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Darren Greer

Darren Greer

Jacksonville, FL | Member Since 2003

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  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1114)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Couldn't finish the book..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'll start by mentioning that I did not finish this book, and so this review is based solely on the first 10 chapters or so.

    I started this book after finishing the last, currently published, Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn (RIP). I chose this series based on a recommendation from a friend that said this series was similar. I was unimpressed within the first few minutes, but kept going in hopes that it would get better. However, it never turned a corner for me, so I stopped the listen. Here are my main gripes:

    1) The narration was sub-par in my opinion, and not even close to the same level as George Guidall from the Mitch Rapp series. I know that this has no bearing on the storyline itself, but a good or bad narration seriously impacts my ability to listen to a book. Nothing against Armand, but his narration seemed almost childish compared to George.

    2) The storyline was full of holes. No spoilers, as I didn't get very far, but there were so many holes early on in the story that I just couldn't get past it. I tend to over-think when I listen to books, so this could be my problem, but throwing it out there for others to be aware.

    3) The gross stereotyping of Mormons was borderline offensive. Full disclosure, I'm a Mormon. Brad's brood generalization of Mormons seemed to paint us as a bunch of women hating idiots. At least that's how I interpreted it :/

    4) Vince's dialog in the Mitch Rapp series, that was used with various members of government agencies seemed spot on and professional. Brad's dialog seemed corny at times, and a bit childish. I'm not a government employee, so this is based on how I would expect them to interact, versus actual experience.

    I'm moving on to a new series, and regret the credit I lost on this purchase.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5130)
    Performance
    (2899)
    Story
    (2919)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Met all my expectations... And more."
    Overall

    I, like many, was affected in many ways when Robert Jordan passed. I had conflicting emotions of sadness and disappointment on not being able to see this incredible epic completed. When I found out that Brandon Sanderson was going complete the series I was excited and nervous. I am no literary elitist, so take this for what it is worth, but Brandon did the impossible.

    When listening to this book, I could not discern the difference between his writing style and Robert's. This book picked up perfectly where book 11 left off, and kept me glued to my iPhone more than usual. I found myself making extra trips to the grocery store, driving slower, and taking long-cuts, just so I could have more time to finish the book.

    As always, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do an incredible job capturing the characters voices and emotions. I look forward to seeing the completion of this epic fantasy, and am now going to go check out Brandon's other works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Artifact

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Astre
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (103)

    Deep within a heavily guarded compound of the Brookhaven National Laboratory lies the nation's most protected secret: an active alien artifact. Estimated at several millions of years old, impervious to all efforts to penetrate its secrets, the artifact taunts researchers with bursts of mysterious radiation that may be efforts at communication.

    Richard A. Bamberg says: "Mystery of the Year?"
    "Good idea ... Poorly executed"
    Overall

    I agree with some of the others on this one. The storyline had an interesting twist, but the execution failed to produce a quality book.

    I have a technology background, and it pains me to listen to authors who obviously know little of technology try to incorporate it into their work. The story had such a childish feel to it that it was difficult to listen to all the way through.

    The only saving grace was that you truly wanted to find out how it was all going to end. Then, when you do, it is so anti-climactic and unbelievable, that you find yourself thinking "That's it?".

    There is so much more that could have been done with the idea, it is disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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