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Xavier

I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Amazonia

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (222)

    The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world's most inhospitable rainforest - a former Special Forces soldier, scarred, mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death, who went in with one arm missing...and came out with both intact.

    Nathan says: "Torn"
    "Never a dull moment! I loved it!"
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    This was my favorite James Rollins book of 6 I have read. Excellent non stop action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ogallala Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Once again, Marshal Marion Daniels calls on Ruben Beeler for help in righting a terrible wrong. Cecil Man-Bear, one of Marion's old friends, has been crippled, his wife killed, and his daughter stolen by a half-breed. Marion and Ruben take to a trail that leads them far into the Sioux reservation of the Dakota Territory in pursuit of a man called Kills-Many and his band of renegades.

    Xavier says: "Nice listen"
    "Nice listen"
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    I love old time depictions of early westerns. It was worth the credit. Good "old-timey" narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Incidents Among the Savages

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    The year was 1803. It was a time when the West was not only frontier, it was the undiscovered country. It was the time of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, before the trains of Prairie Schooners and settlers, before cowboys or cattle drives, before Colonel Colt and the six-shooter, and nearly a three quarters of a century before George Armstrong Custer and his men were killed at Little Big Horn. It was a time when the western fur trade was new, and only the first of the mountain men had left the Mississippi behind on their journey into the wilderness.

    Michael says: "Great book"
    "Wonderful story: Mountain men and Native Americans"
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    A wonderful depiction of the early pioneer Mountain Men and the Native Americans mostly violent interaction. Narration was different yet masterfully enjoyable. Before the U,S. Gov't surveyed the lands West, there was the hard courageous interaction between the "tough as nails" Mountain Men" and Native Americans. I also really enjoyed the spiritual/metaphysical aspect of the Native Americans spiritual visions and ability to foresee future events. Lot's of good old depictions of hand to hand fighting. I loved it! Enjoy, and "Watch your top knot"........watch your'n".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2799)
    Performance
    (2444)
    Story
    (2433)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Mark Greaney is a rising star"
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    I really enjoy the research provided in both political science and military details. Mark Greaney gets my attention when he authors a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Tomorrow: Victor the Assassin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (379)

    When Victor is called to meet with an old friend who ultimately betrayed him, what he thought was an ambush is in fact a plea for help. As a Russian gangster, Norimov is accustomed to death threats, but now an unknown enemy wants more than his life. They intend to kill everyone he cares about, including his missing daughter Gisele. This time, Victor's job is not to kill but to protect. Unfortunately, locating Gisele is his first mistake - because someone is watching his every move.

    Jason P. Sweeney says: "Can't get enough"
    "Good listen/first 3 were better"
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    Although I enjoyed this book, the plot was not as strong and complex as the first three books. I repeat, I did enjoy enough to rate a "qualified" 4, however I hope Tom Woods will return to his previous more complex plots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Commandment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (759)
    Story
    (752)

    When the president of the United States is blackmailed into releasing five detainees from Guantanamo Bay, a sadistic assassin with a vendetta years in the making is reactivated. Suddenly, the people closest to counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath are being targeted and he realizes that somehow, somewhere he has left the wrong person alive. With his life plunged into absolute peril, and the president ordering him to stay out of the investigation, Harvath must mount his own covert plan for revenge.

    Tara says: "Went Fast"
    "Disappointing"
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    POTUS issues a kill order on the loyal patriot who has served the country and risked his life throughout his career. Yet, somehow he moves throughout the world without the use of disguises traveling through airports and streets. How is it possible for the world's most technologically advanced country to not locate him using facial recognition software as he moves unhampered throughout the worlds airports and streets? Not even sunglasses and a baseball cap? Plot not believable in many other ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cobra

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked.

