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Richard

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  • The King's Commission

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (96)

    Fresh from duty on the frigate Desperate in her fight with the French Capricieuse off St. Kitts, Midshipman Alan Lewrie passes his examination board for lieutenancy and finds himself commissioned first officer of the brig o'war Shrike. There's time for some dalliance with the fair sex, and then Lieutenant Lewrie must be off to patrol the North American coast and attempt to bring the Muskogees and Seminoles onto the British side against the American rebels (dalliance with an Indian maiden is just part of the mission).

    Richard says: "Great naval historical"
    "Great naval historical"
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    Any additional comments?

    What a nice surprise! I have been looking for a new historical series for some time and this one is a hit. I bought and listened to the second in the series immediately after finishing this one and downloaded the next 2 in the series. Of course...John Lee is usually very good but he was great in this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1769)
    Performance
    (1539)
    Story
    (1537)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Maximum Thrill and Fabulous Characters"
    "Hoping for Stieg Larsson but not here"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes slow books with a poorly devised plot and story line.


    Has The Keeper of Lost Causes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No...I love the genre.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Erik Davies?

    Never


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I bought it to try and find another author in this genre. The ratings made me "think" this could be a good book. It was just a disappointment. The main character is suck a buffoon that I could have no empathy for him in anyway. He's one of those characters that you wish disappears and someone with 100 times more competence appears (so that he's a normal person)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
    • Narrated By Blake Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (895)

    The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

    Dave says: "Mostly worthless drivel"
    "Gems to be found but...bad choice on the reader;-("
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first 1/3 of the book was...well horrible. I found most of the early writing to be grandiose and without clear objectives. It made me wonder if it was a book on start-ups or a poorly written Philosophy text. The last portion of the book offers some great insights into business , mistakes, best practices and road signs to success.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This isn't a novel...


    What didn’t you like about Blake Masters’s performance?

    I'm sure Mr. Master's is a successful businessman but he needs to stay away from reading audio books. He took a pretty good book and made it painful to get through the audio version. Blake--All really great authors HIRE someone to read their books. Why? Because being a good writer does not make you a good reader.

    The fact Mr. Masters or Mr. Thiel didn't realize this...well...just shows you can be talented in one area and not very clever in another.

    Please guys...if you write any more books do reader auditions and decide on someone who does reading for a living.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Hang in there when listening to this audio book. The authors provide some great insights into making a successful start up.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (762)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "Horrible poorly outlined story from a favorite"
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    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Will Patton?

    I have several books from James Lee Burke and most are good and some are very good. Every book read by Will Patton makes them better. That said...I will not be buying any further "new" books from Mr. Burke because the quality of the story here is so lacking in every respect. F-


    Has Wayfaring Stranger turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book has turned me off from buying any new book by this author. I'm not sure if he is just getting old--78--or if he has run out of ideas but this is the first book that I truly regretted buying and listening to the end.Why did I listen to the end? Good question...because I wanted to write this review and to truthfully say I gave it every chance. It's just simply a terrible book. If I had Mr. Burke's gift for words I would write several pages here that all equal "Just Terrible".


    Did Will Patton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Will Patton always does a good job. Always!


    What character would you cut from Wayfaring Stranger?

    With the exception of Grandpa, all of them. Yes...Grandpa is not a good person and wasn't for most of his life but he's at least true to his character and interesting.All of the remaining MAIN characters exercise poor judgement on a daily basis and have bad things happen to them as a result. Which makes perfect sense. And also makes it hard to feel any sympathy for the situations in which they find themselves. It's like a guy that walks into a rough neighborhood who shouts bad names at the people living there and then SUDDENLY finds himself in a bad situation. I don't feel bad for this person. I just think they are an idiot.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been an audible customer for many years and have a few thousand dollars worth of books. I have purchased books in the past that I haven't been happy with but I took a chance hoping perhaps to find a gem in the crowd of stories out there. When a favorite author delivers something this bad...it's a big disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Doves at Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    In a startling departure, James Lee Burke has written an epic story of love, hate and survival set against the tumultuous background of the Civil War and Reconstruction. At the center of the tale are James lee Burke's own ancestors, Robert Perry, who comes from the slave-owning family of wealth and privilege, and Willy Burke, born of Irish immigrants, a poor boy who is as irreverent as he is brave and decent. Despite personal and political conflicts, both men join the Confederate Army, determined not to back down.

