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Jason

Montclair, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 363 titles in library
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  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (1592)
    Story
    (1579)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Great sequel to Winds of War"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I preferred Winds of War to this sequel, but it was still a great read/listen. You get a dose of WWII history mixed with an epic family story and romance. The narrator is fantastic across the board. Really worth one's time to listen to this story - and what a great deal to get a novel of this length for a single credit. Great job audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bridge of Years

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    A secluded Pacific Northwest cottage becomes a door to the past for Tom Winter, who travels back to the New York City of 1962, followed by a human killing machine that he alone must stop.

    Shellbin says: "absorbing, excellent narration"
    "ugh."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Only made it through half of this audiobook before I gave up. Just too slow for my tastes. I give Wilson credit for fleshing out his characters into real people with real problems, but I mostly just found them real dull. Its a strange problem, because the book opens up with a stirring gun battle that raises all sorts of questions about what lies ahead. Unfortunately, few of those questions are answered anytime soon, as the main character mopes about his divorce or contemplates the arrangement of his sock drawer.

    The slowness issue is exacerbated by the narrator. I listen to a ton of audiobook and my least favorite performance is the slow, quiet, overly earnest, NPR style delivery. Its a narration style seemingly designed to soothe the reader to sleep. Honestly, I am not sure if the book is as slow and dull as I think it is or if the narrator just read it that way.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Hallgrimur Helgason
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    With some 66 hits under his belt, Tomislav Bokšic, or Toxic, has a flawless record as hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York. That is, until he kills the wrong guy and is forced to flee the States, leaving behind the life he knows and loves. Suddenly, he finds himself on a plane hurtling toward Reykjavik disguised as American televangelist Father Friendly. With no means of escape from this island devoid of gun shops, this country with absolutely no tradition for contract killing, he is forced to come to terms with his bloody past and reevaluate his future, to tragicomic effect.

    Jane says: "Some find this humorous,"
    "Funny moments but mostly a snore"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There are some things to like about Helgason's novel. As common a character as "the hitman on the run" is in books, this hitman at least has a fairly interesting and novel background. The setting in Iceland is also something the reader might not have come across before now. There are funny moments in the book, a few almost laugh out loud. And lastly, the narrator is fantastic. I am guessing that he is affecting the accent he uses for the hitman, but I personally thought he did a great job with the reading.

    My main problem with the book was the story. After a decent setup, it alternates between not very interesting to just flat out dull. At times the situations feel like something you might find in a sitcom. Three's Company or something like that. A lot of things happen which are just hard to understand. Why did a character act this way? Why is this happening at all? The finale is completely unsurprising. This book ends pretty much EXACTLY the way you think it will.

    I was mostly glad it was a fairly short novel. I managed to finish it, so it wasn't a complete waste of a credit or anything. I think I have better books in my library to enjoy though.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Reapers Are the Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alden Bell
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    For 25 years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption.

    Jason says: "I wish this book was three times as long"
    "I wish this book was three times as long"
    Overall

    We've been inundated with zombie stories over the past few years, and I've read a lot of derivative, not especially interesting stuff. So I give Alden Bell credit for putting together a well-written story with a couple of fantastic characters. This book sucked me right in, and I enjoyed the heck out of it.

    I understand the complaint that the world of this book is not entirely sketched out. Clearly the author didn't set out to write that particular story, though I wish he would have. The story is instead focused on a young girl who has grown up in this zombie infested world and kind of accepts it as her reality. If you want some long, epic book about the end of the world, you can always check out Stephen King's THE STAND or Cronin's THE PASSAGE.

    If you've read THE HUNGER GAMES or any of that trilogy and enjoyed it, I would recommend this book to you. The main character reminds me some of that book's heroine. Although fair warning, this is not a YA title and has some graphic, gruesome stuff in it.

    This is probably really a four star book in my opinion. But I thought the only other review on here was so wildly off base, I wanted to give it the full five stars and encourage people to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised how good this was and really wished it would have gone on longer.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4912)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2701)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Seriously just awful and a little sad"
    Overall

    If you've seen this book in the bookstore you probably noted how huge it was. The audio is broken into three 7 hour chunks. I'll just point out that after finishing part I, you will still not know what the plot of the book is exactly.

    Like I many other people, I've been a big Clancy fan up until now. So I found this book not just disappointing but a little sad. It seems to me that Clancy has forgotten what made his books so entertaining and fun to begin with - intricate plots, intrigue, realism, etc; and replaced that with shoot 'em up action and far fetched stories that read like a bored grandpa's fantasy fulfillment. Its just lame.

    A lot of this book is also a thinly veiled, extremely lame attack on the Obama administration. (Seriously, you're going to make some kind of point about health care reform in this book book?? Yawn.) The weak kneed liberals start trying special ops soldiers for murder when they were just trying to kill some terrorists in a cave! Its just freaking ludicrous. I'm sure the Fox News crowd will love it, but consider this my last Clancy read.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3634)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1689)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "wow this was BAD."
    Overall

    I was feeling inspired to read the Talisman again after just finishing the excellent UNDER THE DOME. All I can say is, wow, Stephen King has really gotten better over the years. This book is just terrible. Let me tell you how bad this book is, I listened to 25 hours of it or whatever and just couldn't finish the last hour. Couldn't take it anymore.

    I read this book when it first came out, and even then as a teen I was underwhelmed by it. There are just a ton of problems with the book. Its a mediocre and awkward story. The magic negro stuff is embarrassing. Much of the dialogue is also embarrassing and painful. The sci-fi-ish flipping through dimensions stuff is just boring and I completely zoned out listening to it.

    Lastly, I'm sure I'm not alone in commenting on Frank Muller's terrible narration. He literally ends every sentence in this hushed whisper like he is out of breath. I think it is supposed to be dramatic. However, if you end EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE that way it is not dramatic, just TERRIBLY IRRITATING. I don't know how I ever got past the first hour because the effect was like nails on a chalkboard. Man, I couldn't wait to move on to something else.

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10138)
    Performance
    (5050)
    Story
    (5083)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "***Almost*** great"
    Overall

    First I'll say this was an excellent download and a great listen. I found myself constantly looking for excuses to put on the ipod and continue the book. It even inspired me to go on several loooong runs!

    I loved the sprawling epic. Classic Stephen King a la the Stand. Good and huge cast of characters. Very enjoyable.

    The narrator does a really good job for the most part. His Big Jim voice in particular was AWESOME. However, his voice for little kids makes them all sound kind of retarded which is annoying.

    So why isn't this a great book? Well there has to be a reason for the dome, and the reason/payoff for it is less than satisfying in my opinion. King tries to come up with this really clever, ironic twist for why the dome exists, and its just a little too goofy in my opinion. I think a simple government experiment gone awry would have been preferrable.

    Either way, I highly recommend this audiobook. It will keep you entertained for a good many hours and is still well worth your time. Now how about getting THE STAND in audio format??? I have it on cassette and know it exists!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1484)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (614)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "really enjoyed this book"
    Overall

    Not the sort of book I would normally pick up, but I fully enjoyed this story. Very engaging and detailed. Worth a credit and your listening time. This would make a good movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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