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Blackwater: The Complete Saga audiobook cover art

Stunning Work

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

Reviewed: 08-12-19

I'd never heard of Blackwater or Michael McDowell, or even Matt Godfrey, before this popped up in my recommendations. As a kid, I loved Beetlejuice, and when I saw that McDowell had something to do with it, it got me interested in this title, and for that reason alone I bought and and downloaded the audiobook.

The book started very slow. I barely made it through the first hour, but I was on a long drive across Florida and couldn't change it, so I stuck with it instead of flipping over to the FM dial. As each segment and chapter passed, the story got better and better. Each character developed more and more and their stories became more and more intertwined.

When characters were killed or died, their absence was felt like it happened to a real person. Tragedies, successes, fights, arguments, all of it... it felt so real. I finished this book 2 months ago and have listened to 5-10 more titles since, and I find myself comparing every single title back to Blackwater. When the story ended, I was on another long drive and just turned the radio off for the rest of it so I could reflect on what I'd listened to. It was almost like I was forced to say goodbye to someone who'd been in my life for quite a while, and I immediately looked for a sequel when I got home.

This book is now in my Top 10 books I've read in my lifetime. It's like nothing else in my library, both on Audible or in print. I couldn't recommend it enough.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Awesome Ray Porter, Horrible Peter Clines

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

Reviewed: 06-24-19

If you look through my listening history, I don't think there's a book on Audible from Peter Clines I haven't listened to.

I've been trying to make it through this book since I bought it 3+ months ago and I've yet to finish it, even though I've made it through another 5-6 books since then.

I don't know how Ray Porter managed to finish it, and it just shows what a great narrator he is. He's awesome and delivers everything you'd expect from Ray Porter. Peter Clines, on the other hand, just didn't deliver. As long as Porter narrates the next book, I'll still give it a shot, but Clines is no longer on my "buy it now" list like he was before.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-24-19

I actually listened to the 2 Leah books in the wrong order. I don't have the best vision, and I couldn't make out which was book 7 and which was book 8 on my screen. Even though it took a lot of suspense out of this one since I knew which characters were in the next book, this one was still awesome!
I absolutely love hearing the ongoing saga through the voice and eyes of Leah after having lived through Dan for so many books. DCF's writing style is engaging and the narrator does a superb job of taking over from RC Bray. I especially love how Leah is almost like Alice from the Resident Evil movies mixed with The Terminator. It seems like nothing is going to stop her.
I honestly can't wait to see what book 9 has to offer when it comes out!

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Wow!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

I originally discovered this series because I am a huge fan of RC Bray and the Columbus Day series. When I finished book 7 last week and noticed that Ford had written 2 books about Leah, I didn’t hesitate to spend my monthly credits on both of them immediately.

When I started listening, I thought I’d gotten the wrong books. Where was Bray? That isn’t Dan’s voice or Leah’s voice!!

It took me over an hour to readjust my ears and get accustomed to the new narrator, and I’m glad I did. Yes, Bray could’ve done this book as he did all the previous ones, but I think switching to a female narrator really helped me to understand this is Leah’s story, not Dan’s. She did an amazing job with the narrations also. Now that I’ve finished this book, I believe I’ve found another Audible narrator to follow and listen to. I can’t wait to listen to her on Book 9.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Neil Gaiman part 2

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

My first audible book was Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book." That book was extremely highly recommended and lived up to the recommendation. I went into this book blind so to speak, not knowing anything about it and hoping it would be good because TGB was amazing.

I was blown away.

While I recommended TGB to my 12 year old niece, I could not do the same for this as it has decidedly more "adult" language in it, so do be aware of that. However, Gaiman masterfully crafts peaks, valleys, lulls, and every other way of twisting and playing with your emotions into this book...it's like he can see into your soul from a decade ago when he wrote the book and knows exactly how to get the reaction he wants from you.

For the last 3 chapters, I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster and that I wasn't going to get the ending that I wanted. 35 years of reading or being read to, and I can't remember another book that really put me through the paces like this one did.

