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Joseph

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  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (689)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "A view from the other side"
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    While I supported President Bush by voting for him. I had questioned some of his decision making and the bringing of the o'le boys club from his father's cabinet into his. While the book is insightful, it may have raised more questions than questions answered for me. The shame of it all is that dreadful day 9/11/01 which totally turned our and his world upside down, it would have been interesting to see what would have happened had that day not occurred. I believe in his decision making for the most part. However, I thought he could have done better in dealing with President Putin of Russia. In particular by personally attending the ceremony of Bayone WTC Memorial which dedicated to us by President Putin from the Russian people thus aligning us in the fight against a common enemy, an opportunity missed in my opinion. As for President Bush's stance in the fight against terror, I firmly believe that a lessor man would have caved to the pressure to withdraw, thankfully he had the will and determination to see it through. It was interesting to see that President Obama used pretty much the same words describing our enemy in his May 2011 speach, that President Bush did in his closing remarks. A coincidence? Odd how the world changes when the decisions fall on someone elses sholders. Under the circumstances that changed President Bush's presidency the path he took was not great but not bad either. The book is worth the listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27587)
    Performance
    (21390)
    Story
    (21598)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Sorry end for a good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very disappointed with this book. Author seemed lost in twists and turns without keeping to her original story of courage and determination. Taking the mocking jay and turning her into a crumbling demented puppet instead of the leader she was originally grooming. Too bad she pretty much crashed and burned all the individuals we come to know. My second and last word is disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (451)

    From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

    Andy says: "The Quest to make money"
    "While I Enjoy DeMille this came up a bit short"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Demille & Brick make a great team and while Brick delivered the material he had to work with was a bit off. All in all though an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 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
    (3118)
    Performance
    (2198)
    Story
    (2198)

    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"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great storyline, narrator, a nice blend of believability with a fast pace and few slow areas.
    I really want to listen to more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2357)
    Performance
    (1554)
    Story
    (1556)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Lore says: "It just never grabbed me."
    "I started with book 4 - what a mistake"
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    Performance
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    Before I realized my mistake I was too drawn into the story not to finish and decided I just had to start at the beginning. I have enjoyed this book even more because of what I had learned from reading a bood out of sequence. It did not let me down.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12855)
    Performance
    (11259)
    Story
    (11301)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Great Series - Needs to work on story ending"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up A Dance with Dragons in three words, what would they be?

    Expatiations, numbing & disappointment


    What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

    I was stunned that such a good story teller couldn't find an ending that was equal to the whole story. I must say it was one of the worse endings that I personally have had to endure and to me that was a shame.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    I pretty much enjoyed most of them, but I did notice a quality fall off in the later books. There were just too many to have a significant difference that would allow for a positive identitification of who they were while going through the books. He did a great job and deserves kudos for it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was potential for a great finish, but Martin's need for the never ending detail of a particular scene can wear one out. In reflecting on the whole story there were few really feel good points throughout, pretty much a disaster for one group or another. Really no real winners or true losers because in the end everyone lost.....


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting the series to end in a furious climax but it turned out to be a fizzle and a big diasppointment to me. Perhaps most will like it, but for me it was too many loose ends and questionable ends for the different cast members that I followed throughout the story. He spun a great tale only to lose it at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Joseph T. Glatthaar
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    This sweeping history of the Civil War and the Confederacy is told through the lens of its most crucial army: the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by Robert E. Lee. General Lee's Army takes listeners across the Rebel landscape, from campfires to battlefields to their homes, as it portrays a world of life, death, healing, and hardship.

    G. Hooper says: "Lee's soldiers"
    "Hard to believe the stamina of this army."
    Overall

    While listening it was difficult not to have much empathy for the Southern soldier of the Civil War. The incredible hardships and desperate situations they faced for almost the entire war would be overwhelming to lesser men. The twist was that in the end they realized win or lose slavery was at an end, yet they fought on. It was an intersting insight into the thoughts and delimmas they faced and died for, what a waste. All-in-all it was a good book well written and eazy to listen to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chill of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    There's a twisted serial killer stalking the streets of New York City, dealing his own perverse version of justice. He kills swiftly and silently, leaving his calling card: a red "J" on the bodies of his prey. His victims have one thing in common: they've all been jurors in the city's most infamous cases; cases in which the killer was found "not guilty". Overnight, the Justice Killer has the city in a stranglehold. And there's only one man who has a shot at finding him.

    lee says: "Good Read"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    This was a interesting book to listen to. Listening was enhanced with the readers ability put the right inflection at just the right time. You'll enjoy. Great story that will intrigue you and make you want more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "A Fun Tale"
    Overall

    Although this stretched the belivability factor it was a fun listen even with the wacko's. Keep finding yourself saying "yeah how can that be?", but it is worth it, if your looking to be entertained.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4563)
    Performance
    (1854)
    Story
    (1855)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Super characters, pace, lots of twists & laughs"
    Overall

    You'll have a hard time turing this one off. Very enjoyable, good story, great mix of humor and seriousness. Bad guy is slippery as an eel and seems to be always just beyond reach, a twisted ending. Listening to this one will be worth your time, you'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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