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Paul

Altoona, IA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1544)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (960)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "WWI history through the eyes of a young nurse."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Maisie Dobbs to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The reader is able to put the different voices of English society better than the written page.


    Any additional comments?

    Good start. Better to read the series in order as the characters build and meture over the years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (285)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "Terrible Disappointment"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only those who think all government officials are idiots.


    Has Hazardous Duty turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I am a huge fan of W. E. B. Griffin and have read and re-read all of his series, but this is terrible and should be withdrawn.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He reads the story.


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

    All the play of the President and his spokesman.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1047)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Another in the "Flowers" series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mad River the most enjoyable?

    I like the character Flowers and the region of SW Minnesota. He is funny and laid-back. I love the interactions between him and the local authorities, which change from book to book, and those with Lucas Davenport and the other members of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. These characters add some "history" that cares on from story to story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flowers himself.


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    He talks like the people of Minnesota.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Captains: The Brotherhood of War Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (328)

    It was more than an incident: It was a deadly assault across the 38th parallel. It was the Korean War. In the fear and the frenzy of battle, those who had served with heroism before were called again by America to man the trenches and sandbag bunkers. From Pusan to the Yalu, they drove forward with commands too new and tanks too old, brothers in war, bonded together in battle as they had never been in peace....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Excellent second book"
    "Continuation of a great historical yarn"
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    What did you love best about The Captains?

    W. E. B. Griffin develops his characters extremely well and you think you have met them during your days in the Service.


    What other book might you compare The Captains to and why?

    I like The Corp and Brotherhood of War series as well as Lonesome Dove.


    Any additional comments?

    These are new performances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (703)

    From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

    Jerome says: "WEB Griffin is a master of this genre"
    "One of the classics of WWII historical fiction."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great characters and compelling story lines that carry through a whole series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Semper Fi?

    Enjoyed the early portion of the


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

    Great reader. Talks like the GIs I remember.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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