I can't wait to read/listen to another of his works!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Captivating

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

Where does We Are Legion (We Are Bob) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my favorite audiobook I've ever listened to, and it jumped into the spot of being one of the best stories I've ever read or heard. To me, Ender's Game is the best book I've ever read, and I've read that book every year for 25 years now. For completely different reasons, I would put "We Are Legion (We Are Bob)" into that category as well.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the possibilities for the future that this book describes. No, I don't like Taylor's vision of Future Earth, but I love what happens to Bob. If I were in his financial bracket and this type of technology existed today, I would give everything I had in order to get a chance to do what Bob Johansson did. This really invoked my desire to travel and explore new places and to discover new things. I absolutely cannot wait for the next one to be released!

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I read the Kindle reviews, and most people said they enjoyed the Audible version so much more because of the different voices that Porter brought to his narration. I especially got a kick out of Homer and I think that I (unfortunately) identified with him the most!

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

Most definitely. I travel for my job on a daily basis, which is why I started listening to Audible instead of just reading the books, and this is one I actually took out of my car and into my home so that I could finish it.

Any additional comments?

If you're questioning whether or not you should get this, GET IT. Get two copies. Get it now! You will not regret it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Just OK

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I've not yet completed the lecture series, but I'm over halfway through it and I'm giving up on it. This is part of the Great Courses, which I'm sure you know since you navigated here. This is my second course - I purchased History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration first and I absolutely loved it. I couldn't wait to hear the next lecture. With this one, I dread each one now. The identical fake applause tacked onto the end of each episode, the chamber music tacked onto the front, and the lecturer's constant stuttering and repeating of himself makes me wish that I hadn't bought the book.

He also glosses over lots of things, and some of the chapters seem out of order. For example, we spend a few chapters with the events that led up to the Civil War, which he covers rather well. When we finally get to the battles, he does an ample job for a few episodes and then, suddenly, we're back into other factors that could've been covered before the battles.

I would have preferred if he would've found a way to interweave all of the information together. As it stands, the narrator make everything too compartmentalized, which made it difficult to follow for me. I'll eventually finish the series since I spent a credit on it, but I'll avoid any future titles that he narrates.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In almost every way possible.

Could you see The American Civil War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Captivating

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

What made the experience of listening to History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration the most enjoyable?

Prof. Liulevicius handles the lectures like it's just you and him sitting in a room and having a discussion. He relates points that he personally found interesting, and you can actually hear the enjoyment in his voice as he talks. It's also obvious almost immediately how much he truly knows and understands on each and every lecture.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I honestly can't pick a favorite. Each of the 24 lectures was enjoyable in it's own way. I do wish that some of them had exceeded their 30 minute allotment - for example, I would've loved to have heard more about the Vikings and Pytheas the Greek.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite "scene" was in the very last lecture as he described the astonishment and almost child-like wonder at the astronauts as they saw their very first "Earth-rise." I put myself into that frame of mind as I listened and I was beyond jealous at the experience that so few humans have ever been blessed enough to receive.

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

I'm closing in on 40 years old, and I traveled and moved for most of my life until my early 30s. The last 7 years, I lost my wanderlust and haven gotten content to just stay home, watch football, and let life pass by. After I devoured this entire series (I think I went through it under 2 weeks), I find myself wanting to get up and travel again. I'm so interested in seeing what's around me, both near and far, as well.

Any additional comments?

Get this. Don't even think about whether or not you should...scroll back up, hit the purchase button, and add this to your library.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Close That Sale!
  • The 24 Best Sales Closing Techniques Ever Discovered
  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy

2nd Brian Tracy Audio Course

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

Reviewed: 04-08-14

Any additional comments?

I have already gone through the "Psychology of Selling" course that I purchased through Nightingale a year or two ago, and I figured I would pick up a few more closes and learn how Brian uses them. Instead, the content is nearly identical to the closing sections from the Psychology course, meaning that I spent my money on something I already had. If you don't have that course, you may learn something, but I'd spend the money on the course as it's a lot more in-depth than this little "highlight book."

4 of 8 people found this review helpful