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James

Millbrook, NY, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2780)
    Performance
    (2488)
    Story
    (2497)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who never reads books.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Suarez’s story?

    Preposterous, mundane and meandering story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator best part of otherwise terrible book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Kill Decision?

    Virtually the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read author's first two books and loved them. This is a major disappointment. Avoid in favor of silence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2997)
    Performance
    (2090)
    Story
    (2087)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Jack Reacher's twin brother"
    Overall

    If you like this a-- kicking, no holds barred, tough guy anti hero, stick with Lee Child's Jack Reacher. I have listenef to virtually everything in this genre and this is middle of the pack.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomsday Key: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (284)

    At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter's Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator's son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their flesh. The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries.

    Bob says: "mystery - history storys"
    "awful"
    Overall

    I have read hundreds of thrillers and this could be the worst ever. It has absolutely nothing going for it. Do not waste your money.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (145)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Flashback with a Lisp"
    Overall

    You would not think there would be much call for a narrator with a speech impediment but this narrator landed this gig. The book has so many flashbacks it makes you dizzy. This is a far cry from the "Dead" trilogy but still better than most.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Morgan Llywelyn
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    The Easter Rising of 1916 was a major turning point in Irish history. Peopled by patriots and poets, fueled by a desperate desire for freedom, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the background of World War I, the rebellion is a story of tremendous power and unique poignancy.

    connie says: "more than the year 1916"
    "minor complaint"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book and the narration but the editing was lacking. A lot of time was spent developing the character of the hero's sister and, to a lesser extent, her priest "friend." Howver when everything comes together for the final hundred pages she is never mentioned and the priest is barely mentioned. Also, the hero's avoidance of the fate of his colleagues is totally incredible in an otherwise credible story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Ops

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (388)

    The first disturbing reports reached Delta Force Lieutenant Colonel Charley Castillo in the form of backchannel messages concerning covert U.S. intelligence assets working for a variety of agencies suddenly gone missing and then, suddenly, inexplicably, found dying. Or dead. One in Budapest, Hungary. One in Kiev, Ukraine. One in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, mere klicks from the Iran border.

    Luck8 says: "Best of Presidential Agent Series"
    "Just awful"
    Overall

    I have read all the Charlie/Carl books and this one is awful. The plot is absurd, the characters, especially "Svetty" are terrible. Charlie becomes a comic book fool and Dick Hill over does it.UGH

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (404)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "disappointnig"
    Overall

    I am an avid listener of audio books and particularly interested in thrillers. I read many of the positive reviews on "Paranoia" and purchased it. All I can say is that it is painfully bad. The constant belaboring of irrelevant details (was there no editor?), the episodes comprising the plot become laughable (caught, caught, caught again but still trusted.) According to reviews it has a great ending. I can't wait to get there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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