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William

Leesburg, VA | Member Since 2009

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  • Red Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Henshaw
    • Narrated By Rob Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Red Cell follows Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke, two outcasts in the Agency who are brought together in the Red Cell, the agency’s out-of-the-box think tank. Stryker is a young and beautiful agent who’s struggling to recover from a job gone bad, while Burke is a straight-laced analyst who’s pissed off all his colleagues. When a raid on Chinese spies in Taiwan ends in a shootout, CIA Director Cooke turns to the Red Cell to figure out why China is ready to invade the island nation without any fear of reprisal.

    Jean says: "Good action story"
    "Good Book, Bad Narrator"
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    This is one occasion when I would probably recommend the print book over the audio book.

    I was not fond of the narrator of this book. He often sounded distant and uninterested in the material he was reading. There did not seem to be any enjoyment, warmth or character to his reading of the book. The conversation between the characters felt flat, emotionless and distant. The whole performance was more like listening to a court reporter and less like a well written novel.

    I really enjoyed the book and think a better narrator would have only made it more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Henshaw
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The USS Vicksburg is returning home when the crew comes upon a lifeboat bearing a dead Somali pirate who shows signs of torture. Questions immediately arise: Who is this man, and which ship did he come from? Who tortured him? Soon Red Cell analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke have traced the dead man back to an Iranian ship currently bound for Venezuela - and the ship appears to have dangerous, radioactive cargo on board.

    William says: "Well Done!!"
    "Well Done!!"
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    Mark has done it again. In this sequel to Red Cell the characters once again find themselves in the situation of working to prevent a war between the United States of America and another country. This book is an action packed adventure you see how cooler heads in the field can prevent politicians from plunging the country into yet another war.

    I hope that Mark continues to write!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3085)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1755)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "The Hammer is Coming!!"
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes of the book were when people realized what was going to happen, and then when the characters realized exactly how much their lives were going to be impacted.


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

    As I listened to this book there were several times when I cried and laughed with the characters, the narrator did a great job of conveying the emotion of the moment and the feelings of the characters through out the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Robert Middlekauff
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.

    John says: "Strong History Rich With Behind The Scenes Details"
    "Very Detailed"
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    A very well written detailed history of the American Revolution. The author does a great job of sketching out the people who played a part and what part was played. He also does a great job of keeping the text unbiased when presenting the facts allowing for a clear understanding of both sides of the conflict.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3752)
    Performance
    (2213)
    Story
    (2240)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "Classic Sci-Fi"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle ? Why or why not?

    I have read both Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle in the past, putting them together was a great idea.


    What three words best describe L J Ganser’s performance?

    Very Well Done


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the twists that the plot took once you met the people of the mote.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8390)
    Performance
    (7543)
    Story
    (7662)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Just as I remember it"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The author has a really soothing voice. Listening to this book reminded me of my childhood. This was on of the first books that I remember my dad reading to me as a child before bed time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book. At different points in my life I have been better able to understand the different characters better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition: Everything You Need to Know about American History but Never Learned

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Kenneth C. Davis, Zach McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    Here, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its debut as a New York Times best seller, is the revised, updated, and expanded edition of the classic anti-textbook that changed the way we look at history. First published two decades ago, when the “closing of the American mind” was in the headlines, Don’t Know Much About® History proved Americans don’t hate history—just the dull version that was dished out in school.

    William says: "A great history refresher"
    "A great history refresher"
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    Would you listen to Don't Know Much About History, Anniversary Edition again? Why?

    I have listened to this book a couple of times. I originally purchased this book as a refresher on American history because my children were asking questions that I know I knew at one point but needed a quick refresher. Now I find myself skipping to the part of the book I am looking for more on.


    Any additional comments?

    The format of the book is a little odd and takes some getting used to. Once you get used to some of the book formatting that doesn't fit well in an audio book it is just fine. The other disappointment is that most of the United States Civil War has been removed and moved to it's own book. This was a pretty significant bit of history that gets glanced over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3448)
    Performance
    (3014)
    Story
    (3028)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Very well done. Maybe a little too real"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to several of my friends. I finished this book a couple of days before the news became very heavy with stories of the Chinese hacking the United States of America computing infrastructure. It is a case of going, WOW this could really happen and are we really prepared for the threats that are coming.


    What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lou Diamond Phillips does a great job of bringing out the emotion of the moment and bringing the characters to life. He has become one of my favorite readers.


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

    If I could have listened to this book in one sitting I would have. As it was I ended up listening on my ride to work and then continuing to listen while I was sitting at my desk doing my work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3273)
    Performance
    (2968)
    Story
    (3027)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this novella, I hope that the author continues the character. It's not every day that you see a new take on a classic detective novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ronald Reagan Inauguration Speech 1981

    • ORIGINAL (23 mins)
    • By Ronald Reagan
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    In his 1981 inaugural address, Ronald Reagan discussed inflation and the burden of taxation, promising a "new beginning" of "putting America back to work".

    Henry Bennings says: "THEY DON'T MAKE MEN LIKE THIS ANYMORE"
    "History Repeats itself"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    All Americans should know their history.


    Any additional comments?

    President Obama could have almost re-read this speach and touched on most of the problems that the United States are facing at the beginning of his second term.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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