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I am an electrical engineer and have served a stint in the Navy. I own a company that installs custom home theater systems and other home entertainment products. My favorite books tend to be action fiction or fantasy. I like some romance but not too mushy

Birmingham, AL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Trinity Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sean Chercover
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (160)

    Daniel Byrne is an investigator for the Vatican’s secretive Office of the Devil’s Advocate - the department that scrutinizes miracle claims. Over 10 years and 721 cases, not one miracle he tested has proved true. But case #722 is different; Daniel’s estranged uncle, a crooked TV evangelist, has started speaking in tongues - and accurately predicting the future. Daniel knows Reverend Tim Trinity is a con man. Could Trinity also be something more? The evangelist himself is baffled by his newfound power.

    J. Webb says: "Faith without Acts...Could Get You Killed."
    "A really great ride!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Trinity Game to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely!! I found this book by searching for books narated by Luke Daniels. Mr. Daniels makes all his characters come to life in a way that I never could imagine by reading the same text in a hardback version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I missed some sleep finishing this.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    We've all heard those television evangelists and felt sorry for the people that were duped into sending money to pad their pockets. Even good Christians are ashamed of what they see on the airwaves at times.

    My favorite scene was the introduction of Tim Trinity and his television sermon, complete with tongues and bible thumping. Luke Daniels had Tim's character down to a science!!


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

    More sins of the Vatacan, exposed!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was very well written and kept me entertained to the very end. In the beginning, I was afraid that it might offend my Christian upbringing. However, religion was covered from many differing perspectives, with none being stepped on too much.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2727)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1834)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "The worst Reacher I've read yet!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I like to uncover the plot and figure out the story as it unfolds. In this book, there was 8 hours of listening when no one knew what was happening. Then, I think Lee Child got tired of the story and had Jack Reacher just explain to the bad guys how he knew what they had done, and of course, they confessed because of the brilliance of his reasoning. It's too bad that the story did not unfold in a way the we could have learned some of the detail as Jack figured them out instead of him just explaining it all. It was also a far-fetched unbelievable story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Yes, but I may have to wait a while or look more closely at the reviews.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    With this narrator, Jack Reacher sounds like a old man, the women sound like drag gueens and the children are laughable, they are so bad.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not many. I was very disappointed at the ending. Jack just walked away without so much as a bye.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire: Jack Reacher, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1534)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1387)

    Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.

    Elaine says: "Story Alive!!"
    "Finally a Reacher book NOT read by Dick Hill"
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    Where does Tripwire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a fun read and as good as most of the other Jack Reacher books that I have read.


    What other book might you compare Tripwire to and why?

    This is a pretty typical Jack Reacher book, however, I enjoyed the romance that was sprinkled into this one.


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

    This is the first Jonathan McClain performance that I have listened to and frankly, I wish they all were by Jonathan McClain. Dick Hill sounds like an old man and his female voices end up sounding like drag queens. I will search through all the Reacher series and read the ones by Jonathan McClain first. I truly don't understand why Dick Hill has such a loyal following.


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

    Yes, I scheduled a weekend of pressure washing the driveways and walkways just so that I could finish this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Child, if you are listening, let's have more Jonathan McClain

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1236)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "Tired of series books"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It needs a good ending


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great storyline, well built characters, moves along at a good clip and then ends in the middle of the story.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Decent enough narration


    Do you think Earth Afire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It would have to have one. I think that Orson Scott Card is a great writer but I am getting tired of these series books. I did not realize that this book was the second in the series, nor that the third had not been released yet. By the time the third is released, I will have forgotten all the characters and their background stories. I usually wait until I think a series is finished before I start the first one. I made a mistake on this one because I did not have time to research before my purchase. I really enjoyed the book but am really ticked off at the ending. I guess I will research better before I purchase another Card book. I really wish he would write non-series books more often. Enchantment was great!


    Any additional comments?

