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Mark H.

Ohio, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7474)
    Performance
    (6506)
    Story
    (6496)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "A Sleeper"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This started a little slow but ramped up fast after the first hour or so. A little sappy with dogs, love, really bad guys, a good guy and murder combined but it turned out to be a truely good listen. Narrator was very great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Country

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (973)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (879)

    They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

    Kristina says: "Freakin' Awesome!"
    "Deja vu all over again"
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    The Bloody Nine Fingers has spend the recent past hiding as a meek farmer watching over his "step" children. They don't know his past. Then all hell breaks loose, someone has kidnapped two of the children, killed friends and burned down the farm. With the help of his older, tough "step" daughter they go after the kidnappers.

    With limited mention of the Union and the Maji this story stands well on it's own. Well read with good charater development.

    In the end Nine Fingers knows he can't hide from his past. Good lead in to another story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (618)

    Webmind - the vast consciousness that spontaneously emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web - has proven its worth to humanity by aiding in everything from curing cancer to easing international tensions. But the brass at the Pentagon see Webmind as a threat that needs to be eliminated. Caitlin Decter-the once-blind 16-year-old math genius who discovered, and bonded with, Webmind - wants desperately to protect her friend. And if she doesn't act, everything - Webmind included - may come crashing down.

    brendanstallard says: "Unmissable"
    "Good read"
    Overall
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    Ooops - I wrote this for another book...but to paraphrase: It was nice to listen to a book that didn't make technology into the devil. A good and easy book to listen to while driving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3027)
    Performance
    (2443)
    Story
    (2451)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Nice listen"
    Overall

    Finally a book that doesn't make technology the devil. A good, easy to listen to book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4538)
    Performance
    (2228)
    Story
    (2253)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Average"
    Overall
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    This is an interesting discussion on the Chicago Worlds Fair and the parallel activities of a very bad "mass" murderer. Unfortunately it was not the thriller expected. Even with Scott Brick's narration it fell short of expectations. If you're interested in the history behind the building of the Chicago Worlds Fair complex this is not a bad listen. The "bad guy" is a wimp with no guts. His character and his deeds need more development. To much left to the imagination - it needs more developement on the fear and terror of his victims. He deserves to be hated, make it easier.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Those in Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Hazel Bannock is heir to the Bannock Oil Corporation, one of the major global oil producers. While cruising the Indian Ocean, her yacht is hijacked by Somalian pirates and her nineteen-year-old daughter, Cayla, kidnapped. The pirates demand a crippling 20-billion-dollar ransom for her release, and complicated political and diplomatic sensitivities render the major powers incapable of intervening.

    John says: "Worst Wilbur Smith book ever"
    "A little disappointing"
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    Wow - I felt like I was 15 again - sex so fast I didn't get a chance to enjoy it... Don't get me wrong, I like the added sexual tension Smith typically provides. It has a place. But so early in the book, no real build-up to the event, just raw, very descriptive sex. Smith's descriptions of the acts are very real, making it difficult to drive and listen. As for the main character, a supposed strong women who men fear. But a down right wimp, whiny, flacid personality when it comes to here daughter. She crys and whines like a teenager when she should be even stronger. Maybe later in the book she'll improve. I'm only a few hours into the book and plan to continue listening. Got to hope ol' Wilber pulls this one off in the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (785)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Very Disappointing"
    Overall

    Tough to get into. Sandra Burr does a poor job of character representation. I feel like I'm being read to by a non-professional. Maybe Auel'sooks are hard to narrate. I listen for short periods, trying to get into some type of cadence with Burr but it just doesn't happen. I like Auel's books, maybe I'll actually read this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12522)
    Performance
    (8427)
    Story
    (8470)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Unexpectedly GOOD"
    Overall

    Without a doubt this was one of the better books I've listened in years. Man's cruelty to man is always a difficult lesson. Man's ability to survive that cruelty is amazing and up lifting. How one can forgive such monsterous people is difficult to understand. "Unbroken" will make you laugh, cry and think long and hard on how you would react to such unbelievable barbarity. This is a part of history we all should read about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fires of Heaven: Book Five of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4887)
    Performance
    (2899)
    Story
    (2938)

    In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times best seller The Shadow Rising, Robert Jordan again plunges us into his extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world.

    Jeff says: "The fires of Heaven"
    "Diappointing narration"
    Overall

    Kate Reading does a good job but I find Michael Kramer a difficult listen. He doesn't have the characters right. His general speaking is almost monotone. I like Robert Jordan but this book may not make it past the first section in this series. At least until I find I've run out of books on my ipod. And, that may take a while.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4030)
    Performance
    (2429)
    Story
    (2460)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    A User says: "Better than the show"
    "Wizard's Failure"
    Overall

    I like Terry Goodkind but Mr. Tsoutsouvas' reading was very disappointing. Having listened to Audiobooks for many years this is the first I've chosen not to complete. Maybe I'll download it to my Kindle and read it the conventional way.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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