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Perry

Perry Martin is an American Audio Book Reviewer. I listen to 3-4 books a week as a long haul truck driver. I review so you don't have to.

albany, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Revenge of John W

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Joe Corso
    • Narrated By William Bottoms
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A dirt poor mother and her son who's only possession - their property is desired by an evil man. His lust for wealth drives him to stop at nothing to obtain it - causing a grieving mother the fear of never seeing her only son again. A prison in the desert which has been closed for over a half century is mysteriously reopened, but for what purpose? Why was the boy taken from his mother and the girl he loves - will he ever see them again? Why does Jack McCormack covet John W's worthless property so aggressively?

    Perry says: "Revenge is best served in person"
    "Revenge is best served in person"
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    Written by Joe Corso and read by William Bottoms. 
    A young man John W. lives with his parents and helps his father farm their Arizona farmland. The family barely gets by as it takes everything the two men have to make the farm profitable enough to make the mortgage payments.

    The story starts with the death of John's father and the mortgage holder trying to find a way not to repossess the land since John cannot work the land alone. 

    The mortgage holder finds a way to help John W. and his mother by trading the equity in their land for a small piece of desert land that they would own completely. 

    Throughout the story John W. makes the best of his situations and becomes a successful young man. His success brings him to the attention of a ruthless businessman who wants John out of the way.

    John spends the next 6 years dealing with the effects of one corrupt business man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

    The Revenge of John W. is an outstanding story of how honesty and hard work can beat the odds, even when the deck is stacked against you. 

    The only issue I had with this audiobook was the performance of William Bottoms. His narration is very slow, to the point that I wanted to turn the speed up on my audible app. Also his inability to create memorable voices became a distraction from the story. But even that is not enough to degrade this story.

    Stretch your imagination and accept that miricles can happen and enjoy this Joe Corso original.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1102)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "BEST NATHAN McBRIDE THRILLER TO DATE"
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    Narrated by Dick Hill in the same tone and professional manner of all his work, he brings Nathan McBride to life. You listen and think Nathan himself is recalling the story. I have review the first two McBride novels and feel Andrew Petetson has produced his best work to date. I love seeing Nathan's human side opposed to his Marine/CIA side that really can't be separated. 

    When young Lauren texts Nathan saying she has been kidnapped he knows it's no hoax. Lauren gets his attention by using his secret CIA code name. Nathan leaps into action trying to find and protect Lauren. He immediately finds himself in the middle of a situation he doesn't fully understand. But as McBride is never in over his head he heeds the call and the thrill commences.

    Option to Kill is the Best McBride book to date. It is a great listen and makes you want more.
    This book was purchased with my own money for review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret: Clandestine Operations, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: The Soviet Union. The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley's job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can.

    Jean says: "cold war heros"
    "Great book if you haven't read Honor Bound Series"
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    W.E.B. Griffin  is a masterful author of military historical fiction. He has covered WWII, the Marines, The Police , and Now the Cold War. Alexander Cendese narrated the first book in this new series with the care of other noteable narrators in W.E.B. Griffin series such as Dick Hill.

    Listening to books the length of most Griffin series can be difficult because of the precise detail he puts into his books. Cendese reads Top Secret like an old fashion radio play. Every Character is unique and precise. I know who is talking each and every time . There are 20 plus different character voices and each is unique.

    The story itself covers a secret US program to smuggle high ranking Nazi's out of Germany and too Argentina, as well as setting up listening posts to monitor Russian activity in the East. This was a tricky operation because the Russians were our alli. 

    After WWII Germans would rather die then be captured or turned over to the Russians who would torture and kill them. The US provided them safe passage to Argentina for information. This series will discuss the Cold Was from the end of WWII to the End of the Cold War.  I highly recommend this AudioBook as it is a great Listen and a great story.

      

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1674)
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    (1292)
    Story
    (1300)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "Nathan McBride's resolve is tested to its limits"
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    Forced to Kill the Second book in Nathan McBride series, Read by Award Winning Narrator Dick Hill. Dick Hill makes listening to this audiobook like watching a movie in your mind. The emotion and feelings of each character comes through. He enjoyment of Marine Sniper Nathan McBride grows with each book and with each listen.

    This time Nathan must face the man who tortured him leaving him disfigured for life and almost dead some 10 years earlier. Could this interrogator be active again working in America? As one mutilated body is found, Nathan is drawn into a much deeper conspiracy that reaches deep into the government. 

    What will Nathan do when given the choice between delivering his interrogator alive or exacting his revenge.The final act of this audiobook has twists that make you long for the next book. Thankfully you don't have to wait the third book in the Nathan McBride series Option to Kill is available on audiobook now. 

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accident

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

    Dorothy says: "A Little Bit Like Cotton Candy"
    "Publishing Can be Murder"
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    Chris Pavone's Second Audiobook "The Accident" narrated by Mozhan Marrno Published by Crown and Random House Audio is a thriller that takes place in the cut throat publishing world.

