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JL

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  • PRIMAL Unleashed: The PRIMAL Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jack Silkstone
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    The mission began in 1989 Afghanistan, when a Russian platoon battled Afghan warriors—and raced to bury forever a devastating secret worth the greatest sacrifice. It could end apocalyptically, in the present, if a sinister evil escapes its sealed tomb…into the hands of one of the same men who fought to bury it. Intel suggests that’s exactly what's happening: A Ukrainian veteran of the ’89 Soviet-Afghan conflict, battle-scarred and cold-blooded, is now a wealthy businessman—with a sideline selling deadly hardware to the highest bidders.

    David says: "If the "Gray Man" had a team."
    "Fun Book"
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    I thought it was a fun book that explored the concept of global conflict without a typical egocentric government bias.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?
    I normally love Dick Hill, he is one of my favorites, but in this book his narration was slow and choppy. I'm not positive, but he may have had a difficult time with certain accents, as he definitely talks slower than normal with certain characters. Either way, I felt that his overall narration was needlessly slow and lacking the level of emotion I expect from this caliber of narrator.

    Any additional comments?
    Although the book was well written, I would have liked to see more character death and more twists and turns. Its extremely easy to see in advance where the story will end up, but it is still a fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charming: Pax Arcana, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elliott James
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (391)

    John Charming isn't your average prince... He comes from a line of Charmings - an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best-until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

    Suzanne says: "Charming is Like Dresden in wolves clothing"
    "The BEST author / narrator combo yet!"
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    I cannot fathom why anyone would not give the narrator 5 stars. This is one of those narrators that makes a book come more to life than any movie could. The story itself is great, the characters are exceptional, but what makes this book stand out against the rest is the perfect harmonization between author and narrator. As a reader, I cannot tell where one starts and the other stops.

    While some may say that aspects of the plot are not original, I would say this: I'd rather read the best of a genre than something 100% unique, why? Well for one, there is less of an effort on my part to suspend reality when supernatural aspects of the book align with other stories in the genre. Secondly, basing a higher rating on a story plot simply because it doesn't resemble anything else you've read is the same reasoning that results in most of the Oscar winning movies lacking entertainment value. I listen to be entertained, to become fully engaged and absorbed in the story. This author narrator combination is the most entertaining I can recall....ever!

    Now for the bad news. The second book is coming out in print this month and ACCORDING TO AMAZON THERE ARE NO PLANS TO RELEASE BOOK 2 ON AUDIBLE AT THIS TIME! Talk about devastation! I sincerely hope the author reconsiders this decision or this is an error on Amazon's part. However, the lack of a pre-order option on Audible leads me to believe this is not an error. If you don't want to go into withdraw, you may want to put off listening to this book until Audbile confirms / denies the second installment. Once you listen to this author / narrator combo you will not be able to go back to reading it the story without being sorely disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pashtun: A Military Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ron Lealos
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (48)

    The Company has a special secret operation planned for one of their top agents: the leaders of the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups are hiding out in Pashtun country, and they must be eliminated. The job falls to a man they have named Frank Morganan agent who stood out as a recruit at Quantico and whose skills resemble those of the legendary Vietnam assassin. The other soldiers claim Frank’s abilities as a sniper and a tracker border on the supernatural and are more than willing to complete this mission with him.

    Kathryn says: "A Different Espionage Thriller"
    "Character depth unmatched!!"
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    Pashtun sets a new bar for depth of character development within this genre! Lealos does an amazing job of not only developing the plot, but also giving the reader a window into the psyche, the fear and the moral wars that rage inside the characters. The main characters are expertly brought to life and continually surprise the reader endearing idiosyncrasies.

    There are only so many options with plot for a military / espionage thriller, before it surpasses the ability of most readers to suspend reality. However, the plot and storyline were excellent and teetering just on the edge of believability to make it thrilling, disturbing and yet fun.

    The best part of the book is the ending…I won’t give anything away, but just when you think you know how it’s going to end, you realize you guessed wrong…again!

    My only complaint is that the while the narrator does bring the book to life, the voice is far to old for the age of the main character. Additionally, there are some issues with his capability individualize certain voices, so at times it can be somewhat challenging to keep track of who is talking. However, it's more of a minor distraction than major issue and would not keep me from listening to the book a second time around.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lines of Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (705)

    Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "MUCH BETTER than the first book"
    "A series without a hero"
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    First off, let me just say that I could listen to Luke Daniels read the phone book and still be mildly entertained; he is just that good. I found this series through searching for additional books narrated by Daniels.

    The story is interesting and the author does manage to meld military, the future and aliens in a somewhat believable way, but for me the story falls short for the same reason as the first in the series: It keeps you wanting and waiting for more, for the big climax and the breakout of the main character into greatness, but it just never quite happens. Additionally, this book and the first in the series fall short of my expectations due to:

    1) The characters are overwhelmingly average in their capabilities, hopes and dreams. For me this is the equivalent of making Rambo a story about a average soldier to easily blends in rather than stands out. If I am reading fiction and expected to partially suspend reality, I prefer a slightly over the top "hero".

    2) While the author goes into great detail describing objects, he does a horrible job of describing the physical traits of the characters. I don't believe he gives the reader much of a description of the main character in either of the books other than eyes and hair.


