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mamasunset

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2455)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1086)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "How Not to Produce an Audio Book"
    Overall

    Why did they use different actors to read the various parts, thereby constantly breaking the flow? Why use sound effects? Is phoney gunfire really necessary? Is this an audio book or a radio play? These are all questions that must have occurred to the producers. If all the audio books I bought were this poor, Audible dot com would sell me no more of these "productions" to me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Malice of Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Ennis
    • Narrated By Adrian Paul, Carlotta Montanari, John Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Against a teeming canvas of Borgia politics, Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci come together to unmask an enigmatic serial killer, as we learn the secret history behind one of the most controversial works in the western canon, The Prince. Traveling across an Italy torn apart by war, they will enter a labyrinth of ancient superstition and erotic obsession to discover at its center a new face of evil - and a truth that will shake the foundations of western civilization.

    Molly Gordon says: "Female narrator is impossible to listen to."
    "What on Earth is she saying? The nobbles........."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The female non-Englsh speaking illiterate narrator destroys this possibly interesting book. What a disaster! Who on Earth chose this woman to read in a language she does not understand? "The nobbles........" I think was supposed to be "nobles." I could not coninue. " The nobbles....." " the nobbles....." Argh. Shame. A total waste of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (1957)
    Story
    (1943)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Terrific Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tana French is terrific. Another excellent read. Loved the moody ambiance and the intricate plot. Five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tombs: A Fargo Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (695)

    Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top secret historical site. What they find will set them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine. The clues point to the hidden tomb of Attila the Hun, the High King who was reportedly buried with a vast fortune of gold and jewels and plunder....a bounty that has never been found. As they follow the trail, the Fargos will find themselves pitted against a thieving group of treasure hunters.

    Compute says: "Great Entertaining Read"
    "Beware: Scott Brick"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Scott Brick is a dreadful reader. I didn't notice when I clicked " add to cart" . I want my money back! Beware. This one you'll have to read!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (288)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "Great book, ghastly reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How could the performance have been better?

    Once again, an author truly ruins her own excellent book by insisting on reading it aloud. This author has an awful speech impediment; someone should have stopped her! Honestly!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2645)
    Performance
    (2186)
    Story
    (2180)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Ridiculous Sound Effects"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Don't listen to this unless you can't pay attention to an audio book. Why on Earth do they insist on the shooting noises and the explosions? Mr. Baldacci has so much trouble writing about action shots that he needs sound effects? Phooey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (356)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "What?"
    Overall

    This is obviously a book for the USA haters; good job on that. What has the main character being a Muslim have to do with Katrina? I don't appreciate being hit over the head with a sledge hammer.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1167)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "My Eyes Glaze Over"
    Overall

    Reading these reviews of Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom a Novel" certainly proves the old maxim "do not argue over matters of taste." I hesitate to post my review, as I don't really have the right to review a book I did not finish. However, as I grow older I find my time is too valuable and life too short to bother with books I hate so vehemently, and I feel I must spare some innocent Audible fan so many hours of pain and boredom. In a nutshell: I hated the characters, didn't care anything about them, and very, very strongly disliked the narrator. b e w a r e

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6870)
    Performance
    (3239)
    Story
    (3244)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Brain Death"
    Overall

    I agree with another reviewer that this book is "gaseous windbagism" I can't believe that I wasted so many hours listening to Scott Brick's monotone; I finally dropped it with three hours to go. Someone owes me two credits! Argh. I should have known better. Reader/listener beware!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4959)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2062)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "A Great Book Poorly Read"
    Overall

    I cannot add anything new to the many 5-star reviews already published here. As a huge fan of audio books, I must comment, however, on the unbearably horrible reading by the usually-terrific Scott Brick. What happened, Mr. Brick? Was it all just too long for you? I realize that only a student of the Russian language could be expected to wade through the tongue-twists of Russian pronunciation. That you couldn't handle "Lomonosov," "Novodevichy," or "Peredlkino" is both understandable and forgivable. But your ridiculous "daka" for "dacha" over and over and over again is simply mystifying. Wasn't there anyone to set you straight? Here's an offer you can't refuse: next time you need to read some Russian, get in touch with me and I will give you a 15-minute briefing FOR FREE! Hoping to hear from you one day.--MamaLana

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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