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David

Giving out fewer stars because I was inflating my start in a way that did not differentiate the mediocre and the fantastic.

Saint Charles, MO, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Athena Project: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (316)

    Tucked away in a remote corner of North Carolina's Fort Bragg, behind rows of razor wire and heavily armed guards, lies the headquarters of the nation's most elite counter-terrorism unit - the United States Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. Here, a brilliant new approach to combating terrorism has just been born. Its codename: The Athena Project.

    Don says: "Nice spin-off, good listen"
    "Great Concept Not Fully Developed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book, but it was a spin-off that did not stand on its own. If this had been the first Brad Thor book I had read/listened to I would not have looked for more of his work.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was fine.


    What three words best describe Elizabeth Marvel’s voice?

    Great voice/voices


    Was The Athena Project worth the listening time?

    It was worth listening to but raw.


    Any additional comments?

    Brad Thor does a great job writing about a hero with a supporting cast. The Athena project had a team of heroines without a central heroine. There just was not enough depth to warrant a team. The conflict situations moved too quickly for team action. The characters were not developed well enough to hold your attention in team action.. The dialogue between team members was minimal.

    With a team I think every character must has a singular awesome purpose. While some characters on the team are said to do this or be better at that, none really demonstrated their hero status in any situation. I actually found this better demonstrated in the Athenas in another Brad Thor book with Scott Harvath as the protagonist.

    When I first started listening to the book there is a very kick-butt scene, and I thought Brad Thor had nailed it, but other than that one scene there really was nothing else.

    All of Brad Thor books that I have read/listened too have been popcorn and peanuts hero, action, intrigue. This book is no different, and it is fun from that stand point, but none of the characters were as well developed as Harvath or Nicholas. This means that they were not as interesting.

    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
    (3289)
    Performance
    (3051)
    Story
    (3054)

    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"
    "Hill Writes a Great Story"
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    At first I was put off of this book because Hill is the son of Stephen King. This was because I thought he would probably be a fair writer, but he was only published because of his father. I was wrong, and if this is a thought of yours as well you are wrong.

    Hill develops characters as well as his father, and his imagination that he puts on paper is wonderful. It is my belief that Hill has the tighter prose when a comparison is made with his father's writing. I am a fan of King so this is a compliment.

    Kate Mulgrew did a great job narrating the book. Her emotional tone was spot on and drew me into the story without distraction. So why did I rate the performance at only 3 stars? It may be too low of a rating, but I found her male voices to be fairly weak and poorly differentiated. This may be typical of a female reader. This is the first time I have listened to a female reader that did both male and female voiced. After I listen to more female readers I will probably grow just as antiquated with females reading male parts as I am with males reading female parts. I have just talked myself into changing the 3 stars to 4. I would listen to Ms. Mulgrew read more stories.

    I will get the rest of Mr. Hill's books and short stories. This was a fun and original piece of fantasy that is perfect to read during the Christmas season. If you like King you will like Hill at least as much. I actually liked Hill's book a bit more than his fathers current offerings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Narrated By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (224)

    Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

    Timothy Pauls says: "An excellent reason for the author to narrate"
    "A Must Read/Listen"
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    This story is deep in meaning, and very enlightening. It is a call for Christians to better understand their faith, and to love more and deeper as it is Christ's love that leads people to Jesus.

    I gained a far greater understanding of Islam in a non-textbook format. There are Muslims that love others, and there are Muslims that hate others. Muslims do seek for all to join Islam as all Christians seek for all to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior in their lives. The problem is that a large group of Muslims understand their faith very well and try to attain a pure Islamic world by the sword.

    Thankfully, the book revolves around a Muslim family exhibiting great love. That love is pure. The parents only want the best for their children, and that is for them to be great ambassadors of the Muslim faith. Nabeel Qureshi was that ambassador and natural apologist.

    Mr. Qureshi was called by Jesus through a friend's introduction. The key is that Mr. Qureshi honestly and humbly sought the one and true God. At first he had no doubt that god was Allah, and then the true God revealed Himself to Mr. Qureshi.

    The beauty seen in this book:

    1. Love is the key to bringing people to Christ Jesus.
    2. Always seek God with all your heart and you will find Him.
    3. You may be called to give up all you know, have, and love for Him.
    3. Whatever your faith, know it to the core from the holy books that define it.
    4. Be brave. The joy and safety for Christians has nothing to do with our lives in this world, but is the salvation through Jesus. On this world we are to be used to do God's will for His plan. "My thoughts are not your thoughts. Neither are my ways your ways.", says the Lord. Death and pain are unavoidable in this world. God is not Santa Clause.

    Again, it was a great read/listen. The story meant much to me, and I will listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Tom Mison
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1119)

    In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

    Sara says: "Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
    "A Very Fun Romp"
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    This is a very short listen, but it is very well done. If you get a chance to listen it will be worth your time.

    I recommend the audio highly, and I thank Audible for the free listen at the best possible time, Halloween.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bing West
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months - a total of One Million Stepsin search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning.

    Karen says: "Stunning look at Afghanistan and the Marine Corps"
    "To Remember Is To Honor"
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    This is a true story of the life of Marines living and fighting a tactical battle in a very dangerous part of Afghanistan in the closing days of the US presence there, and includes the fecklessness of America's leadership in the high ranks of both military and political.

