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Richard Casto

Raleigh, NC USA
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  • Return to Cayman: Paradise Held Hostage

  • A Mike Scott Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Eric L Douglas
  • Narrated by: CJ Goodearl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

A cruise ship drops anchor on a coral reef in the Caribbean Sea trapping Mike Scott underwater while the air supply in his scuba tank slowly drops toward zero. The computer systems in a car are hacked and the car and runs into George Town harbor, nearly drowning the driver. A "cone of silence" drops over the island nation, cutting off communications between Grand Cayman and the outside world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great thriller, catches the feel of Cayman Island

  • By Michael Connick on 05-22-19

Great mixture of adventure, technology and crime.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

This was my first Mike Scott series book. I was afraid that jumping into the series in the middle might leave me a bit lost, but that wasn't the case. You get just enough backstory to understand the characters but at the same time the content is focused on the story at hand. The books does a good job of standing on it's own. Pace picks up at it goes with a strong finish. I got a smile out of the Clive Cussler reference. I assume the author is a fan of his (as am I). I get the same style of adventure/thriller vibe as Cussler. Overall I very much enjoyed the book. Voice acting was great with good differentiation between characters and a nice flow to the content.

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  • Metropolitan

  • The Metropolitan Series, Book 1
  • By: Walter Jon Williams
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Aiah has fought her way out of poverty and discovers a limitless source of plasm, the mysterious substance that powers the world-city. Her discovery soon involves her with Constantine, the charismatic, dangerous, seductive revolutionary who plans to overthrow the government and upend the cosmic order. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I came back to Walter Jon Williams

  • By Richard Casto on 03-18-19

Glad I came back to Walter Jon Williams

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I haven’t tried anything by Walter Jon Williams in years. The last I had read was “Voice of the Whirlwind” over a decade ago. I am glad I tried Metropolitan. It took me a bit to get into and understand the books world of plasm, its relationship to the structures of humans, and the politics and bureaucracy of the main character’s day to day life. But once underway I began to really enjoy the story. I really hope it’s sequel is released soon as an audio edition.

The performance is very good. I really enjoy Emily Woo Zeller’s unique portrayal of the various characters. I hope she narrates the next book if and when it shows up here. If I had any complaints it would be the very quiet almost AMSR like whisper of the narrative voice which I struggled with at first. However, as the story progresses and more characters are introduced, each voiced by her in a unique way, this was less of an issue for me.

  • The Last Punisher

  • A SEAL Team Three Sniper's True Account of the Battle of Ramadi
  • By: Kevin Lacz, Ethan E. Rocke, Lincy Lacz
  • Narrated by: Timothy Phillips
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337

The Last Punisher is a bold, no-holds-barred first-person account of the Iraq War. With wry humor and moving testimony, Kevin Lacz tells the story of his tour in Iraq with SEAL Team Three, the warrior elite of the navy. This legendary unit, known as The Punishers, included Chris Kyle ( American Sniper), Mike Monsoor, Ryan Job, and Marc Lee. These brave men were instrumental in securing the key locations in the pivotal 2006 Battle of Ramadi, told with stunning detail in this book.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator sounded like the dog from the movie "UP"

  • By KINGFHB on 10-25-16

It was a struggle to get past the bad narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I enjoyed the story, but it was a slog to get involved due to the poor narration. It was as if the entire book had been printed out and handed to the narrator one sentence at a time with no idea what was happening next. There was no natural flow. Each sentence was a story with the same beginning, middle and ending. The story told by each sentence was a rising intonation, a plateau, and then ending with a falling pitch. Repeat for hours. Once I noticed it, I couldn’t unhear it.

With that being said, I still recommend the story. It was good enough that I listened through to the end and still found it entertaining.

  • Desert Sniper

  • How One Ordinary Brit Went to War Against ISIS
  • By: Ed Nash
  • Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

What makes an ordinary but highly educated Englishman, with no previous military training, decide to travel and fight in one of the most brutal conflicts on the planet? Desert Sniper is an extraordinary true account of one man's journey from well-meaning volunteer to battle-scarred combat sniper, placing himself daily in the line of fire to fight one of the greatest evils of this new century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent, but VERY misleading. NOT a sniper book.

  • By Joe on 07-22-19

Firsthand viewpoint of the Syrian conflict

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This was a captivating story that held the attention of me and my son on a long road trip. The Author does a great job of putting you directly into the conflict. You experience moments of laughter, horror, near death and the joy of success. It is more than just combat as you get a better understanding of the Syrian conflict including the motivations of the various participants on both sides. While Daesh (and its supporters) is clearly the villain in this memoir, those with which the Author fought with are also described with brutal honesty as well. The audio performance was very good and the pace was good with it picking up toward the end as the noose was tightened on Daesh. I very much recommend this book.