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Bishop, CA, USA
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A Gift of Time audiobook cover art

Fun Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

The ending was a bit confusing but getting there was fun. Character development has some issues but I recommend the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Heavier Than a Mountain audiobook cover art

I bought the whole series

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Perhaps I should have written about the first two in the series but what the hey. I recommend this as good entertainment. There are couple of issues, for example a love scene takes forever but overall it moves right along.

Lights Out Super Boxset: EMP Survival in a Powerless World audiobook cover art

Not the best of the genre

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

The Perils of Pauline with plot holes. I like getting the boxed sets as there are many hours for a regular or reduce price. This one bit me on the, well you get the idea. At one point I realized that I had previously purchased the second of the set and at that point stopped listening. My bad. There were a couple of surprises but overall, in spite of the stupid mistakes the characters made, one knows how things will work out. No suspense and other than how fools can survive, it was predictable, plot holes not withstanding.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

Storm of Ghosts audiobook cover art

Long in the tooth

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

It is time to pick a new story line. This one is getting old, predictable and, sadly, boring.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not Kings Best

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Too long, formulaic, weird when you kind of expect it and dull too much of the story. Perhaps this was going to be an entry for American Horror Story.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

American Kingpin audiobook cover art
  • American Kingpin
  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Great story even without suspense. One take-away is how the Federal bureaucracy after stepping on each other finally got it together enough to prevail.

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Straight line entrophy

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

This is a novel about a future. The problem with the genre is that there are two basic ways to project the author's future reality: straight line or a "black swan" event. Lionel goes with the straight line approach. He does it very well. He projects the course of events as they proceed from the now that we know. He does throw in a black swan but it is insufficient to alter the course he has perceived (I perceive it, too). His introduction of "complexity theory" is suburb. Read Dr. Joseph A. Tainter's "Collapse of Complex Civilizations" although it is not on Audible, it should be.
Voltaire said that it is dangerous to be right when the state is wrong. This is one of the themes here. Good read, I recommend it, especially in this election year.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Forgotten Forbidden America: Patriots Reborn audiobook cover art

Hard to sympathize with psycopaths

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

There were several glitches in the recording. Lines being repeated was common. Other than that, it was hard to identify with people that take casual joy in extreme cruelty. Our hero band was able to obtain all manner of hardware and weapons that would simply be unavailable or too expensive for the average person. It is as if they knew when and how TSHTF.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Chaos never quits

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

If you could sum up Death of Empires in three words, what would they be?

Total zombie war seasoned with scumbag survivors.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Brit NCO that was there when Britain was first penetrated. Forgot his name.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the major returns and is left un-quarantined and is aware of his turning and unable to stop himself. The listener knows what could happen to NORCOM if he doesn't stop himself and as the scene changes to another part of the struggle we are left hanging unknowing the fate of the command structure.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Watch your back and assume nothing

Any additional comments?

Please advise the reader that "LCDR" is the shorthand for Lieutenant Commander. He should familiarize himself with what the rank abbreviations stand for and say that and not the letters.

Acts of War audiobook cover art

Learn the words

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

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

It was OK but there were some minor problems

What other book might you compare Acts of War to and why?

I would buy the next one in the series but it is not on Audible

What didn’t you like about K. Caldwell’s performance?

He did not have the correct pronunciation of several words. For example: corpse man. Obama did it too, but it doesn't make it right. Also, Cavite, fuselage, and some others. He hurries through some action sequences so rapidly that they are hard to follow. There are several unexplained gaps in the recording.

Do you think Acts of War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, because the story moves along.

Any additional comments?

One more thing: pineapples do not grow on trees