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Burt

Berkeley, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 11th Hour: Women's Murder Club, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (788)

    Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn't slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco's most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department's evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer - even her closest friends. Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she's ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor....

    Bridgette says: "Missing Something..."
    "Not really up to standards of early series"
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    What was most disappointing about James Patterson and Maxine Paetro ???s story?

    It is a bit hard to pin, but I never thought this story line reached as high as the early parts of this series. They fit 2 distinct lines into a very short story, and neither really felt fulfilled.


    Have you listened to any of January LaVoy???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have seen other commentators that said she was terrible, and I don't agree there at all. This is the first book I have heard from her. I would consider her competent, though not necessarily the best I have heard. Some variation of voice for characters, but again, not as much variation as leads to a WOW! experience.


    Was 11th Hour worth the listening time?

    It was not terrible, but not great either. It fit in the "3-star" category of "nice enough for a short diversion, but not good enough to recommend."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carpe Diem: Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    On the run from interplanetary assassins, covert operative Val Con yos'Phelium and former mercenary sergeant Miri Robertson end up stranded on a distant planet - with no rescue in sight. Until they figure out a way back to Liad, these two lost souls must find a way to trust each other - and let their true love heal the dark wounds of their past.

    Christine says: "Great Story -- Narration could be better"
    "Massively Boring"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was so extremely boring that I could not get past the first hour. No idea how anyone could have found it interesting in the slightest...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2249)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2045)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Too over-the-top unbelievable to be interesting"
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    What could A. G. Riddle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Develop the characters more. Cut the length in half to eliminate irrelevent characters. Pick a different storyline...


    What three words best describe Stephen Bel Davies’s voice?

    Decent reading, but no differentiation in voice between characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot is so fantastical and unbelievable as to make this a very bad book. I am sorry I wasted both my money and time on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (226)

    In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery - a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

    gwennieg says: "Devil Bones"
    "Boring"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathy Reichs again?

    probably not


    Any additional comments?

    I used to like the Temperance series. Not sure if the books changed, or my tastes did, but this was so boring I finally deleted it with about 3 hours to go. She go on and on and on and on and on about trivia that does not move the story forward at all, and seems to just be there for filler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Make

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Armin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The classic John D. MacDonald thriller about a Korean War vet searching for a stolen fortune in a small town. Our edition comes with two excellent bonus essays, a biography of John D. MacDonald, and an exploration of the paperback revolution of the mid-20th century.

    Douglas says: "Great John D.!"
    "MacDonald is more than McGree"
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    Where does On the Make rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first MacDonald novel I have read/listened other than the Travis McGree series. I was reluctant to try this, as often early novels of writers do not live up to later works. In this case, I was entranced during the entire book. I will definitely be buying more MacDonald books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2169)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1420)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "Interesting Story With Terrible Narrator"
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    What disappointed you about Rendezvous with Rama?

    This narrator has to be one of the worst I have listened to. He made a good story boring. It became a chore to finish the book.


    What didn’t you like about Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ’s performance?

    Though Peter's voice was not a monotone, it had no inflection that ever related to the story. His inflection would change at a pretty constant pace, whether a person was falling to his death or talking to his wife.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Along Came a Spider

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Charles Turner
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (946)

    Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.

    Robert Randell says: "Extremely disappointing"
    "Boring, Monotonous -- Unable to Finish"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson again?

    I used to like James Patterson. I might try other series by him, but Alex Cross is now off my list.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charles Turner’s performances?

    Charles was a monotone, dead performer. I will probably skip anything he is involved with in the future.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born at Midnight: Shadow Falls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (588)

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

    Angela says: "Outstanding!!"
    "BORING"
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    Any additional comments?

    This story was so intensely boring that I stopped after a bit less than 2 hours. Couldn't take any more of it... :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (474)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela J says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Depressing and Narcissistic"
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    What disappointed you about Society's Child?

    I have loved Janis Ian's music since the early 70's and was hopeful about this bio. Unfortunately, it was almost entirely composed of how the world was hard on her, and how wonderful and brilliant she was in the midst of it all.

    I have lived a somewhat tough life too, but learned a long time ago that very little happens to us that was not, in at least some level, a result of our own choices and actions. Janis may have had some hard knocks, but never takes any responsibility for her own choices or actions. That leaves me wondering how much else was exaggerated or more the result of her own than she would have us believe.

    I still love her music, but am now a lot more jaded about the life story behind it...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bones in Her Pocket

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    When a fly-covered canvas bag floats to the surface of North Carolina’s Mountain Island Lake, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is called to the scene. Animal remains? Or could this be related to bone fragments from a human male found nearby? To Tempe’s surprise, the decomposed body indicates the person was a female young adult. The profile fits the description of a missing graduate student named Edith Blankenship.

    Beth Sanders says: "I live in Gastonia!"
    "Short. Choppy. Sentences."
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    Any additional comments?

    I generally like Kathy Reich and her Scarpetta novels. This one was an extreme exception though. It seemed like Kathy was experimenting with writing a novel that used no sentence longer than 6 words. Many. Sentences. Were. One. Word.

    About halfway through, the choppy writing became more noticeable than the story. In the end, it appeared to be a story with the only intent being to stop puppy mills. Laudable goal perhaps, but next time make the writing worth the end goal...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Georgia Byng
    • Narrated By Clare Higgins
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Molly Moon returns...and bumps into earlier versions of herself, four of them, to be exact, all kidnapped and transported back in time to nineteenth-century India by Molly's most fearsome nemesis yet, an insane maharaja. Molly foiled his plans once already, by stopping Primo Cell from becoming president of the United States. This time around, the maharaja is determined to alter the course of history. The only thing standing in his way is Molly and her brave pug, Petula.

    Lisa says: "great!!!"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Though the reader was good, the story itself was boring beyond belief. I made the mistake of buying both this and the first book based on reader reviews. I worked myself to listen to the entire first one, but just couldn't get very far in this one before stopping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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