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Don

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  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1361)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Mel says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Listening at every chance I get ..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Sparrow to be better than the print version?

    This is a great espionage novel, masterfully read. Deep characters, intricate plot, high quality suspense. I’m happy that 2/3 through, the seduction portions are very powerful support for the story, but few and far between. What great about the story is those few events provide a huge dimension of the story without all of the “detail”, which would be distracting. The reader does an excellent job. J Bobb is superbly matched – right up there w/ “13” by RK Morgan and the Jasper FForde novels which are very well matched with readers.


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

    Really enjoying the story - love to see just how the plot is unfolding at every turn.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    Excellent pacing;


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt like I was in Russia, in the SVR.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3283)
    Performance
    (2873)
    Story
    (2878)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "Intense; predictable, yet satisfying."
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    Would you listen to Ballistic again? Why?

    I have listened to this novel at least twice/ There is a very good amount of detail to the story, the characters, the political environment, the Good and Bad guy.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Greaney? Why or why not?

    Yep. I like the spy/assassin stuff. Impossible odds, and pulling through, but scathed.


    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
    (3799)
    Performance
    (3524)
    Story
    (3526)

    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"
    "Creepy; too long; GREAT BAD GUY!"
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    What did you like best about NOS4A2? What did you like least?

    The "Bad Guy" is all that - a horrible, sinister character. I wish there was more of an explanation behind the Rolls, though.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joe Hill? Why or why not?

    Not at this time. I'd have to read more reviews, do some more research. I'm not into this genre, I bought more to hear Kate and get an idea of the story / genre.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    Kate makes a point to try to bring each character to life. She does a good job showing you, by her performance, the differences. Kate does have a distinctive voice, though, and it works for this story.


    Did NOS4A2 inspire you to do anything?

    Yes - this book inspires me to delete it from my library!


    Any additional comments?

    If you really like horror, and evil character stories, you would most likely really like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Victor Gischler
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    Edgar Award nominee Victor Gischler “specializes in morbid humor, dark sarcasm, and comic noir, complete with violence and mayhem” (Library Journal). Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse picks up 10 years after the end of the world. Former insurance salesman Mortimer Tate leaves his secluded cabin and discovers a desolate landscape complete with cowboys, bandits, and cannibals, where the only traces of civilization are found at Joey Armageddon’s Sassy-a-Go-Go club.

    Michelle says: "Post-apocalypse with a touch of old west thrown in"
    "If you dont take it too seriously - its fun!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse the most enjoyable?

    People dealing with - realistically - post war apocalypse. I have no illusions that "man is inherently good" (would like to think so ... ) and the situations presented prove that out.


    If you’ve listened to books by Victor Gischler before, how does this one compare?

    Haven't - this was my first.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the story / plot twist when Mortimer figures out who "Joey" is. Quite a build up, not a let down, well delivered. Again, don't take this too seriously. Joey's economy is a bit optimistic.


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

    Not at all. I put it down, bounced around between books.


    Any additional comments?

    The cover has little to do with the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1960)
    Performance
    (1816)
    Story
    (1819)

    The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government. Colonization is against Galactic Law, and Legion Varus is dispatched to the system to handle the situation. Earth gave them sealed orders, but Earth is 35 lightyears away.

    D says: "They’re back ready to die; again"
    "Just about done, next one ready to download"
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    Would you listen to Dust World again? Why?

    Yes - Good details, very good military situations, the situations move very quickly, universe is fairly good. Political situations are developed well enough to support the story, but not to the depth I would like - but hey, there is only one Frank Herbert ....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The series follows a single main character, and half a dozen supports.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly enjoyed the description of the first "armored squid battle" on board the galactic carrier. Great aliens, very creative thinking, battle was spot on, all the issues you would expect for a undying space borne military facing the loss of its transportation.


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

    Not a single sitting like "A Hymn before Battle", but I did find myself figuring out ways to listen more often than other books.


    Any additional comments?

    While the book does dwell on the use of recycling military personnel over and over, the depiction is much more practical, real issue, simpler, and less dark that "Altered Carbon".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Chris Ertel, Lisa Kay Solomon
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Moments of Impact is an audiobook on a mission: to eradicate time-sucking, energy-depleting workshops and meetings. In our fast-changing world, organizations have important challenges and opportunities to address - and no time to waste. Moments of Impact delivers the single most useful resource for managers and leaders who need better strategic conversation - now - to shape the future of their organizations.

