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Thomas

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  • The Forgotten Man: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (238)

    Los Angeles, 3:58 a.m.: Elvis Cole receives the phone call he's been waiting for since childhood. Responding to a gunshot, the LAPD has found an injured man in an alleyway. He has told the officer on the scene that he is looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Minutes later, the man is dead.

    David says: "Crais's reliable craft"
    "Great character development"
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    In this book, Crais introduces and skillfully develop some new and interesting characters and also develops some of Elvis Cole's very interesting backstory. With L.A. Requiem, Crais really ramped up his storytelling, and that high level continues into this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (274)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "Warm-hearted retelling"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of As You Wish to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I suspect that the audiobook would be far better because all of the cast and crew from the movie personally talking through their contributions. Also, though he tried to keep it in check, you can really hear how emotional Cary Elwes became as the book started to reach its close.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of As You Wish?

    The story the Soldier told to Cary Elwes.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    25 years on, and I could still hear the fun and enthusiasm from the cast and crew as they recount this movie and the process of making it. Also, Cary Elwes does some very good imitations of people throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    When I first started listening to this book, I thought it was just a bunch of sunshine pumping by the author. But as the book went on, I realized that it was really a genuine and strong affection for the people and events he talks about. And when I realized that, the sharing of this story suddenly became really fun and rewarding. Overall, this book is very warm and heartfelt.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4120)
    Performance
    (3845)
    Story
    (3838)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Not your average "middle book""
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    Many times, the middle story of a trilogy seems to be a little watered down as it serves its purpose of setting up the next and final story. This is not the case, here. Having listened to all three books, I can say that this book is just as rich and exciting as either of the other two. If you've listened to Hard Magic and are considering this next volume, get it! I had a lot of fun reconnecting with the established Grimnoir characters and meeting new ones. And the bad guy is a REALLY bad guy.

    Bronson Pinchot continues his outstanding reading for the series, bringing to life each individual character with an amazing array of voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Steven Campbell
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (269)

    Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist. Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

    Connor says: "Fun Sci-Fi Humor"
    "A bunch of genres crammed into good fun"
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    I didn't rate this five stars based on literary value. It has next to none. I rated five stars based on sheer enjoyment. This book is just plain fun! Based against a sci-fi backdrop, you'll find fantasy, noir, crime, comedy, and a light smattering of romance.

    And the narrator was about as perfect as could be for the voice of Hank. But he didn't slack off on the other voices, either. Male, female, species, race, and life station: This guy represented each one independently and entertainingly.

    This book will not change my life, but it did help me enjoy it a lot more.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1719)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
    "Good connection to book 1, good launch into book 3"
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    Where does Tower Lord rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As an intermediate book, I really enjoyed it as much as any other intermediate book I've read or listened to. It starts a little slow as it establishes its connections to the first book and builds steam as it launches towards book 3. Old characters are brought back and expanded on, and new characters are introduced and fleshed out nicely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read other reviews that did not like the multiple points of view. But I found that fascinating in this book. I really liked the expansion of characters that were relatively minor in the first book but that had potential (even if I didn't see that potential in the first book).


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Again, Steven Brand treats commas as if they were periods. He suddenly stops in the middle of a sentence, pauses, and then finishes. He's also not much of a character narrator. But all in all, the story was so good that this didn't diminish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Be ready for a book that it peppered with some minor commentary on some social issues. Some good episodes in the book deal with morality. Extremely conservative listeners could be offended by some of the minor mention of sexuality issues or examples of religious intolerance. These things are not really thrown in the listener's face, but they are there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3274)
    Performance
    (3082)
    Story
    (3083)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Conscience vs schemes"
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    Would you listen to Blood Song again? Why?

