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William K. Landon

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  • Pegasus Descending

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (332)

    A troubled young woman breezes into Detective Robicheaux's hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of his friend: a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life.

    Deborah says: "Breathtaking"
    "If images had calories...."
    Overall

    If images had calories, this book would bust the most generous diet. It is as rich and complex as a thick steamy gumbo and just as satisfying. Both story and narration are totally entertaining. This book is very well suited for audio. I'd consider listening to this one more than once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Corrections: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (422)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

    Cindy says: "A satisfying listen"
    "Even Guidall couldn't get me far into this one."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author seemed bent on impressing us with wordplay rather than plot or character development. Sadly, even George Guidall, an excellent narrator, could not keep me engaged.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (965)

    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"
    "Archer in bits and pieces"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Archer is my favorite living fiction author. So sad the marketing people decided to chop him up into bits and pieces. What next, selling books by the chapter? But then, I suppose this scheme would work well in magazines and tabloids. I'd be much happier to wait until the story is ready to be told in full. Please call me when it's ready.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4828)
    Performance
    (2234)
    Story
    (2243)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Boring, boring, boring"
    Overall

    For me, a total waste of a credit. Far too much medical jargon, far too little story. Very boring. Gave up after first hour.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4889)
    Performance
    (2668)
    Story
    (2684)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "DOA"
    Overall

    Dead Or Alive is Dead On Arrival. Entertain me, Tom. Don't try to re-educate me on politics.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7011)
    Performance
    (4041)
    Story
    (4069)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Terrible narration"
    Overall

    The narrator begins each line by stating the characters name then follows with a painfully boring reading of the line. This is the very worst narration of any audio book I have ever tried to listen to. I have no idea of the quality of the story. The reading was so distracting I gave up early on.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Charon's Landing

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Russian mastermind Ivan Kerikov plans to use an ecological terrorist group to sabotage the Alaska pipeline and pollute the western coast of North America with oil, all to turn the United States from domestic to foreign sources of oil. He's being paid millions by a rogue Arab oil minister who is plotting a coup in his own country and is in desperate need of foreign income to solidify his position.

    Lewis says: "Really good book"
    "A narrator to avoid"
    Overall

    The storyline was, at best, shaky. The characters lacked believability. The narrator was terrible. Had I read comments about this narrator's other readings beforehand I could have avoided wasting my time and money. He does a truly dreadful job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6015)
    Performance
    (2199)
    Story
    (2225)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Waste of time and money"
    Overall

    No reader/listener should have to work so hard to try get into a story. I gave it my best. But as hard as I tried, this one was a dud.
    I gave up after a very boring 45 minutes.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2452)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (485)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Storytelling at its best"
    Overall

    A thoroughly enjoyable listen. Masterful storytelling. Another favorite author, JG, should take note of how Archer, in his latest tale, fully develops his characters and certainly does not let us down at the climax. Intriguing plot. Excellent narration. Best savor the twisty ending for a day or two before listening, if you must, to the author's exceedingly immodest interview.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2025)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (439)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    teresa says: "no wonder it was on sale"
    "A dead end dud"
    Overall

    I’ve enjoyed everything Grisham has written, until now. I might have enjoyed this, but for the fact that I felt abandoned by the author. It truly is a book with an end, but not an ending.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (184)

    David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married and has been primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif, the Palestinian woman with whom he had a passionate affair in law school, he begins a completely unexpected journey. The day after Hana's call, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber - and soon Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder.

    John says: "Exile"
    "Boooring!"
    Overall

    In a word, this book is boring. After ten or eleven chapters I've simply given up. For those who stick it out, I hope it gets better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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