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Erik

Sooke, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • 141 reviews
  • 141 ratings
  • 295 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015
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  • Dog Company: The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc - the Rangers Who Landed at D-Day and Fought Across Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patrick K. O’Donnell
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    It is said that the right man in the right place at the right time can mean the difference between victory and defeat. This is the dramatic story of 68 soldiers in the US Army's Second Ranger Battalion, Company D - "Dog Company" - who made that difference, time and again. America had many heroes in World War II; however, few can say that, but for them, the course of the war would have been very different. The right men, the right place, the right time - Dog Company.

    Erik says: "A solid work on a specific topic"
    "A solid work on a specific topic"
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    As with most works with a single focus, it can get a bit repetitive. That being said, it is a solid story that tells the story of a unique time and of a unique unit. All of these stories need to be told and listened to. Those that were actually there deserve our attention and understanding to what is really their story.

    This was first time with this author. A pretty good performance, but as with most US narrators, I found his pace a touch slow. Maybe that's just me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (1371)
    Story
    (1379)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Characters that are very hard to like"
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    Having read other works by Larry Correia, I expected anti-government rhetoric, machismo, and detailed descriptions of weapons, but this book brought in a new element, and that was a group of protagonists so despicable that you wanted them to get killed as much as the bad guys. Having a hero that is tainted is not a new concept, but in this case, mercenaries with a history of murder, extortion, and war crimes made it hard to cheer on the main characters.

    The narration was also a bit odd. It took a while for me to understand the method being used by Mr. Pinochet. Over all though, I felt it could have been read at a faster pace.

    In summary, the book did entertain me and it wasn't a wasted credit. I would place this in the middle of the "to read" list if you enjoy Larry Correia's other works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live and Let Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (366)

    Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends -- like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of treachery that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of the island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own. Voodoo, sharks, barracuda, time bombs, harpoon guns, torture, and terror are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.

    Pork C. Fish says: "A Product of Its Time"
    "Classic Bond read by a master"
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    A great combination of classic Bond narrated by Simon Vance, who works his magic here in bringing the story to life.

    If you've never read the original stories, do yourself a favor and get this audio book. I find the books far superior to the Hollywood versions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6095)
    Performance
    (5597)
    Story
    (5600)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Hard to categorize"
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    I looked forward to reading this book, and it didn't disappoint. One of the indicators I use to rate book is if I think on the story after I am finished. This book was one of those stories where I found myself reflecting back on it for a few days, so it made an impression on me.

    Some of the other reviewers have placed this in the horror genre, while others place it in the fantasy category. I'm not sure where to place it. Is it a story told about how a child perceived parts of his childhood? Is it about being that really did exist in the story? I guess that's up to each audience.

    The story itself is very engaging, but does require a good imagination. I wouldn't recommend this to a die hard non-fiction fan. If you're open minded, enjoy the mystical, and like alternate realities, then this story will appeal to you.

    As a final note, the author id a very good job of narrating the work. Often times self narration can be unremarkable, but in this instance the reading complimented the story quite well.

    Well worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Bloody Jack #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (602)

    Jacky Faber, Bloody Jack, is back, and this time, she's facing a situation far worse than a ship full of murderous pirates. Curse of the Blue Tattoo, L. A. Meyer's sequel to the enormous popular Bloody Jack, is just as bawdy and entertaining as the original.

    William says: "Nice story, extremely well read!"
    "Great YA Fiction"
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    Having thoroughly enjoyed "Bloody Jack", I quickly jumped at the chance to read this book when I saw it on sale.

    Bottom line up front: It's a good story, but not as good as "Bloody Jack". This may be unfair, given how solid the first of the series was, but I think it is an accurate assessment.

    While Bloody Jack would be more gender neutral, specifically in that it could be enjoyed by all sexes, I think this story moves firmly into the female domain. In this regard, it gives young girls a solid heroine to follow and end enjoy. This isn't to say the story isn't fast paced and enjoyable, but I think it won't appeal to as broad of an audience.

    Outside of gender categorization, the story itself isn't quite as engaging as "Bloody Jack". There's still lots of excitement, and the story provides a great illustration of the prejudices suffered by females two hundred years ago, but it isn't as gripping as the inaugural book.

    Katherine Kellgren remains one of the best narrators out there, and her performance here is flawless. She really brings the story to life and her performance itself is worth purchasing the audio version.

    I can highly recommend this to the YA audience, especially females, but it also worthy of a listen by a more mature reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (844)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "Essential to understanding the start of WWI"
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    This book has been on my "to read" list for many years and I wish I would have read it earlier. It is an essential work to understanding WWI, and in particular the opening moves by all belligerents that led to the following 4 years of bloodshed.

    Even more important, however, is how the book illustrates the massive egos and ambitions of the elites in society that ultimately led millions to their ultimate demise. For this alone, the book is a "must read", so that we may go into the future better armed with the knowledge of the potential weaknesses of the ruling classes.

