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W Barry McCue

Braidwood, IL United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2115)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1373)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "A two book series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Being told up front this was just the first book in a two book series. The characters in the book just seem to whine about their problems. It seems that is what the whole book about. There is an interesting concept with time travel, but these characters just don't seem to get it at all. Throught the story they just wander around, whining about their problems, and wishing for someone to come help them. Not a good story, and through in some really bad characters and you don't have a good book.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3170)
    Performance
    (2801)
    Story
    (2800)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "John Scalzi just knows how to write a fun book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Android's Dream rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its in the top tier. Great story, good characters, and the humor just made me laugh out loud. It reminds me of Hitchers Guide.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    He sold the story for me. The characters come alive, easy to listen too. He adds emotion and feeling to the story, without letting himself intrude.


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

    Laugh. Its a very fast moving, over the top, fun story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (529)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Great History"
    Overall

    It is a very good history lesson. Lincoln was a great man, and a great President. How he managed it all is explained, at least in part, in this book. The political wisdom and methods used by Lincoln, and explained in this book, are valuable today. It is well written, interesting, well narrated, and highly informative. Can't beat that. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic City: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James W. Hall
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A simple black-and-white photograph, taken during the 1964 Clay-Liston fight in Miami Beach, sets off a modern-day murder spree that reaches from the quiet neighborhoods of Miami to the back corridors of the White House. When the last remaining copy falls into the hands of Thorn, a Key Largo recluse, he and everyone he loves become the targets of madmen and trained killers, each of whom has his own powerful motive to see the photograph destroyed forever and its secrets kept hidden.

    M. Anderson says: "Magic"
    "One of the best books I've listened too."
    Overall

    The characters are very interesting and well portrayed. I was mesmerized by the story. Extremely well written, and the narrator does an excellent job. You shouldn't miss this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Gentle Lady: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged.

    W Barry McCue says: "This is just a great story"
    "This is just a great story"
    Overall

    Hamish is a great character. Nothing like the normal hero, he's just a guy doing the best he can despite all the problems tossed at him by the people around him. I can believe that these are real people, and have real emotions. And it's very funny. I highly recommend it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • To the Nines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (488)

    Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she's pretty darn good at turning bad situations her way...and she always gets her man. Her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh, an illegal immigrant. When the elusive Mr. Singh goes missing, Stephanie is on the case. In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas Strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life.

    Maxine says: "hilarious"
    "Fun listening, as always"
    Overall

    For just plain fun, it's hard to beat Stephanie Plum. Great naration, good story, hard to turn it off. She will have you sitting in the parking lot listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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