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Mark L. Berry

Fort Worth, TX USA
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Fun Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-19

I'm familiar with reader Austin Nebbia's work and enjoy his performances. This story has some great characters who are worth following, but at times the hand of the author is felt pushing this story, and too many times the protagonists were miraculously spared from overwhelming strength without accountability. As a light read, this was entertaining on a long drive.

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Into the Everglades

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-19

As a new SW Florida resident, it was fun letting Carl Bock's words and Thomas Block's voice introduce me to The Everglades.

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Aviation Adventure and Politics

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Strong aviator characters dominate this tale of political unrest and conflict as they deal with both international terrorists and government lackeys.

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Missed opportunity

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

Overall, I enjoyed learning more about Paul. I am a big fan of his. And, the narrator did a good job reading the material. Where the big fail is here, is the lost opportunity to embrace audio as a story-telling platform. Every time I heard the narrator read lyrics referred to in the story, I felt a snippet of the actual song, (with Paul, or in some cases, Art or another vocalist) should have been played instead. This is especially frustrating when the narrator talks about the music, and the music isn't presented. Fortunately I know all the references and could sing them in my head. But audiobooks shouldn't be just a person reading a story, especially a story about about music, since music is also a widely recorded medium.

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Fun Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm always honored when a fellow author asks me to contribute to an aviation compilation. I absolutely loved listening to my story/chapter "High Terrain All Quads" read by retired Captain Thomas Block within "There I Wuz! Volume IV."

What other book might you compare There I Wuz! Volume IV to and why?

"There I Wuz" listeners will enjoy Airways Magazine, where many of the compiled stories originated and found their initial audience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book is a compilation so it's great for squeezing in a story between elements of a busy day, and absorbing it in sections.

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When Society Finally Unravels

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-17

If you could sum up Through the Ruins: The Collapse Trilogy, Book 3 in three words, what would they be?

Limited Resources Ultimatum

What other book might you compare Through the Ruins: The Collapse Trilogy, Book 3 to and why?

There is a definite liberal political agenda underneath this story.

What about Thomas Block’s performance did you like?

Steady storyteller.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

When the Haves and Have-nots Collide

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The Saga Continues

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This trilogy kept me company over a lot of miles of bike riding. The action helped keep me pedaling.

What did you like best about this story?

The stakes increased from the first book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Mad Max Meets The Maze Runner

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The Journey Begins

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is an entertaining trilogy with some characters worth rooting for.

Have you listened to any of Thomas Block’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Thomas Block delivers with an experienced gravitas voice.

Any additional comments?

Lots of action scenes. Post-Apocolyptic combat is an effective way to draw me in.

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Inspiring Enough

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Eating healthy is always worth recommending to a friend.

What about Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig ’s performance did you like?

I like that it is read by the actual authors.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It took a few sittings.

Any additional comments?

The book was inspiring enough to convince me to try the Whole 30-day Nutrition commitment. The part I didn't like, and that's common with most self-help books, is the lengthy--ad-nausium--self-promotion and endorsements. A reader could start listening hours into the book and not miss anything significant. For a meat and vegetables story, there is a lot of filler that is certainly not meant to be part of the Whole 30 diet. Alas, when the nutrition is finally discussed, it is worth listening to. At least I think so. I'm halfway through my Whole 30 experiment.

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Fighter Pilot Insight

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-17

Where does Bogeys and Bandits rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a decent book, worth reading if the subject of military combat is your thing. The parts where characters actually developed and either flew or failed were great, but there was a lot of telling rather than revealing, so this book felt more informative than entertaining.

Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Gandt? Why or why not?

I would, but I'd read the reviews first.

Which scene was your favorite?

The night carrier landings were exciting, and the camaraderie, competition, and politics within the squadron were entertaining.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

Kudos to the author's choice of narration. I have listened to many books told by Thomas Block.

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