    The author did a fantastic job of piecing together the myriad facets of the start of WWI. She did so in a well paced and interesting manner. This is something that not many could have done with such apparent ease. The narrator, did a superb job in reading the story, but i felt she could have picked up the pace slightly so as to work through the massive story more quickly. This, however, is minor criticism.

    I can highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in WWI or an interest in how the nature of the ruling elites can lead to disaster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (504)

    All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of the Borders Trilogy, tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons; beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

    Gene says: "A Super-Listen"
    "A Masterpiece"
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    I can't really say much more. A novel that garnered multiple awards for one of America's top authors, paired with one of the best narrators in the business. This book sells itself.

    My only criticism is one that is common to "high literature", and one that concerns over descriptive sentences. There are many occurrences of similes used to paint a picture of another simile in this book. That's a pretty picky point to raise, and it's a point you can easily get over as you listen to the story.

    So, if you haven't read this book yet, what are you waiting for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1610)
    Performance
    (1432)
    Story
    (1452)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Mel says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "A gripping story and masterful performance"
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    I picked up the book not knowing what to expect. Based on the description I expected the story of a young man captured and adopted by a Native band. Well, it is this and much more, as the story traces the effects of migration and exploitation in Texas from 1830 through to the present.

    While this may seem overly ambitious, the use of the characters through different generations is very effective. At first, as with many novels employing this technique, the switching of multiple view points and periods of time can be challenging. After about a quarter of the book, as you get more attuned to the various characters, it does become more readable.

    While the characters were were interesting, they definitely weren't characters that endear themselves to your heart. Greed and ambition are the underlying threads to the individual stories in the book. It may well be a work of fiction, but the events portrayed within probably aren't too far off the mark as to how events were galvanized over the past century and a half.

    My only criticism that stopped me from giving 5 stars was the last quarter of the book. The ending seemed rushed, and the characters at the end, those of the next generation, seemed less developed and hurried. Perhaps this was intentional, or maybe the author faced a deadline. Regardless, it detracted from the story a bit.

    The multiple narrators were excellent. Each character had it’s own voice and cadence, which made switching between people and time easier than in print.

    If you’re interested in American history and enjoy the western setting, then this book should appeal to you. This audible experience was definitely worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    Overall
    (1957)
    Performance
    (1745)
    Story
    (1735)

    Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

    Charles says: "Magnificent"
    "An excellent second book in the series"
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    I'll start off by saying that you really need to read the first book of the series before tackling this one. Golden Son would not be good as a stand-alone work.

    As for the story, I must admit that I was worried. Many follow on books in a series have a difficult time following an opening story as good as Red Rising. Lucky for readers, Golden Son doesn't fall into this category, and the story moves onto the next part of this epic tale seamlessly.

    The story is not without it's faults. Some of the flash backs and "inner torment" of the lead character starts to wear thin at times, and there are some story-line synchronization issues that won't escape an attentive reader, but these are minor faults when compared to the gripping plot and engaging characters.

    While the majority of the audience will be Young Adults, this is a book that should also entertain a more mature audience. If you enjoyed Red Rising, you won't be disappointed in this second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Jasper Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (261)

    Treasure Island must be the most enthralling adventure book ever written. As we listen to the voice of Jim Hawkins telling his extraordinary tale, and later that of his companion Dr. Livesey, we are plunged into a world of pirates, buried treasure, mutiny, and deceit.

    Jason says: "Rousing tale"
    "A brilliant performance of a classic!"
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    Wow! This is the quintessential pirate. It has stood the test of time and is still as accessible and entertaining as it was centuries ago.

    What made this version special was the outstanding performance by Jasper Britton. This was my first experience with this narrator, and his inflections, voices, and cadence were flawless. It really made for an exciting listen and I will definitely search out more of his performances.

    So, even if you read this years ago, give it a listen. I think you'll find this format and narrator brings the story to life like never before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timbuktu

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (289)

    Mr. Bones, the canine hero of this astonishing book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high-school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.

    Dubi says: "Should I Have Said Gehrig?"
    "You'll Love it or Hate it"
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    In reading other views, and thinking about the book afterward, I realized that you must read this book and form your own opinions. I don't think many will take a middle ground on this novel. You'll either love it or hate it.

    For myself, I wasn't really into it for the first half. The book seemed more about the dog's owner Willie, than about Mr. Bones (the dog). To top it off, Willie's monologues were the rantings of a madman, which is what he was. I understood the authors intent of showcasing the mentally ill and their challenges, but it seemed to go on too long.

    For the second half, it was more about the dog, as told through his thoughts and actions. This drew me in and eventually complemented the first half.

    While not a perfect work, I thought about the story for days afterward. This, in my mind, is a hallmark of a top notch novel.

    Joe Barrett did great job with all the voices, inflections, a cadences. I'll listen to him if afforded the opportunity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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