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New Port Richey, FL, United States
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Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-11

Great ending to a great fantasy trilogy. Sanderson maintained his inventiveness till the end. One can see why he was tapped to complete the WOT saga.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Not Bad, but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

This was my first Ceepak mystery and I thought it was just ok. The story kept you involved trying to guess "who dunnit". The reader was ok, but started to get on my nerves the longer I listened. Even though I gave it 3 stars, I don't think I will buy another book in this series. I don't really care for any of the characters and the novel just wasn't exciting.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

NonStop Action

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-10

This was a fast paced book, with great characters and a plot taken from today's headlines. I really like to read DeMille's books and listen to Scott Brick's reading. I just finished downloading The Lion!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not Worth Dying For (or Listening To)

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-10

To sum this book up in one word - BORING! This is the second worst Reacher novel, after Nothing to Lose. This novel plows the same ground as the last novel and was obviously a quick rip-off to get more bucks for Child. The huge casts of characters becomes confusing when listening to the novel rather than reading and I couldn't keep them all straight. And the big problem was that I didn't really care about any of them. I kept falling asleep listening to this drivel. None of the characters were interesting and Reacher seemed to be recovering from his last brush with death. I'm really getting disappointed in the formulaic novel writers, such as Child, Koontz, etc., whose wells seem to have run dry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good, but way too short...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-10

I enjoyed this book, I like new zombie/vampire/end-of-the-world offerings from various authors and this book filled my need to have yet another book in my collection offering this type of fare. I liked the journal style of writing the author used and found he had some ideas about the end of civilization that I hadn't thought about. The reader also did a very good job.

However, I only gave it 3 stars because it was way too short; I think the author must have written it on a napkin while eating dinner. I feel like I wasted a credit and should have waited for one of Audible's promotions. For this reason, I can't recommend the book. I do have the sequel on my wish list and will wait for the right opportunity to buy it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

OK Story, but Terrible Reading

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-10

I enjoyed the story and the written book actually deserves more than the 2 stars I gave the Audible book. The story was a little slow in places, but kept my interest. I kept trying to figure out the puzzle all the way to the end. I really enjoyed the main character's attempt to figure out his life and relationship after retirement. I can see other novels in this series, since the renowned detective can't let go of what he enjoys and does best; so many killers, so few experts. The one plot element I didn't like was the death of a loved one as the reason for all the angst. This theme is really overworked (think of how many main characters are tormented by his loss of a loved one) and not needed to develop the character or his relationship with his wife. Ok, enough about the story. What I didn't like was the reader, George Newbern. Why he was picked as the reader, I'll never know. His voice and inflections are monochromatic and dull. The pitch of his voice is a little too mid-range which adds to the dullness of his reading; however, it would work if he read with a little more excitement, like he really wanted to do this. The first part of the reading is clipped and spoken like he's reading a dull textbook instead of a thrilling novel. He does get better about a third of the way into the book, like he's getting used to reading, but it's not enough to save the performance. He ruined the book for me. My wife, listened to part of the book with me on a road trip and said the same thing about the reader. I would buy the next story in the series, if the author wrote it, but not if George Newbern was the reader! This is one of my pet peeves with Audible books. Who makes the decision on readers? Do people compete for the opportunity to read an Audible book? Why not use a panel of listeners to decide the reader? Oh well, I'll start listening to the sample audio before I spend my credit.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

Great original fantasy, fascinating....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-10

I really liked this book and look forward with anticipation to listening to the other two books in the series. I found the story original; Sanderson did an excellent job of thinking-up and sticking to the rules of allomancy. Simply fascinating. Unlike some of Sanderson's other writings, this book was "up and running" within a fairly short time and kept moving, with only a couple of slow spots, all the way to the end.

Great Pendergast fare....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-10

I really liked this Pendergast book. It not only revealed some of Pendergast's weird family history, but also showed an angry, shaken side of Pendergast not seen before. Great job. Keep them coming. Oh, something I've been wondering.... Is there really anyone in the FBI like Pendergast? I'd really like to meet him/her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Boring! Terrible!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-10

I really tried to listen and like this book, but I just couldn't. This guy (The Hero?) bumps his head because he stupidly (his own blame, not mine) rides his motorcycle instead of walking or something and suddenly he can see "dead people". But, it's boring! The "dead people" don't do anything. They are stuck in the worst case of NFL preview I've ever seen (and the coach isn't even throwing the challenge flag). Not only that, but everyone, I repeat EVERYONE, is messed-up and plagued with personal demons. Oh and there are spooky woods, spooky spiders, spooky animals, spooky big guys; oh, everything is spooky and sinister and this is only the first 5 chapters! This is a really droll book and I haven't even finished it yet. I keep falling asleep! Finally, not only the story is bad, but the narrator, Michael Carman (remind me not to buy any more books he narrates) keeps falling asleep, too. I haven't heard a book read with such long pauses between chapters before. Xcntry's recommendation: Don't Buy.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Great performance with a twist

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-10

I enjoyed this book, with reservations. It was pretty much non-stop action from start to finish. The performance by Jeff Gurner was great. I also thought the idea of the Breach was clever; the ending reminding me a little of Inception with layers within layers. What I didn't like was the rather formulaic plot line of: women and/or men that have extraordinary military capabilities, but are killed or tricked easily by evil masterminds; ditto brilliant scientists and government strategists. I also get tired of the kick-butt, militarily-adept female who commands men, kills with ease, and has Zena, Princess Warrior capabilities, but always seems to be a brick-shy-of-a-full-load, when things go bad. Come on! There are a host of better ways to have written this book without some of the B-movie parts. Gosh! Just can't wait for the movie!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful