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Harry W. Hennessey Jr.

The Villages, FL
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  • The Atlantis Plague

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 2
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,569

In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead--and those the Atlantis Plague doesn't kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never actually cures the disease.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Take it for what it's worth and enjoy it!

  • By Emily Wright on 05-07-14

Overlong, windy, and Juvenile

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

What would have made The Atlantis Plague better?

I have been a science fiction fan all of my life, but the tedium of this book nearly convinced me to leave it forever. The series has turned into a romance novel under the guise of science fiction, by becoming more about the relationships between the characters than anything else.

What was most disappointing about A. G. Riddle’s story?

The long wandering narrative lines.

What didn’t you like about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance?

Very little. He seemed to pronounce most of the words correctly. His reading lacked any attempt at differentiating the voices of the characters and was generally flat, nearly a monotone.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and boredom.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother with this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Fleet

  • A Novel of the Next World War
  • By: P. W. Singer, August Cole
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,869

The year is 2026. China has taken over as the world's largest economy, while the United States, mired in an oil shortage, struggles to adjust to its diminished role. Then, a surprise attack throws the US into a chaos unseen since Pearl Harbor. As the enemy takes control, the survival of the nation will depend upon the most unlikely forces: the Navy's antiquated Ghost Fleet and a cadre of homegrown terrorists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual war story

  • By Mike From Mesa on 09-06-15

Narrator needs to go back to "narration school"

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

What did you like best about Ghost Fleet? What did you like least?

Overall a decent story marred by a weak performance.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot was fairly good, but followed several storis. Some were better tha others. One story line seemed to be disconnected from the other lines with no necessary connection to the rest of the book. The main character in that line did not have any clear motivation/

Would you be willing to try another one of Rich Orlow’s performances?

Only if he NEVER EVER tries to pronounce a Hawaiian word again within my hearing. The Hawaii setting for the book made it interesting to me (I lived there for 20+ years), and I have deep love and respect for native Hawaiian people and their culture. Hearing him butcher the names of places I fondly remember really distracted me.Also, he sometimes inserted pauses in the middle of phrases or expressions -- as if he read to the end of a printed line and then found the rest of the expression on the next line. I do not think he had rehearsed the material, or he had a lousy sound editor.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably. It's the kind of escapist Techno sci-fi action stuff I like.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What Angels Fear

  • Sebastian St. Cyr, Book 1
  • By: C. S. Harris
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,818

It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man - Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Addictive Series

  • By Bibliophile1963 on 10-17-16

Romance novel disguised as a mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Would you try another book from C. S. Harris and/or Davina Porter?

I probably will not listen to another C.S. Harris book. Davina Porter is a good reader, even though my American ears sometimes misunderstand an occasional word. This is perhaps due to her British accent, but she does perform in a wide variety of character voices and speech patterns. I may just be missing some of that.

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

Not really. The pace of the novel was rather slow in places. More time was spent on the emotions of the characters than I thought necessary.

I was a little disappointed that the author carries the narrative on the Prince of Wales' attempt to be appointed Regent up the supposed day of the House Of Lords vote on the Regency bill and then stopped. I would have enjoyed a description of the Prince's frustration when George III recovered "in the nick of time" and thwarted the attempt.

Which scene was your favorite?

It is hard to pick one scene. I suppose the confrontation between Lord Hendon and his Daughter Amanda wouold be one. There was some drama in that.

Do you think What Angels Fear needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Since I know it is the first in a series of novels, this question is moot.

38 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Rainbow

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540

Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God help me if I outlive James Lee Burke

  • By John M. Smith on 07-23-10

Will Patton needs a dialect coach

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

Reviewed: 11-19-12

If you could sum up The Glass Rainbow in three words, what would they be?

Good Robicheaux story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Clete Purcell. Such gloriously complex character. Tragic and endearing.

How could the performance have been better?

Will Patton needs to be taught how t pronounce words that are common in Southern dialects. "Pecan" can be pronounced pi-kahn or pi-kan with the emphasis on the last syllable, or pee-kan with the emphasis on the first syllable. He seems to say it pee-kahn with no stress on either syllable. More annoying than that is the way he pronounces the word "Bream", the name of several small freshwater fish. I have never, ever heard it pronounces as anything but "brim" no matter where I have traveled and fished in the South. He varies between saying it "breem" and "beam". I don't know which is more disconcerting, but both of them strike a jarring note in Burke's authentically-written dialog and descriptions. Either get a new reader, or get Mr. Patton a dialect coach!

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I have never read anything by James Lee Burke that I did not like. So, either I am easy to please, or he is a very good writer. I tend to think it is the latter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • XO

  • A Kathryn Dance Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single "Your Shadow" puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, "I'm coming for you," and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deaver has done much better

  • By Todd Wynia on 08-12-12

Deaver still has it

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

Reviewed: 07-10-12

Would you listen to XO again? Why?

I will have to wait a while before listening to this book again -- but my memory has gotten so bad that it won't be too long before I do. I need for the plot twists to face a bit in my memory so that I can recapture some of the surprises. Jeffrey Deaver has written many books that featured unexpected plot twists, which is what makes reading his work always fun for me. This book was no exception.

What was one of the most memorable moments of XO?

I don't want to give the plot away, so I will just say that the tour of the Bobby's house, and the ultimate recovery of what was taken from there are hard for me to forget.

Which scene was your favorite?

It is hard to answer that. I see the story as a flow rather than discrete scenes.

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

No. You want to stop and think about what is going on from time to time to keep the threads in order.

Any additional comments?

I have grown to like the Kathryn Dance character, and this book only deepens the richness of detail that Deaver has built up for her persona. A great book for Deaver fans!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful