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Ray

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Death Has Come Up into Our Windows: The Zombie Bible, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stant Litore
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Yerusalem City is dying, and the king’s fear of invasion renders him blind to the starvation and plague ravaging his people. Only Yirmiyahu the prophet can see the truth; only he can hear God weeping behind her veil in the Temple. He knows the locked city gates will keep no one out - they will only keep the dead in.

    Ray says: "Reflections from the cistern"
    "Reflections from the cistern"
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    This is a clever retelling of parts of the book of prophet Jeremiah with the undead acting as the result of depravity in Jerusalem during the reign of King Zedekiah (before the Babylonian exile). The justice theology is spot on with some (obviously) free literary embellishments included for narrative purposes (for example, God in the story is cast as feminine, which according to the author's website is to reflect the shekinah -- i.e., the feminine presence of God beyond the Temple veil).

    If you're looking for a traditional rough and tumble zombie adventure, then you may be disappointed because zombies are not the main focus of this novel. If you'd like to listen to a tragic religious story with some good horror thrown in and delivered by an excellent narrator, then you should find this book delightful like I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21153)
    Performance
    (19525)
    Story
    (19534)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Believable"
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    So much suspense you can't put it down. Very good technical stuff. Amazing resourcefulness. I think this could really happen some day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (1653)
    Story
    (1664)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Tom says: "Really Disappointing and not about what you think."
    "Great history lesson"
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    I was living in those days and it was interesting to hear what really happened during the war and afterwards. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (598)

    They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

    Rochelle says: "Not just a Novel about War"
    "Another winner for WEB"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lieutenants to be better than the print version?

    I haven't tried the print edition, but I don't have time to read a book. I can fit an audio book into the many dead periods of the day that wouldn't be possible to read a print book. That is especially true of the unabridged books. The only problem is turning off a great book like the WEB Griffin books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lieutenants?

    The Greek adventure.


    What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job of making you feel like you are there while things are going on. He is a great reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just couldn't stop reading it, or should I say listening to it. What a great story teller he is.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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