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Saikungbob

saikungbob

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  • The Schumann Frequency

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christopher Ride
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    An adventure not only through time and humanity, The Schumann Frequency races through various corners of the globe from the Mayan ruins in Mexico, to the Giza Pyramids in Egypt and finally Stonehenge for the book's thrilling climax. Christopher Ride takes you on a gripping journey that will keep you riveted until the very last page.

    Saikungbob says: "this is a book that begs for a negative rating"
    "this is a book that begs for a negative rating"
    Overall

    First, there is the book. Suddenly Dan Brown's books look tight, well-written and plausible -- by comparison. The language is painful, the leaps in the story incredible. When I though it couldn't get any worse, it did!

    Then there is the narrator. I hope this was his first effort. In any case, I'd suggest that he not quit his day job. Of course, with material like this, I don't think anyone could do very well.

    As I said in the subject line, this book deserves a negative rating. Save your money and time, give this book a miss.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (897)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "This is unadulterated garbage"
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    Story
    What disappointed you about The Tehran Initiative?

    This book and everything by the guy should carry a warning label: propaganda by the unhinged Christian radical right wing,


    What could Joel C. Rosenberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing


    How could the performance have been better?

    Read something else


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (347)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    John Grigas says: "Not for the timid - delicious graphic content!"
    "Worst ever!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you ever listen to anything by Allen Dusk again?

    No, terrible trash. I guess he's trying to be a Carl Hiassen-type writer, but this guy doesn't have the style or sense of humor.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rose Caraway?

    Anyone. She's a terrible narrator. She shouldn't quit her day job!


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

    The book cost $3.95 and that was much too much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1822)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1598)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "just okay"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Okay, so this isn't great literature, but it's okay for a long flight; however, I really wish that they'd drop those truly cheesy sound effects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (649)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Ann M. Chavie says: "Terrifying"
    "Lame & very predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different book and a different narrator — I should note that the narrator was far from the biggest problem with this audio book.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    Very predictable


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Buck Schirner?

    Wouldn't wish this book on anyone!


    Any additional comments?

    Luckily, I only spent $4.95 for this book. Had I spent more or used a credit, I would have felt cheated. I probably would not have finished the book, but I was traveling and had finished everything else. I was able to make a game of guessing the next step in the plot. It wasn't hard!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3223)
    Performance
    (2809)
    Story
    (2853)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "truly lame"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to the whole thing, but that has more to do with the amount of traveling I've been going lately (several trips back and forth across the Pacific) than the book. I think that this book can't figure out what it is trying to be.

    I'd write more, but don't want to waste any more time contemplating this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    A sharp, witty, and hugely entertaining debut novel, The Devil Wears Prada is The Nanny Diaries set in the world of high fashion. Welcome to the dollhouse, baby! When Andrea first sets foot in the plush Manhattan offices of Runway she knows nothing. She's never heard of the world's most fashionable magazine, or its feared and fawned-over editor, Miranda Priestly.

    Lia says: ""Enjoyable Easy Listening""
    "watch the movie, skip the book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Admittedly I only saw the movie once years ago, but as I recall it was quite funny. The book, though, gets old quickly as all we see (hear) is a whiny Ivy League graduate who seems to think that the world owes her success as a writer. (We only see any evidence of any talent in that area in the last chapter or two). The Miranda Priestly characters (the evil boss) in the book is simply a cardboard cutout with all the depth that suggests. The character that Meryl Streep played in the book was not so narrowly (shallowly) drawn and, as such, obviously had made a Faustian bargain to gain success. There is little sense of that in the book.

    So, unless you're in to whiny, entitled college grads, skip the book and watch the movie. You'll thank me.

    I think that most of the positive reviews were, in fact, thinking of the movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    A gruesome secret is about to be unearthed ...When a human skull is dug up in a garden near Boston, Dr Maura Isles is called in to investigate. She quickly discovers that the skeleton - that of a young woman - has been buried for over a hundred years. But who was the young woman? And how did she die?

    Lia says: "great listen"
    "embarrassing"
    Overall

    I listened to this all the way to the end, so it was better than the few that I've abandoned mid-way. That said, the writing is pretty sophomoric and more than a little embarrassing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warlord: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (318)

    Alex Hawke has all but given up on life. The British-American MI6 counterterrorism operative lost the woman he loved almost a year ago and has sought refuge at the bottom of a rum bottle ever since. But late one night at his home on Bermuda, he receives a wake-up call... literally. His Royal Highness Prince Charles, an old friend, desperately needs his help. The prince has discovered a not-so-subtle threat directed toward the British royal family.

    Constance says: "I got my Alex Hawke fix!!!!"
    "purely an airplane book!"
    Overall

    I have several categories into which I slot audio books. One of those is "airplane books." These are fast-paced, keep-you-awake-during-a-trans-pacific-flight books. Well, this is one of those, it is fast and action packed. You really don't want to think about this book as it falls apart pretty quickly. And it's politics are well to the right of Attila the Hun and Dick Cheny (water-boarding is considered the most reliable of interrogation techniques. Every now and then the author puts words into the mouth of some character that you think just must be ironic. Alas, I don't think that Ted Bell can spell irony.

    Anyway, if you can just think of it as an over the top, swashbuckler, it is okay.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1137)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "joint review for Blackout and All Clear"
    Overall

    I've listened to a number of Connie Willis' books before and really enjoyed them. My experience with these two books was decidedly more mixed. Much was very enjoyable; however, I got sick of the interminable self-recriminations about whether one action or another had changed history. Also, one character or another would go haring off on some errand and immediately the others would wonder why he/she was late in returning despite the fact that all their experience told them that delays in travel in war disrupted England were business as usual. It also seems to me that time travelers would have standard strategies for making it easy for their retrieval teams to find them. Gawd! Don't we tell our kids to either stay put or go to some previously specified place if lost. These people would have made the task of finding them very difficult indeed.

    I guess the main complaint is that the same two or three devices were used to excess. This is one book (or rather one pair of books -- they must be reviewed together as they aren't stand alone books) that lends itself to abridgement -- and I don't listen to or read abridged books! There are extremely tedious passages as they moan about whether or not they have changed history by some action forgetting, of course, that not acting can have ramifications, too.

    Still Ms Willis paints a wonderful picture of war time England with only a few major historical mistakes.

    35 of 39 people found this review helpful

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