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The Toymaker | [Chuck Barrett]

The Toymaker

Former NTSB Investigator Jake Pendleton faces a dilemma as the line blurs between right and wrong. After his judgment comes into question, Jake is entrusted to his new mentor, an eccentric old man who sees beyond Jake’s flaws. A man who makes ‘toys for spies.’ A man known as The Toymaker. Jake’s first assignment reunites him with Gregg Kaplan in a daredevil mission to rescue a fellow agent held captive in Yemen. He risks his life to stop the first attack of an al Qaeda mastermind.
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Publisher's Summary

Former NTSB Investigator Jake Pendleton faces a dilemma as the line blurs between right and wrong. After his judgment comes into question, Jake is entrusted to his new mentor, an eccentric old man who sees beyond Jake’s flaws. A man who makes ‘toys for spies.’ A man known as The Toymaker.

Jake’s first assignment reunites him with Gregg Kaplan in a daredevil mission to rescue a fellow agent held captive in Yemen. He risks his life to stop the first attack of an al Qaeda mastermind. But now, with no one to trust but himself, can Jake stop the terrorist from destroying what is most precious to the free world? Unfortunately, more trouble comes his way as a killer from his past threatens something more important to Jake than his own life, leaving him to make the hardest decision any man ever has to make—Who to sacrifice.

©2012 Chuck Barrett (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 12-25-13
    shelley Raleigh, NC 12-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book"
    Where does The Toymaker rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a really good book. It is reminiscent of Brett Battles Jonathan Quinn series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book is full of action from the very beginning a few surprises, a bit predictable at times but for the most part very good.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brock could read the phone book and make it exciting!


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to my next purchase which will be the third in this series Breach of Power.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 11-27-14
    AudioAddict 11-27-14

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "I don't get all these bad reviews..."

    STORY (espionage thriller) - Okay. The Toymaker is not going to win any awards and some of the points in negative reviews I've read are valid -- there is testosterone-driven action, stereotypical characters, motives of revenge and a dramatic narrator -- but boring? I must have read a different book. I would say just the opposite. It's fast-paced and exciting from beginning to end with terrorists, neat gadgets and lots of twists and turns. It's also not hard to follow what's going on, so it's an enjoyable, easy listen.

    PERFORMANCE - I don't understand why so many people complain about Scott Brick. It's true that he overdramatizes a bit, but I'm totally fine with it. I like his voice, and he definitely doesn't deliver a boring or monotone performance.

    OVERALL - There's no sex or violence, and the violence is not gory or graphic. I recommend the book to anyone who's looking for an easy but exciting listen. It's not perfect, but I was thoroughly entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judi Bedford 06-27-14
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    "Trying to get through it, but am giving up"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm someone who is constantly listening to a book but I've made it half way though this one and I haven't listened in over a week. I'm finding it boring, and don't care about the characters. I'm giving up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chuck Barrett again?

    No!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 06-11-14
    Susan 06-11-14
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    "Ooops! I started with book 2."

    Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy. Got a kick out of part of the story being set in the tiny town where I live currently. The descriptions were even accurate. Like the "toy" maker premise. Just wasn't enough to equal a more-than-mediocre read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gladys A. Dueweke michigan 05-18-14
    Gladys A. Dueweke michigan 05-18-14 Member Since 2010

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    "boring!"
    Would you try another book from Chuck Barrett and/or Scott Brick?

    i've listened to scott brick before and didn't find him bad, but this time i couldn't separate the characters. poor reading or maybe as bored as i was? i couldn't finish this one at all. thank goodness for audible's return policy.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    i'm thinking historical. i don't know if i'm up for another unthrilling "thriller."


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    his character voices were so subtle i lost who was speaking.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    i suppose as it was well-rated,but i just didn't enjoy the toymaker.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Swann South 01-13-14
    S. Swann South 01-13-14
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    "Book is OK, but the narration kills it."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Scott Brick is rated highly and I don't understand why. He OVER enunciates EVERYTHING! To the point where a character could be making coffee and the narration makes it seem like an arduous task that required months of contemplation. This eventually makes you miss the highlights of the story because there is no contrast in the telling. Its so bad, that it makes me feel dumb for tolerating the narration to get through the book.


    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    adi 10-13-14
    adi 10-13-14
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    "Can't stop"
    If you could sum up The Toymaker in three words, what would they be?

    Once you start hearing you can not stop.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, many subplots make it interesting


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say this is a great book, but it is fun to listen to, a very good way to make the commute to work go by fast.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jonathan porirua, New Zealand 09-02-14
    jonathan porirua, New Zealand 09-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "annoying"
    Would you try another book from Chuck Barrett and/or Scott Brick?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Chuck Barrett’s story?

    the story and the narrator were annoying.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not well


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to 2/3 of this but could not bring myself to carry on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 08-02-14
    Peter 08-02-14
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    "Testosterone Overload"
    Would you try another book from Chuck Barrett and/or Scott Brick?

    No, this sample of the author's and narrator's work was enough to turn me off both of them.


    What could Chuck Barrett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    To begin with the characters were two dimensional and stereotypical conflicted tough-guy. If you are into cliche spy fiction, this is for you. I like this genre just as much as the next guy. I couldn't get enough of Vince Flynn. The style and dialogue of this book had me constantly rolling my eyes. I couldn't get through this book, and I'm usually pretty patient.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Scott Brick's leaden performance perfectly matched the emotionless, monotone tough-guy personas in this book. His range of character voicing was very limited.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Toymaker?

    All of it. Look elsewhere to use your credit. I wish I had.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I write a review of any book at this website. Generally, I am fairly tolerant enough to get through any audiobook, though some have been harder than others. This one literally drove me to write this review. I quit this book about 2/3 through it with a sense of relief.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Monts 07-31-14
    R. J. Monts 07-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Story trying to be a blockbuster movie"

    There are many things about this story that bothered me and made it difficult for me to get into the story that may not bother you. I can be a bit of a nit-picker. If you also nit-pick plot points and book scenes then you might agree with me, but if those things don't bother you then you may find this a very enjoyable book.

    First of all, I did not realize that this book was part of a series and that the title character is not the protagonist. The story actually features the Toymaker very sparingly. The protagonist is being introduced to the Toymaker as part of an extended origins story. So if you are looking for a tech-heavy book, this is more like a James Bond movie story. Q shows us the gadgets and then the hero uses some of them.

    The action scenes are also written like movie scenes with characters being thrown in feet and yards by explosions, bullets, and shells. This annoys me because it lacks any realism. If movie style physics and ballistics don't bother you in books, then you may enjoy it more.

    And finally, the characters in this book who are the best-of-the-best are rather incompetent. In one chapter, the heroes have tracked a bad guy to a boat and are able to take him completely by surprise, except that they screw up capturing the guy in a fairly spectacular manner.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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