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J.A.

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (513)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "Good Cole - Not so good Pike"
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    First and foremost, I am a Robert Crais fan. I love his books, and therefore by association I am a fan of the audiobooks. This is a good story and you are always trying to guess what is going to happen next. I enjoyed it very much.

    The only drawback....is Pike's voice. I don't know if I was wanting something else, or the narrator wasn't sure how to voice him, but Pike's voice is just off somehow. To me it sounded like a "gargling-rocks-I'm-Batman" voice and I just never thought Pike sounded that way.

    Others may have a contrasting view, but I was just not at happy as I could have been. Having said that, I enjoyed the book and will definitely be back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (947)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Sometimes a whisper is all you need"
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    I stumbled across this book while looking for something easy to listen to on my way to and from work, and consider it a very lucky stumble indeed. This book was fascinating from the first chapter until the very end, and I was extremely sorry for it to end at all. The tale of how this herd of elephants and this man who loved all things wild grew together to form a more synergistic part of planet earth was...well it was just down right breath taking. I loved the personal stories by the author about the animals he loved and why he loved them, but also reveled his familial stories from hearth and home (especially about his wife and dogs) as well as the admission that there was a great deal that he did NOT know when it came to the animals that he cherished. The description of the other animals (beyond the title elephants) on the preserve was in depth and very easy to picture in my mind.

    The narrator was the perfect choice for this book. He was able to embody the "passion" of the author, which was deep and fiery, and made me feel as if the author and I were sitting around a campfire in the bush and hearing the stories first hand.

    Perhaps someday I will get a chance to visit the wild life preserve and see the amazing elephants myself, but in the meantime, this book paints a good enough picture in my mind to believe I have walked beside the author and seen and experienced his adventures with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (837)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "It's called...respect"
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    I have always been a fan of historical novels, but usually I steered away from ones about WWII. For me it was clear, there were good guys and bad guys and I knew exactly who was who in that war. However, I was wrong. This book changed my point of view. Not drastically, but enough that it gave me pause. Who were the German pilots? Why did they fly? Were they all nazis who blindly followed the "party" or did they have thoughts of their own? Did they have a code of conduct, acknowledge the Geneva Convention or was the goal to just shoot down as many planes as they could? What happened to them after the war?

    This book was very addictive. I looked forward to each chapter and loved how the story isn't told from the "American's" point of view, this isn't his story. That isn't what it is about. This story is about find the human being, the person, behind the term Luftwasse and what it means to serve a "higher call".

    My one regret isn't for me, but for the author. There is moment in the book where he talks about seeing a German pilot at an airshow and how the man was somewhat shunned, and how he didn't go up and speak to him. I regret that he did not. That man probably had stories of his own to tell; Stories that he would have liked to share with someone, a dignity that should have been recognized. I would like to have heard his story as well. Ah well, what is missed is missed and the only the wind hears its song.

    This is a good story, and I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lily Koppel
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. As their celebrity rose - and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives - they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years.

    Steve says: "So-So Story, Painful Performance"
    "A Look Inside the Fishbowl"
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    I have always been a fan of the space program and the stories behind how those great men put themselves on top of a "bomb" and said "Light it up!" However, all we knew about the wives was that they were always smiling, always supportive, and nothing could get them down. Thanks heavens for this book. Guess what? They were human beings. They had their own dreams and goals and lives that we knew nothing about.

    I enjoyed this audiobook very much. I loved hearing from their points of view how things did and did not work in both the NASA family and their immediate families. I respected the choices that were made by all the women, whether or not I agreed with them, and I am better for this glimpse into the world of women who were strong, if not stronger, than their husbands because they really had no choice. Well done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: Star Trek Movie Novelizations, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Alice Eve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    Pioneering director J. J. Abrams has delivered an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek into darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

    Elizabeth says: "Horrible narrator, great story"
    "Great Book, Wrong Narrator."
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    First let me say that I have nothing against Ms. Eve. She is obviously a talented actress and is a good narrator, but just not for this book. I will admit that I really enjoyed Mr Quinto's reading of the previous Star Trek book , so perhaps I am a bit biased. The story is action packed, and unfortunately her version, her way of reading was distracting.

