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Damon

Member Since 2006

ratings
65
REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Breaking Point

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (429)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "Tree-Huggers Beware"
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    There runs in this book an undercurrent of anti-government sentiment. If you are neutral or conservative leaning, you will probably enjoy this book. But if you are a tree-hugging liberal, you will likely hate it. I found it to be a good listen that held my attention at all times. I feel there are too many reviewers handing out 4 and 5 star ratings, so a good listen gets three stars in my reviews. It doesn't meet the fantastic four star rating, but its good.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10083)
    Performance
    (7561)
    Story
    (7605)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Finished in record time"
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    I suppose that the most telling part of the review would be to say that I immediately got the second book in this series. This is going to be one of the best fantasy epics of our generation. I wasn't the biggest fan of the Wheel Of Time series though I did read them. I think Sanderson stands head and shoulders above Jordan. Sanderson's world building is superior and his character development is grounded is what appears to be a deep understanding of human nature. I haven't read anything from him yet that has been less than excellent. If you like the genre, you I believe you will like The Way of Kings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rush Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Rush Limbaugh
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (114)

    Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners. In Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this second book in the series, Rush Revere is transported back to the people and events leading up to the American Revolution.

    Deborah Gunnlaugsson says: "Over the top!"
    "You just might learn something"
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    Without a doubt written for a young audience...but this book is a fun romp through history that will have your kids learning more than you did in school. It appears someone did some extensive research for this book (maybe Limbaugh himself or maybe one of his staff). Anyway, I enjoyed the book, but had more fun watching my kids get into it. Funny thing is my 11 year old thought she was too grown up for it. I started it for my 8 year old and before long, my daughter was reading along with the hardback version as well. On her own, she has already gone back and listened to the first one as well. I recommend this one for a great family listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2349)
    Performance
    (2168)
    Story
    (2170)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Science-fact"
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    Suarez could be considered a 'futurist' than a science fiction author. I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone who is not versed (or at least interested) in science. Influx is a well-written exciting story. Suarez is obviously well studied in technology and seems to have his finger on the pulse of where this technology could lead us. This is an excellent listen that is full of great conversation topics concerning the ethics of science and what the future will bring. All of this is wrapped up in an exciting story that I looked forward to returning to when I was away. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6543)
    Performance
    (6218)
    Story
    (6236)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Waiting is the hardest part"
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    Sanderson's continued skill in world-building and character development is evident in the second installment of The Stormlight Archive. The only negative I have to say is that waiting on the next book will be a pain. I wouldn't say it's a cliffhanger, but Sanderson is weaving a well-paced epic that makes for a less than satisfying finish to his books. I want to make it clear that this is more a statement of how awesome this series is than to express disappointment in the way this one ended. Loved it all...just wondering if I should line all of these up after he is finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Aim

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Robert Mallon has lived for ten quiet years in affluent Santa Barbara, when an encounter on a beach with a mysterious young woman shatters his peaceful, carefully constructed life. Despite Mallon's desperate attempts, he loses her and becomes obsessed with discovering why. He hires detective Lydia Marks to uncover the secrets of this stranger's life, and what they learn propels them into a terrifying world of sinister secrets and deadly hatreds.

    Ed says: "Exceeded my expectations"
    "Well Paced, Good Action, Solid Finish"
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    Before I start, I want to go on record (again) that a three-star rating in my book is worth a listen. There are far too many reviewers that rate every listen as 4 or 5 stars...How am I to trust them? Anyway, Dead Aim is a good story that kept my attention. But it is not worth a four or a five star rating. I enjoyed the story while it was playing, but suspect I will have a hard time remembering it two months and four books from now. I will add that somewhere around chapter 10, the is an abrupt story shift that almost had me thinking I had played the wrong book. Maybe I wasn't paying attention or I am riddled with ADHD. Or it could be an audio issue or just bad editing as I did notice a few paragraphs repeated at one point in listening. I gave the narrator 5 stars because he did a great job wit the voices. I always knew who was speaking what, and he didn't butcher the female parts either. And lastly, Perry's ending to this book is like having a hot chocolate molten cake after dinner...very satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4080)
    Performance
    (3641)
    Story
    (3637)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Solid Listen"
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    I don't throw around four and five stars easily, so don't be thrown off by the three star review. This is my first listen from Robert Crais. Following some stellar reviews and an interesting plot summary, I took a chance. I will likely listen to him again based on this book. 'Suspect' has a unique back story and a good plot. Our heroes Scott and Maggie are both wounded and recovering, but don't come off as pitiful. I really enjoyed the chapters that took on the inner workings of Maggie the police dog in training. Crais was able to portray believable dog-thinking without over doing it as many authors, even good ones, tend to do. The pacing of the book is good. This is important especially with audiobooks as there is no skim-reading allowed when you listen. Still, I don't think it quite reaches the fantastic four stars or the "unbelievable! you have to stop everything else you are doing" five star rating....but its a good listen that I recommend for audible members.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10340)
    Performance
    (9630)
    Story
    (9632)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Gamer Nerd Fiction"
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    Before continuing, I will say that I loved this book. After all, I fit squarely inside of its desired target profile. But it is at times so filled with references from the early gaming and electronic era that it would bore anyone under the age of thirty. Those afflicted with youth might finish the book simply because it is a well written compelling story. As for the older and wiser listener (55 and up), I would strongly consider another listen. This story may prove an accurate divination of tomorrow, but one that will be lost on those that know what MAPD means, but would have no clue about an MMOG even if stated in its long form. As long as I am making gross generalizations, I might as well add one more: gender. Yes, you can point out to me that there are scores of female gamer nerds (and I love them). But lets face it, the average female is more prone to a social behavior that would extinguish the fantasy and romance of Ready Player One. Great works of science fiction/fantasy make us either want to live in that created world or deeply fear living in it. The greatest of writing accomplish both at the same time. This book will likely achieve this feat if you are a gamer nerd techno geek. For the rest of you, it is a well written fun story that will get an average review. Hope this helps in your purchase choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16384)
    Performance
    (14560)
    Story
    (14600)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Beware!"
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    Without spoiling the book for you, I will speak in general terms. You know those books you read or listen to where you feel like you wasted a part of your life that you will never get back....this might be that book for you. I will say this: Gillian Flynn displays near brilliance in character development and story pace. She takes you through a roller-coaster of emotions in your view of her characters. Gone Girl has what I would describe as an incredible plot. In fact, Flynn writes one of the best books I have ever read...up until the worst endings of all time. OR....she and her editor realized that this story had huge sequel potential and they decided to leave us wanting. In that case, this could go from one of the worst books to one of my all time favorites. My recommendation? Wait for the sequel before you pick this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3475)
    Performance
    (2904)
    Story
    (2921)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Solid Listen"
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    Baldacci is always a good listen for me. The Innocent delivers a fast-paced, interesting story that satisfies from beginning to end. He develops interesting characters, a mysterious plot, and well described setting. He does it all without boring the crap out of me for hours. This is important since my listening time and attention span is limited. Sorry though; five-star rating is reserved for "I can't wait to get back to my audiobook".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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