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G. Hooper

Big Band jazz lover

Kansas City, MO USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Enemies: A History of the FBI

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (159)

    We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history. This is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

    a says: "Good book, just not for me"
    "Enemies......."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just boring. Narrator is fair but attempts to imitate other voices was subpar. To me, nowhere near as enjoyable as Weiner's novel about the CIA.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Ezekiel Option: Political Thrillers Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (177)

    With Saddam Hussein and Yasser Arafat out of the way, a dazzling era of security and prosperity seems to have come to the Middle East. With the help of an American president trying to spread freedom and democracy, the Israelis and the Palestinians have signed a historic peace agreement. Violence is down. Their economies are booming. But a new evil looms on the horizon.

    Cheryl says: "Great Series!"
    "Too much theology, not enough action."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not so far. Just concluded the first part and am seriously considering putting it down. Between fundamentalist witnessing and theology lessons on the Old Testament, I am feeling hugely overdosed on religion.


    Would you recommend The Ezekiel Option to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not without the caveat that the book spends an inordinate time postulating on religion.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He is okay. I have no specific issues with the narrator or his work.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I think if I had known the extent religion plays in the book, I would have chosen differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1589)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "War and Remembrance......"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Outstanding! Great ongoing (from WInds of War) character and story development and narration. Left me wanting more. I'm now a Wouk fan and looking for more of his work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3857)
    Performance
    (3435)
    Story
    (3454)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Killing Lincoln.........."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Enjoyed the book, well researched and developed. My only criticisms are of the performer. Small things, no doubt; please pronounce cavalry correctly, not calvary. Also, please pronounce sentries correctly, not as centuries.

    Think this would have been a better read than listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Falcon Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    A U.S. Navy F/A-18 flying over Afghanistan is suddenly diverted and ordered to bomb a building in Pakistan, where a meeting between al Qaeda and the Taliban is taking place. After destroying their target, the fighter jet is immediately hit by Stinger missiles and the pilots eject over Pakistan. They are captured, assaulted, and dragged through the streets of Peshawar. The world is on edge.

    David says: "Simply Excellent"
    "Falcon Seven..........misses!"
    Overall

    I'm still "reading" this book but am not sure how many times I've turned it off because of the reader. There is absolutely NO variety in his tone; it's almost as though he shouts through the entire book. He does a poor job of playing other characters as well; the two female characters I've encountered sound no different than any of the others.

    That said, I think I'm becoming a Huston fan but the jury's still out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (568)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "Heart and Fist .........."
    Overall

    Couldn't finish this read. It was fun to listen to Eric's SEAL training and I applaud his humanitarian efforts. In my opinion, however, this was written as much as a platform for his personal opinions.

    That said, if you're in the mood for a thoughtful read, this should be for you. If you are more interested in the life of a SEAL, I'd pick something else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Zero: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    A marine sniper team on a mission in tribal territories on the Afghan-Pakistan border, Whiskey 2-2 is ambushed by professionals using the latest high-tech shooting gear. Badly wounded, the team’s sole survivor, Gunnery Sergeant Ray Cruz, aka “the Cruise Missile,” is determined to finish his job. He almost succeeds when a mystery blast terminates his enterprise....

    Jesse says: "Some issues with places and people"
    "Disappointing effort."
    Overall

    While no marine, I agree with the other reviewers; this novel just isn't up to par. Lots of attempts at humor were lame and the story line just doesn't work. I didn't even finish this one. If someone were to suggest that Mr Hunter didn't write this I wouldn't necessarily disagree (and would actually be pleased to know it wasn't Mr Hunter's work). Kind of seems as though the point was to churn out another novel regardless of quality. I'll be back for the next novel, hoping that it mirrors earlier efforts.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11942)
    Performance
    (7893)
    Story
    (7931)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Outstanding testament!"
    Overall

    This was one of my two favorites.......the other being Matterhorn. This is an outstanding book; the combination of Ms Hillenbrand's and Mr. Herrmann's work makes this a wonderful read. Highly recommend this for your audio library.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Envy the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    It has been seven years since Frank Temple III joined the rest of the world in learning his father's bloody secret: The U.S. marshal maintained a covert career as a contract killer, a double-life that ended in suicide to avoid prosecution and prison. The shocking revelation triggered years of anonymous drifting for Frank, time spent running from his legacy and struggling to believe that the father he'd loved so dearly was entirely in the wrong.

    Albert says: "So much fun!"
    "I must be missing something."
    Overall

    I kept listening, hoping I'd find something of interest. The narrator's style is really unusual.........something out of a dimestore novel. The storyline just wanders...... I was looking forward to getting into it and getting some value for the money because I've read other Koryta books and enjoyed them. Rather than continue I deleted and will try a different "read."

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (558)

    Very early, 4:45, on a bitterly cold Minnesota morning, three big men burst through the door of a hospital pharmacy, duct-tape the hands, feet, mouth, and eyes of two pharmacy workers, and clean the place out. But then things swiftly go bad, one of the workers dies, and the robbers hustle out to their truck-and find themselves for just one second face-to-face with a blond woman in the garage: Weather Karkinnen, surgeon, wife of an investigator named Lucas Davenport.

    Erin says: "Entertaining & Edgy"
    "Disappointing Sandford read!"
    Overall

    Let me preface these remarks by saying that I really enjoy Sandford's work. Up til now, I've found most all the novels to be enjoyable with reasonably captivating story lines.

    This one, in my opinion, is really lame. The story line itself is not normal Sandford quality nor is the lack of character development. In fact, the only reason I finished is to feel like I got some value for the
    money spent.

    Had I to do it over again, I would have saved the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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