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Richard

Castro Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (290)

    Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta’s finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally - saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, “Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.” How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor.

    Darwin8u says: "Tell the Spartans, stranger passing by"
    "The Story is good The Narrator is Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Steven Pressfield, has created a compelling, entertaining story - well written on many levels. You won't be disappointed by the author. What makes this a great listen is the narrator George Guidall. Mr. Guidall is a voice actor with depth and real life experience. The author has created a good story and Mr. Guidall's performance propels it to a higher level. Some narrators such as Scott Brick, have a style and narrate books written in their style. Mr. Guidall is a voice actor who brings to life the character in the story. This author partnered with this voice actor equals five star winner.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Sallah, Mitch Weiss
    • Narrated By Harry Chase
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    The product of years of investigative reporting, interviews around the world, and the discovery of an astonishing array of classified information, Tiger Force is a masterpiece of journalism. Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for their Tiger Force reporting, Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss have uncovered the last great secret of the Vietnam War.

    Richard says: "Left Wing Liberal "Journalist" slings mud"
    "Left Wing Liberal "Journalist" slings mud"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another Left Wing Liberal "Journalist" slings mud on the reputations of good men. The writing is cliché and sterotypical. The Vietnamese villagers are the Innocents and the US Military are bigots who want to kill. This whole book is a snide attack on Col. Lt. Col. David Hackworth, who was the most highly decorated soldier in United States military history having received 24 decorations for heroism in combat from the Distinguished Service Cross to the Army Commendation Medal.

    Even as fiction, this is just a poorly written story. I don't recommend that you waste your money on this. However, if you too are a Left Wing Liberal who want to indulge your Hate America tendencies then, this is the book for you.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Gold: A Novel from the NUMA Files

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By David Purdham
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Kurt Austin and his crew are back to slake their thirst for action as they attempt to drown an eco-extortionist's plan to control the world's freshwater supply. From deep within the Venezuelan rain forest emanates the legend of a white goddess and a mysterious tribe with startling technical accomplishments. Few believe the tribe exists, and even fewer suspect its deity can change the course of history.

    W. C. Staub says: "Abridged Under Troubled Waters"
    "Kids Stuff"
    Overall

    Take out the sex and this would make a good "Hardy Boys" or "Nancy Drew" type novel for ten year olds. I would rate it: two yawns.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5766)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2411)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Father Son Story"
    Overall

    In the style of Hemingway; McCormack uses short unvarnished sentences to develop a warm deep love between father and son. As a father of three this story got to my heart.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Aegypt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Crowley
    • Narrated By John Crowley
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Is there more than one history of the world? This is the question Pierce Moffett is seeking to answer when, jilted and newly jobless, he gets off a bus by chance in the Faraway Hills and steps unawares into a story that has been awaiting him there. His search will bring him into contact with Rosie Rasmussen, another seeker marked by loss. And it will lead them both on a path toward the longed-for country of our oldest dreams and most unanswerable desires, toward a magnificent discovery.

    Stef says: "slow, meandering, and beautiful"
    "Dungeons and Dragons with a lisp."
    Overall

    I only hope that this review may serve as a warning beacon to others > STAY AWAY <
    I have purchased over 600; this is Thee Worst. After only SEVEN MINUTES of verbiage, so disconnected, a mental vertigo was induced.
    If you were an Insomniac, high on a pot of coffee; this book would put you to sleep.
    There is a reason that authors should NOT read their own book. From now on, if I see ANY book is read by the author, I will pass. It means the no one was willing to pay for a narrator and its a sign the book sucks.
    Oh, WOE is me that I ever found this book Bad book! Bad, bad, bad! If you buy this book; don’t come crawling to me to cry on my shoulder. You have been fairly warned. S-T-I-N-K-Y!

    11 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (214)

    Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, D.C., Police Department when an unknown man gunned down his wife in front of him. His desire for vengeance was placed on hold as he raised his children himself. But when a case triggers a connection to his wife's death, Alex may finally have a chance to catch the killer.

    Terri says: "I'm cross too"
    "Rough Draft?"
    Overall

    Mushy dialog and sterotypical characters, combined with jerky plot, makes this a trudge through sludge. I want my money back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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