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simmi

Berwyn, PA, United States

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  • 131 titles in library
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  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3412)
    Performance
    (2983)
    Story
    (2996)

    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"
    "Nice long listen loses suspense"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I definitely would not want to read this book, but listening to it, made my long drives pleasant. Some characters were never followed through, and some were to much involved.
    Just too wordy at times.


    Was Threat Vector worth the listening time?

    I'm glad I listened to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (617)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Another Courtenay book to savor."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brother Fish?

    I like tying up all the loose ends.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Humphrey Bower is consistently good.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes the jumping around in time got disconcerting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1587)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "always a surprise at the end!!"
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    What did you love best about Stay Close?

    I do like the surprises at the end of Coben's book. I can never quite get the twist figured out.


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

    Scott Brick is consistently good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6435)
    Performance
    (5650)
    Story
    (5650)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "The good reviews swayed me"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I never like supernatural books, but the good reviews persuaded me to try this one,


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was ok, It was the material that made it not good for me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3225)
    Performance
    (2368)
    Story
    (2366)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Truly forgettable"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like light, and not mysterious mysteries, this is for you.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Shantaram


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s voice?

    Smooth, interesting, dependable
    Mr. Guidall is why I bought this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (703)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "As good as "The Power of One""
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    Any additional comments?

    I think I might listen to all books by the author, as well as this narrator. Both are superior.
    I hated for the story to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2628)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1464)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Wow!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I do a lot of driving, and only listen the audiobooks when I drive. I couldn't wait to get in my car, and went the long way home more than once. I loved the author, the narrator, and the story, and will remember all for a long while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1657)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "let down by my favorite author"
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    What disappointed you about The Panther?

    The slow pace of the story never had any surprises. Mr. DeMille is using a formula with little variation in his characters.


    Has The Panther turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


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

    I usually like Scott Brick a lot. Some of the fault lies with the story. The word "really" was used more times than I could count and always in the same voice and tone.


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

    big disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Body of Evidence: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (365)

    Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months. Hours later, her brutally mutilated body lies in the city morgue. As Scarpetta begins searching for the microscopic clues to the killer’s identity, one question keeps nagging her: why did Beryl let him in?

    Ryan says: "Annoying narrator"
    "I forgot it quickly"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book left me not remembering anything after about a week. Doesn't that mean something? Critt is a great narrator, however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4325)
    Performance
    (3069)
    Story
    (3092)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "I pick my books by the narrator."
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Steven Weber?

    Stephen King- probably not, though I love long books.
    Stephen Weber- definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing ending as in many King novels, but great performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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