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WilliamMinyard

Antioch, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 20 reviews
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  • 53 purchased in 2014
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  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3791)
    Performance
    (3474)
    Story
    (3482)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Decent Sci-Fi"
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    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    Different approach to the "First Contact" genre. A little less detailed than I like with a number of gaps but still a solid story. Obviously written with the idea of at least one sequel. The ending seemed a bit contrived and rushed but I did enjoy the listen. I felt like the story should of continued rather than have another book but we got to make a living. If you like military sci-fi and have an extra credit then go for it.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    His reading probably made the book better than it was written


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 47 Ronin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Allyn, Stephen Turnbull (foreword)
    • Narrated By David Shih
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (234)

    For those looking for the real story behind the fictionalized movie account of the 47 Ronin story, this is the definitive, fascinating account of this unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. It led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history, and in the process, created a new set of heroes in Japan.

    David says: "Neither fish nor...."
    "Not at all what I expected"
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    Any additional comments?

    Coming into this story with only the synopsis to work with I thought this would be something I could really enjoy. Honestly, I felt like I was always waiting for something to happen. Even when something did happen it seemed subdued at best. Just as the characters in the story were exercising patience I kept telling myself patience...patience...something will happen. For me it never really did.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lee's Last Campaign: The Story of Lee and His Men Against Grant - 1864

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clifford Dowdey
    • Narrated By Kevin Charles
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    By May 1864, General Robert E. Lee had been transformed from a young soldier into a gray-haired patriarch of the Confederate cause. As Lee struggled to keep his ragged soldiers alive, he faced pressure from two fronts. Grant’s Union Army not only had superior numbers, but a steadfast infrastructure of railroads and industrialized supply routes. Lee’s Last Campaign is a triumph of historic research and elegant writing. In this essential analysis of General Lee’s military strategy, Dowdey follows the triumphs and tragedies of the Army of Northern Virginia as it breathed its last gasps at the end of the Civil War.

    Ralph says: "Civil War history at its best!!"
    "If you love R.E. Lee..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Considering myself somewhat of a Civil War buff I was a bit taken aback by a few of Mr. Dowdey's conclusions. He strongly believes that Master Robert was almost infallible, Longstreet is overrated, Davis was an idiot, and Jackson had he lived would of made all the difference. The truth is probably somewhere in between what is contained in the book and what we have commonly been taught but he makes some very strong arguments to back up his claims. He fully realizes that some of his conclusions are out of the norm and he takes the time to point out the contrasts. For me these were the most enjoyable parts of the book, hence my 4 star rating for the story.
    The production quality is poor. The words are spoken clearly but there are multiple post productions edits. Kevin Charles is OK but he has the type of voice that allowed me drift from time to time.
    I do recommend this book but if you are looking for a balanced account you are probably looking in the wrong place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6048)
    Performance
    (2626)
    Story
    (2662)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Compelling"
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    Any additional comments?

    The anonymous nature of this book is so right on. The lack of names had me feeling like it could be me. The resignation that permeates the book really took out any emotion for me. The ending of the book I found to be just about perfect. The road continues and continues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Glenn Gers
    • Narrated By Damian Lewis
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (573)

    Picking up at the end of Season Two after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.

    elise says: "Great addition to the series!"
    "Thank you!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Well written and a great intro into the new season. I would love to hear more of these short stories that fill in some of the gaps that cannot be captured on TV
    If you are not watching the series I doubt this would appeal to you but for the rest of us it was just about perfect. Oh did I mention free!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    "Pretty predictable"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Scott Turow before, how does this one compare?

    Does not match up to his others. I am a sucker for a good legal drama and this one was neither.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Henry Leyva?

    Just about anyone. The narrator speaks clearly and has the right inflections but he is horribly miscast. He sounds like he is far too young to read this particular story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Before listening yes afterwards no


    Any additional comments?

    I usually think I have a book figured out and always pleasantly surprised when I find out that I was completely wrong. Well...not this time. Some of the clues left by Mr. Turow were like redwoods in the middle of the road.
    I had the feeling that he added a few characters just for filler. I was also disappointed how a couple of characters just dropped off the map.
    This book either needed to be longer or shorter. My vote is for shorter.
    Turow is better than this.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1718)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Mispronunciations aside...very enjoyable"
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    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Herrmann's voice lends a level credibility to everything he reads. His tone is perfect and it seems like he has a real understanding of what the author really meant. The only annoying thing was his mispronunciations of the various local points mentioned in the book. If you have never been to Seattle you probably won't notice them. The story is so compelling that I found myself wishing that my children would have the fortune of actually experiencing something as powerful as those young men did. I do not want to spoil the book but there was a part of the "big race" that seemed to be a bit unbelievable simply due to the fact that the rest of the story had the real sense of authenticity. 98% of the events came across to me as something that only hard work and dedication could make happen. A real sense of teamwork. 2% seemed a bit contrived. I will say that I enjoyed the reading and I listened to the story every opportunity I had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2993)
    Performance
    (1789)
    Story
    (1795)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Fades away"
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    Any additional comments?

    Overall I guess I enjoyed the book and the reader did an excellent job. My biggest issues revolved around the flow of the story. Very disjointed. I would be very involved and then the story would lose steam. The story started very strong and I really felt engaged and then it would slow down and I had the feeling that a little fast forward would help. Basically, 30 minutes good 5-10 minutes bad. The real problem was the ending. It was unbelievable and left me wondering where was the rest of it. Almost the entire story the main character had one goal and we heard it over and over. He life always seemed to turn back to this goal. Then the story ends on a rather weird scene that did not fit the rest of the book and the goal is left not only unanswered but not addressed in any way. A better ending would help this book immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12080)
    Performance
    (10972)
    Story
    (10999)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "14 is a 4"
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    Any additional comments?

    My first Clines book which I only got because Audible had it on sale. Very enjoyable and fast moving. Clines adds some dialogue that was completely unnecessary and seemed pointless but he did have me caring about Nate and the other building dwellers. I really enjoyed the investigation part which covers 80% of the book. The climax seemed a bit rushed but sprinkled with some excellent segments. The main characters were well developed and believable.
    My first Porter book as well and he does an excellent job. I may have liked the book more due to his reading than I normally would have and I will keep my eyes out for his other reads. Solid listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1535)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "A whole new avenue"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I wondered how Walt would do in the big city. Could CJ move his characters to Philly and not lose the charm that was so enjoyable in the first two? No problem. His use of the answering machine and interactions with the big boys was a great way to teach us more about Walt and the Cheyenne Nation. It is funny how Walt is fallible and insecure. It seems that most main characters have a greatness, something most of us strive for, but not Longmire. He pays attention to detail, quotes a little Shakespeare and moves on. I guess you could listen to this story as a stand alone but why would you want to. Walt should be enjoyed in his entirety.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1421)
    Story
    (1405)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Amazon Customer says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "Great cadence"
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    Any additional comments?

    This guy continues to just put out enjoyable books. The way this story flows is a great example how CJ has grown as a writer. With some authors the first book is the best they have to offer. They work on a story for years and it has all of their best lines. Not so with Mr. Johnson. He is getting better and better. He places little nuggets throughout this story that add that something special. Sometimes I think..well I am like Walt...no Bear...he just has a way of making these characters so believable and normal. His story lines are driven by the characters not by the situations. There is a patience in his writing that I am really enjoying. The pace of this book is excellent. Again, George is the best in the business and they could not of picked a better narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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