    I actually did listen to it a second time. Book 2 of the series made some references to this book that I wanted to check out. I really glad I did. Not only did I fully enjoy the second listening as much as I did the first, but I also confirmed the connections to book 2 that I was looking for and had more jump out at me. Fully satisfying!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I can't nail it down to one thing. I really enjoyed the journey of the main characters rom boys to men. But I was also really pulled in by the emerging story of a virtuous man constantly struggling against the schemes of greedy or ambitious people who for one reason or another have sway over his destiny.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator wasn't terrible. But throughout much of the story, he treated commas like periods. The sentence would suddenly stop, pause, and then continue as if a new sentence. At first it was a little confusing. But once I got used to it, I stopped being surprised and losing my mental flow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was. It is a very well paced story with relatable characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1200)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Outstanding!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This book may have been the best of the series, and that is saying a lot! The constant intensity of the story asked me wondering HOW IN THE WORLD the villain was going to be defeated. But Jonathan Maberry led to the story to a resolution that was hugely exciting, while maintaining its sensibility. Another thing that I really liked about this story was that we got a couple of glimpses of Joe Ledger as seen through the eyes of other characters. Though I had a good picture in my mind of who the Joe Ledger character is, this view helped round out that picture.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm really glad that Ray Porter stayed on for the entirety of this series. His representation of Joe Ledger is key to the picture I've formed in my head, and the way he adds emotion to the entire reading really nails the story's ideas into my head. At no time does Ray Porter become bland or seem disinterested. He reads with energy and emotion the whole way through.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yeah. This book had several moments where I found myself on the edge of my seat, the rest of the world tuned out, and my only focus on the story. Also, some of the interactions towards the end of the book between Junie and Joe, and between Rudy and Joe were very deep and emotional.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (514)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    Rebecca says: "You've love this Story"
    "Backstabbing and straightforward killing... Great!"
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    What did you love best about The Ghosts of Belfast?

    I loved pretty much everything about the book. The development of all of the characters that needed a backstory was excellent. The story arc was enjoyable. And the historic premise worked well. This book was over before I knew it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. This isn't really that kind of book. I just had a really good time being carried by the story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1663)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1516)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Not very clever, but okay"
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    What did you like best about The Atlantis Gene? What did you like least?

    Nothing about this story really stands out as a "best". It is squarely okay through and through. I was looking for something clever and mysterious about discovery and intrigue, but instead this book was little more than a watery shoot-em-up. Now don't get me wrong... I love a good shoot-em-up book, but this one wasn't too good at that, either. The story just seemed to lose itself while it tried to figure out what it wanted to be.


    If you’ve listened to books by A. G. Riddle before, how does this one compare?

    I have not and probably will avoid doing so in the future.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I found the narrator bland, almost to the point of irritation. To me, that pretty much matched the story, pace and all.


    Was The Atlantis Gene worth the listening time?

    Had I a better idea of this book's content, I would have not purchased it. About half-way through, I found myself struggling to keep going. So I suppose I would have to say, "No."


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1084)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Enjoyable, but not MHI"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Larry Correia is an excellent storyteller, so this book was time well-spent. However, I didn't find this book as outstanding as MHI or Grimnoir. To me, a large part of Correia's talent and enjoyability lies in developing cohesive teams out of his characters. This book did indeed have teams, but they weren't necessarily very cohesive. But it was a fair enough action story.


    What three words best describe Bronson Pinchot’s voice?

    Kind of tired


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10360)
    Performance
    (9859)
    Story
    (9878)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Hooked from the first read word"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    From the moment the story started, I was captured by the main character, Watney (who was perfectly portrayed by R. C. Bray). The issues that he would either identify or that would befall him and the way he developed solutions to them were fascinating. Also, Watney's outlook on his situation and his ways of dealing with things made him a very likeable hero. I enjoyed how Andy Weir wrote the technical details that were so very central to the story without either bogging down the story or leaving the listener behind. I came into this book wondering how this story was going to fill 11 hours, but all of a sudden, those 11 hours were gone. This book is plain old good storytelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    Pilot?
    Go.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was trying to work in my woodshop with this playing in the background. More than once, I caught myself standing there and listening instead of working. Also, yeah, the book had two moments that made me tear up a little. I also laughed out loud several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book in two days. I carried my iPad with me everywhere I went to keep the story going on the Audible app. I almost listened to it in one day, but I had to grudgingly go to bed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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