    Jonathan says: "Another audiobook failure. Buy the real book"
    "Efficently delivered excellant advice"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Moments of Impact the most enjoyable?

    Real life story / presentation which proved the authors points and supported the models.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moments of Impact?

    The story around the Catholic education organization and how they succeeded in their moment to continue on.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes - why wasn't this required reading in my MBA capstone MGMT 750 class at ODU?


    Any additional comments?

    If you interact with people who can affect your future, or whose future you are trying to affect (steer, route, direct, etc). then this book is money well spent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge: Stainless Steel Rat, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (261)

    DiGriz and Angelina are happily married and expecting the birth of their sons. The planet Cliaand is waging interstellar war, and against the odds, its Grey Men are invading and taking over planet after planet. The Rat is sent to Cliaand to start a one-man guerrilla campaign to put a stop to the plans of the planet's leader, Kraj. He is aided by the Amazons, a force of liberated freedom fighters, and eventually by his wife who arrives to help him win the war and keep him out of the arms of the Amazons.

    Cliff says: "If you like the rat you'll like this one"
    "Over the top SciFi Crime romp"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge the most enjoyable?

    The reader took great pains to put 'umph' into the story as he read - solid expression, tone inflection, etc. The story is a bit predictable, with enough change ups here and there to keep you going. I read this when I was a teenager, years ago, and have intro'd it to my own teenager who is very much enjoying both the stories and the reading style.


    What other book might you compare The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge to and why?

    Reminds me of Heinlein's lighter "teenage boy" SF - closest to Moon is a Harsh Mistress, in the sense that this book brings in some political and social issues as it tells the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't take the SSR novels to seriously - I don't think they are intended to be serious novels, rather light hearted easy read romps, light space opera fare, not very complex. Explosions, fun language, and over the top scenes and characters abound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inherit the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James P. Hogan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (165)

    The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "IT'S TIME FOR LUNCH"
    "Amazing Interplanetary alternative history, story"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Inherit the Stars the most enjoyable?

    Great science throughout. Book certainly "sounds" well researched, with lots of Earth's planetary history mixing with an "alternate" solar system history (who knows ... we might find the story to be true when we explore the solar system!)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inherit the Stars?

    I really enjoyed the scientific debate scenes, because they are instructive, keep the story going, provide necessary information for the reader, and the characters really show through.


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

    I listened to most of the book driving from for 9+ hr vacation road trip. Went to bed w/t the story in my ears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7555)
    Performance
    (3882)
    Story
    (3885)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Wish I'd got something else"
    Overall

    WARNING - This book takes FAR TOO long to get where its going, and a few months later I'm not really sure where it went, although I have a vague recollection about kids under siege, vampires, a military experiment gone horribly wrong, wasteland wanderings in Humvees, a militia unit, a narrator who sounded tired most of the time, and …

    I recall being very frustrated listening to it. It took over a month to get through, and that long causes one to lose lots of continuity. Unlike a paper book, where you can flip 'n skim, you can't easily do that on your audio player. I'm SOOO glad I got it on sale for one credit.

    There is a GREAT synopsis on Wikipedia of the book. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't know what I've missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19710)
    Performance
    (9462)
    Story
    (9490)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Excellent follow on; disturbing mature content."
    Overall

    WARNING - this is a story for mature audiences only - and I don't mean just age, I mean one's ability to realistically understand that there is a very dark side of the human soul and separate yourself from the descriptions/events in the story. Larsen captures this darkness vividly, and Salander is a phenomenal executioner of Laresn's ire.

    SL's series may be all the rave, and while the "crime/mystery/layers/plotting" is pretty darn good, the explicit details that get you there do get in the way. This novel moves much faster than Dragon Tattoo - that one drove me nuts until I reached the 1/2 way point, and then I furiously re-listened to get all o/t details. I am seriously on the fence about the third novel, though, because as others have commented the material is quite explicit.

    I don't agree w/ the common wisdom that this story stands on its own; w/o reading TGWTDT, it would be hard to slug through the abuse/sexual stuff, and you really would not appreciate many of the characters/scenes/events. After having listened to TGWTDT, the story is compelling, and an OUTSTANDING follow up / continuation.

    On the bright side, for someone in the USA: I've remarked to several people that listening to the book and the wonderful pronunciations / scene descriptions are like taking a vacation in Sweeden. After watching the first two movies, I can honestly say "That's what I thought XYZ would look like!"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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