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Josh Graham

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  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1041)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Service"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and I have - I think Bob did what he thought was best for his country in his service to it. That's why I'd recommend this book. I think he does a good job explaining why his decision making process and displays a realpolitik that's admirable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War?

    I'd have to say it was Bob's thoughts on Putin. Spot on don't you think?


    Which character – as performed by George Newbern and Robert M. Gates – was your favorite?

    Bob himself at the beginning has a nasally voice that really surprised me


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oddly...I did


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening to

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1049)

    A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

    Flapjack says: "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
    "Hamilton'ed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I would not - Hamilton and his enzyme bonded concrete...jesus christ, is everything done on enzyme bonded fucking concrete?!!


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

    Not bad


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The North's are my kind of twisted family


    Do you think Great North Road needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this book is about 3 books in one


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7847)
    Performance
    (4824)
    Story
    (4859)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Finally, a damn good novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Daemon to be better than the print version?

    How the hell should I know? I've only heard it, not read it


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

    hmmm, I'd say it keep me engaged, I wasn't hinging on every word, but overall very nicely paced!


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    The 'computer' style voiceover


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

    not in particular


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent novel, well worth the price to listen to and quite thought provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galveston: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nic Pizzolatto
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (591)

    From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO series True Detective and soon to be a major motion picture comes a dark and visceral novel set along the wastelands of Galveston. On the same day Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he learns that his employer has put a hit out on him. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Cady goes on the run with a young prostitute named Rocky and her three-year-old sister, from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas. But though they run, they cannot hide in this explosive, atmospheric, impossible-to-pause thrill ride.

    Stephanie says: "Richly Layered"
    "I bought this because I loved True Detective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, it's slow and predictable


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect has to be that Nic wrote this and somehow wrote True Detective. The least interesting was the man saves young prostitute trope.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sure


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Re watch True Detective, it's better than this

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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