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Nathan

Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5261)
    Performance
    (3121)
    Story
    (3156)

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "Muller at his BEST!"
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    George Guidall, the narrator of the first book, is an amazing talent. I look forward to when he returns to this series with book 5...however...Frank Muller IS The Gunslinger. His talents and abilities shine through on this book unlike any narrator of any book I have listened to. I may be a little biased due to my unyielding love for this series, but this audiobook is a real treat.

    One of the best stories of the series, The Drawing of the Three leads the listener into the world of the Gunslinger, and then into the worlds of The Drawing, right from the beginning...and you will never want to leave. One of the biggest compliments that I can give a book is one that I give this book. As I neared the end, I was at once enthralled to gain the climax, but also melancholy that the journey was nearly over.

    DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (526)

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    Frances says: "SPOILERS! Still love Matthew Corbeett"
    "Stunning writing, captivating narration."
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    This series just gets better and better. My only complaint about this book is that is was too short! There are new characters introduced here, and they are fantastic. McCammon is just so refreshingly different with this series. There are no other novels like these. I just can't get enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Providence Rider: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (894)

    The Providence Rider is the fourth installment in the extraordinary series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, professional problem solver. The narrative begins in the winter of 1703, with Matthew still haunted by his lethal encounter with notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter. When an unexplained series of explosions rocks his Manhattan neighborhood, Matthew finds himself forced to confront a new and unexpected problem. Someone is trying - and trying very hard - to get his attention.

    bionichands says: "This is a fun series"
    "Can't get enough Matthew Corbett!"
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    I love these books! This is another great installment in the series, and it is still as fresh as the first one. The Matthew Corbett character is such a great one. Very well crafted characters in this series, and The Providence Rider is no different. I loved being introduced to Professor Fell finally, after all of the talk about him in the preceding books, and the idea behind the story line of this book is so great.

    Edoardo Ballerini is a masterful narrator. I think one of the reasons that I like these books so much is due to his narration. Can't wait to listen to the 5th book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (960)

    A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

    Ed says: "Villains make this a good read"
    "Change of pace for me...quite enjoyable!"
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    This book, and the writing style of Cussler, is quite a change of pace from what I usually read. That being said, I quite enjoyed this book. The story is set at the turn of the 20th Century, and I loved the quaint, slow-paced setting. The characters were believable, and fairly well developed. I didn't find myself becoming overly attached or invested in any of them, other than the possible exception of the main protagonist, Mr. Bell. However, the story line was quite witty and entertaining.

    The narrator nearly caused me to quit this book after a few short hours. His style is very over-dramatic (think J. Peterman from Seinfeld), but once I got a little more "in tune" with it I actually began to enjoy it for this style of book. Overall a good experience, and I am intrigued enough to venture further into the Bell series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summons & The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller, Michael Beck
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (565)

    The Summons: Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi. Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The Brethren: They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. In prison these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast.

    Michael says: "Great Performance"
    "Superb!"
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    Fantastic! John Grisham is one of the great storytellers of our generation. I know that there are camps on both sides of the fandom of Grisham books, but count me on the PRO side! I love the intelligence and authenticity that he is able to bring to the "law" side of his tales because of his background. I also appreciate the smart plots. But, what really makes Grisham books so great, in my opinion, is the unmatched way that he can create a character. Early on in his books, I find myself so wrapped up in the characters that I feel as if they are real people. He makes you care for those whom should be cared about, and want dead those who bring harm to the "good guys". I love it.

    I also love the way that Grisham's plots never drag. The pacing is always so good and quick. I never find myself trudging through a Grisham novel, hoping for the pace to pick up or the book to "get somewhere already!"