    Isabel Reed is a literary agent who is reading through a manuscript titled "The Accident" that shows up via a messenger service written by Anonymous. Isabel knows by reading the first page if the book is worth spending any more time with. Most books never make it past page one.

    This book keeps Isabel's attention as she flips page after page until she reaches the end. This book is a masterpiece. A book that will take her to the top of her profession. If only she can stay alive long enough to have it published.

    Anonymous may or may not have written this manuscript alone, but it's main character is a real person who will stop at nothing to keep "The Accident" from ever being published.

    With only one paper copy of this manuscript it should be easy to track down and recover. Little do they know the the literary world is full of copy machines and theives. As the number of copies grows exponentially the thrill of this story begins. This story travels from coast to coast as the race to publish competes with the will of this autobiographical manuscript's lead who will do what ever it takes, even kill, to recover "The Accident" and keep it out of the eye of the public and law enforcement.

    The Accident is a thriller like no other, within a world few book lovers will ever see. The audio production and expression of Mozhan Marrno takes you inside the mind and world of the publishing world and all of her characters. A must listen on Audible.com

    This book was purchased by me for review from Audible.com

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robby's Quest for Seed: Robby's Quest, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By D.C. Rush
    • Narrated By Tracy Elman
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Robby is a Robin who has teamed up with his brother Ricky and some other birds, namely the perky Sparrow family, a group of Mourning Doves and Benny the Blackbird. In this story, the group of lifelong feathery friends decides to fly south to Florida for the winter. Along the way, Joy, the youngest Sparrow, strays from the flock and lands in the backyard of Hershey, a very determined and hungry cat. Her parents and some of the other birds form a search party and hope they find her before it's too late.

    DBR says: "DBR Books"
    "1st Book in Robby's Qwest Series"
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    Robby's Quest for Seed is a color illustrated book and is also available on Audible.com as an audiobook. The book is self published by the authors through DCRushBooks. This children's book is beautifully narrated by Tracy Elman. Her voice is soft and soothing with emotion and love and feels like story time at the local library.

    Robby's Quest for speed is an adorable children's book. It has a good story about adventure, danger, teamwork, protecting children, and promotion for good work.

    I have to say some of the word choices seemed a bit advanced for the reading level of the book. This book will expand your child's vocabulary but young readers may need mom and dad's help with larger words with three and four syllables. 

    This book was gifted to me for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Man

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Matthew Louis
    • Narrated By Robert Neil DeVoe
    Overall
    (8)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    Sam Schuler is starting a new family, trying to begin a respectable life, and trying to extricate himself from the seedy people he once knew. But when his former best friend involves him in a petty drug theft, a local street gang is stirred to action and Sam finds himself the target of harassment from the gang's leader. When the situation escalates from threats to violence to the worst transgression imaginable, Sam's reality is warped beyond recognition.

    John P. DERMODY says: "The Right Reader For The Wrong Man"
    "A fast paced thriller of bad circumstances"
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    "The Wrong Man" is by Matthew Lewis Narrated by Robert Neil DeVoe published by Out of the Gutter and is available at Audible.com

    This is a modern throw back to books like Lawrence Blocks "Borderline". It is a gripping tale of how one bad decision can take you down a road of destruction. 

    Sam Schuler is trying to start a new life, one that is wholly respectable. He is in Junior College and working at a liquor store. When his oldest friend asks him to drive him to a party. It's his oldest friend he has to say yes. As they drive away from the party his friend pulls out a brick of marjuina that he stole from the party house. This one act by his friend drags him back into the gutter.

    Sam has the local gang leader on his back for the stolen drugs because his low life friend once again has no money and no prospects. One situation after another happen to Sam, things out of his control. When the gang starts going after his family Sam has to confront the demons haunting him.

    This is a quick audiobook that is narrated well by Robert Neil DeVoe. It pulls you in and keeps your attention to the very end.

    This audiobook was gifted to me for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Skies: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Theresa Kay
    • Narrated By Andrea Emmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived. Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed. One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy. Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back. In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived. Until recently, the E'rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax's brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a stranded teenage E'rikon.

    M. W. Nason says: "Narrator"
    "Great 1st Book in new YA SciFi series"
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    Theresa Kay's 1st book in Broken Skies series is narrated by 1st time narrator Andrea Emmes. Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 10, 2014)

    Andrea has the perfect voice for the lead character and voices the other characters from old to the very young both male and female very well. Theresa Kay has given proper respect to each genre in this Science Fiction, Young Adult, and Dystopia collaboration.

    The story starts off quickly and catches you up along the way with details as needed in this fast passed audiobook. Jax Mitchell's world has been a little crazy. Her mom died at the birth of her and her twin brother and their father died after raising them through their early teens. 

