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Richard S. Swol

Lindstrom, MN USA
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  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

She will become one of the world's greatest heroes: Wonder Woman. But first she is Diana, princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law - risking exile - to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good narration, but flat characters

  • By jeffery on 08-31-17

This was a wonderful surprise

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I am a fan of the DC super heroes, but not that much of Wonder Woman. I found this to be very engaging and fun. This is not the fully developed Wonder Woman, but instead, Diana, a young Amazon trying to make sense of the world and her unique place in it. This is not a story for only girls, but a story for anyone about heroism, courage, and finding your path in life. I recommend the book to anyone who enjoys stories of heroes of any shape size or gender overcoming what the world has thrown at them.

  • Primordia II

  • Return to the Lost World
  • By: Greig Beck
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

In December 2018, Ben Cartwright, former Special Forces soldier, and a team of naive explorers followed the clues left by his ancestor to a hidden plateau in the middle of the Amazon jungle. It was said that once every 10 years, a secret pathway was revealed to a world long since gone. They went, and what they found was a place of wonders and of horrors. Only Ben and his childhood love, Emma, survived. But when the doorway to the hidden world closed, Ben was trapped on the wrong side. Now, Emma has waited 10 long years for the doorway to open again. This time she’d be ready. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Back to the Lost World

  • By Richard S. Swol on 03-15-19

Back to the Lost World

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

This book picks up ten years after the first novel and the trouble making comet Primordia is back again. Now it's a rescue mission to get Ben Cartwright off of that time displaced plateau. They come prepared with ex-special forces assistance and some high powered artillery. Will it stand up to the wildlife of 100 million years ago?

An excellent sequel, every bit as good, if not better than the first book. I recommend this audiobook.

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  • Your First Listen

  • Length: 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35,104
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19,168
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19,315

Your Audible adventures begin right here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was great

  • By aareal on 11-23-08
  • Your First Listen

a nice introduction to Audible.com

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

A fun short little story from Steve Martin gives new listeners a taste of Audible.com content. Fun

  • Murder Theory

  • The Naturalist, Book 3
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Computational biologist and serial-killer hunter Dr. Theo Cray receives an off-the-record request from the FBI to investigate an inexplicable double homicide. It happened at the excavation site where a murderer had buried his victims’ remains. In custody is a forensic technician in shock, with no history of aggression. He doesn’t remember a thing. His colleagues don’t even recognize the man they thought they knew. But an MRI reveals something peculiar. And abnormal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Third one's a charm!!!!

  • By shelley on 02-06-19

It's genius versus serial killer - round 3

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

We have the third installment of the Naturalist series. Picking up not long after the last book, our protagonist is faced with not a single serial killer, but a nemesis who can create multiple other murderers. A serial killer virus basically. Can our socially inept and slightly sociopathic hero save the day again? And to what extremes will he resort to make that happen? Here's a hint, he goes farther down that rabbit hole than ever before. So far that he might not be able to make it back.

If you have read the series so far, you know our uber geeky hero and the lengths he will go to. This is a fun and sometimes thought provoking listen. I recommend this book.

  • Jodi Taylor — May 2016

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Audible exclusive. We welcome Jodi Taylor to Audible to discuss her hit series The Chronicles of St Mary's - the adventures of a group of investigative time travelling historians. Jodi Taylor is, and always has been, a complete history nut. It takes vast amounts of chocolate to get her out of bed for anything after 1485. And if it's raining, there's no chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting interview with Jodi Taylor

  • By Richard S. Swol on 03-01-19

interesting interview with Jodi Taylor

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

short interview with Jodi Taylor about her writing career. Recommended to fans of the author.

  • Kill Monster

  • By: Sean Doolittle
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

When treasure hunters excavate the long-lost wreck of the Steamship Arcadia from a Kansas corn field, a buried creature awakens - a mindless brute made of accursed earth, shaped like a man, but in no way mortal. A century and a half after its creation, the golem’s sole mission resumes: to assassinate a savage pro-slavery guerilla commander named “Bloody Bill” Wolcott. Wolcott, of course, is long dead, but his closest surviving descendant - a corporate IT burnout named Ben Middleton - is quite available.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did You Try Turning it Off and On Again?

