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Kevin Miller

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  • Shattered Trident: Blood of War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Larry Bond
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    While trailing a Chinese nuclear attack sub, Jerry Mitchell, the captain of USS North Dakota, is shocked to see the Chinese boat torpedo a Vietnamese merchant ship. This blatant act of aggression is the opening gambit in a war that has blindsided the U.S. and quickly embroiled all nations in the western Pacific. These nations, bound together in the newly formed Littoral Alliance, have begun a covert submarine campaign aimed at crippling China’s economy.

    Matthew says: "May want to cancel your trip to Japan."
    "Like listening to Capt. Kirk for 16 hours"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Larry Bond and/or Dick Hill?

    Dick Hill ruined another Larry Bond book. The narration is so bad, I don't even know if the story was good or bad.


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

    I'm not sure if Larry Bond has gotten lazy and campy in his writing, or if it's just the breathy delivery of Dick Hill. The dialogue ... people just don't talk the way the dialogue in this books comes across. I blame the narrator, because Larry Bond has written some solid stories.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Dick Hill has ruined the last two Larry Bond books I've listened to. If he narrates the next one, I'll skip it. Gimme Bronson Pinchot over an out of breath Dick Hill anyday.


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

    Yeah, probably. But these modern war stories don't translate well to film.


    Any additional comments?

    Please permanently remove Dick HIll from the approved list of narrators.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2345)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2051)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Mark Greaney takes the ball and runs"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read all of the Jack Ryan novels and mourned the loss of the character maybe more than the author, Tom Clancy. I had low expectations that Greaney would do the series justice, despite his previous collaborations with Tom Clancy. I put off getting the book until my curiosity - and a spare Audible credit - got the best of me. This was a great story. Perhaps it ended a bit too cleanly and abruptly but the rest of the story made up for it.

    I miss the voice of Lou Diamond Phillips. The author wasn't bad, but I'm accustomed to Lou's version of Chavez and surprisingly good array of voices.

    If you've been worried the Jack Ryan series will be hijacked by an inferior storyteller like what happened to Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series, you're in for a reassuring surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5903)
    Performance
    (3832)
    Story
    (3867)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Great concept, klitchy story"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made One Second After better?

    A better author able to tell a story without resorting to out of place flag waving. There is no emotional depth to any characters, and no connection to them.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I listened to One Bullet Away, a much more poignant reflection of patriotism without the schlockiness.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Barrett’s performances?

    The narrator was ok.


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

    I was disappointed. The book had a lot of hype, and the story about the threat was interesting. But the author just isn't a very good storyteller. This book clearly was published due to the author's connections to powerful people, not due to the quality of the story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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