others who have suffered life altering traumatic wounds. It is certainly a book I will revisit from time to time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (1995)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Another home run by Mark Greaney"
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    Just finished Deadeye by Mark Greaney last night and all I can say is wow. Another solid book that starts fast and doesn't slow down and we finally get the truth about the Kiev op. In this book Gentry meets what I would call his alter personality or what he could've been if he wasn't as conscientious and was a little bit greedy. Somebody with all the skills of the Gray Man and no qualms about killing regardless of the moral validity of the target. Deadeye is in his head and on his trail as well as Mossad and some contract operators from the USA. Jay Snider does an excellent job with the narration as usual. If you follow Mark on Facebook he has recently been posting some great pictures of his research trips to various locales around the globe and they really help with visualizing the story. Click the link, buy the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • H.M.S. Surprise: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    Third in the series of Aubrey-Maturin adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian subcontinent and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams: the ships sent by Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.

    Lawrence says: "Excellent Narration"
    "The best series I've ever read."
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    I cannot say enough about Patrick O'brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. This is the best series of books I have ever read hands down. If you are thinking about reading it do, you won't regret it.The narrator I chose, Simon Vance, is one of, if not the best English narrators I've heard. His characters are all given a different voice that is believable and entertaining. Before buying the Simon Vance version I checked out Master and Commander at the local library and listened to Patrick Tull. I found him to be quite dull and lacking in good characterization. It was almost as if your boring old English butler was reading you the story because he has to. The friendship between Aubrey and Maturin is wonderfully developed and you feel as if you are there on the deck or in the cabin with them as they carry out their missions. All of the different seamen and other characters are consistant throughout the series. My only regret is that there were not more books to listen to. I would love for some of Aubrey and Maturin's early years to be chronicled so that I can have more background on where they are coming from in their respective views of the world. If you enjoyed Horatio Hornblower or the Sharpe series from Cornwell you will love the Aubrey/Maturin series from Patrick O'brian. Buy it and go to sea with Lucky Jack Aubrey!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (199)

    Post Captain is the second novel in Patrick O'Brian's beloved adventure series. In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtors' prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held-harbor.

    Debbie in Plano says: "Narrator preference"
    "The best series I've ever read."
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    I cannot say enough about Patrick O'brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. This is the best series of books I have ever read hands down. If you are thinking about reading it do, you won't regret it.The narrator I chose, Simon Vance, is one of, if not the best English narrators I've heard. His characters are all given a different voice that is believable and entertaining. Before buying the Simon Vance version I checked out Master and Commander at the local library and listened to Patrick Tull. I found him to be quite dull and lacking in good characterization. It was almost as if your boring old English butler was reading you the story because he has to. The friendship between Aubrey and Maturin is wonderfully developed and you feel as if you are there on the deck or in the cabin with them as they carry out their missions. All of the different seamen and other characters are consistant throughout the series. My only regret is that there were not more books to listen to. I would love for some of Aubrey and Maturin's early years to be chronicled so that I can have more background on where they are coming from in their respective views of the world. If you enjoyed Horatio Hornblower or the Sharpe series from Cornwell you will love the Aubrey/Maturin series from Patrick O'brian. Buy it and go to sea with Lucky Jack Aubrey!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2748)
    Performance
    (2324)
    Story
    (2328)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "A great bit of historical fiction."
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    Just finished Herman Wouk's The Winds of War. There's a lot of good history in it, but I found it to be a little like a soap opera (which I suppose was the idea). There is quite a bit of fluff that could have been skipped. I am not a fan of abridgements because I like to get the whole story as the author intended but this one could have used some trimming. IIf you enjoyed W.E.B. Griffin's Brotherhood of War series you'll like this one. It was a very long listen and if you are a student of history you'll enjoy it. The characters are believable and the narration is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Narrated By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status...and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader.

    Pamela says: "Absolutely riveting!!!"
    "Very insightful look at the underbelly of Hamas."
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    Just finished Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef. I found it pretty insightful and easy to follow. He gives you the perspective of a young Palestinian man growing up in the occupied territories. I found it interesting how he eventually saw the dirty underbelly of a corrupt terrorist organization and worked with the Israeli's secret police to try and incapacitate it. His views on Christianity are eye opening. A great book to read if you're at all interested in the Palestinian peace process. The narration is very well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (909)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "I WANT MORE!"
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    The Junkie Quatrain by Peter Clines narrated by Christian Rummel and Therese Plummer. I just listened to this one last night in one sitting. I have really enjoyed branching out into the post apocalyptic zombie books lately. That being said there are good ones and bad ones. This book was really good. I would love to see it turned into a series or at least a full length novel. The narration is great and the stories flow and intertwine easily. This is one of the books that leaves you wanting more. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining quick read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (929)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "Another good series by Mark Tufo"
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    Just finished Indian Hill by Mark Tufo. I enjoyed the book and as always the narration by Sean Runnette was great. He captures the character of Mike perfectly. This book has some of the same characters from the Zombie Fallout series but it takes you down a completely different path. No zombies. Plenty of Aliens. Plenty of the sarcasm and wit from Talbot. Overall a good book that flows pretty well and is narrated very well. I have enjoyed Mr. Tufo's work so far and will continue to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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