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DIANNE

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  • Final Finesse

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karna Small Bodman
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Samantha Reid, Deputy Director of The White House Office of Homeland Security, deals with international challenges at the highest levels. The the story unfolds from the explosion of a natural gas pipeline in America’s heartland. Sensing impending disaster, Samantha tries to convince reluctant officials to take action, but they're focused on several other national security threats. When more explosions occur, Samantha teams up with Tripp Adams, the Vice President of GeoGlobal Oil & Gas, to investigate the mystery of continuing sabotage.

    C says: "I highly Recommend"
    "Want a refund!"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Final Finesse?

    Everything. The dialogue was sophmoric and characters extremely boring. The plot was very predictable. Very boring.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    David Baldacci


    Would you be willing to try another one of Basil Sands’s performances?

    NO


    What character would you cut from Final Finesse?

    I wish the bomb had taken care of that.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6212)
    Performance
    (5652)
    Story
    (5662)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "yawn"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who would enjoy this book. It goes around in predicable and boring circles. I did not find the characters interesting or entertaining. A lot of repetition, adjectives, worthless dialogue, no action or intrigue.


    Has The Cuckoo's Calling turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just the author ...under any name.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator is superb in this book just like in all his others.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only when it ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3775)
    Performance
    (3363)
    Story
    (3377)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Poor Narration"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had a very difficult time listening to Mr O'Reilly, I kept hearing "pinhead or patriot". Where I normally enjoy a quick pace, he seemed to be running all the words together. I borrowed the book and enjoyed reading it much better.


    Has Killing Lincoln turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But I will stick with professional readers.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I vote for a professional reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Curiosity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6810)
    Performance
    (2623)
    Story
    (2631)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "What a Wonderful World"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Short History of Nearly Everything the most enjoyable?

    Bill Bryson really DID give a short history of nearly everthing . It was interesting, not too complicated and had many light-hearted moments.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the stories about the scientists, their personalities, quirks and ideas.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Matthews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but he was just marvelous. Loved his inflections, speed and interpretations.


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

    Earth, You've Come A long Way Baby.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3524)
    Performance
    (3082)
    Story
    (3097)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes because it was interesting, return of some ol' favorite characters and some interesting new ones.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Sometimes.


    Which character – as performed by Lou Diamond Phillips – was your favorite?

    Adam "Yow"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved to anger and disbelief with Melanie's stupidity and wimpiness.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the pace with which Lou Diamond Phillips read. I hope they continue to work with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbow Six

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1050)

    Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark is the newly named head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, he must stop a terrorist group of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

    Brodie says: "Tom Clancy (Top Cat)"
    "painful performance"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book, yes. The audio book, NO!


    What other book might you compare Rainbow Six to and why?

    All the Clancy books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performer read so slowly, it was difficult to stay awake.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The audio book should be 1/3 shorter time wise. Listening to it was painful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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