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S. Swann

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  • The Toymaker

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chuck Barrett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (385)

    Former NTSB Investigator Jake Pendleton faces a dilemma as the line blurs between right and wrong. After his judgment comes into question, Jake is entrusted to his new mentor, an eccentric old man who sees beyond Jake’s flaws. A man who makes ‘toys for spies.’ A man known as The Toymaker. Jake’s first assignment reunites him with Gregg Kaplan in a daredevil mission to rescue a fellow agent held captive in Yemen. He risks his life to stop the first attack of an al Qaeda mastermind.

    shelley says: "Great book"
    "Book is OK, but the narration kills it."
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Scott Brick is rated highly and I don't understand why. He OVER enunciates EVERYTHING! To the point where a character could be making coffee and the narration makes it seem like an arduous task that required months of contemplation. This eventually makes you miss the highlights of the story because there is no contrast in the telling. Its so bad, that it makes me feel dumb for tolerating the narration to get through the book.


    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Storage, Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Straley
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    Cold Storage, Alaska, is a remote fishing outpost where salmonberries sparkle in the morning frost and where you just might catch a King Salmon if you're Zen enough to wait for it. Settled in 1935 by Norse fishermen who liked to skinny dip in its natural hot springs, the town enjoyed prosperity in the mid-20th century, at the height of the frozen fish boom. But now the cold storage plant is all but abandoned and the population is shrinking every day.

    S. Swann says: "I'm Packing for Cold Storage Now!"
    "I'm Packing for Cold Storage Now!"
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    What other book might you compare Cold Storage, Alaska to and why?

    Similar authors would be Elmore Leonard, but the writing is smarter. Or Carl Hiasson but the characters are much more defined and enjoyable. The book has the same quirky humor as those authors but the story flows better and the funny parts seem more genuine.


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

    I enjoyed the interaction between the brothers, the upstanding one is scared to make a wrong move and the scoundrel is fearless, I also enjoyed the bonding that took place between Clive and Little Brother, the distrusting scarred up pit bull. In fact the characters in this book are all interesting and I'm looking forward to a sequel in order to get know them better. The characters are quirky and funny.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (578)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "I'm writing this guy in for president"
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    If you could sum up The Heart and the Fist in three words, what would they be?

    Smart, dedicated, worldly


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heart and the Fist?

    Earl, the boxing coach, making him take pride in the trophy he had received. It was a powerful lesson and the dichotomy between Eric and Earl's backgrounds was very poignant.


    Any additional comments?

    Why don't people of this caliber run for office?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy of my Enemy: Brainrush, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    Combat pilot Jake Bronson believed the worst was behind him. But when a sophisticated terrorist cell shows up in his hometown, he's drawn into a conflict that threatens the heart and soul of every mother in America. The bonds of love and loyalty are tested as Jake and his friends are swept into a deadly chase that takes them from the beaches of California to the depths of the world's longest underground river, and finally to the remote jungles of the Venezuelan rain forest.

    Cath says: "Exhausting"
    "Over the Top"
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    Would you try another book from Richard Bard and/or R. C. Bray?

    Narrator was fine, better than most. But this story became trite and over dramatic, the action was consistently over the top and so non stop that it became noise. It was hard to buy into the varied dramatic settings.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed to first book, and forgave some of the silliness, but in this book the intrigue of the main character wore off and I started rooting for the book to be over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2747)
    Performance
    (2278)
    Story
    (2273)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Sound effects were annoying!"
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    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    I've liked other Baldacci books in the past so I will probably try another one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performances?

    Heck no, two readers with little chemistry killed the flow of what little plot there was.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book,but the sound effects plus poor performance made it tough to get into.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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