    The earth was deveststed 30 years prior by man made biological weapons and then 10 years ago the E'rikon arrived. Aliens who created their own domed city where they lived not helping or communicating with the people of earth.

    Until now... When Jax and her brother see an E'rikon craft land in a field she climbs a tree to investigate. After being seen her brother acts as a decoy so she can escape. When the E'rikon take her brother and leave a disabled one of their own behind Jax will do anything to get her brother back. Even if she has to work with the unknown alien to do it.

    This story and direction of this First book, in what I hope will be a continuing series on audiobook, is a great attention keeping book.

    This book was gifted to me for an honest review. 

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rare Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Davis Bunn
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Supposedly, dispatched to audit a relief organization’s accounts, Marc Royce finds himself amid the squalor and chaos of Kenyan refugee camps caught in a stranglehold of corruption and ruthlessness. But his true task relates to the area’s reserves of once-obscure metals now indispensible to high-tech industry. The value of this rare earth inflames tensions on the world’s stage as well as among warring tribes.

    Perry says: "Great 2nd book in Marc Royce Series"
    "Great 2nd book in Marc Royce Series"
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    Davis Bunn's second book in Marc Royce series is another hit. Published by Brilliance Audio and Bethany House in book and digital format.

    New narrator, Phil Gigante, doesn't miss a step as this time we find Marc in Africa where volcano caused drought has deveststed this once rich farm land.

    As an accountant Marc is auditing a relief agencies books, while undercover he is looking for a missing aid worker. The relief agency is just one arm of a private security company and they don't want Marc asking any questions. 

    As Marc quickly gets relief supplies from the tents to the needy he is given more responsibility by a local leader who gives him a blank check to get food and medical supplies into the refuge camps. 

    Marc once again finds kinship with African leaders through Jesus Christ. One elder has visions of a man who will save the land and believes Marc is the man of his visions. Pressure rises fast as the truth comes to light as too why the aid worker has disappeared, and no one wants Marc to solve the problem.

    Marc Royce risks everything once again to find the truth and save the African village. This is a great humanitarian story with action and redemption.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Learning to Swim: Hearts Out of Water, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Annie Cosby
    • Narrated By Wendy Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When Cora's mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature - and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else. As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O'Leary's tragic past-and Cora's future.

    Terri B. says: "It Happened One Summer!"
    "Great First book of YA Series"
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    Annie Cosby's 1st book in her Hearts Out of Water series, Narrated by Wendy Pitts is published by Write For You a Publishing and in Audiobook form by the Author Ann Cosby.

    This is a touching YA title about Cora an 18 year old girl on Summer Break before college. She wants to stay home with her friends who are all leaving for separate schools in the fall, and this will be their last summer together.

    Cora's mother has different ideas taking Cora's Father and Cora to their newly purchased fixer upper summer home known as the Pink Palace. The name does not begin to describe the hideousness of this house.

    Embarrassed and away from her friends Cora 'a Summer is ruined. I almost forgot her mother wants to set her up with another rich boy from the Big House's which Cora has no interest.

    Cora does meet a nice old women Mrs. O'Leary who seems to be loosing her way with reality but does love to tell Cora long tales from the sea.

    As local mysteries begin to come to Cora's attention she try's to put the pieces of others lives together while contemplating her own future.

    Love is in the air, class discrimination between those who live in the Bug Housed and the Locals, along with Cora's families unmentionable secret bring this YA novel to a climax that will leave you the listener crying and smiling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 25 Perfect Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mark Tullius
    • Narrated By Dave Thompson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
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    (4)

    A totalitarian state doesn't just happen overnight. It's a slow, dangerous slide. 25 Perfect Days chronicles the path into a hellish future of food shortages, contaminated water, sweeping incarceration, an ultra-radical religion, and the extreme measures taken to reduce the population. Through 25 interlinked stories, each written from a different character's point of view, 25 Perfect Days captures the sacrifice, courage, and love needed to survive and eventually overcome this dystopian nightmare.

    Crash 86 says: "Loved the book and love the audio"
    "Great concept, hard to pull off"
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    25 Perfect Days was written by Mark Tullius and Narrated by Dave Thompson. This Audiobook is about the ever so popular Dystopian Future. The concept of the book is 25 stories from 25 different points of view about the past, present, and future of this dystopia.

    A universal church "The Way" has teamed with the Government to take the money from society and provide for the needs of society. Using money and influence they pass laws limiting life span, who can have and raise children, everything for the universal good. 

    This hellish vision of heaven on earth is presented thru 25 stories. Unfortunately only a single voice. The narrator Dave Thompson wether by choice or design uses the same voice for every character. When listening to a book set in 25 different voices it is just too much for any one narrator. He read the book with emotion but needed help. There is just to much going on in this book for a single narrator.

    At this time I have to say the voice in your own mind will give you more meaning to this very dystopian work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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