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  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2746)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1279)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Cashing a paycheck?"
    Overall

    I've read Koontz for a very long time, and although the narration quality is excellent, the book itself is lacking. I'm wondering if the publisher got greedy and split the book with another one coming soon. Lots of unanswered questions and it leaves you hanging. With under an hour left, it just wraps up so quick it is tough to believe. The first Odd Thomas is the best, the second was okay and this one is lacking.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • By the Light of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (413)

    Dylan O'Connor, a gifted young artist, is attacked by a mysterious "doctor" and injected with a strange substance. He is told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life. Then he is told that he must flee before the doctor's enemies hunt him down. Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life - and straight into an adventure that will turn the next 24 hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery, and wondrous discovery.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Superb"
    "Uneven but worth it"
    Overall

    It has a slow start, middle and kooky ending, but believe it or not, between them it a good story that moves along well. I'd give it a higher rating, but felt the ending was a let down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the C.I.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Chris Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    Based on extensive research and hundreds of interviews, including two with active directors of Central Intelligence, William H. Webster and Robert M. Gates, and with three former D.C.I.s, Inside the C.I.A. is the first in-depth, unbiased account of the Agency's core operations, its abject failures, and its resounding successes.

    Greg says: "Pre- 9/11 look at CIA's strengths and weaknesses"
    "Half and half..."
    Overall

    I give four stars to the book and one to the reader. This is why there are professionals who read books. The author has a lisp that made me wince every time he would get to CIA (or thee eye a). Someone really should have talked him into getting Scott Brick or the like to handle this long book. Subject matter was great otherwise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flush

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Michael Welch
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor, which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.

    Book reader says: "Adequate, but something's missing"
    "Disappointing..."
    Overall

    I'm a big Hiassen fan, but this book seemed lacking from his other work. Maybe it was the absense of Skink :) but the characters didn't seem to gel and the story ran along without much happening. Hopefully his next book will get back on track.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Charles Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (213)

    One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished America in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.

    M. Dunn says: "Cold Mountain (Unabridged)"
    "Why there are professional readers..."
    Overall

    It's a hard lesson learned, but this is why some write and others read. This book was unlistenable at parts. Yet, I enjoyed the historical aspects of the book, but couldn't care less about the characters. I haven't seen the movie, but can't even begin to think how they put this into a script. It was plodding, long and the narrative just never ended. A tree description could take minutes...actual minutes.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2946)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (956)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Not his best work (or even good)"
    Overall

    The ongoing and unprofessional bickering between two of the characters was so laughable, it stole from the story. I agree that this seemed to be not up to par with Da Vinci, et al. The narrator (Richard Poe) is the most problematic. I've had other books with him, not thinking to look at books by reader, and it becomes very hard to listen to him swallow endless amounts of spit through this book. Anyone else hear this? Swallow, gulp, pause, slurp. It's like listening to someone swallow endlessly. Very grating.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nicolae: An Experience in Sound and Drama

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Tom McElroy, Roger Mueller, full cast
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    Experience the ongoing action and suspense of the end times with this exciting new dramatic presentation of Nicolae, the third volume of the best selling Left Behind series. This full-cast audio presentation stars Tom McElroy as the skeptical Rayford Steele and Roger Mueller as Nicolae Carpathia. Listen as the incredible story unfolds in 12 dramatic half-hour episodes.

    Chris D says: "So far the shoddiest of work..."
    "So far the shoddiest of work..."
    Overall

    This was probably the most poorly done of the series so far. The announcer at the beginning of each section kept saying "Chloe Steele" instead of Amanda Phillipson. Chloe is the characters name, not the actress. Which brings me to the annoyance of having to listen to it end and begin each section with an announcer and music. There seeems to be a lot of wasted time with inserted music considering each chapter is about twenty minutes long, five is wasted with music. This is a complaint about the whole series, not just this one book. I chose to write it here because of how extra annoying this one was with the mistakes.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "Laughing out loud..."
    Overall

    If you don't read this book, I'll kill one duck a day (goose) until there are no more ducks (geese).:) Really funny. I loved it and will listen to it again.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its sly and uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool is storytelling at its most generous.

    Steve says: "Russo is a genious."
    "Surprised by other bad reviews..."
    Overall

    I have to say I'm surprised by others bad reviews, but that's what makes us all different I guess.:) I loved this book. Much more than Empire Falls (which earned him a Pulitzer). His character development and caring for them was brilliant. That fact that Sully doesn't change is what makes it wonderful. Things changed around Sully. No Disney ending here, with I've been wrong, now I'm better off for it stuff. Just plain, simple life. And I love his explanation of the "stupid streak" coming on. You know it's wrong, you know it's going to screw things up, but you just can't help yourself sometimes.:)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Andrew Carroll
    • Narrated By Joan Allen, Tom Brokaw
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    War Letters presents historic, dramatic, personal accounts of both World Wars, the Civil War, Vietnam, Korea, the Cold War, Somalia and the Balkans, revealing in vivid detail what the servicemen and women of America have experienced and sacrificed on the front lines. Read by an all-star cast, including Joan Allen, Tom Brokaw, Rob Lowe, Noah Wyle, and more.

    Chris D says: "One of the best..."
    "One of the best..."
    Overall

    This was easily one of the best audio books I've heard to date. In fact, I think it works even better as an audio book vs written text. The acting was subperb! I think he should have stopped with Vietnam but that's just a personal opinion. The WWII letters were absolutely gripping and even brought a few tears to my eyes hearing the fear in their written words. Fantastic!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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