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Tundrabeast

Grand Forks, ND United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Term Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (760)

    In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

    Tundrabeast says: "IN THE BEGINNING"
    "IN THE BEGINNING"
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    First off...I know there's some who think that the only Vince Flynn worth listening to is read by George Giddal and having the complete series I can understand that, but Nick Sullivan does a pretty good job too. I found myself not even noticing the different reader once the story really got going.

    As others have said this is sort of the set up for what was to become the Mitch Rapp series.....Without Mitch....Oh and it's a bit dated because mobile phones were either carried in bags or were car phones. None the less this was a great insight to the setting that eventually Mitch Rapp became part of with most of the main characters on board.

    One thing I get a kick out of with Vince Flynn is that he really has a very low opinion about politicians and those who work under them. This is consistant in almost every book. They are evey bit as big of a problem as the terrorists.

    Vince Flynn is such a good story teller. I'm a trucker and his books really help chew up miles because they really keep me interested in what's going to happen next. I was just looking to see if I missed any and found out I have them all...Damn good listens...

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (595)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Crystal says: "GREAT story. HORRIBLE narrator!"
    "Good Dated Story"
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    Would you listen to Phantoms again? Why?

    Maybe, but I have so many books that it's unlikely


    Any additional comments?

    The story was pretty good, but it was from the 80's so when they describe a super computer as having a whole ten gigs of memory it was a good give away. Otherwise the story did keep me interested once the action started.

    As for the reader. He's good, but his style is better for news or documentaries. His primary problem is he has little range for voices in general and basically no range for female voices. This was really a problem at first when the primary dialog was between the two sisters. I was thinking I might not get far on this one, but I hung in there a while and once the story got interesting I basically forgot about it. Fortunately there's only three female voices he had to deal with so that made it easier to ignore.

    All in all this is the kind of story I love to listen to going down the road. A story that gets you involved into wondering whagt's going to happen next. In this story there's a menence that seems unstoppable and I kept trying to think of how they'd be able to stop it, but never even came close. I really like that because all too often I can figure out what the author is going to use.

    One last note. This story gets into comparing this situation to other disappearences throughout history. Those unexplained disappearences really make this explaination as good as any guess since it really isn't as far fetched as some others might be. Because of that I think this story is even more fun to get in to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3617)
    Performance
    (3095)
    Story
    (3078)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "The World Isn"t That Simplistic"
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    As the story goes it is a good drama with a lot of action, but having heard Mark Greaney's books I'm thinking he's probably the one who made the book more exciting. The big problem with Clancy books, and seems to be getting worse with every new book in the Jack Ryan series is that he's coming across as a tea bagger that puts the world into simplistic black and white catagories. If you have concerns about a military with over reaching power that can basically do whatever it wants....Then you're the problem so naturally anyone who thinks that way who has wealth and power would naturally try to bring down the government. I found myself thinking, "Come on Clancey...You have to pull your head out of that fox hole and see the real world." Damn shame...Could have been a much better book otherwise

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luther: The Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Neil Cross
    • Narrated By David Bauckham
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    Meet Detective Chief Inspector John Luther. He’s a murder detective with an extraordinary case clearance rate. He’s obsessive, instinctive, and intense. Nobody who ever stood at his side has a bad word to say about him. And yet there are rumors that Luther is bad - not corrupt, not on the take, but tormented. He seethes with a hidden fury that at times he can barely control. Sometimes it sends him to the brink of madness, making him do things he shouldn’t - things well beyond the limits of the law.

    David says: "Scapegoat"
    "Luther's Beginnings"
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    I'm guessing that the majority of people who get this audio book are fans for the BBC mini series "Luther" like I am. If so then this book is really for you. This is the story of Luther that's alluded to in the very first series. That series begins with Luther hanging on to a serial killer up in a warehous and the either losing his grip or letting him go. This book is the story that led up to that beginning.

    This should have been the first series, but someone said this wasn't developed until later. None the less this is a great introduction to the brilliant and very troubled Luther. In the series we get the impression that some of the guilt is because of the actions in that first scene, but in this book we find his psychological break down was occuring long before that scene. That Luther was both driven and pained from all that he'd seen as a homicide detective. what we get a small bit of in the series is brought up in force in this book.....If you're a fan...You want this book...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2825)
    Performance
    (1945)
    Story
    (1937)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Good Story.....But"
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    This is an ok novel, but not really one that grips you and keeps you glued to it. Part of that might be the reader used. This reader has a tone that would be great for old dective and ganster type books, but here it just sounds out of place. Maybe if someone like George Gidall read it the book would have seemed far more interesting. I found myself struggling with ignoring the tone so I could get into the story.....Book listening shouldn't be that much work...Especially going down the road.

    Otherwise it was a good book for the most part. So if you like action packed books then this is ok. Nothing like a Vince Flynn or Ben Coes that has so much action that you sometimes feel like you just stepped off a rollercoaster after listening for awhile, but still it does have some pretty good action and grizzly outcomes from some local baddies who go way over the top with their being bad asses.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (619)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "What A Concept"
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    Sombody mentioned that this book was the concept behind the movie "Groundhogs Day." The difference being that in the movie the day kept repeating where this story the two people involved go back several years and re-live all those years. The male is at least 18 when he starts over but the female is fourteen so has to live under her parent's roof....The first couple times around anyway.

