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Jay

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Kill Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Zach Grenier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (971)

    The president's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes....

    Lannette says: "Wait for "almost free" before buying"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Unlike some others, I liked the two narrators and also enjoyed the sound effects. The problem was with the story.

    I agree that this was not up to par with other novels in the Alex Cross series. What disappointed me was that there was more than ample opportunity for some seriously good plot develpment but the opportunities were missed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (228)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Melinda says: "Maybe this one should have stayed lost..."
    "Good Start, bad finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'd like to think I could have done better, but who knows?


    Have you listened to any of David W. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. The problem was not the narrator


    Was The Lost Island worth the listening time?

    Marginally


    Any additional comments?

    In the early parts of this book, I was ready to give it 5 stars. OK, there were some parts that stretched imagination, but that's to be expected. However, as it progressed, it seems to have deteriorated. The last few hours were a disappointment. Towards the end, I was just waiting for it to be over. I assume the next book will be the sequel to the Ice Limit. The authors did a nice job weaving that plot into the series. I truly enjoyed the Ice Limit and would recommend it to anyone who has not read it or listened to it. Hopefully, the authors will do justice to their good work in the Ice Limit and give us something equally memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2861)
    Performance
    (2651)
    Story
    (2657)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Perfect Story, Excellent Narration, 1 Complaint"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    This was a great story and I highly recommend it to any fan of horror stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The non-stop tension. It kept me scared throughout.


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

    NA


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

    A little too long to listen in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Here's my one, admittedly picky comment. Kate Mulgrew's narration was as good as any I have ever heard. HOWEVER: for a professional narrator reading a book by a New England author, she should have known how to pronounce the name for the City of Haverhill, Massachusetts. It is pronounced "Hay-Vrill;" not "Have-Er-Hill." Sorry, Kate, but it drove me a little crazy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Five: The Dead Town

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (482)

    The war against humanity is raging. As the small town of Rainbow Falls, Montana, comes under siege, scattered survivors band together to weather the onslaught of the creatures set loose upon the world. As they ready for battle against overwhelming odds, they will learn the full scope of Victor Frankenstein’s nihilistic plan to remake the future - and the terrifying reach of his shadowy, powerful supporters. Now the good will make their last, best stand. In a climax that will shatter every expectation, their destinies and the fate of humanity hang in the balance.

    Mark says: "Great End to a Great Series"
    "Good, but with one issue"
    Overall

    I started with Frankenstein, Lost Souls, which I thoroughly enjoyed, except that it left the reader in the middle of the story. That book led me into this one, which was, basically, a continuation of the same book.

    I enjoyed book five, but must disagree with other commentators about the conslusion. I thought Dean could have been a little more "edgy,", "creative," or whatever you want to call it to bring this series to a conclusion.

    No offense to the others and certainly no offense to Dean Koontz, but the depth and breath of this story could have generated more to bring it to a close. The story had all kinds of threads that I thought would lead to an end.

    Still, I was satisfied with the book and would certainly recommend it .

    I am going back to listen to the first three books in the series. I guess, I'll consider it a "prequel."

    JAY NIEDERMAN
    Manchester, NH

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay, a hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, actors and exiles.

    Nathan says: "Absolutely top notch"
    "A little disappointed"
    Overall

    Given the two prior reviews, I feel somewhat bad, but have to express a less-than perfect review.

    The narrator, Humphrey Bower was excellent. As in the Courtnay novels, he was a master of numerous interesting accents and dialects.

    The book did paint an interesting picture of India. My problem was that it seemed to lack focus. Also, there were too many extended passages of non-action discussion between the characters that seemed to bog things down.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2863)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (774)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    As a dog lover, I was really looking forward to this story. I have to say that it left me flat.

    There were some good points: The narrator was excellent. The parts that are written from the dogs' perspective are very good. And, yes, there were some sections that were touching to any person who is dedicated to their dog(s).

    Unfortunately, the story was slow moving. It became bogged down in detail that left the flow of the novel behind. The ending did not seem to resolve all the issues and was not satisfying. All in all, I would not recommend this book.

    No offence, Oprah, but I don't agree with you on this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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