    Hurry up with the 3rd installment and maybe I'll read it. If it takes longer than a month, I will likely pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Alibi: A Jason Kolarich Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    James Drinker is a bit of an oddball. A funny-looking, geeky loner, he walks into Jason Kolarich’s office one day with a preemptive concern: two women have recently been murdered, seemingly by the same killer, and Drinker thinks he will be the police’s main suspect. One woman was his ex-girlfriend, he says, and the other was a friend. He’s the only link between the victims and he has no alibi for the night of either murder - surely the police will realize it soon. Believing he’s the target of a frame-up, Drinker hires Kolarich for his defense. Something about James Drinker seems off from the start, but Kolarich doesn’t give it too much thought. Until another murder occurs....

    Debra says: "GRIPPING"
    "I liked it and I hated it."
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    Where does The Last Alibi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dave Ellis is a solid writer and I find it hard to critique him too hard. Most of my problems with the story line have to do with personal taste. I like for a story to start at the beginning and go to the end for the most part. This story jumped around from past to present at such regularity that I sometimes had difficulty keeping up.

    I also like the character of Jason Kolarich, that is, until this novel. Ellis chose to ruin my favorite character and make him weak and obnoxious. If the writing had not been so good, I would have quit reading.

    I would give this novel a 3.5 our of 5 based on the books that I choose to read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would not have made the character of Jason Kolarich so deplorable.


    What does Luke Daniels and Tanya Eby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Luke is probably my favorite reader and I will read a new author just based on the fact that he is the reader. Luke can play so many voices that the story comes to life for me. My favorite Luke Daniels books are written by Kevin Hearne.

    Tanya Eby did a very nice job of playing the voice of Shauna, but I did not care for her depiction of Jason as well. It was probably because both readers read the part of Jason and I just preferred Luke's over Tanya. I would probably have liked her fine if she were reading the whole book and the readers were not swapped every chapter or so.


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

    I occasionally laughed, but no crying.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess I find it a little strange that Jason Kolarich can jump in the bed with someone he just met and treat all his friends like second class citizens, yet, I don't believe there was ever a mention of a single kiss for Shauna, even after she stood by him throughout his difficult times. I like my main characters to have some character I guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6915)
    Performance
    (6275)
    Story
    (6278)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Fantastic Book Series"
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    Would you listen to Hammered again? Why?

    Probably Not, but I am not one to listen to any book again. However, there are parts of this book that I have played for others because I thought they were so good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was told from a more manly perspective. Many of the werewolfe/vampire books of late have been mushy romance books or written for teens.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    My favorite character is Oberon and I would read these books if nothing more than to listen to his quick wit and personality. Luke Daniels did a great job with all the characters, but especially Oberon. I was simply amazed by his performance and I have recommended this series to my son. However, he will read the books instead of listening, so, I'm not sure that he will enjoy as much without Luke bringing the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next release and I hope that the Audio performance will have Luke Daniels again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2694)
    Performance
    (2178)
    Story
    (2178)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Poor, nowhere as good as The Grey Man"
    Overall

    Cort Gentry went from being the best assasin in the world to complete stupidity. I really enjoyed The Grey Man. However, in "On Target", Gentry does everything wrong, becomes a drug addict and makes all the wrong decisions, all the time.

    I finished this book, but only to see what happened in the end. I should have just skipped to the finish.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (427)

    They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created, and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios, once Frankenstein, can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison.

    Chris F. says: "Other Reviewers Are Nuts"
    "Very Dissapointing Ending"
    Overall

    I read Book One in the Frankenstein series and could not wait to read Book Two. Book Two was not dissapointing and I thoroughly enjoyed reading, UNTIL it just ended. (With NO ending) It was obvious that to get to the conclusion, I would need to read Book Three. It is almost as if there was one book written and then divided into three with no thought to the satisfaction of the reader. I love Dean Koontz and have read almost all his titles. I am tempted to get Book Three to see how this book ends, but many of the reviews are not good on it either.

    If you love this story and want to spend $60 or more on a book, then read them all. Otherwise, I would stop at Book One. This one has NO ending at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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