    The narrator does a great job. He reads in tones that are very appropriate to the scenes of the story. I would listen to him again.

    The story was riveting, and the proverbial page turner. My heart cried out many times with sorrow, indignation, and anger. I think this is one of the truest retelling of the events surrounding this conflict, a conflict I deem as lost. The conflict was lost not because of the fighters but because of the leadership and their lack of a true goal.

    You get a a thorough understanding of individual Marines. You engage in their thoughts, their hardships, their courage, and their honor despite the knowledge that the overall strategy, goals, and ROE of the conflict were well past FUBAR. These were normal men that became Marines as the Marines before them were, and you get to see this transformation.

    I served in the Army during peace time. I never feared anything more than having to clean my vehicle after field training. This leaves me with a bit of shame as I know I was something less of a soldier than the men that fight. My son asked me once when he was young why I watched war movies, and read war book. He thought I had a blood thirst. The truth of the matter is that I want to feel or understand how much I owe to our warriors. I want to understand what they went/go through.

    Our warriors are different Americans but simply Americans. Today the ranks are filled with volunteers that know they may go to a place that can kill or maim them. These volunteers are young, smart, and tough. To read this is to honor them. To read this is to remember why you should help the ones that come home wounded physically or mentally, and those unable to find work. To read this book will help you to remember that you and your family have such a cushy life because the world know that if they mess with the US our warriors will come to 'Get Some'.

    I recommend this book to all.

    The political views of the author concerning this conflict is that both presidents and all high level military leadership failed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (1345)
    Story
    (1349)

    To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.

    Drew (@drewsant) says: "A good listen"
    "The 2nd Book Should Have Been the First"
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    The first book of this series was just adequate. Frankly, it could have been a prologue to this book. But the first book had a great narrator, as this one does because they are one and the same. There was some character building and some tears in the story as well.

    Yet, it is Aftermath where Molles opens the spigots and let the story flow. There is a terrific set of characters and unrelenting tension as people try to become communities with sustainable protection. While the world has changed a sense of normality and stability grew.

    You don't need the first book to enjoy the second, but if you read the first book you will be happier with it after you read the second book. At least I was happier with the first after reading the second.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (2137)
    Performance
    (2006)
    Story
    (2013)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "Will Seek Out Christian Rummel"
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    The story was fine, but it is not new in anyway. There was a scene that brought a tear to my eye though.

    The best part of this book was the narrator. What a great voice guy Rummel is. He was so good that I will seek out other books that he narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (1924)
    Story
    (1934)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Not Much to It"
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    Before I begin please know that I am reducing my star count to allow me to differentiate the great - average -terrible. Also know that a story that does not fit one reader/listener may be a super fit for another.

    Steel World is a simple space marine romp. The writing and dialogue was simplistic in my opinion. The characters were flat and one dimensional. Protagonist and antagonist was extremely weak. The narrator may be great, but there was little there for Mr. Boyett to work with in this story.

    There was little new added to this type of story.

    I would not recommend this book. I may give the narrator another chance, but the narration was weak and monotonous. Again, the narrator really had little to work with here. All this and I actually do like simple space marine romps...just not this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (445)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "Everything is not what it seems"
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    Would you listen to Carrion Comfort again? Why?

    I will, but I doubt that I will listen to anything more than parts of the book due to its length.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carrion Comfort?

    This question always messes me up as I think it will give away the game. There are better moments than this, but the opening is pretty good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first grand fight.


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

    Who is in control.


    Any additional comments?

    I have seen reviews calling this a vampire book. It has nothing to due with vampires. It is about absolute power and control, while attempting to defeat those with that power and control.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Steakley
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (738)

    The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water poisonous. It is the home of the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred.

    George Dean says: "An intense and unusual work, wonderfully performed"
    "Armor - A Fun Romp"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from John Steakley and/or Tom Weiner?

    I would try another book narrated by Mr. Weiner, but I don't know if I would read another Steakley book. While it was pretty good it was not terrific.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Steakley? Why or why not?

    If the price was right maybe, but this book, while fun, is not worth a credit.


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a great set of voices to use in the narration. His emotional tones were perfect.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably, because I love war-Sci-fi


    Any additional comments?

    Mileage varies for each reader. I found the main section of the book to be rather tedious and the main character in the middle to be unbelievable even when sustaining my disbelief. That does not make the book bad.

    It has a fairly original story line that snuggles into familiar stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (6355)
    Performance
    (3130)
    Story
    (3155)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "What? A TV Show Adaptation??"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a fun whimsical story that would be fun for parents and their 9-10 year old kids. It was fun and different. Yes I would recommend the book to a friend or friends.


    Would you recommend Neverwhere to your friends? Why or why not?

    This is a fun whimsical story that would be fun for parents and their 9-10 year old kids. It was fun and different. Yes I would recommend the book to a friend or friends.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Gaiman is just a talented guy. It is obvious to me that he loved these characters and took time to bring them to life. Great humor in the voice.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did watch it as it was a TV series first. I watched the series after listening to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This probably shows just how shallow I can be. My daughter loves all things Gaiman. I asked her which of his books she should I start with, and she told me Neverwhere. My wife and I were loving this story. It was just different with that great Brit dry humor. It was quirky.

    Then I found that this book was not a book first with an adapted screenplay, but a screenplay first which was adapted into a book. After learning this I thought less of the story. It does not make any sense, but there you have it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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