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Spencer

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  • Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista: The Enemies Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Matthew Bracken
    • Narrated By Mike Kemp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a novel set in the not-too-distant future in the American Southwest, during a period of low-intensity civil war. The action takes place between Texas and California, but the story is mainly centered around New Mexico. Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a sequel to Enemies Foreign and Domestic, but it may be enjoyed on its own.

    Dennis says: "Puts it out there"
    "What a terrible Narrator."
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    I do not need to say very much more. I have been listening to audible books and the real "Books-on-Tape" driving back and forth between LA and San Francisco for more than 15 years and I have never heard a book read so poorly narrated.

    I want to finish this book by both listening and reading but I do not know if I can take very much more of the droning by this fellow and the awful impact on the story his droning provides.

    Hiring this fellow must have been a contract clause by the writer/publisher or something worse if Audible selected the reader. But putting it bluntly. I will not purchase any more books by this writer or narrator because I am burned out on the story structure due to awful narration. I don't know if the structure could be any better in future books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1633

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eric Flint, David Weber
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (403)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint’s 1632 presented listeners with a fascinating alternate history of the Thirty Years’ War, through the eyes of a West Virginia community tossed back in time to 17th-century Germany. Here, Flint teams up with acclaimed science fiction author David Weber to continue his epic tale. In 1633, the West Virginians attempt to use their modern-day knowledge to build a resistance against the forces of France, Spain, and England.

    Kenneth says: "Audible Get the Rest of This Series Online!"
    "Good Alt. History based on Sci. Fi."
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    Good follow up to the 1632 book, personally, I felt that there were several logistical issues that just seemed to disappear in these books, but they are a form of fantasy, so I ignored them.

    Guidall as a reader was excellent.

    The main issue I had was that the Whispersync for Voice did not work correctly when transitioning from the Kindle form to the Audible form. The transition from the Audible to the Kindle synced perfect every time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13263)
    Performance
    (10525)
    Story
    (10589)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Katy Crumpton says: "Very enjoyable (but a slight warning)"
    "A book I will give to my friends"
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    As others have said this book started out a bit on the slow side and I was a bit confused by some of the names that did "sound" somewhat similar even when spoken by the wonderful readers. This may have just been because I am awful remembering spoken names and usually listen to the books while doing other things. But the distinction gradually became clear over time and the beginnings of a great story emerged and developed very well.

    I started going back to the Amazon and Audible book lists to see if the next one was actaully out yet so that I could simple continue the story. But I will wait and, by the pattern the Brandon Sanderson has shown, not too long for the next in what could be a good long series.

    I have a couple of friends that are very much into the WoT that gave me hardbound copies. This series will give me a chance to repay them (aka hook them) by giving them a copy of the Way of Kings...

    Great Job, Thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those in Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling 20-billion-dollar ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.

    John says: "Worst Wilbur Smith book ever"
    "A good Airplane book"
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    This is the kind of book (in a paperback version) that I would take on a flight because it would help me pass the time on the trip and if I forgot the book on the plane or in a terminal or shuttle bus, it would be no big loss.

    This book has a story line that is a wee bit farfetched but tied into the currently publicized Eastern Africa pirate conditions. I do not disagree that I would want to take the actions described in the book should the same conditions arise, but I would hope that other actions on my part (or the part of the prime character) would avoid the situation altogether. The fact that the main characters did not take these intelligent steps set me off the wrong way to start with.

    There are action, suspense, love, sex, hate, technology and somewhat contrived conditions throughout the book, which are just fine for an airplane book, but not one that will ever, IMHO, become on the par of "A Girl Who Played with Fire" which had many of the same action, suspense, love, sex, hate, technology and somewhat contrived conditions.

    I would not have purchased this book for listening if I had known more about it. The 3 star rating is generous, but there may be people that are looking for a book of this quality to listen to in semi-background (Airplane) mode and don't care about how unlikely these conditions are. For these listeners, have at it it is just not my type of book these days.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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