    Tim says: "Another Good Read by Forsyth"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!"
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    Very contemporary theme of stopping the flow of cocaine from S. America to the United States and Europe. The plot was fascinating starting with a history synopsis of how the cocaine drug system operates. Next, exciting characters were developed together with an action packed story to defeat it. I listened to this book twice and I'm sure in the future I will enjoy it many more times. Frederick Forsyth is one of my favorites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Isoms: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    After burying their parents, the three young Isom brothers faced starvation. Desperate and penniless, they set out in search of work. Their long, difficult journey forces them to discover themselves, and the harsh reality of life in the late 1800s. With hard work, determination, and a dream, they emerge as one of the greatest success stories of the old west.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Read"
    "Manly story"
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    Love the Dusty Rhodes western novels. Enjoy men overcoming adversity. Working hard, fighting hard, living by a sense of right and wrong which is not governed by human laws but by a inner sense of moral right and wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Bucholz
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    Beginning with the Renaissance, the culture of the West exploded. Over the next 600 years, rapid innovations in philosophy, technology, economics, military affairs, and politics allowed what had once been a cultural backwater left by the collapse of the Roman Empire to dominate the world. This comprehensive series of 48 lectures by an award-winning teacher and captivating lecturer will show you how - and why - this extraordinary transformation took place.

    Ilinca says: "good intro"
    "Priceless!"
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    I am a child of the 50's. Everybody bought a set of encyclopedias for their house. Research was accomplished by visiting the library and researching articles and books via the research dept using the readers guide to periodical literature. Today we have everything at our fingertips with a laptop computer and the internet. In high school and college we took American history,and world history(divided into sections over the past 2000 years. This amazing series begins much earlier with the "Big Bang theory" and takes us to the evolution of stars, the universe, the Sun as one of the stars, photosynthesis and early life in the ocean, single cell, multi cell, life movement from water to land, evolution of early life to more advanced life, human life evolving from hunters, gatherers, to agrarian people. Buy this history and learn in a concise series of lectures "Big History". If you read this series together with Jean Auel's trilogy beginning with "Clan of the Cave Bear: You will have more enjoyment of the pure history matched with enjoyable fiction.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Mammoth Hunters: Earth's Children, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (644)

    Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

    Mary says: "Great insights but fades into prurient"
    "Fire! How it became easier to ignite and more!"
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    Part 3 of a 3 part trilogy chronicling the early life of a female born to survive a prehistoric earthquake, early childhood being raised by "knuckle dragging" pre homo sapiens humans, and being abandoned to survive alone. Cast out of the Clan at the age of a teenager she is now skilled with medicinal herbs, hunting skills, and early notions of what causes" the spirit" of a man or woman to create a newborn baby. Ayla, the primary character dispels myths, in her mind, of what she was told as a child of the reason for what we today would think of as religion or sacred history or mythology. She learns new things via travel and her use of horses as a friend and beast of burden. She discovers how to strike fire within seconds, which revolutionizes the ability of humans to bring heat relief within minutes, enhancing survivability. She discovers cultural differences from other people through her travels, aided by her discovery of horses as a mode of transportation, Then we learn how connection to other human communities helped humankind grow at a exponential learning of hunting and better socialization skills/discoveries e.g.. sex for pleasure vs. sex for increasing your hearth. I read this trilogy decades ago. Now I've enjoyed these 3 stories in audiobook format 2 times before I wrote these reviews on all 3 of Jean Auel's novels. Enjoyable way to enjoy prehistory. Great narration. Jean Auel made me wait too long to allow Ayla and her lover to finally find peace with their commitment. That frustration made me "drop a star" on the "Story" rating. I loved this trilogy and recommend highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Horses: Earth's Children, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (816)

    Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

    Lois says: "Engrossing story that needs some abridgment"
    "Part 2: Very enjoyable 3 part Prehistoric humans"
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    Ayla, the prehistoric woman character in this book, is abandoned by her clan. Hunting for food she discovers a earth shaking discovery: horses can offer more than food to eat when hunted and killed. They allow you to cover more distance to explore uncharted territory. They allow you companionship. They allow you to carry more food from the kill area of the hunt to a safe area for butchering away from other predators eg. hyenas and lions. Enjoy Ayla's discovery of an evolutionary survival breakthrough for humankind. Ayla is an amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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