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Daniel Beck

Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort.

United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Without Remorse

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (1183)
    Story
    (1201)

    His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

    Tiowna says: "Story is great - Narrator is horrible"
    "Start here if you are new to Jack Ryan."
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    After starting the Jack Ryan series with Dead or Alive I thought I would try starting the series from the beginning, now there is a series view but this is the one that starts Jack Ryan out. He is not a character in this story but at Boston College, or just going to start at BC.
    But John Clark begins in this book and he is a strategic character to the entire series, even when you don't get a mention of him he is there and you know it. But this is where it all starts, and this is where I wish I had started the series.
    In my humble opinion the series should be started here, Without Remorse then follow along to Patriot Games, then Red Rabbit (one of the two of the series I won't buy because of the price being twice the other books). Hunt for Red October next then Cardinal of the Kremlin and Clear and Present Danger. Sum of all Fears next, though Hollywood added some drama that is not part of the book in the movie and the movie sucks for me now. Debt of Honor next then Executive Orders and Rainbow Six. Coming back to the stretch is Bear and the Dragon then Teeth of the Tiger and Dead or Alive and Locked On.

    Without Remorse does give you the start and basics of the Jack Ryan universe and the over arching story is really founded in this book. Great Read and a fair narration, easily worth the time and credits.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Human Language

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (285)

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    Saud says: "You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again"
    "The most interesting Linguistics lecture"
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    Dr McWhorter in this lecture has displayed his ability to keep one of the more uninteresting parts of language, interesting. And not just interesting but I found myself looking forward to the next part of this lecture. I call it a lecture rather than a course because, though this may be a lecture series, because it is a book, I find it more along the lines of a very long lecture. I find Dr McWhorter one of the more interesting professors and this is his subject. He provides the proof of his PhD through this lecture.
    Well presented, well considered and all the depth of subject you would receive in a sophomore lecture series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (64)

    With the historical storytelling brilliance of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, the hugely best-selling author of The Alienist writes a bounding epic: The Legend of Broken is an action-packed, multi-charactered tale of a medieval clash of cultures. In Caleb Carr’s fascinating tale of the kingdom of Broken, legend meets history, science defies all expectation, and one noble soldier struggles to save a fortress city besieged by enemies within and without.

    Joe says: "Brilliant Story, Brilliant Narration"
    "Excellent Yarn"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would and have recommended this book to friends, co-workers, folks waiting for a bus, people I have no idea where they were nor where I was at the time I recommended the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    IT WAS FUN! This book was one of the best recreational books I have ever read. Not difficult to follow, nor was it difficult to believe it just made me feel like it was a good story. No investment with a high return


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    As always Mr. Reynolds did a spectacular job bringing life and character to the story.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Legend of Broken and why?

    Rather than pick one I will say there wasn't a character that didn't impress me.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book, listen to this book, steal it if you must but most of all enjoy this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Straits of Galahesh: The Lays of Anuskaya, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Bradley P. Beaulieu
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    West of the Grand Duchy of Anuskaya lies the Empire of Yrstanla, the Motherland. The Empire has lived at peace with Anuskaya for generations, but with political turmoil brewing and the wasting disease still rampant, opportunists from the mainland have begun to set their sights on the Grand Duchy, seeking to expand their empire.

    Daniel Beck says: "Second book does not let you down"
    "Second book does not let you down"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Straits of Galahesh to be better than the print version?

    I would consider that this version to be every bit as good as the print version. This is the first series I have listened to Mr Chase and he has done as well as more well known narrators.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Straits of Galahesh?

    The attack by Atiana on the other Matres was very intense and I enjoyed it quite well. Difficult to say if there were other parts of the book that weren't memorable but that one stands out as she is battling with those who have been her mentors and relatives.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Chase – was your favorite?

    Nikandr


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

    The entire book was very well done so there isn't a particular "moving" part but there are some very touching moments the author describes and he has done well with these.


    Any additional comments?

    Though this is the first series I have read by Mr Beaulieu I am impressed with his abilities and will consider reading more of his work as well as the last installment of the trilogy. That is the greatest testament I can give to an author. Though I have read many, many books in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, I can honestly say that if I read all the books of a series then it must be a pretty good series. Witness the fact I could not care if I read another book by some authors with incomplete series, Song of Ice and Fire being one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Le Morte D'Arthur

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sir Thomas Malory
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    This monumental work made the Arthurian cycle available for the first time in English. Arthur is conceived and taken away in secret, returning as a young man to claim the throne by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. In retelling the story of Arthur's rule of Britain, Malory intertwines the romances of Guinevere and Launcelot, Tristram and Isolde, and Launcelot and Elaine. Sir Galahad's appearance at Camelot begins the quest for the Holy Grail.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not Quite as I Remembered"
    "With all the great readers why Davidson?"
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    What would have made Le Morte D'Arthur better?