    Granted once someone realizes what is happening then they also realize that their knowledge of the future can set them up with wealth just by knowing where to invest. Here's the big problem though.....Regardless how you live your life...You come back to do it all over again and again so you have to choose how you're going to direct you life each time. It might seem cool the first couple times, but then you realize that for the most part nothing is new...especially news wise. Imagine going back to the 60's like these people do and having to re-adjust to those norms so you don't appear either out of place or too extreme for the times. I know I'd be extremely frustrated by a lot of society dictates of those times.

    This is a really interesting and actually fun book. I really enjoyed this going down the highway...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (994)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Twists And Turns"
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    Any additional comments?

    Most of Sanford's books have a lot of twists and turns, but this has an eliment nthat adds a few more. It's based around an election and candidates rather than some out and out serial killer. That makes the investigation a bit tricky because there's also political lives that could be ruined if there's wrong accusations that become public.

    Although murder is dark....This tale isn't quite as dark as a lot of Standford's tales are. It is quite interesting to see how Lucas Davenport works around all these people involved with an election to get to the truth. Not as dark, but plenty of layers to peel back to get to the truth.

    I really enjoyed the book, but then again I basically enjoy all of John Sanfords books. I live in ND and have been all over MN, IA and WI where all his books take place so besides very good stories I can relate to everywhere the characters go to and or live. Makes it much more fun that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (514)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Interesting Beginnings"
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    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this three book series from last to first (After the third book I'm pretty sure it's probably finished, but hopefully not) . Of the three I have to say this one had me laughing more than the others. He really hit some funny notes. One example was calling back to Iraland to talk to his Grandmother who a neighbor lady went to fetch and how three old ladies started arguing about the weather and hanging clothes out to dry loud enough that he could hear it on the phone in the house...The author has a way to take a little slice of life and reallyput you right into it....Very good and very funny.

    On the minus side was this first book had a few little diatribes that seemed to go on and on. Granted some of this took place when in a Mexican prison with nothing to do all day, but they did seem to go a bit further than they needed to go.

    Over all it, and the series is very good. I'd recommend going through the series from this book first because it really makes the last book fall in place much better since it really ties directly into the first book. The second really donesn't have much of a tie in with this book, but is still a story in the over all journey. However from listening to this book it's pretty clear that he already had the thrid book (Bloomsday Dead) in mind because he mentions some things to occur in his future that ties into this book. Great books to go down the road with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (773)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (347)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "Great Second Installment"
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    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes...He's the real deal when it comes to Irish characters


    Any additional comments?

    As far as I know this is a three book series. I listened to the last first, then when I discovered this was the second I had started I decided just to go with it. Each book stands alone and you get enough information to know what came before. Each book is only connected, but not crucial to enjoy whatever book you're on.

    Adrian Mckinty is becoming one of my favorite authors. His stories has many different layers to them and really create a theatre of the mind while going down the road. I'm not too sure they'd be quite as exciting without Gerard Doyal performing the books, but between the two these are fun to listen to....Chews up a lot of highway for this old trucker...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9912)
    Performance
    (4840)
    Story
    (4869)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Good, Yet Irritating"
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    Any additional comments?

    I got the book because I started watching the TV series. I discovered that the series was basically much different than the book so I ended up dropping the series. The book on the other hand really irritated me. Partially because the reader did too good of a job on the main evil guy who was eveil through and through, but believed himself to be a great Christian aqnd would use silly phrases like Cotton Picker (This is Main not the deep south) and other such nonsense instead of swearing now and then. He just irritated the hell out of me.

    As for the story. It took a while for me to warm up to it much, but by the second part of the download I was completely hooked. Even though I haven't been too crazy about King's new or different writing style for a few years now....He still can weave a hell of a story.. And he really did a great job here too. I just think he should have had a bit of an "Afterwords" section to tie up what followed within the next year or so instead of just leaving us to assume what happened next.

    As for the performer. This guy really does the different characters very well. Without his really peforming this I might have lost interest half way through

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (856)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "This Is The End"
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    This book should finally be the end of the series. I liked the first two books because they offered some really scary moments of being trapped in a Zombie apocalypse. The problem I had with this story was unlike the previous stories this had a lot more organization with the survivors so it wasn't about these little pockets of people helping each other out. That said...There's still plenty of action to go around.I was a bit disappointed in the explaination of the protagonist behind a lot of the problems they had. That seemed a bit over the top to me, but I guess it could happen....It just doesn't seem too probable in my view. But at least we finally got to the bottom of things.

    If you went through the first two then you basically want this anyway just to finish the story. I know I was watiting for it and grabbed it up shortly after it was listed and stopped the book I was listening to in order to hear this one all the way through

    Personally...I think this author could do the same story from a different survivors perspective in another part of the world if he wanted to keep the series going. Like maybe this time someone who had no training for anything that would help in survival, but maybe came from some tough streets...I'd check it out

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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