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David

Palo Alto, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Thief: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (492)

    On the ocean liner Mauretania, two European scientists with a dramatic new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency's intrepid chief investigator, Isaac Bell. Unfortunately, they are not so lucky the second time. The thugs attack again - and this time, one of the scientists dies.

    A User says: "The Review: An Issac Bell Piece"
    "Fine Background Research"
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    Descriptions of society, interior design, street scenes, transportation, weapons and motion picture technology make it seem that the author lived then. This apparent authenticity puts the reader in the scene.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Runaway Jury

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (302)

    In Biloxi, Mississippi, a landmark tobacco trial with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake begins routinely, then swerves mysteriously off course. The jury is behaving strangely, and at least one juror is convinced he's being watched...

    Elizabeth says: "What fun!"
    "My Favorite Grisham So Far"
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    Wait for the ending; it's great. This novel is both highly entertaining and informative. Presentations by the lawyers dealt with real issues of those times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1439)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (853)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Small Town South"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mr. Hammer is perfect with his languid delivery. The voices of the characters worked for me. The story manifests disturbing race relations and a suspected serial killer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5233)
    Performance
    (4736)
    Story
    (4749)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Monotonic Reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I missed much of the monotonic narration especially when spoken softly. However, the story seemed nicely inventive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (906)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Performer's Accents Hard to Understand"
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    My California ears lost many of the German accented words especially when they were spoken softly. If it weren't for that I might have liked the story itself more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (190)

    The anomaly called the Breach is the government’s most carefully guarded secret. But there is another secret even less known... and far more terrifying. As the U.S. President addresses the nation fromthe Oval Office, a missile screams toward the White House. In a lightning flash, the Chief Executive is dead, his mansion in ruins, and two cryptic words are the only clue to the assassins’ motives: “See Scalar.” Now Travis Chase of the covert agency Tangent - caretakers of the Breach and all its grim wonders - have only twenty-four hours to unearth a decades-old mystery....

    Sandra says: "Sad to see the story end."
    "Story Too Confusing"
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    I might have enjoyed the book more if I had experienced the novels in their proper order. This was my first and my last "breach" novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10545)
    Performance
    (9573)
    Story
    (9593)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Great Story and Performance, but ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great characters as they discover an ever-growing, eerie mystery and other worldliness. Performed with fine portrayal of different personalities. Occasional moments light humor for relief. Very well done.

    However there is a major editing flaw. The first chapter of Part 2 is the same as the last chapter of Part 1. Other than the confusion it causes, the posted listening time is probably inflated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6660)
    Performance
    (5053)
    Story
    (5133)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Remarkable Pseudohistory"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The vampire element of this novel can be compared to sugar-coating hard-to-swallow medicine. I have not studied U.S. history for years, but remember enough of it to thoroughly enjoy re-reading it in this fictional form. It tracks closely enough to real events to trigger memories. What a pleasure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Gate: A Novel from the NUMA Files

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (562)

    A Japanese cargo ship cruises the eastern Atlantic near the Azores- when it bursts into flames. A gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster- when their boat explodes. What is happening in that part of the world? As Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA(r) Special Assignments Team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginably audacious plan to extort the world's major nations. Their penalty for refusal?

    Julius Butcher says: "My style of story"
    "Too Many Drowning Scenes !"
    Overall
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    Not a bad book, but the characters were not as interesting as those in "The Chase"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Century Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (396)

    Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

    DAVID says: "One of John Lee's best performances"
    "Brilliant on All Levels"
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    I've listened to many of Reynolds' novels. This is the winner. Reynolds had me believing in his new and exciting SF inventions, but beyond that the novel is a fine mixture of mystery and terror.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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