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JSP

Part Time Soldier and Full Time Geek and Civil Servant... I love innovative thrillers and Science Fiction and Fact.

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  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (1672)
    Story
    (1712)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Robotic and Foreign"
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    What would have made Team of Rivals better?

    Find a different narrator


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I barely made it through the beginning of the first few chapters of the first part. It is LONG and hard to follow this woman's voice.


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    Robotic, foreign, and seems mechanical at best, but so dry and has so many odd pacing and enunciations that I found myself drifting and not realizing I'd missed most of the last half hour I was listening to something else.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2674)
    Performance
    (2283)
    Story
    (2276)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Daniel says: "10 reasons to skip this Reacher book"
    "Better than average"
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    Big fan of Jack "none" Reacher but the story is a little thin for its length. Seems more like an installment than some previous Reacher novels. However, I'll take whatever I can get. I've listened to all the Reacher novels in a binge type fashion over the last few months and now I realize I'm almost caught up. What then?

    Btw, Narrator very effective at different voices without going over the top, and really did sound like he was speaking through Reacher's broken nose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3571)
    Performance
    (3132)
    Story
    (3141)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Kathryn says: "Worth the listen"
    "Speed it up"
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    I routinely listen to audiobooks at 1.25 speed or higher. Otherwise it takes too damn long to tell the story. This one was better than previous ones. The female narrator is not that distinguishable in her female characters and sometimes is a little confusing. I'm in the military so I sometimes get bored with some exposition. Overall a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5927)
    Performance
    (3811)
    Story
    (3814)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Almost a Period Piece"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    It is very visually descriptive, and it's almost like watching a cop-show like Law and Order back when it first began. This book has a dark, gritty feel to it that was common in detective fiction and television during the late 80's and 90's that depicted the good guys (cops/detectives) as world-weary, no-BS cops who have little patience for younger, pretentious bureaucrats and who just seem to get the job done. Introducing the Tunnel Rat from Vietnam is almost a forgotten element in today's fiction, television, and movies. It's truly set in a time that can only work for this plot.


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

    LIke any good thriller, the author keeps you guessing the villain or plot, but twists it one time more than you expect. It's not exactly innovative, but it doesn't need to be. It's relatable and interesting. Harry is likable and not too over-the-top to dismiss as a hollywood detective. You can almost smell the world he walks through.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Harry Bosch, of course.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Something like "A Journey into the blackest parts of human darkness"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4231)
    Performance
    (3761)
    Story
    (3790)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "What's the hoopla about?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    This was not a bad book, nor was it much more than a simple story, told with simplicity and fairness. I am military, and read all the DoD directives about this book's caveats about storage and discussion about any information leaked or disseminated in this book, but I gotta tell you, it was a very good, simple, almost-escaping mediocre book. It is worth a credit, and some may get much more out of it than I did, but I tend to appreciate history and biographies, and this one was understandably limited due to its author's subject and milieu.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More personal histories, and less jumping around from the "now" to his youth, to his "last year" and "during that exercise", etc. It was laid out as if someone were describing the screenplay that will inevitably be based on this material.


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

    inflection, tone, and familiarity


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions, that's my point. It is somewhat bland


    Any additional comments?

    I think I am biased a little, and may not appreciate that this book was meant more for young men and women who are seeking some inspiration for what to do with their lives, such as seeking a military career in special ops.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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