Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a novel set in the not-too-distant future in the American Southwest, during a period of low-intensity civil war. The action takes place between Texas and California, but the story is mainly centered around New Mexico. Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista is a sequel to Enemies Foreign and Domestic, but it may be enjoyed on its own.
©2008 Matthew James Bracken (P)2013 Matthew James Bracken
Overpriced audio book
Halting narration, monotone voice, repeats words, mispronunciations, etc... My 10 year old nephew reads aloud so much better than this its not even a fair comparison. I can't believe this guy gets paid to read stories aloud for audiobook sale. Unbelievable. Very disappointing.
I wanted to listen all in one sitting, but couldn't stand to listen to the narrator for more than a half hour at a time.
Great plot line, character development, good pace, etc, but considering the Audible audio file is almost twice as expensive as the paperback version, its WAY overpriced. I bought the paperback version of the first book (Enemies Foreign and Domestic) and loved it, so I sprang for the audio version of the sequel. I'll be buying the paperback version of the third installment. I will not buy another audiobook narrated by this individual. Ever. I might actually buy a Kindle for the price of the Kindle versions and to avoid bad narration in the future. Almost ruined the story for me.
It reminded me of another book I read awhile back called
"The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century " It's quite frightening to think, but I believe this is where the country is headed. I think Mr. Bracken is doing a great service by putting these scenarios in fictional settings, it will open a few peoples eyes to what is going on around them. That is what I like best about the story
Yes, it is plausible and believable..
Little Brians assistance in the escape.
Read for #3....I like Mikes voice, but his narration seems somewhat amateur ..still I like it..
Storywise - nothing as it's an excellent story! Fortunately, I have previously read the Enemies Trilogy and the Bracken Anthology, and found them first-rate - that's why I purchased the audiobooks.. Unfortunately and due solely to very bad narration, the audiobook is simply unlistenable - I couldn't even make it through two (2) minutes of listening (and I tried several times)!
Realism, both in terms of characters and probability of events.
WORST NARRATION EVER - A DEAF-MUTE WITH A SIGN LANGUAGE STUTTERING PROBLEM, WOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB!
THE AUDIOBOOK DEFINITELY EVOKED BOTH ANGER AND SADNESS IN THAT TERRIBLE NARRATION RUINED WHAT SHOULD/WOULD HAVE BEEN A GREAT LISTENING EXPERIENCE!
GO BACK AND RE-RECORD WITH A GOOD STORY TELLER! I'M GETTING MY MONEY BACK ON THIS ONE BUT IF/WHEN IT'S RE-RECORDED USING A GOOD NARRATOR, THEN I'LL RE-PURCHASE AND LISTEN AT THAT POINT IN TIME!
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
I fully enjoyed the story and the characters. This is a author who'll be having more audio books produced soon I would think. The narrator was perfect somehow I see all this with a strong southern accent for characters at least most. I look forward to more. Hopefully soon.
There's a 3rd book in this series I have it on kindle but would prefer audio.
Unlike a lot of Patriot Fiction this is very well written with a good plot and character development
Looking forward to the next one
I do not need to say very much more. I have been listening to audible books and the real "Books-on-Tape" driving back and forth between LA and San Francisco for more than 15 years and I have never heard a book read so poorly narrated.
I want to finish this book by both listening and reading but I do not know if I can take very much more of the droning by this fellow and the awful impact on the story his droning provides.
Hiring this fellow must have been a contract clause by the writer/publisher or something worse if Audible selected the reader. But putting it bluntly. I will not purchase any more books by this writer or narrator because I am burned out on the story structure due to awful narration. I don't know if the structure could be any better in future books.
This book picks up the story line of the last novel five years into the future. Where the last book was action packed and moved very quickly this second book in the series takes a look at the current trends in demographics and political expediency and builds society as the main character for this book. The character Ragna Bartewell is back and one of the only characters from the first book to carry the story forward, but it is the condition of society itself that is the star of this story. If one pays attention to events it is possible to see how the author developed this storyline and it is a compelling case that he makes, the writing is solid and the dialog well done, the ending is exciting as are other turning points in the story. Where the last book moved from one action scene to the next this book builds tension to the end in a more classic thriller style, and does deliver an exciting ending. I rated this book a bit below the first only because the development phase of this book delved on a bit, it was well done but a bit overdone at times, although in the end it did make for very well established characters and a solid storyline.
The story is pretty entertaining, but the narration is really lacking. The narrator is very one dimensional and you can hear him struggle with the pronunciation of certain words that makes it a painful listen at times. Also, the audio quality is not very good. It almost sounds as if someone recorded the narration on an old fashioned tape recorder, as I could actually hear microphone feedback a few times. The poor narration really does take away from the quality of the story and can be very distracting. Save the credit until there is another version available or just read it on your own.
If u r expecting a top notch narrator with multiple voices for the multiple characters, u will b disappointed. If u are looking for another great story (and not just some blah "middle" volume) then read/listen away :)
The context of this book seems to be prophetic of things to come if changes in direction do not occur. Masterful work by the author. Keep it up, Mr. Bracken.
As for the performance by the narrator, good work. There were a few parts where he repeated the same line and there appeared to be some microphone issues, but these issues were negligible. In my review for Enemies Foreign and Domestic, I said that his southern drawl was a bit distracting at first. However, throughout the entirety of this book, I did not experience anything other than looking forward to hearing more from him. Well done, Mr. Kemp.
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