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Thomas

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Vortex

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (311)

    Vortex tells the story of Turk Findley, the protagonist introduced in Axis, who is transported 10,000 years into the future by the mysterious entities called “the Hypotheticals”. In this future, humanity exists on a chain of planets connected by Hypothetical gateways; but Earth itself is a dying world, effectively quarantined. Turk and his young friend, Isaac Dvali, are taken up by a community of fanatics who use them to enable a passage to the dying Earth, where they believe a prophecy of human/Hypothetical contact will be fulfilled.

    Ron says: "well-written, well-narrated, but..."
    "Can't finish it"
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    Slow and boring. I finished part 1 of 2 and I think I can't finish it. Once again to much environmental lecture most of the time at today in good old earth and too little science fiction in foreign worlds with foreign technology.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2784)
    Performance
    (2445)
    Story
    (2456)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Vicky says: "The Gray Man only slows down for Red Lights"
    "Not enough of a plot"
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    I like and read all the grey man novels. This one has too many long dragging out fight scenes and simply not enough surprises or a good "make you guessing" plot. I casually read ballistic while working out but not with great passion or interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 6th Extinction: Sigma Force, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (245)

    A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for 50 square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is entirely sterile - and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past.

    RK says: "Listening to this book is a guaranteed headache"
    "Narrator is fine"
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    I read many of the reviews and nearly did not want to buy this audio book from my favorite mystery author. I have no idea what the other reviews did not like about the narrator I think he is very good and easy to follow. I like the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2306)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2093)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "How long will you make me wait..."
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    How long will you make me wait for the last installment Orson Scott Card? I t really has been a long time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1385)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    Brian says: "A good follow-up, but could have been better"
    "How long will you make me wait...."
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    How long will you make me wait for the last installment Orson Scott Card? I t really has been a long time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8038)
    Performance
    (7609)
    Story
    (7634)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "Awesome"
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    I loved the book and was captivated all the way till the end. I can’t wait till the next book. I hope this author is not like Orson Scott Card which punches out 2 books fast and then takes forever to bring out the conclusion. From Orson Scott Card I have two series which are not completed now for a long time. Even from Brandon Sanderson I am waiting on Steal heart second book. So the question remains why sci-fi writers always start other series before completing one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1160)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Professionals shoot first and talk later!"
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    Love the book and the author. One thing so. Every mystery writer I read seems to have the same impressions that professional which are angry like to talk to their target before executing them. Brad you need to find a better way to give the hero a break. Professionals shoot first and talk later!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    It's a story tailor-made for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu, battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor.

    Barbara says: "Good but not great..."
    "Gone is my interest"
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    I hardly made it to the 3rd part of the first audio book skipping ahead and then back tracking because I missed something. Made it to the end which was terrible. The mystery can be told in 2 hours but the author waste time in developing and redeveloping characters. Too long maybe unabridged is better. The jumping in time between characters is confusing and needed editing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2168)
    Performance
    (1763)
    Story
    (1778)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Unbelievable"
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    Without giving anything away the lawyer’s revenge actions at the end of the book is simply unbelievable. Not enough twists and surprised.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11846)
    Performance
    (10256)
    Story
    (10235)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Little long and repeats a couple of facts"
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    The book is a little long and does jump forward and backwards in time and so repeats a couple facts. Overall I felt the book was a great insight into Steve Jobs and Apple.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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