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William

New Port Richey, FL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 36 reviews
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  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3323)
    Performance
    (2413)
    Story
    (2407)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Good, but way too short..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, I like new zombie/vampire/end-of-the-world offerings from various authors and this book filled my need to have yet another book in my collection offering this type of fare. I liked the journal style of writing the author used and found he had some ideas about the end of civilization that I hadn't thought about. The reader also did a very good job.

    However, I only gave it 3 stars because it was way too short; I think the author must have written it on a napkin while eating dinner. I feel like I wasted a credit and should have waited for one of Audible's promotions. For this reason, I can't recommend the book. I do have the sequel on my wish list and will wait for the right opportunity to buy it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6841)
    Performance
    (4847)
    Story
    (4879)

    The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

    Julio says: "Well concluded!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    Great ending to a great fantasy trilogy. Sanderson maintained his inventiveness till the end. One can see why he was tapped to complete the WOT saga.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rolling Thunder: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (316)

    A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isnt long before there are suspicious hints of foul play, especially after another dead body is discovered: a stunning young beach beauty. Fortunately for mystery lovers, the straight-arrow cop John Ceepak and his wise-cracking young partner Danny Boyle are on the case.

    Janet says: "Great story and narration as usual!"
    "Not Bad, but..."
    Overall

    This was my first Ceepak mystery and I thought it was just ok. The story kept you involved trying to guess "who dunnit". The reader was ok, but started to get on my nerves the longer I listened. Even though I gave it 3 stars, I don't think I will buy another book in this series. I don't really care for any of the characters and the novel just wasn't exciting.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4640)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1923)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    Toni says: "Remarkable!"
    "NonStop Action"
    Overall

    This was a fast paced book, with great characters and a plot taken from today's headlines. I really like to read DeMille's books and listen to Scott Brick's reading. I just finished downloading The Lion!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1388)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Not Worth Dying For (or Listening To)"
    Overall

    To sum this book up in one word - BORING! This is the second worst Reacher novel, after Nothing to Lose. This novel plows the same ground as the last novel and was obviously a quick rip-off to get more bucks for Child. The huge casts of characters becomes confusing when listening to the novel rather than reading and I couldn't keep them all straight. And the big problem was that I didn't really care about any of them. I kept falling asleep listening to this drivel. None of the characters were interesting and Reacher seemed to be recovering from his last brush with death. I'm really getting disappointed in the formulaic novel writers, such as Child, Koontz, etc., whose wells seem to have run dry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (308)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "OK Story, but Terrible Reading"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the story and the written book actually deserves more than the 2 stars I gave the Audible book. The story was a little slow in places, but kept my interest. I kept trying to figure out the puzzle all the way to the end. I really enjoyed the main character's attempt to figure out his life and relationship after retirement. I can see other novels in this series, since the renowned detective can't let go of what he enjoys and does best; so many killers, so few experts. The one plot element I didn't like was the death of a loved one as the reason for all the angst. This theme is really overworked (think of how many main characters are tormented by his loss of a loved one) and not needed to develop the character or his relationship with his wife. Ok, enough about the story. What I didn't like was the reader, George Newbern. Why he was picked as the reader, I'll never know. His voice and inflections are monochromatic and dull. The pitch of his voice is a little too mid-range which adds to the dullness of his reading; however, it would work if he read with a little more excitement, like he really wanted to do this. The first part of the reading is clipped and spoken like he's reading a dull textbook instead of a thrilling novel. He does get better about a third of the way into the book, like he's getting used to reading, but it's not enough to save the performance. He ruined the book for me. My wife, listened to part of the book with me on a road trip and said the same thing about the reader. I would buy the next story in the series, if the author wrote it, but not if George Newbern was the reader! This is one of my pet peeves with Audible books. Who makes the decision on readers? Do people compete for the opportunity to read an Audible book? Why not use a panel of listeners to decide the reader? Oh well, I'll start listening to the sample audio before I spend my credit.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8973)
    Performance
    (6384)
    Story
    (6421)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Great original fantasy, fascinating...."
    Overall

    I really liked this book and look forward with anticipation to listening to the other two books in the series. I found the story original; Sanderson did an excellent job of thinking-up and sticking to the rules of allomancy. Simply fascinating. Unlike some of Sanderson's other writings, this book was "up and running" within a fairly short time and kept moving, with only a couple of slow spots, all the way to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3074)
    Performance
    (1672)
    Story
    (1681)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Great Pendergast fare...."
    Overall

    I really liked this Pendergast book. It not only revealed some of Pendergast's weird family history, but also showed an angry, shaken side of Pendergast not seen before. Great job. Keep them coming. Oh, something I've been wondering.... Is there really anyone in the FBI like Pendergast? I'd really like to meet him/her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Path

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen M. Irwin
    • Narrated By Michael Carman
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    The Dead Path tells the gripping story of a broken man, Nicholas Close. A terrible accident has left him a widower and awoken in him the ability to see the dead. Now, he can’t escape visions of tortured spirits, their last moments caught in horrible, endlessly replaying loops. Nicholas leaves London and returns to Australia, where he is disturbed to see that a heavily treed tract of land in his childhood suburb has somehow escaped development.

    Sean says: "An excellent story!"
    "Boring! Terrible!"
    Overall

    I really tried to listen and like this book, but I just couldn't. This guy (The Hero?) bumps his head because he stupidly (his own blame, not mine) rides his motorcycle instead of walking or something and suddenly he can see "dead people". But, it's boring! The "dead people" don't do anything. They are stuck in the worst case of NFL preview I've ever seen (and the coach isn't even throwing the challenge flag). Not only that, but everyone, I repeat EVERYONE, is messed-up and plagued with personal demons. Oh and there are spooky woods, spooky spiders, spooky animals, spooky big guys; oh, everything is spooky and sinister and this is only the first 5 chapters! This is a really droll book and I haven't even finished it yet. I keep falling asleep! Finally, not only the story is bad, but the narrator, Michael Carman (remind me not to buy any more books he narrates) keeps falling asleep, too. I haven't heard a book read with such long pauses between chapters before. Xcntry's recommendation: Don't Buy.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Breach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (244)

    Thirty years ago, in a facility buried beneath a vast Wyoming emptiness, an experiment gone awry accidentally opened a door. It is the world’s best-kept secret—and its most terrifying. Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds, ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of the President of the United States.

    Tim Valenta says: "Unspeakably surprised; No regrets"
    "Great performance with a twist"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, with reservations. It was pretty much non-stop action from start to finish. The performance by Jeff Gurner was great. I also thought the idea of the Breach was clever; the ending reminding me a little of Inception with layers within layers. What I didn't like was the rather formulaic plot line of: women and/or men that have extraordinary military capabilities, but are killed or tricked easily by evil masterminds; ditto brilliant scientists and government strategists. I also get tired of the kick-butt, militarily-adept female who commands men, kills with ease, and has Zena, Princess Warrior capabilities, but always seems to be a brick-shy-of-a-full-load, when things go bad. Come on! There are a host of better ways to have written this book without some of the B-movie parts. Gosh! Just can't wait for the movie!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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