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James

SEATTLE, WA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men: A Dan Starkey Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Colin Bateman
    • Narrated By Glen Murrant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Journalist Dan Starkey has signed on to cover the heavyweight title fight between the Irish national champion, Fat Boy McMaster, and Iron Mike Tyson, in New York City. Starkey is hoping for a fat paycheck and a quiet holiday, but when the stakes are this high, the Big Apple has more to dish out. As Starkey's quiet holiday crumbles, his chronicle morphs into a quick-paced thriller complete with kidnappings, inner-city commando operations, and an elaborately sinister whale-watching cruise - none of which is enough to stem the flow of Starkey’s crackling repartee.

    Martin says: "Northen Ireland is very different from Canada"
    "A Colin Bateman book read by an American"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Colin Bateman and/or Glen Murrant?

    Yes, they are typically terrific


    If you’ve listened to books by Colin Bateman before, how does this one compare?

    I could not get past the first 30 minutes. I tried and tried to get into it but the American narrator with no sense of an Irish accent and sense of humor was awful. Bring back Adam Moore!


    What didn’t you like about Glen Murrant’s performance?

    just awful - he is in no way appropriate for the part


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Huge disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    First audiobook for which I have ever asked to get my money back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isolation Ward

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Joshua Spanogle
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Straight out of today's hospitals and labs, and tomorrow's headlines, comes a frightening, scalpel-sharp thriller from medical insider Joshua Spanogle. In an astounding debut, Spanogle takes us on an all-too-real race against time as a young doctor enters the dark side of scientific research, desperate to stop a terrifying epidemic before it is too late.

    Rip van Winkle says: "Just shoot me"
    "A waste of time"
    Overall

    After enjoying more than 100 books from Audible i finally came across a real lemon. The main character (Nate MacCormack) is so far over the top with his moronic cliches and infantile melodrama that the book was just plain annoying. Poor Scott Brick, a normally great reader, for being caught up in this mess. 2 credits too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • History of the World, Updated

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J.M. Roberts
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    In the History of the World, Updated, J. M. Roberts has revised his monumental previous work, History of the World, taking into account the great range of discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism. Large portions of text have been rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

    Alan Rither says: "Comprehensive world history"
    "Insufferable narration"
    Overall

    Plodding and insufferably pompous. I will probably try again some day to get through it but for now, it is way too tedious to contemplate.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (517)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    As an adult i have not been a student of this period of history. Thus the information about President Lincoln's cabinet was new and fascinating. The prose was excellent, the character development was perhaps overly concise [see below], and the emotions the story evoked profound and at the end, devastating. My only disappointment was that it an abridged book, i would have bought the print edition had i realized this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Frum, Richard Perle
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This world is an unsafe place for Americans, and the U.S. government remains unready to defend its people. In An End to Evil David Frum and Richard Perle sound the alert about the dangers around us: the continuing threat from terrorism, the crisis with North Korea, the aggressive ambitions of China. Frum and Perle provide a detailed, candid account of America's vulnerabilities. They lay out a bold program to defend America, and to win the war on terror.

    David says: "An End to Evil"
    "Chilling hypocrisy"
    Overall

    The venom spews forth nonstop. If it wasn't so chilling, given the author's continuing influence in our government, it would be laughable. Of particular note is the author's hostility towards Saudia Arabia and those Americans that consort with its leadership - Never once did the authors mention the intimate, long term and continuing relationship of the Bush clan with these financiers of terror and repression.

    13 of 35 people found this review helpful

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