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Lloyd

Waverly, Tennessee, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 111 titles in library
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  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Treasure Island is a tale of pirates, treasure, and shipwreck. When young Jim Hawkins finds a packet in Captain Flint's sea chest, he could not know that the map inside it would lead him to unimaginable treasure. Shipping as cabin boy on the Hispaniola, he sails with Squire Trelawney, Captain Smollett, Dr. Livesey, the sinister Long John Silver and a frightening crew to Treasure Island. There, mutiny, murder and mayhem lead to a thrilling climax.

    Lloyd says: "Come on....It's Treasure Island and its unabridged"
    "Come on....It's Treasure Island and its unabridged"
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    Would you listen to Treasure Island again? Why?

    I have already and will listen to Treasure Island again, multiple times it is the type of story that I do not grow tired of.


    What other book might you compare Treasure Island to and why?

    Pick a classic, any classic, But as far as sea tales go it is on it's own.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I actually chose this particular version over others because Dick Hill was the performer, I have listened to him in several other books and really enjoy his style.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is a good listen, not an emotional book however


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the good work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29409)
    Performance
    (22574)
    Story
    (22732)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "A very good listen"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the whole series is done very well and the characters are described in great detail, you really get to know them


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hamich, as he is hard and rough on the exterior but has a soft spot inside and can take it when it's dished out to him.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    none othr than the first hunger games, similar


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

    The meeting in her room with president Snow.....she should have ripped his throat out right then and there


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Joe Nobody
    • Narrated By D. Allen
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (133)

    This first book of the Holding Their Own series, A Story of Survival, is set in the year 2015, when the world is burdened by the second Great Depression. The United States, already weakened by internal strife, becomes the target of an international terror plot. A series of attacks results in thousands of casualties and disables the country's core infrastructure. The combination of economic hardship and the staggering blow of the terror attacks results in a collapse of the government.

    Steve says: "Could not listen to it...."
    "Reading a book......poorly"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was okay, I listened to the end


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival?

    The show down with the group from Ohio


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of D. Allen?

    Almost anyone, however Mr. Allen's voice is good so keep working on the presentation


    Could you see Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see the premise being a movie/series as we have some similar shows out there already


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Allen, Work on performing not just reading, don't read lines twice and keep your recording volume consistent, also I don't think that you needed to repeat the book title at every chapter change

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Wesley, Rawles
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (254)

    It’s the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyperinflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America’s fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.

    J Bailey III says: "Buy the first two not this one"
    "Copy and paste a thon"
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    What disappointed you about Founders?

    This was a book that seemingly used more repetitive story lines (line by line and word for word) from Patriots and Survivors than its own new material, The reading performance was okay if you overlook the mispronouncing of the words.
    This was in my opinion a terrible job by Mr. Rawles
    Even if this is a stand alone book, the author has to realize that it is going to be read (or listened to) by readers (or listeners) of his previous books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Wesley, Rawles again?

    Yes, but I won't after that if it is as poorly done as this book is


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Phil Gigante?

    I would have stuck with Dick Hill, although his voice is a little annoying, he seems to mispronounce fewer words and I guess I just got used to him on the first three titles I listened to.


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

    I would have removed almost the entire narrative of the Leyton's as they nearly told their entire story during the debriefing at Todd Grey's house in Patriots.
    I would lessen the descriptions of items...no one cares about this frequency or that frequency on a radio transmitter or model numbers for certain pieces of gear.
    Nor do we need the street directions through TelAviv Israel that takes us to the beach??


    Any additional comments?

    I believe this to be an attempt by Mr. Rawles to get out another book out in a hurry, it's sad too, I liked the his first two books on this story line.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1070)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Is it a story or a how to book..........you decide"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Patriots again? Why?

    Definitely I already have


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

    I don't know about the edge of my seat, but it was a very good listen.


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

    It was adequate, thats about it


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good piece of fiction based upon reality. It needs to be heeded and acted upon to insure it does not actually happen.

    Maybe a bit too much detail in some areas.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5364)
    Performance
    (3324)
    Story
    (3343)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Atlas Shrugged...what else is there to say?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, One of the best books out there, I would actually recommend it in the audio format.
    It is an eye opener that parallels current society but was written 50+ years ago........I guess some things never change.


    What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to and why?

    None really compare that I have read


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Nothing stands out, but it has been several months since I listened to it the last time.


    If you could take any character from Atlas Shrugged out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Why John Galt of course, just to talk about it all


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts a bit slow which I believe makes it hard to read in the printed version..................long live Audible.

    0 of 1 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
    (5191)
    Performance
    (3190)
    Story
    (3217)

    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..."
    "Welcome to WROL...........God save us"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Second After to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the printed version therefore I can not compare the two, however it is much easier for me to listen to a book than to take the time to sit down and read it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    The death of the main character's 12 year old daughter due to complications from diabetes was very hard to listen to being that I am a father.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    None really stand out above the others, all were done very well, the characteizations transformed the reading into a theater of the mind.

    WELL DONE Mr. Barrett !


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

    yes, but please do not ruin it through trying to have an abridged copy


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book although the subject matter is disturbing, hopefully it will open up peoples eyes to the possibilities of what could happen to a society that is too reliant upon technology and that has gotten away from the basics.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Schindler's List

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    In the century's darkest time, one man became the most unlikely of heroes. German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler used his wealth and influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews who would have otherwise died in the concentration camp at Plaszow. Here is the story on which Steven Spielberg based his powerful motion picture. If you like this, try Ursula Hegi's Stones from a River.

    Dona says: "Abridged books just don't cut it!"
    "Abridged too far"
    Overall
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Schindler's List?

    Having read the actual book, the abridged version seems to have left out a considerable amount of story lines that were needed in my opinion to be left in.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas Keneally? Why or why not?

    Yes, as long as it was not an abridged reading


    Which character – as performed by Ben Kingsley – was your favorite?

    None really stand out above any other


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was Schindler's List which is a fantastic story in itself.


    Any additional comments?

    This would have been a great listen unabridged

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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