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Storm Lake, IA, United States | Member Since 2001

  • 3 reviews
  • 120 ratings
  • 1252 titles in library
  • 81 purchased in 2014

  • The Return: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The real Richard Marder would shock his acquaintances, if they ever met him. Even his wife, long dead, didn’t know the real man behind the calm, cultured mask he presents to the world. Only an old army buddy from Vietnam, Patrick Skelly, knows what Marder is capable of. Then, a shattering piece of news awakens Marder’s buried desire for vengeance; with nothing left to lose, he sets off to punish the people whose actions changed his life years earlier.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "All Time Favorite"
    What did you love best about The Return?

    The fully developed characters. You grow to love or hate every one of them. You know who they are, how they feel, what they want.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Skelly, because you're never really sure about him.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's impossible to choose. The whole book is captivating.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The story of a Viet Nam veteran trying to honor his love for his wife by bringing justice and freedom to the country she loved so much.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't write many reviews, but I had to do it for this book. It starts out slow, getting you to know the people in the story so clearly that you have to know what happens to them, even though it might not turn out the way you hope. It's truly one of the best books I've listened to in a very long time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Great Book - Lousy Narrator"

    The entire Mitch Rapp series is fabulous - one of my favorites - and Separation of Power is no exception. But when you're listening, not reading, the narrator can make all the difference in the world. Don't authors get together with their narrator to go over details of the book? First of all, for us listeners, it's really nice to have the same reader for an entire series. It's quite disconcerting when you start a new book in a series and WHOAA - that's now "how it's supposed to sound"! Especially when it's SOOO different, like between Nick Sullivan or George Guidall and Ken Kilban. George Guidall is one of the very best in the business, particularly for this type of book. Nick Sullivan is pretty good, too. But Ken Kilban makes the big, tough guy Mitch Rapp sound whiney and effeminate, to put it kindly. And the woman who was Anna "Really" is now pronounced Anna "Riley", for just one example. I wouldn't even listen to this if it wasn't a continuation from the last book, but I have to find out what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six children have escaped government experiments, and a frightening brush with death. Living out in the world for the first time, they yearn to be reunited with Kit and Frannie, the couple who saved their lives, and to return to the cabin known as the Lake House. But before they can get there, they will face a horrifying evil, for one man has survived the laboratory that bred the flying children, and he is obsessed with reclaiming them for a new round of experiments - with an even more deadly outcome.

    Shannon says: "The Lake House, by James Patterson"
    "7 Hours of Your Life You'll Never Get Back"

    James Patterson's books are generally predictable, but still entertaining & worth listening to (or reading), but this is absolutely ghastly. I'm probably more willing than most to get into a book & "believe" what's going on (One of my favorite book series is Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, set in present-day St Louis!) - but so much of what Patterson has happening in here is totally not "believable". Don't waste your time and money on this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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