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  • Spirits of Flux & Anchor: Soul Rider, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Cassie did not feel the soul rider enter her body...but suddenly she knew that Anchor was corrupt, and that, far from being a formless void from which could issue ony mutant changelings and evil wizards, Flux was the soure of Anchor's very existence.

    The price of her new knowledge is exile, yet Cassie and the Rider of her soul are the only hope for the redemption of both Flux and Anchor.

    Michael says: "Christmas in February! Chalker's Triumph Arrives!"
    "About time!"
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    Where does Spirits of Flux & Anchor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my all time favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite. It is a strange world and I can't really love or hate any of the characters. It is more of a package deal that requires all of them to create the story line. It is important to turndown your moral filter and appreciate the characters for who they are in the environment where they live.


    What does Andy Caploe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Andy is right up there with the best I have heard. I don't have time to read, so without Andy, I would still be waiting to retire so I could get out my hard copy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Been waiting a long time for Audible to add Chalker to the line-up. I fervently hope they plan to include the Well World series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 4th of July: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (201)

    After losing one of its own, Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever, one that could easily be their last. A young girl is killed in crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself against a charge of police brutality. In a landmark trial that transfixes the nation, Lindsay fights to save her career and her sanity.

    Wende says: "Nice addition to series..."
    "Now it's getting on track."
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    What made the experience of listening to 4th of July the most enjoyable?

    This is the one that I originally started with about five years ago that brought me into the series. It is still a very entertaining story. There is violance, but it is absolutely necessary to the storyline. The gratuitious sex and bigotry have been really toned down and no longer interrupt the flow of the plot. I am anxious to start # 5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 4th of July?

    It is all in the twist and revelation. Don't spoil it for others.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Most of her voices are distinct and easy to follow.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    They don't invite me to "reality" farces because I don't make a fool of myself over every little thing. However, in the last ten chapters I had a hard time putting the book down, which is about as intense as it gets for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again the mood music covers the narration in places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 3rd Degree: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (250)

    Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. A town house owned by an Internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. An infant who lived in the house cannot be found; and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled.

    Sherry says: "Patterson can't be outdone"
    "Getting on track"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is much better than the first two. Not a bad place to start the series. You won't miss anything memorable from the first two.


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson and Andrew Gross ? Why or why not?

    Already have.


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

    I have hearing loss from the war so some of the background "mood" music wiped out the narration. Also some of the soft or lispy voices were hard to follow.


    Was 3rd Degree worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2nd Chance: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (275)

    Master of suspense James Patterson continues the Women's Murder Club series with this nail-biter of a sequel to 1st to Die. Four women - a police detective, an assistant D.A., a journalist, and a medical examiner - combine their efforts, risking everything, to catch a serial killer. "As with Patterson's best novels," Booklist says, "the surprises keep coming until the final pages."

    Jean says: "Painful pastime"
    "Getting Better"
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    What would have made 2nd Chance better?

    The Feminism has been toned down as well as some of the irrelevant sexuality, but the main characters are still making obvious oversights and rookie mistakes to facilitate the "surprise ending" and create character tension that was more "you idiot" than "Oh my gosh". Much better than the first book except for the last hour of depicting the obvious. Thank goodness it does get better.


    What could James Patterson and Andrew Gross have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See the rest of the series.


    What does Melissa Leo and Jeremy Piven bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't have time to read books, so if it wasn't on audio, I wouldn't have done it.


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

    Disappointment at the stupidity of the characters. The main characters, especially Lindsey and Clair are presented as the eminently-superior-to-"man"-kind, but they make stupid assumptions and commit unprofessional mistakes. Lindsey's impetuous actions in light of her recognition of her total unpreparedness to act seems to be a departure from logic and any form of rudimentary training, to promote the ill begotten idea that if you are young and idealistic you should act without thought or planning and trust to providence to prevail based on your innate feeling of rightness. The story does indicate that she should have died an inglorious death several times, but the miraculous circumstances prevail to allow her another act of selfserving emotional stupidity. Thank goodness the series does improve. Although better than the first of the series, this is annother early work of development that dosen't contribute to appreciation of the more matured books of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Annother one you can skip. Book three really is better and makes a good starting point for the rest of the series. Don't get me wrong, I have really enjoyed books 3,4 and 7, and will complete the series, but books 1 and 2 need some serious revision. If I had started here, I wouldn't have gone any farther, and missed some good entertainment as the series matured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (672)

    There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

    Chuck says: "Skip the Prologue"
    "Hard to recommend"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Fortunately I didn't start the series with this book; if I had I would have missed the entertainment of the rest of the series.Usually the first in a series is a standout and the rest try to live up to expectations. Not so in this case. Due to random circumstances, this was the fourth book in the series that I listened to, . Since I liked the ones that I had listened to so far in the series, I thought I should review the beginning to see if I had missed any inside information. Patterson must have gotten a consultant after this one, because as I said, "I would have stopped right here if it had been my first experience with the series".The premise of the plot is ok, but the glaring oversights, of these "top of their field" professionals, to facilitate the late identification of the perpetrator is most frustrating. Like Kevin Costner in JFK, I kept saying "Ask the question!" or "Do your job!". The plot twist at the end feels entirely contrived to prolong the pain and possibly redeem the story, but the scenarios presented in the body of the plot don't support it. It feels tacked-on out of desperation.The human interest inserts could have come straight from a Harlequin Romance. Close to pornography and totally irrelevant to the story, this aspect has been really toned down in the succeeding books.The over the top man-hating women's lib subplot was distracting and often disgusting. This was also toned down substantially in the rest of the series that I have read so far. I did find this aspect interesting from a purley analytical point of view, and somewhat conflicting, because all of the principles had obviously benefited from Affirmative Action to get where they were. That is, promoted over others with more experience and demonstrated competency. According to the prevelent philosophy presented as undeniable fact in this book, all of the male management chain including those that had promoted these women to their current positions and supported their careers, are evil and stupid, how does that work? This aspect of the book was a major irrelevent distraction.If you have a burning need to read the first of the series then go ahead. You will want to have your finger on the fast-forward button because it does help and you won't miss anything except Oh Oh Oh, and all men are stupid and evil. There is no carry-over information from this book that adds anything to the rest of the series.I recommend, "Give it a Pass".


    If you’ve listened to books by James Patterson before, how does this one compare?

    Way sub-par.


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

    This review does not reflect on her. She does an admirable job of presenting a substandard piece of work.


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

    Major disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 7th Heaven: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (270)

    A terrible fire in a wealthy suburban home leaves a married couple dead and Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin searching for clues. And after California's golden boy, Michael Campion has been missing for a month, there finally seems to be a lead in his case--a very devastating lead. As fire after fire consume couples in wealthy, comfortable homes, Lindsay and the Murder Club must race to find the arsonists responsible and get to the bottom of Michael Campion's disappearance.

    Jesse says: "It's a "Gotcha""
    "Another good story"
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    What made the experience of listening to 7th Heaven the most enjoyable?

    It is an entertaining story presented by a talented reader.


    What other book might you compare 7th Heaven to and why?

    Most of the series.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Can't say, I don't have that kind of time.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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