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jack

englewood, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3216)
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    (2804)
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    (2848)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Fantistic story, great narration"
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    I really enjoyed the story. I recently read the stand by Stephen King. This is a similar end of the world tail except that the world is blown up instead of killed by a man made virus. the tales of survival are similar. Swan song is scarier. I couldn't stop listening to it practically finished all 34 hours without a break. The narration of this book is absolutely superb. if you're driving across country take this book with you and you'll be sure not to do any sightseeing or get out of the car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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    Overall
    (5536)
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    (3504)
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    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Must Read"
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    Very thought-provoking book. The scenario is all too real, it would be very easy for a rouge country to light off some nukes that resulted in an electromagnetic pulse. If our electrical grid was knocked out for 30 days country would be in chaos.

    I enjoyed the narrator. This book is a very serious book with serious implications that should be read and paid attention to. It's not just fiction, it's a very real possibility.

    Very well done to the author of this book for shining light on this very serious potential situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1295)
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    (642)
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    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "A must read"
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    This is a multi-subject history lesson. Medical history, World War 1 history, and Virus history. The great flu epidemic of 1918 is missing from most history books I was exposed to in school. Discussing it with friends I found no one that had anything but a vague notion of what happened in 1918, let alone that more Americas died of the flu in 1918 than died in the Civil War. I also learned so much about our very short history of medicine in the United States, Shocking really that in 1910 you could get into medical schools without even having graduated high school, and receive your MD without ever touching a patient. We have made fantastic strides in a short hundred years. This book pays tribute so some of the great medical scholars and philanthropists that worked together to create world leading medical institutions we have today.

    The data on the flu virus and how it spreads is of great value to anyone that wants to live through the next pandemic.

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steel World: Undying Mercenaries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
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    (2061)
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    (1922)
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    (1932)

    In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers....

    D says: "Classic Space Opera"
    "Galactic class entertainment"
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    I loved this book. My first B.V. Larson but will not be the last. This is a great story with some fantastic space opera technology to add to the fun. I love great Si-Fi and this book is up there with the best. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Nathan Wolfe
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    In The Viral Storm, award-winning biologist Nathan Wolfe tells the story of how viruses and human beings have evolved side by side through history; how deadly viruses like HIV, swine flu, and bird flu almost wiped us out in the past; and why modern life has made our species vulnerable to the threat of a global pandemic. Wolfe's research missions to the jungles have earned him the nickname "the Indiana Jones of virus hunters," and here Wolfe takes listeners along on his groundbreaking and often dangerous research trips - to reveal the surprising origins of the most deadly diseases....

    L. says: "a bio-geek's wet dream"
    "Good data to have in our Ebola infested world"
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    Great book. Excellent and informative without being dramatic. We all face the possibility if infection of one kind or another. Knowing more is a benefit.

    Very well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time of Attack

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (26)
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    (24)
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    (24)

    In a small town in Utah, people are contracting a horrific disease with alarming plague-like symptoms. The CDC quarantines the area but outbreaks are already being reported in China, Japan, and England. Evidence suggests this is not a new strain of superbug - but an act of war, an orchestrated deployment of unstoppable terror.... Special agent Jericho Quinn, hellbent on finding the sniper who attacked his family, steps into an even bigger, and deadlier, conspiracy: a secret cabal of elite assassins embedded throughout the globe.

    jack says: "Great book"
    "Great book"
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    Enjoyed the book but it is just the first installment. Ended just when it was really getting good. Look forward to his next book. He is a good writer. The narrator is good but reads without too much variation of voice so it can be hard to follow if you are not paying full attention, like scrubbing you hands in an airport to keep from getting infected...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
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    Overall
    (10347)
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    (9846)
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    (9865)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Refreshing"
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    Loved this book. Best I have read this year. The story was creative and very much based on current science. I did not want it to end. Hope to see another story from this author. Great performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
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    Overall
    (1266)
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    (1133)
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    (1138)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "A classic spy vs spy novel set in modern times"
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    This is one of the best books I have read in years. The story is edge of you seat suspense, with a spy style love story mixed in. The writer worked for the CIA so it just doesn't get more realistic. Narration is excellent. This book left me racing back to the computer to see if Jason Matthews had other books. I could not believe this was his first. Destined to become a must read classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
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    Overall
    (664)
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    (633)
    Story
    (635)

    The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

    bonita says: "Ok Rh, so where's the second volume?!"
    "A must read for Star Wars fans."
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    These are the first three of a series, the next is The Hand of Thrawn. Listen to these first then the race back to the computer and buy the next.

    Great writing, wonderful story and ten star narration. Star Wars has never been so good. These are meaty, rich stories that will keep you up at night, and late to work. Perfect!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn): Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
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    Overall
    (518)
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    (493)
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    (494)

    The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rallying the Imperial forces. Now Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their allies face the challenge of their lives. They must infiltrate a hidden fortress filled with Imperial fanatics, rendezvous with a double-dealing Imperial commander, and journey into enemy territory to learn the identity of those responsible for an act of unthinkable genocide. But most important of all is the truth about Thrawn.

    Desmond says: "An excellent conclusion"
    "The very best"
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    This is a fantastic series. Narration is ten star. Each character voice is unique which makes following the story a pleasure. The story is rich with detail but never overdone. This writing takes you to that special place Star Wars fans know and love. I hope Timothy Zahn writes another series, I eagerly await.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
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    Overall
    (2359)
    Performance
    (2112)
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    (2132)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Great Greyman"
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    Another great story. Love the Greyman and this is a rich story with a look at new technology that we should all worry about. Found it impossible to hit the stop button.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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