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Eric

Palmdale, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista: The Enemies Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Matthew Bracken
    • Narrated By Mike Kemp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a novel set in the not-too-distant future in the American Southwest, during a period of low-intensity civil war. The action takes place between Texas and California, but the story is mainly centered around New Mexico. Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a sequel to Enemies Foreign and Domestic, but it may be enjoyed on its own.

    Alan says: "I am getting the series there's 3 books."
    "Excellent story ruined by terrible narration"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista better?

    Storywise - nothing as it's an excellent story! Fortunately, I have previously read the Enemies Trilogy and the Bracken Anthology, and found them first-rate - that's why I purchased the audiobooks.. Unfortunately and due solely to very bad narration, the audiobook is simply unlistenable - I couldn't even make it through two (2) minutes of listening (and I tried several times)!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realism, both in terms of characters and probability of events.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    WORST NARRATION EVER - A DEAF-MUTE WITH A SIGN LANGUAGE STUTTERING PROBLEM, WOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    THE AUDIOBOOK DEFINITELY EVOKED BOTH ANGER AND SADNESS IN THAT TERRIBLE NARRATION RUINED WHAT SHOULD/WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT LISTENING EXPERIENCE!


    Any additional comments?

    GO BACK AND RE-RECORD WITH A GOOD STORY TELLER! I'M GETTING MY MONEY BACK ON THIS ONE BUT IF/WHEN IT'S RE-RECORDED USING A GOOD NARRATOR, THEN I'LL RE-PURCHASE AND LISTEN AT THAT POINT IN TIME!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Enemies Foreign and Domestic

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Bracken
    • Narrated By Mike Kemp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (109)

    The story begins on opening day of the NFL season, when bullets begin to rain down upon the upper deck of a packed football stadium. A panic stampede ensues, leading to mass casualties. The alleged sniper is found holding a smoking assault rifle, and is killed by a police marksman. One week later, Congress bans the private possession of all semi-automatic assault rifles. Gun owners are given one week to turn in their semi-automatic rifles, or face a five year mandatory sentence.

    B. Lambert says: "Great story if you can get past the performance"
    "Excellent story completely ruined by bad narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A GOOD NARRATOR!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Enemies Foreign and Domestic?

    THE PAIN IN MY EARS OWING TO TERRIBLE NARRATION FOLLOWED BY TEARING EYES FOLLOWED BY THE RESULTING TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WHEN I PURPOSEFULLY DROVE MY CAR OFF THE ROAD TRYING TO END IT ALL!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    IN EVERY MANNER POSSIBLE!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    ANGER AT BAD NARRATION AND SADNESS THAT A GREAT LISTEN WAS RUINED BY BAD NARRATION.


    Any additional comments?

    THE NARRATOR DEFINITELY QUALIFIES AS A DOMESTIC ENEMY!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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