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Daniel Mcafee

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Texas USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Burning Angel

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Detective Dave Robicheaux becomes entangled in the affairs of the Fontenot family, descendants of sharecroppers whose matriarch helped raise Dave as a child. They are in danger of losing the land they've lived on for more than a century. As Dave tries to discover who wants the land so badly, he finds himself in increasing peril from a lethal, rag-tag alliance of local mobsters - and a hired assassin with a shady past.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Ok, but Abridged it leaves holes"
    "Ok, but Abridged it leaves holes"
    Overall

    Again, after reading Tin Roof Blowdown, which is 5-star, I went back to read these earlier JLB / Robichaux audiobooks.

    Up to this one, they are all abridged, and the editor did a lousy job.

    many holes in story line, motives, etc.

    Editor chose to leave all the bayou descriptives in and cut all the story line.

    I would still rate it average; if you like JLB and Robichaux, this was one of the better stories.....

    Reader, Will Patton, fabulous as usual!!!

    Overall slight thumbs up.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Technologists: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Pearl
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (130)

    The Civil War may be over but a new war has begun, one between the past and the present, tradition and technology. On a former marshy wasteland, the daring Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rising, its mission to harness science for the benefit of all and to open the doors of opportunity to everyone of merit. But in Boston Harbor a fiery cataclysm throws commerce into chaos, as ships’ instruments spin inexplicably out of control. Soon after, another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the city.

    Stephen feinstone says: "Good story ruined by poor reading"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you have ever played video games, this one reminds you of a book written from the basis of Dishonored or BioShock. The setup is a 1900's type world where a parallel technology path exists within the story that is more advanced than the actual 1900's technology.

    Overall the story is a bit slow and dry at times, but overall, it's an interesting adventure mystery type novel with good character development. The narrator does a fine job.

    Overall, it's off the beaten path (science fiction to some extent, but not quite science fiction if that makes any sense), but recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field Gray: A Bernie Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    Philip Kerr crafts a thrilling chapter from his critically acclaimed Bernie Gunther series. In Field Gray, Bernie finds himself imprisoned in 1954—and told he can either work for French intelligence or he can hang. Accepting his new job, Bernie begins interviewing POWs returning from Germany. And things get interesting when he meets a French war criminal and member of the French SS who has been posing as a German Wehrmacht officer.

    Jean says: "Field Gray"
    "Kerr Mastered the Style"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In the Bernie Gunther series, Kerr manages to tell a story about Bernie in his pre-war or wartime life, and then jumps to Bernie's then current-day, after the war. The series progresses from just after the war up to the late 50's and early 60's.

    This book is his best effort by far. Early on, the books were a bit hard to follow at times and it was hard to catch the story's flow over the gap in years. Field Gray nails it! It's a fabulous story with interesting characters and an intriguing story that ends up being a page turner!

    The narrator, Paul Hecht is overall, a very good narrator and he does a fine job on this one.

    Overall, this one is Highly Recommended! The series is likewise a recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prague Fatale

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    Philip Kerr’s thrilling mystery series starring private detective Bernie Gunther has been hailed as “one of the great historical crime series” by Bookmarks Magazine. Set in 1941, Prague Fatale follows Gunther as he investigates a murder at the country estate of his old boss, SD member Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was throwing a dinner party for senior German officers when the victim was discovered - the body mysteriously locked in a room from the inside.

    Michael says: "Another Great Bernie Gunther Mystery!"
    "Why Change the Formula"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have no idea why Kerr changed his formula on this book. The formula that he ended up perfecting by the time he got to "Field Gray" was to flash back and forth between Bernie's pre-war and war-time experience and Bernie's current day post-war life.

    Kerr always linked the stories, e.g., investigated someone from his former life, ran into an old acquaintance, etc. They were a bit hard to follow at first, but for me Kerr became a much better writer as he progressed through the books.

    Field Grey, for example was my favorite book, and this one digressed. I heard an interview Kerr gave saying that changing the style was interesting to him and sticking to the same old formula made it stale for him. I wish he would have stayed stale.

    Overall I recommend the series, but this book is average at best, and sometimes a beating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (310)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "Pleasant Surprise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was recommended to me by a friend, and ended up being quite the pleasant surprise.

    The book is centered around the "Google Earth" concept, where one of the vans driving around taking pictures of city streets and then projected into Google Earth to show the user the streets online.

    The company here is fictitious and the story is a bit implausible, but the author makes it work and weaves a pretty suspenseful story that ends up being a "page turner".

    The narrators do a fine job, even though there is no need for two of them.

    Highly recommended!! A suspense novel that is a fun and enjoyable listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man from Berlin: Gregor Reinhardt, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Luke McCallin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    In war-torn Yugoslavia, a beautiful young filmmaker and photographer - a veritable hero to her people - and a German officer have been brutally murdered. Assigned to the case is military intelligence officer Captain Gregor Reinhardt. Already haunted by his wartime actions and the mistakes he's made off the battlefield, he soon finds that his investigation may be more than just a murder, and that the late Yugoslavian heroine may have been much more brilliant - and treacherous - than anyone knew.