    Richard says: "If you love James Lee Burke...don't buy this book!"
    "If you love James Lee Burke...don't buy this book!"
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    What would have made White Doves at Morning better?

    A complete re-write with logical dialogue and characters that I could care about.


    What could James Lee Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Do a much better job of developing the story line, and characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ed Sala?

    I would "normally" suggest Will Patton---but I'm hopeful that Will looked at this poor, poor freshman high school novel and decided to take a nap instead.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Incredible disappointment. I have enjoyed all of Burke's other novels...some more than others but this book is TERRIBLE!


    Any additional comments?

    Why? Why? Why?...what a terrible experience. I stuck with it to the end with some sliver of hope it would have a surprise ending--like "surprise! It's not as terrible as you thought it would be!" But no...it was worse.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (896)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Brett says: "Not bad but uneven and not revealing."
    "We are lucky Taco Bell wasn't hiring;-)"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Adam Carolla has always been interesting but I thought this multi-hour book with Adam reading was a treat. He seems like a guy you'd just like to have a beer with. Good book...highly recommended listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    Burke's newest client is a woman named Flood, who has the face of an angel, the body of a high-priced stripper, and the skills of a professional executioner. She wants Burke to find a monster for her - so she can kill him with her bare hands. In this thriller, Andrew Vachss's renegade private eye teams up with a lethally gifted avenger to follow a child's murderer through the catacombs of New York, where every alley is blind and the penthouses are as dangerous as the basements.

    Rachel says: "Pretty good - I will try some more of the series."
    "Great story. Not for the faint of heart."
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    Where does Flood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a good listen but I didn't feel the "depth" in this book that I have in many others. Still...it was a good story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It moved along well.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting author with his own story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jane Austen, Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (536)

    In this terrifying and hilarious prequel, we witness the genesis of the zombie plague in early 19th-century England. We watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a nave young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. We laugh as she begins her first clumsy training with nunchucks and katana swords and cry when her first blush with romance goes tragically awry.

    Dawn says: "Fantastic Narrator for a Fun Story!"
    "Nice new twist on a classic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version of this book but I have read pride and prejudice and was surprised that the author was able to do a good job of maintaining the sense of the original.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jane Austen and Steve Hockensmith ? Why or why not?

    Jane Austin...yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (605)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "Worse and worser"
    Overall

    I got into these books because of the Showtime series. The concept is good--bad guy kills other bad guys that like to do bad things to good people--but the writing gets worse and worse with each book. It like Charles Bronson and the Death Wish movies...the first one was good but by Death Wish 5--even deathier...you realize the ideas are all gone and the hope for improved dialog is just wishful thinking. This guy can't write, he has a lazy editor that basically checks for spelling errors and correct punctuation instead of challenging Jeff to improve and a publisher (also lazy) that is laughing all the way to the bank thinking he can't beleive this stuff sells. Successful actors often start acting classes to hone their craft...time for night school everyone;-((

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    Now in theaters, a re-release of the classic horror flick The Exorcist is promising to be scarier than ever. Restored by the film's director, William Friedkin, the new cut includes a full reel of previously unreleased footage, eliminated before the film's first release. To prepare for the frightening film, listen to the audiobook version, read by the author.

    Parusski says: "Why did I wait so long to read the book?"
    "Being a good writer doesn't make you a narrator"
    Overall

    I bought this book because of the book reviews and the movie. Big MISTAKE. Why does an author think he can narrate? It is so sad. I guess it's cheaper than hiring a professional but the results are...you guessed it..."unprofessional". Honor the work in the future. Hire someone that knows what they are doing. THIS IS THE LAST BOOK I GET NARRATED BY THE AURTHOR!

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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