    A different reader


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I hated them all by the end of the second hour of this nightmare rendition of Sir Thomas Mallory's wonderful compilation.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frederick Davidson’s performances?

    Nope


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

    I couldn't finish the book so it may have but I am unwilling to go further with it. I don't let someone hit me in the head twice, this narrator is as bad as Scott Brick.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (594)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, fans have been anticipating the finale of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 30 languages. The wait will soon be over. The 14th and final volume, A Memory of Light, will be available in hardcover and audiobook on January 8, 2013. However, you can read the prologue, “By Grace and Banners Fallen”, before the book’s official release date.

    Amazon Customer says: "Worth every penny (but no need for it any more)"
    "A Fantastic Preview"
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    Would you listen to By Grace and Banners Fallen: Prologue to A Memory of Light again? Why?

    Yes! I have already listened to this prologue twice and I have only had it 5 hours.
    I have read and listened to this fabulous series since it came out and I really enjoy it. Makes the Song of Ice and Fire pale by comparison.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are well developed, the plot arc is well planned and each book is a tale unto itself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Band of the Red Hand vs trollocs in Caemlyn


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Too many to count


    Any additional comments?

    This being the Prologue the only thing missing is what will be the first paragraph of the first chapter of the Memory of Light.
    Each of the books have begun with the a paragraph I will not use but still brings a grin, a tear and the expectancy of things great to follow.
    I am going to re-read the entire series starting today so that I get the complete story in my memory before Memory of Light arrives.
    RJ, great thanks for your vision and books. The world will miss you more than you ever had anticipated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (737)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (401)

    The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border.

    Luck8 says: "Best of Presidential Agent Series"
    "Not the best but good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was the low point in the series for me but at least it wasn't narrated by Scott Brick, Mr. Predictable.
    The story was good but if you take out all of the plot from the previous books this was short a few pages.
    After reading the reviews for the next two books I think I will stop at this one. Charlie Castillo is a great character but the lack of new story is more than a bit disappointing. Did I mention that at least this wasn't done by Scott Brick?


    Would you recommend Black Ops to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend this book because it wasn't narrated by Scott Brick.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he meets the defecting agents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Great performance by someone other than Scott Brick. Did I mention that Scott Brick narrations make me want me to plunge hot ice picks into my ears?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shooters

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (311)

    In a dangerous world, only extraordinary people can keep America secure. The #1 New York Times best-selling series returns with a story as up-to-date as the headlines.

    Ed says: "I am still waiting to meet The Shooters"
    "Good Yarn"
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    Though the author is obviously a civilian and never had any military experience (a Lieutenant in the US Army has two gold bars not silver, a Lt Col has silver oak leaf and a "bird colonel" has silver eagle) the story is a good yarn.

    If you overlook the glaring mistakes in the technical details the story is good and keeps the listener interested. If you love Tom Clancey stay away from Griffin as the two do not compare. However, if you have an afternoon and the credits, the story is worth a listen.

    For the Author, do some research before beginning a story it could save some embarassment.

    Simple things like latitude and LONGITUDE. Rank insignia and Army society could help as well. Also a brief study of the sciences could help with the distance a satellite is from earth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patriot Games

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (824)

    It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

    K. Masheter Deal says: "Oldie but Goodie!"
    "Great book, strong plot with good intrigue but...."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Patriot Games to be better than the print version?

    I love this series, the books and stories are fantastic, but Scott Brick? PLEASE!!! He is good for Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert, even good on some of the non fiction but he is WAY TOO PREDICTABLE, if he were any more predictable, when his timber raises or he reads the words faster he is getting to a plot jink or action point. When he reads slower and more subdued he is reading a background point. I mean I would rather have Michael Prichard or Diamond Phillips read these books than Scott Brick. Like kissing your sister, even if she is beautiful there is no spark.

    Print version is much better because I have a chance of interpreting for myself and it isn't the way this guy reads it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Patriot Games?

    There are too many memorable moments to pick just one.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    I try not to unless it is a Kevin J Anderson or Brian Herbert book. For some reason he can do fine with them but when he does Clancy he doesn't quite get it right.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1053)

    Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

    Thomas says: "Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?"
    "Another great yarn from Tom Clancy"
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    Would you listen to Executive Orders again? Why?

    I had purchased this title in hopes of pleasantly killing time until my next installment from my favorite author was available but found myself panting for more.
    I am now on my third listen to this story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I had a real difficulty putting the story down many and much of the time.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael Prichard gives a good performance but he does have the same basic voice for all characters. He gives the story more credibility than interest


    Any additional comments?


    Though I am not as excited about Michael Prichard as I was with Lou Diamond Phillips in Dead or Alive, I did enjoy the story and am now waiting for my next credits to get the rest of the Jack Ryan series.

    Tom Clancy does go a bit overboard with the technical jargon of the hardware, he has some insight and inside knowlege of the functioning of the SOG and the CIA.

    Give it a try as I did, I don't think you will be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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