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OutfieldDan

OutfieldDan

Houston, TX USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Thunder and Rain: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Daniel May, Luci Christian Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed - a modern-day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves. Samantha and her daughter, Hope, are on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help - protecting the innocent is what he does best.

    Dennis says: "A mans story, a love story?"
    "Weepy Romance Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this was going to be full of action and I was very disappointed. There was action in the first two chapters, a legitimate bad guy defined, but the rest of the book had no action and was all about feelings. The bad guy was never confronted by the main character, he just basically went away - was deleted by a female character in a minor scene. It reads like a work from two authors. It started out being an action hero novel, but it seems like the author handed over the rest of the book to his wife who made it mawkish.

    Overall, the book is a romance novel with stereotypes of what a man's feelings are and should be. A child's voice and narrative is included that contributes little to the novel - just another vehicle to show emotions that I found, well, ...childish.

    I did like the reader - a good Texan drawl that fit the main character. Too bad the main character was so sentimental.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (446)

    In Eyes of Prey, Bekker, an insane pathologist who experiments with his patients’ pain thresholds, is finally brought down by an unrelenting Lucas Davenport, who brutally maims the doctor’s beautiful face but leaves him alive. “You should have killed me,” were Bekker’s parting and prophetic words.

    In this sequel to Eyes of Prey, Bekker endures the indignities and horrors of imprisonment, taking comfort in the fact that it is only a matter of time before he will make Lucas Davenport pay.

    Elliott says: "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    "I didn't like it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator has no varying voice intonations whatsoever for the different characters. I was often confused about who was talking. The plot plodded along after a good start and was diminished with numerous characters appearing out of the blue. Maybe the listener needs to start with earlier books in the series to get missing character developments. Sandford seems obsessed with gory descriptions of what Becker does, and doesn't have enough action left for the rest of the book. It was a tedious listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2801)
    Performance
    (2592)
    Story
    (2601)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Joe Hill is trying too hard to write like his dad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It just has too much incredible stuff. There are too many departures from reality that become a distraction. Try Heart-Shaped Box for a much better story by the same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3345)
    Performance
    (2764)
    Story
    (2770)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "So this is how it all began"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have become a huge fan of this series. This book starts with Reacher still in the army and tells how he left. It's maybe the best Reacher book I have listened to so far out of about five novels. The characters are extremely well defined and the plot is deep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (706)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "Terribly disjointed plot - not recommended"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is pretty bad. The characters do the most illogical things such as get threatend by a gun, save the bad guy and then shoot the girlfriend; accidentally kill a pleasant character with chemotherapy drugs; accuse the president of being corrupt with no evidence of corrupt behavior whatsoever; president saves his sister and then abandons her when she tries to commit suicide; a barber commits suicide for no reason; a main character thinks he's George Washington, and he turns out to be the smart guy! Jeez..... I was so thankful when it ended and my misery of listening to this book finally ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5012)
    Performance
    (2984)
    Story
    (2998)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "I regret wasting a credit on this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have no idea why I bought this book. I don't like books that dispatch with reality and make things up out of the blue. I guess I downloaded it because some reviews said that this is a geek's book. Just what is a geek's book anyway? It isn't a book for someone who works in IT, or a scientist concerned with the natural world. It seems to be a book for alternate reality gamers. Anyway, this story isn't for me. I don't appreciate sophomoric and stereotypical attacks on evil corporations, evil government institutions, and evil economic systems. I made it through 4-5 chapters and barfed. Is this a book for OWS?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (768)

    Jungles come in many forms. There are the steamy rain forests of the Burmese highlands. There are the lies and betrayals of the world of covert operations. And there are the dark and twisted thoughts of a man bent on near-global domination. To pull off their latest mission, Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must survive them all.

    Noreen says: "Another great story"
    "Not so hot"
    Overall

    Narration is good. It's not the narration that flops here. It's the illogical behavior of the characters and the illogical premise of a computer created by a terrorist that is thousands of times more capable than anything else in the world and that runs on red crystals originally described by Marco Polo. Come on, get real.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4811)
    Performance
    (2217)
    Story
    (2226)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "High Ratings are completely false"
    Overall

    I struggled through the entire book, anticipating that it would get good and justify the high ratings from other reviewers. Sadly it never did get good, and I'm sorry I even started listening to this tedious story. The story just bogs down and keeps bogging down. The plot is pedestrian, being the diary of a life beginning in a third world country. The medical information is not particularly interesting, but it is the only interesting component of the book. The characters are simply boring and slog through life with little excitement and mystery. I don't know what planet these reviewers are on who give it five stars. It needs to be edited, abridged down to half its length, and then it would still be boring, but at least not so much a waste of time to listen to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dexter Filkins
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Through the eyes of Dexter Filkins, we witness the chain of events that began with the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, continued with the attacks of 9/11, and moved on to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Forever War allows us a visceral understanding of today's battlefields and of the experiences of the people on the ground, warriors and innocents alike. It is a brilliant, fearless work, not just about America's wars after 9/11, but ultimately about the nature of war itself.

    Terry says: "A memorable "read""
    "Not Unbiased"
    Overall

    The author dominates his dialog with stories about how incompetent our soldiers are and how ungrateful the Iraq populaton is. Every now and then he throws in comments from the Iraqi like how they appreciate us removing the tyrant Saddam Hussein - apparently a weak attempt to balance his political bias. He spends lots of time with insurgents and protrays their comments as common in Iraq. He treats suicide bombers with sympathy. Make no mistake about it, this is not a neutral work. If you want to read about all the bad stuff and little of the good stuff, then this book is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (620)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Not as good as The Power of One"
    Overall

    The story is full of stereotypes and Tandia comes across as a weak, weeping character. The ending isn't satisfying and it seems like Courtenay got tired of writing and just decided to end it. Actually I was glad when it was over, the plot wasn't going anywhere.

    For me, it more or less ruined the satisfying result of The Power of One.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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