    Booklover says: "Fabulous narration, excellent writing"
    "Pretty Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I simply could not get through this book. Granted I was only 1/3 into when I quit, but I will RARELY quit listening to a book.

    I will try to go back and listen to this one again, once I have exhausted my hot list, but for now I am going to rate it a 2-3-1, only because John Lee is a fabulous narrator and brings it up from a 1.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Game

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (107)

    When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

    Joe says: "Move over Clancy, Iles is in the building!"
    "What a Great Surprise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I did not know who Greg Iles was prior to stumbling upon this book. I saw the good reviews, and the genre appeals to me, so I gave it a shot.

    What a terrific book!! I have not listened to a book this good in a long time. It reminded me of a good John Grisham or James Lee Burke novel. It was that good!

    I did listen to the second and third books in this series and the second one was a big let down and the third was much better, but not as good as this first effort.

    Overall, I recommend the series!! Try it, you will definitely enjoy this one if you enjoy the genre!! Tom Stechschulte does a fine job as narrator on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1554)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Disappointing End to the Trilogy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I very much enjoyed the first two book in this trilogy. The thing that made the first two books so good is exactly what made the last book so poor - CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!

    It is simply amazing to me how this happened. The initial characters, who were obviously the parents and grand parents of the characters in the final book, were simply swept to the side, and the new characters were simply introduced as if their characters were already defined by the parents and grand parents.

    Likewise, there was no real story line outside of the activities surrounding the historical events that occurred through the timeline of this third edition.

    I am a HUGE fan of Follett and will anxiously await his next book. If you are a Follett fan, you still have to listen or read the trilogy. It's worth it, but keep in mind the last book just goes through the motions. I would also recommend any of his other books, most of all the Pillars and World without End books.

    John Lee is masterful as always, truly one of the best narrators in the business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Is God

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Colonial New Guinea, 1906: A small group of mostly German nudists lives an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions about foul play.

    Carrie Arnold says: "Fascinating story!"
    "Pretty Uneventful Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the summary of the story sounded interesting, the story itself was a little less than that. I am a big Adrian McKinty fan and certainly had higher hopes for this book.

    Of course, if you like me, are a big McKinty fan, this becomes a must read. It's certainly better than the random average to poor book out there, but simply wasn't up to the standard McKinty type book I have become accustomed to.

    I would highly recommend the "Dead" / Michael Forsythe trilogy, and the Troubles trilogy by McKinty, the Dead trilogy being my favorite.

    Gerard Doyle does a great job narrating as he always does with McKinty books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (670)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Molly says: "Mysterious DEMISE of "old blood and guts" Patton"
    "Great High Level History of Patton and his Impact"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read several books on Patton, including one of the supposed "Bibles" on Patton, by Stanley Hirshson. O'Reilly and Dugard's book successfully touches on the relevant History influenced by Patton and likewise, the events he influenced.

    Like other reviewers, I agree that not all the events have to do with the supposed Tag Line of "Killing Patton", but all discussions are relevant and interesting. While I also agree that there are no earth shattering new discoveries or new theories as to who killed Patton, if anyone, O'Reilly and Dugard make a pretty strong case that someone did in fact kill Patton as opposed to the accident storyline. I came away more convinced that he was murdered.

    O'Reilly does a fine job narrating. I am surprise by the number of negative reviews on O'Reilly's narration. O'Reilly so much better than many narrators in the business, and that isn't even his business! He's much better than bricks like Scott Brick. He may not be my favorite. but he is well above average as a narrator comparing him to other narrators in the business.

    Overall, highly recommended!! I have enjoyed all three "Killing" books by O'Reilly and Dugard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo, completed by Carol Gino
    • Narrated By Philip Bosco
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Mario Puzo first answered the question 'What is a family?' with the creation of the Corleones in his landmark best seller The Godfather. Now, 30 years later, Puzo enriches us all with his ultimate vision of the subject: the story of the greatest crime family in Italian history, the Borgias.

    Robert says: "15th Century Godfather"
    "The Quick "Wrap-Up" ending hurt and Epic Effort"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Even though it is mentioned in the Audible Title, I did not realize that Mario Puzo did not finish this novel himself. It was completed in 2001 by his girlfriend, after his death in 1999.

    I imagine when he started this book there had been little written about the Borgias, but since this book was finished, there have been a great many books on the Borgias, and of course the Showtime series, "The Borgias", which I highly recommend.

    This book did bring to light a few interesting tidbits of History of which I was not aware. For example, in the Showtime series, they wrote out the younger brother Gioffre, so I was not aware he actually existed.

    Overall I recommend the book and my only criticism (and it's a fairly big one for me) is that the book had an epic feel to it and it wrapped up far too quickly and in summary form. I can only assume that is because Carol Gino simply tried to finish it the best she could. I would be curious to know when she actually took over to assess my point as a valid one or not.

    The narrator did a fine job and overall a slight thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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