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HAROLD WELCH

Salem, VA United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • Tell No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (367)

    Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

    Patricia says: "Great Fun"
    "Drags a bit"
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    If you could sum up Tell No One in three words, what would they be?

    Drags a bit


    What did you like best about this story?

    The revealing of the truth


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ed Sala?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    The second half of this book is very good and exciting at the end. But the first half really moves at a crawl. The blame lies with both the author and the reader. Mr. Sala is much too ponderous in his rendering.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (203)

    Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. For eight years, followers of The Prophet have hidden the child, moving her from country to country, shielding the man who stole her. Now, those who’ve searched the longest know where to find her.

    Melinda says: "The Sequel That Isn't Equal"
    "Too much introspection"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Fans of this series I'm sure love all the introspective dialogue of the characters, especially Munroe. That's how authors stretch out a series by hooking readers on their character and style. I want to read a good book with a modicum of what the characters are thinking. The plot of this book is great, the execution not so great./


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3815)
    Performance
    (2164)
    Story
    (2198)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Way too long"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is way too long. The author has stretched this book out way too much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11552)
    Performance
    (10414)
    Story
    (10478)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Not The Hunger Games"
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    This is a weak story. The story line is fascinating, but the book never delivers. The characters are not well developed, way too one dimensional. The action is not plausible. Granted this is SF, but even then the reader must feel that this could really happen. Trish takes a bullet in the shoulder, and about the only problem it causes her is some pain as she continues to perform amazingly. Doesn't work that way.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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