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R. Flaherty

Naval Air Corps - (DC3, C118, P2V Neptune) 1965 - 1970

CA United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Twelfth Card: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (155)

    Best-selling master of suspense Jeffery Deaver is back with a brand-new Lincoln Rhyme thriller. To save the life of a young girl who's being stalked by a ruthless hit man, Lincoln and his protege, Amelia Sachs, are called upon to do the impossible: solve a truly "cold case", one that's 140 years old.

    Orvetta says: "The Twelfth Card - Excellent"
    "Twists and Turns Take You Through a Good Story"
    Overall

    Deaver hits a home run with this story AND Dennis Boutsikais is a great voice actor. You will enjoy both the story and the narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Burnt House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    A small commuter plane carrying 47 passengers crashes into an apartment building, and LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker works overtime to calm rampant fears. But a grisly mystery lives inside the plane's wreckage: the unidentified bodies of four extra travelers. And there is no sign of an airline employee who was supposedly on the catastrophic flight.

    Audiophile says: "Recommended for Faye Kellerman Fans"
    "Author and Narrator - Perfect Match"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because the author has told a story that kept me drawn in and really caring about the characters. That alone would put this title in the top ten for me. However, this is an audio book and the narrator can either ruin a book or take it to a higher lever. George Guidall, is truly a voice-actor who brings the characters to life.. Kellerman & Guidall are a perfect match.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each character in this story is believable and each character helps bring the plot forward. I had an emotional reaction to the characters and that means good writing.


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

    Mr. Guidall, has the ability to change his voice in a subtle way; he takes on the gender, age, mentality or emotional state of the character. He is never over-the-top or obviously being an actor "doing" a female, child or elder voice. He becomes the character and that is the voice that character would have. Mr. Guidall, could read the phone book and most would be happy to listen. I have many titles in my library and would rate this title in the top 20. I wish I could give it a higher rating. You can buy this title with confidence of a good story read by one of the best narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the title because Mr. Guidall, was the narrator and delightfully discovered that Fay Kellerman, is such a great author. I hope that Mr. Guidall, will continue to narrate this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Paul Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (463)

    Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

    R. Flaherty says: "Whew...It's Over."
    "Whew...It's Over."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Mr. Palahniuk has a style of writing that I would describe as a rollercoaster ride. While some of his stories are fast paced, exciting and fun; this ride left me drained and feeling queasy. When the narration was over, I was happy to lift the safety bar and leave. Your experience may be different though.


    What could Chuck Palahniuk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Enjoyable? There are some quirky, insightful points of view in the story. However, I don't see how this book could ever come off as an enjoyable read.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Garcia’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Paul Garcia, is a great narrator with a wide range of voices. He is good. His narration was what got me through to the end. I will search for other performances/narrations by him.


    Could you see Survivor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sadly, yes. There is a character in this book called the Agent. I can see a Hollywood "Agent" type turning this book into some superficial CGI. There would be some irony there.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this review is helpful. I admit that I am not an English Lit major and don't know much about tropes or styles of writing. I’ve listened to the finish and this review is really, just one guy's opinion. Read all the reviews and decide if you want to jump in the pool. What the heck, go ahead and listen to it. Then, figure out if you went into the deep end or the shallow end of the pool. You might like it. - I dare you.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Flinder's Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH says: "Extraordinary Story"
    "Emotional"
    Overall
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    Where does Matthew Flinder's Cat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this novel at 85% of over 700 Audible Books I have purchased. However, that is mostly meaningless because, while I am an Average Guy, it's only my personal opinion. I do not think you would be disappointed with the novel because, woven throughout a very good story, there are a few nuggets of knowledge we all can benefit from


    What did you like best about this story?

    A better understanding of the causes of an addictive personality.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Humphrey Bower is a great voice actor who brings to life each and every character in the story. He makes you care, very much, about them. Mr. Bower is right up there with Mr. George Guidall, who, I believe, could read the phone book and make it come alive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In the very beginning when Billy is getting hassled by the local cop; I began to care about what was going to happen to him. That is the moment I got hooked and wanted to find out how the rest of the story developed.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1681)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Coben takes you to the Dark Side on this one."
    Overall
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    I am a fan of Harlan Coben. However, this story's plot seems a teensy on the Dark Side. Scott Brick has a style ??? no matter what he is narrating; a overly dramatic New York/Jersey accent. It???s hard to get into the story???s character because it always Scott Brick. That said, this story does take place in ??? New Jersey, so, perhaps Scott was a natural choice for this book. Over all, I liked the way he read this book. Harlan Coben, takes his fans on a different ride ??? far away from the Myron Bolitar series. Over all, I would recommend the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1272)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Christian says: "Audio quality quite poor"
    "Narrator is not a voice actor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The accents used to portray the characters are badly done. You'd be better off to read the book yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18695)
    Performance
    (16641)
    Story
    (16603)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Great Beginning - Middle and ENDING !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Normally, I am not a fanatical fan of all Stephen Kings works because I don't enjoy dark and scary. However, this story drew me in, held me and delivered me right to the front door of WOW. It was interesting to Google Map the many addresses mentioned in the story while listening. I am ex-military and an old crusty kind of guy. I wan't exactly "crying" at the ending of the story; its closer to say my eyes were "glistening" while wearing a happy smile.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle for the Rhine: The Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Campaign, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robin Neillands
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The post-Normandy battles that the Allies fought as they struggled for seven months to advance from the Seine to the Rhine were complex and controversial. Even after 60 years, the questions remain of who was responsible for the failure at Nijmegen, the destruction of the British First Airborne Division at Arnhem, and the failure of Operation Market Garden. Could the war in Europe have been won in 1944 with better strategies?

    Jonathan Gardner says: "British propaganda"
    "The Battle for the Whine"
    Overall

    The author makes the case that, if everyone just listen to Montgomery, the war would have been won much sooner. Not! The tone of the entire book is a whine. I found no new facts only subjective sneers to Eisenhower, Bradly, Patton and on and on. Yawn; very snoring.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mountains of the Pharaohs: The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Zahi Hawass
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The great pyramids of Giza have intrigued humanity for thousands of years. Questions about the construction and the purpose of these majestic monuments have existed since the middle period of ancient Egyptian civilization; in the sixth century B.C., Herodotus was the first of generations of explorers to travel to Egypt in an attempt to unlock their secrets. Recent cutting-edge research has uncovered information, unimaginable to previous generations, about how and why they were built.

    Carol Motsinger says: "Good book"
    "Snoring"
    Overall

    Publisher Weekly said this is a must read...Ha!
    Insomniac Nightly gave it the same endorsement!

    This book does NOT tell how the Great Pyramids were built.
    It's a long boring narrative; listing which king was married to which sister and the name of their cousin and so on.

    16 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Rant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (215)

    Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the New York Times best-sellers Fight Club and Lullaby, is known for his edgy novels, and Rant is no exception. Palahniuk presents this fictional biography of Buster "Rant" Casey in a series of vignettes told by the people who knew him best. As intricate as a spider web, Rant succeeds in recounting the story of one man's life only through the eyes of others. But the question remains, "Who was Rant Casey?"

    Michelle says: "dark and disturbing"
    "Great readers but, books stinks."
    Overall

    My decision to buy the book was based on the quality of the readers. The key learning point for me was; even great readers can't make a bad book good. The plot is too contrived and implausible. The readers did their job but, the books smells bad.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful

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