    Having said that, let me say this, the story is good. I enjoyed the way the writer was able to fill in the holes in the movie, explaining or better phrased, fleshing out scenes that seemed to be missing something on screen. The descriptions were concise and vivid and I enjoyed listening to it very much. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (752)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "Don't let the grin fool you..."
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    Star Wars fans, you know how you have questions about the gaps in the SW storyline...well, some of your questions are herein answered. Have you ever wondered what Han and Chewbacca were up to between New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back? Well, here are a few of the answers. Want to know why the Hutts hate Mr. Solo so much? This might help. Want to know why Lando wants to drop kick Han and Chewie into a Bantha pit covered in Sarlaac slime? This story might shed light on that.

    The narrator was very good. He was able to VERY distinctly voice the numerous characters and there was never any doubt that he knew how Han, Lando and Chewie should sound. That was great. If you get the cadence of a main character's voice wrong, you will loose your audience quickly, but not here.

    The story was fun, and intriguing. It had enough mystery to keep me guessing, but enough of "cannon" Star Wars to link the movies to what I was hearing. I was pleased with how fun the story was and I am glad I bought it. It will be a welcome addition to my listening library and I will recommend it friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Spock vs. Q (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Leonard Nimoy
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (112)

    Ambassador Spock travels back in time to subtly warn Earth's inhabitants of impending doom while calling into question humanity's priorities. However, before the truth is told, the all-powerful being, Q, appears and reminds Spock that he is prohibited from interfering in Earth's history. Besides, Q doesn't see mankind as something worth saving.

    David says: "Very different Star Trek"
    "Star Trekkers - This One's for You"
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    If you like Q, and if you like Spock, and you have always wondered what would happen if the two actually met, then this is the meeting you have been waiting for. The two actors creatively pull of a "meeting of the minds" on a stage somewhere and what follows is just pure fun. Sure, there were parts that seemed a little stilted but you know what? Who cares?! The actors made it possible to see exactly what was going on just with their voices and it was worth every cent I spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (186)

    A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.

    Ruth says: "A Horse Lover's Book-- An Enchanting Fantasy"
    "Not what I was hoping...."
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    I can't tell if the story fell short because of the narrator, or the narrator fell short because of the story. Previously, I purchased one of this author's books and thought that I would try another one. I was sadly disappointed. The narrator is not effective at differentiating between characters (though, there are many so that could be a factor) so I was often confused as to whom was actually speaking. I actually enjoyed the sections where it was true narration, because I didn't need to guess what was going on.

    The story may have been interesting, but it seemed slow at times and it took longer than I expected (near the end) to actually get to the true antagonist. That was a let down.

    All in all I didn't hate the book, but I do not believe that I will be buying the next one in the series. I think the chosen narrator was the wrong one for this book and a stronger one could have changed a mediocre story into an interesting one.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (5494)
    Performance
    (5071)
    Story
    (5063)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Never trust a smiling Coyote"
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    Karma is an interesting thing. Atticus has ticked off a lot of different deities and many other worldly beings so it would make sense that he would be wary of their attention, but wouldn't it also make sense to be wary of agreeing to help someone called a "trickster"? One would think. Atticus - Atticus...have you learned nothing?

    As usual, the next story in this series draws you into a fun and exciting story that has twists and turns and Oberon-witicisms...and so many mentions of breakfast meat products that I was hungry for a good portion of the book. (ha) The story moves at a good pace so you never feel that you are getting mired in fluff or trivial things. And just when you think you can take a minute to catch your breath, something else happens that makes you want to punch a certain character in a black hat and blue jeans right in the mouth. (smirk)

    I am big fan of this series of books, and of this narrator specifically. He is able to voice the numerous characters in such a way that you always know who is speaking at any one time. The storyline is clear, but has enough curve balls thrown in to keep you wanting more and wishing you could spend more time in your car so you hear the next chapter.

    ENJOY!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5430)
    Performance
    (5062)
    Story
    (5058)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Perfect Narrator for this book"
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    Ok, I admit it, I bought this as a lark based on the premise. I mean, c'mon, which trek'er hasn't said to themselves, "oh look, they have brought along a nameless guy in a red shirt,...say goodbye to that guy!" This book explains it. Along the way, in between me talking back to the CD player trying to guess what was going to come next, I laughed.

    While I agree with a previous review that said the "he said" - "she said" was annoying, the experience of listening was enjoyable enough to over-come the annoyance. Having said that, let me say this, I will never look at a character on a sci-fi spaceship show wearing a red shirt in the same way.

    I had fun, I think you will too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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