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Neil

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  • The Far Side of the World: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    The South Seas are a paradise for battle-weary Captain Jack Aubrey and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. But their peace is disturbed when Stephen's fancy for a peculiar marine organism lands him overboard. Acting in his usual headstrong fashion, Jack dives into the rescue, unfortunately failing to plan what will happen once they are both in the water watching the sails of the Surprise disappear in the mist.

    Jean says: "The Far side of the World"
    "More boring than C-Span"
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    I'm a real warship captain. I served in the USN for 31 years and was privileged to have three commands. I envy James Tiberius Kirk because he was allowed to remain a starship captain for his whole career. There's nothing like it really; best job on the planet. Sure it's demanding, carries a lot of responsibility, but one thing it is hardly ever is boring. But these books are. A fellow naval officer is a devoted fan of the series and I kept reading them hoping to find out why. I've now read four: Far Side of the World, Post Captain, HMS Surprise and The Ionian Mission and I give up. They're terrible unless you like listening for half an hour or more to discourse on some archane bug or other. The constant stress of Jack's financial perils becomes just plain tedious. If this era is your interest then I suggest the Hornblower series by CS Forester (sp) or the Bolitho novels by Douglas Reeman both of which are much better.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Byte Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Pauline Baird Jones
    • Narrated By Wyntner Woody
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A lawman meets his perfect match. Too bad she's a high tech thief... Deputy US Marshal Jake Kirby is a top tracker, who always gets his fugitive. Now he's hot on the trail of a gang of cyberthieves with an unusual agenda. That trail takes him to Colorado and a country and western bar managed by the sexy, mysterious Phoebe Mentel. Instant attraction quickly complicates this high tech chess game between two people who don't know how to lose and are afraid to fall in love.

    Joann says: "It hurt to Listen"
    "It's really a romance novel and not a good one"
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    I thought this was going to be mostly a thriller, but tho not quite a bodice ripper it's in that genre. Then there's all this angst between the two main characters who realize on first meeting they need to be together, but are on different sides of the law. This "we want to but we can't" conundrum cycles thru way too many scenes to the point of repetitive tedium. I almost quit a couple of times. The narrator has a peculiar cadence which was initially off putting and that I never warmed up to. He uses a falsetto voice for two different characters. I've never met one person who talked like that never mind two in a book with like a dozen characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (399)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    "More boring than C-Span"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm a real warship captain. I served in the USN for 31 years and was privileged to have three commands. I envy James Tiberius Kirk because he was allowed to remain a starship captain for his whole career. There's nothing like it really; best job on the planet. Sure it's demanding, carries a lot of responsibility, but one thing it is hardly ever is boring. But these books are. A fellow naval officer is a devoted fan of the series and I kept reading them hoping to find out why. I've now read four: Far Side of the World, Post Captain, HMS Surprise and The Ionian Mission and I give up. They're terrible unless you like listening for half an hour or more to discourse on some archane bug or other. The constant stress of Jack's financial perils becomes just plain tedious. If this era is your interest then I suggest the Hornblower series by CS Forester (sp) or the Bolitho novels by Douglas Reeman both of which are much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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