    To be fair, there are plenty of reviewers who seem to appreciate that the characters are so average and if you prefer this type of story then you will most probably love the book.

    All that said, I will still probably by the next book in the series, as Luke Daniels carries the books for me. Conversely, there is no way they would keep my attention in print, or with most any other narrator.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7535)
    Performance
    (6831)
    Story
    (6833)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "5 stars...and I don't even like fantasy books"
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    I found this author through searching for Luke Daniels. What an awesome pair! The truth is that I typically dislike genre very much and if the author and narrator were anyone else, I doubt I'd find it interesting...that being said, for a fast paced and hilarious getaway, this series fits the bill.

    Between a talking dog that should have his own stand-up comedy tour, pretty women and a drunk Jesus eating fish and chips, what's not to love?? Luke Daniels narrates these books with epic perfection and although I'm sure many women will like these books, there is no mommy porn to be found thankfully. Just as much written for men as women, if not slightly leaning towards being a more man oriented series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Catcher: Nick Baron, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James R. Hannibal
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Over ten years ago, Air Force major Nick Baron was part of a failed special ops mission that left a B-2 stealth bomber at the bottom of the Persian Gulf. Now, leading his men - the Triple Seven Chase team - Baron must find the bomber and dispose of it for good before any unfriendly nation can steal the onboard technology for its own purposes. But as the team embarks on its mission, there are greater dangers waiting.

    JL says: "Fun book"
    "Fun book"
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    What did you love best about Shadow Catcher?

    I thought it was a fun book that explored the concept of global conflict without a typical egocentric government bias.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I normally love Dick Hill, he is one of my favorites, but in this book his narration was slow and choppy. I'm not positive, but he may have had a difficult time with certain accents, as he definitely talks slower than normal with certain characters. Either way, I felt that his overall narration was needlessly slow and lacking the level of emotion I expect from this caliber of narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the book was well written, I would have liked to see more character death and more twists and turns. Its extremely easy to see in advance where the story will end up, but it is still a fun listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wraith: Stealth Command, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James R. Hannibal
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    After the towers fall on 9/11, a squadron of A-10 Warthog pilots in Germany are desperate for action, but CENTCOM puts them on the sidelines, leaving them restless...reckless. Amid the controversy of a fatal training mission, young Lieutenant Nick Baron leaves his fighter squadron to join the legendary B-2 Stealth Wing, where a recruiter for a new covert initiative recognizes his unique combination of skills.

    Greg says: "Nick Baron Series - Book 0.5"
    "Masterfully Written and Narrated"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wraith the most enjoyable?

    It's a great military action novel that for those that enjoy aircraft, cocky jet jockeys and espionage. Sure, some suspension of reality is required in terms of certain human capabilities, but the in-depth knowledge of military lingo, flight mechanics and general geography balance out the equation in perfect detail. It's important to note that this is not a dramatic thriller, nor does it try to be. Instead, it reads as pure action with numerous moments of comedy relief from wisecracking characters to provide a lighthearted, yet gripping story that will leave you refreshed and wondering how time flew by so quickly


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. The story flies by so quickly with non-stop action that you are left worrying whether it will conclude abruptly, given the total length of the book. Worry not, nothing is rushed and the pace remains constant.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having never heard of Luke Daniels before I was a bit hesitant, but his emotionally driven narration and mastery of various accents is superb. I would put him in the same league as Dick Hill, George Guidall and Scott Brick, which in my opinion are the best narrators today. There are a few characters who's voices left me thinking of Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, but they also provided the same comedic value through their sarcastically humorous lines that it really worked well for the story. Bottom line, Luke Daniels will be added to my short list of narrators that I would find entertaining even if they read the phonebook


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Rough Man: A Pike Logan Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson, Neil Kaplan
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (369)

    A former Delta Force commander, Brad Taylor proves with this breathtaking debut thriller that Vince Flynn and Brad Thor have company. A collection of top operatives, the Taskforce was commissioned by the highest levels of government, kept secret from the media and even Congress. The best of the Taskforce bunch, Pike Logan knows the greatest threat to American security is one or two idealogues. Unfortunately for them, they’ve just crossed Pike’s path.

    Teresa says: "terrible narration"
    "Great story. Narration is poor, but not boring."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author has a solid start to a series and is clearly a talented writer, but the narration is almost comical. It seems like they made no effort to pick narrators with any voice talent.


    What three words best describe J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ’s performance?

    I constantly felt like the book was being narrated by a mixture of Sesame street characters and Norm McDonald. This made the narration seem comical. On the upside, it was not a monotone narration and still managed to suck me into the story, rather than make me feel like it was being read to me. This made the book listenable, but I constantly found myself rolling my eyes or laughing during scenes that were supposed to convey drama.So, while it certainly was much better than most Tom Clancy books that have Ben Stein type narration, it was definitely far below expectation based on previous Audible experiences.


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

    Probably


    Any additional comments?

    The Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn are the only books I've read / listened too that get 5 stars. Still, a 4 star rating is pretty high up there from me. I found the writing and plot better than most other suspense / espionage books from popular authors that I've come across

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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