  • By Sean Tulien on 01-24-19

Decent story, good premise, okay listen

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This book has a lot going for it. Interesting characters, decent premise, unusual threat, pretty good humor. It is a nice, non-offensive listen. It was likable. And yet, I still felt like something was missing. It didn't seem compelling to me for some reason. I can't say why. Perhaps it just caught me on the wrong day.

I can recommend this book as an enjoyable, if not overly memorable listen.

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  • Kong

  • King of Skull Island
  • By: Joe DeVito, Brad Strickland
  • Narrated by: Joey D'Auria
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

In 1933, American showman Carl Denham returned from a mysterious, hidden island with a priceless treasure. A treasure not gold or jewels, but the island's barbaric god, a monstrous anthropoid called "Kong". The savage giant escaped and wreaked havoc among the man-made canyons of Manhattan, but within hours of the giant ape's death his body - and Carl Denham - disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Eighth Wonder of the World!!!

  • By D. L. Haynes on 05-18-13

High adventure in all its pulpy goodness

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

When I purchased this book, I was expecting a homage to the original King Kong, but not much beyond that. Boy was I wrong.

This was a rip roaring adventure worthy of the best classic monster film from the golden age. Ancient civilizations, weird and dangerous creatures, native island intrigue, secrets lost in time, this book has it all, and in the best way possible.

The action picks up from the first chapter. A lost chart is found to Skull Island by the son of the long missing Carl Denholm. Denholm disappeared along with the body of King Kong almost immediately after the film ended. Time has passed and Denholm's now grown son tries to find some answers and get closure. What follows is what can only be called High Adventure. I loved it!

Give this a try, it's well worth your time and consideration. Highly recommended.

  • Midnight

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,529

In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise". Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Koontz, not crazy about narrator

  • By K. Banham on 03-31-17

Science run amuck in the 1980's

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

There is a town in northern California where strange things happen. At first you think it's some sort of supernatural thing Werewolves maybe. You would be wrong. And that is, in my opinion, a good thing. What starts out as a somewhat run of the mill creature feature turns into an all out plot to rule the world by a seriously psychopathic mad scientist.

The story gets better and better, speeding up as you go. The characters are likable and you want to cheer for them, even in the craziest moments.

The down side is that the story is a little dated, taking place in the late 1980's. Normally, that would be a non-issue. But this story is pretty heavily vested in the current version of Modern Technology. If you can get past that, this is a fun and satisfying read.

If you enjoyed The X-Files TV show, you will probably enjoy this a great deal. I recommend this book.

  • Octopussy and The Living Daylights, and Other Stories

  • James Bond, Book 14
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Tom Hiddleston, Lucy Fleming
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

In Octopussy," a talented but wayward British major pays a high price when his wartime past catches up with him, while in The Property of a Lady, a Fabergé egg leads Bond to a KGB spy. In The Living Daylights, Bond has a perilous rendezvous in sniper's alley between East and West Berlin, and 007 in New York (read by Lucy Fleming) sees him sent to America to warn an ex - MI6 operative about a dangerous liaison. All part of the job for 007.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable stories, excellent narration'

  • By Dani on 09-16-14

The final Ian Fleming James Bond book

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This collection of stories and novellas about James Bond was published after Fleming's passing in 1964. They are a pleasant mix of glimpses into the life of our main character. While none struck me as particularly outstanding on their own, the end result is a very nice listen.

Ian Fleming was a superb writer and you owe it to yourself to check these out. Recommended.

  • The Man with the Golden Gun

  • James Bond, Book 13
  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

If you try to assassinate your boss - even though brainwashed at the time - you must pay the price. To redeem himself James Bond is sent to kill one of the most lethal hit men in the world … Paco "Pistols" Scaramanga. In the sultry heat of Jamaica, 007 infiltrates his target's criminal cooperative - only to find that Scaramanga's bullets are laced with snake venom. When the end comes, every shot will count.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not only secret but secure

  • By Darwin8u on 05-21-18

The final full length James Bond novel

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

This book is the final Bond full length novel and picks up not terribly long after You Only Live Twice. At the end of that story, an amnesiac Bond leaves for the U.S.S.R. to figure out who he is. As this book starts out, we find that this did not go well. In fact, Bond is back in the U.K. and brainwashed. That's chapter one.

One thing leads to another and soon James is on a mission to end a world class assassin.

I find that I am liking Ian Fleming's writing more with each book. Recommended.