    Frank Muller is my all time favorite narrator, but I have to say that Michael Beck is the perfect Grisham narrator. I actually preferred his reading in this two-book set to Mullers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6662)
    Performance
    (2209)
    Story
    (2241)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Dan Brown is a genius"
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    I love the way Dan Brown writes. I would have loved to see inside his head as the plot for this book came to him. Such a creative, intriguing, complex story line. I really loved it! I love how he takes objects and people from history that we all know about, to some degree or another, and turns them into such living, mysterious things! The scavenger hunt angle to the story line, and the rich symbolism in the pieces is so great. Such a refreshing, intelligent story. I have read this book before, and I will read it again! The narrator did an adequate job. Not my favorite, but still good. On to the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2037)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1047)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Tragedy"
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    This was a great book, and a great record of a horrible tragedy. The author did a fine job of relating the events in a very unbiased, journalistic way. There was a lot about those boys that I did not know. Simply a tragedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escaping Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1088)

    When society ceases to exist, who can you trust? After the collapse of the nation's power grid, America is under martial law - and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting.

    Linda Likes to Learn says: "WARNING! DOES NOT END SERIES! CUT FOR PROFIT?"
    "A great continuation of the series!"
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    If you are looking to read this book, I would assume that you have read the previous installments in this series. If you haven't, please do not read this one until you have. If my assumption is correct, then you will be pleased with this book. The author stays very true to his story line, and his characters. Some of the other comments about this book have stated that there is not much meat in this book, and they are correct. There really aren't any major developments in this one, and it is about half the length of the previous books in the series, as well as those that come after it, and that leaves we to wonder why. That being said, this is a great book, and I look forward to the next one! Duke Fontaine, once again, is amazing and really breathes life to this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Yesterdays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Terrill
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (555)

    "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

    Tango says: "Should be classified as Sci-Fi"
    "Better pay attention!"
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    In my opinion, most stories about time travel have major flaws in them, and this one was no exception. There are simply questions that can not be answered...too many overlaps and paradox's. The way this author chose to deal with the paradox's was to simply say that time doesn't like paradox's, so it simply brushes them aside. A little too convenient. I know that there is a large measure of suspension of reality needed in most novels, especially those dealing with time travel, but this one was just too much of a stretch for me.

    I know that what I have written so far really sounds like I did not enjoy this book at all, and that is not the case. I did enjoy it, and I thought that most of the characters were quite well developed and very likable. The negative aspects just overshadowed the positives for me, and left me slightly underwhelmed. The narrator does an adequate job, but felt slightly disjointed from what I thought the author was going for in some instances.

    If you enjoy time travel books, this will probably be right up your ally because it is very well told. Just a little too many holes for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (546)

    Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

    Surf City Swami says: "The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine"
    "Frankie IS a machine!"
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    Great book! I loved the romantic idea of the Frankie character. A tough, invincible ex-hit man, who has retired to an easier and much more serene llife. Being called back into action in order to clear his name, and save his life...not an entirely new idea, but one that works very well here!

    This book is very well written, and very well narrated. The story line bounces between the current events and the past that Frankie tried so hard to get away from, and that was a nice continual change of pace as the novel wore on. I will definitely listen again, and that is the greatest compliment I can give!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsessed: The Lizzy Gardner Series , Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By T. R. Ragan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Desperate for better ratings, radio psychologist Madeline Blair tells her listeners she’s being stalked, unaware that her long-time listener and biggest fan, Seth Brown, will do anything to protect her. When her publicity stunt is revealed, he becomes enraged by her deceit and dangerously unhinged. When her friends mysteriously begin to vanish and damning evidence points to Madeline, she turns to private investigator Lizzy Gardner for help. Lizzy knows her way around a murderer’s mind, after surviving her own horrifying ordeal at the hands of a serial killer years ago.

    shelley says: "Best in the series! GREAT CLIFFHANGER!!!!"
    "Lizzy Gardner does not disappoint!"
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    Another great Lizzy Gardner book. I have really learned to love these novels. The combination of Ragan and Rudd is a pretty great one. The continuation of the development of the characters, both main and supporting is very well done, and Lizzy especially is very endearing. The storylines are not always the most believable, and the author does take a few liberties. That is the only thing that keeps me from giving these books 5 star ratings. Other than that, they are great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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