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Wendygoodwitch

Charleston SC

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  • The Polaris Protocol

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are used to putting their lives at risk, but in The Polaris Protocol it's Jennifer's brother and countless more innocents who face unfathomable violence and bloodshed. Pike and Jennifer are in Turkmenistan with the Taskforce - a top-secret antiterrorist unit that operates outside US law - when Jennifer gets a call from her brother, Jack. Working on an investigative report into the Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups.

    Wendygoodwitch says: "Too Much Brutality"
    "Too Much Brutality"
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    Story

    I enjoy the author's stories, plot lines, characters, and action, but the brutality has been getting worse and worse, and I might be done with him because of it. He could make his point quite well in a fashion other than with prolonged graphic torture scenes. I do not care for Henry Strozier's voice and style. It's ponderous and unpleasant. The voice of Pike Logan is very good, and I would be happy to listen him narrate the entire book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Enemy of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    In retired Delta Force officer Brad Taylor’s third Pike Logan thriller, a tentative peace between Israel and Palestine has been brokered by the United States. But the Taskforce - a clandestine team operating outside of US law to protect the country from terrorism - gets wind of an assassination attempt on the American envoy sent to solidify the treaty. The Taskforce must devote every resource to saving his life - and preventing another bloody outbreak of violence.

    Wendygoodwitch says: "Needs a better narrator"
    "Needs a better narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read Brad Taylor's two previous books, and enjoyed them. I had my doubts about an audiobook, because there's too much extraneous description, but not enough to form a clear picture of the characters. I come away with a fuzzy impression of the supporting characters (not Pike or Jennifer, but I've already read the previous two books!), like they're not real. So the characterization needs work.

    The story is good, and the ending and wrap-up particularly satisfying. The narrator doing Pike Logan is fine, and should be utilized for the entire book. The narrator doing the rest of the book is ponderous and lifeless, dragging out his enunciation and interfering with the flow of the story.

    Somebody should tell the author to explain himself when he throws in Pike's given name ("Pike" is a nickname), because all he's doing is puzzling the reader, as in "Who's he talking about? Where did that come from?"

    I enjoy this genre, and Brad Taylor is a fine asset.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (804)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "For "Earth's Children" Fans"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Continuing saga, probably best enjoyed by fans of the series, as the book is extremely long and detailed. I'm really glad I listened to it rather than reading the sometimes ponderous detail. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, as I have all the others, because the author does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and giving them believable adventures in a unique prehistoric environment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chariots of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (361)

    Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx.

    Neal says: "Answers? No. But if you wish to think it's great!"
    "Extremely Thought-provoking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Author did a magnificent job of using extensive research to suggest plausible theories of visits by ancient alien space travelers, tying in legends and history from many different cultures around the globe. Some of his theories really hit home for me, suggesting explanations of events and circumstances that make much more sense than current poplular beliefs. This book was written many years ago, yet is still timely, and I'm only sorry that I took so long to discover it.

    The narrator did a wonderful job of giving just the right inflection in his voice, inviting the reader to think.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1992)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1383)

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And then...news of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Jean says: "Against All Enemies"
    "Nonstop Violence"
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    What would have made Against All Enemies better?

    An actual plot rather than a sideline or excuse for vicious mayhem, and less detail about unimportant characters.


    What was most disappointing about Tom Clancy and Peter Telep ’s story?

    Relentless violence, gruesome murders, and grisly atrocities pretending to be a book.


    What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

    It was great


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Revulsion


    Any additional comments?

    I WAS a Tom Clancy fan, but this book has no redeeming characteristics. Character development was given for what appeared to be the sole purpose of evoking shock and distress in the reader (listener) when the characters are subsequently brutally terminated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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