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J. Hansen

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Utah | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 134 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2213)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (1995)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Best Tier 1 Assassin novels out there"
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    I really love black ops/top assassin stories. I love hearing about the skills they need to possess to do what they do. This one is rather realistic even though the main character is very lucky, he is also so fun to read/listen about. Mark Greaney has done a great job painting the world that the Gray Man must live in. Constantly on guard, never being able to get close to anyone. It makes for some really great stories. One of my top favorite series without a doubt.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (8538)
    Performance
    (8124)
    Story
    (8139)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Hilarious, very well planned out."
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    I thought this book was very enthralling. I enjoyed ALMOST every second of it. At first, the arithmetic was my favorite part. So completely thought out. Some of those scenes dragged on a little too long. Other than that I thought Mark was hilarious. Reminded me so much of how I would react to stressful situations. By making jokes. It was great. Can't wait to see Matt Damon play Mark. He wasn't who I pictured as Mark but he should do really well at it. I think I pictured Mark as a Robert Downey Jr. or maybe a Matt McConaughey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2651)
    Performance
    (2352)
    Story
    (2345)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "The best Will Robie thus far in my opinion."
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    I loved this book. I thought it was the best of Will Robie books yet. Rich characters that were so full of life. I was sad when it ended. If an author can make me feel like I am losing a loved one when the book ends then he or she has done their job. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keepers of the Library

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By David Doersch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    England, 1775: An ambitious American pushes his expedition onward despite dire warnings from the locals. But what Benjamin Franklin discovers on the Isle of Wight isn't just superstition. It's a secret with the power to save the world - or destroy it. In less than 400 days, most of the world's population will be dead. Nobody knows why, only when: February 9, 2027.

    Matthew says: "Pay attention to those old books in the basement!"
    "Felt a little cheated. Not AS good as the others."
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    I felt like the book was pretty good. I think I just felt as though the author just made up a place for a 3rd book to go and pushed it into that. It felt like the story line was a little forced.
    The ending of this book leaves off exactly where you wished it would've started. That will make sense if you've read it. Overall it was good but not to the caliber the other two books were. Just my opinion.

    PS. I felt like he could've been so much more creative and descriptive of future technology. Think of the possibilities you'd have if you were talking about technology in 30 years from now? But he comes up with Net pens. That's about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9593)
    Performance
    (8817)
    Story
    (8863)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Boring as can be."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Almost everything. I just thought it was super boring. No Daenrys, hardly any Jon Snow. The Arya thread is the only one I even cared about. I literally found myself forwarding 5 minutes here and there to just get through it. It was nothing like the first three.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (205)

    From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.

    Betty says: "DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"
    "Very thorough research. Very interesting."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Manhunt to be better than the print version?

    Uhhhh. Sure.


    What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

    He does a pretty good George W. Bush and Obama impression.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That Al Qaeda wasn't very powerful or organized at all. They got lucky with the 9/11 attacks and others like it. Now they are all dead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9301)
    Performance
    (8363)
    Story
    (8506)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Great Classic story!"
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    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    It is just so classically written. Good and evil. The little guy wins. No pun intended.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    Works by C.S. Lewis. It is a little too simple to be compared directly to The Lord of the Rings series even though they happen in the same world and have some of the same characters.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard his other works but he does a great job. The songs aren't my favorite, but that is just my preference.


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

    No. I split this up over a few weeks because the theme can get old sometimes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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