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BillNapoli

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  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2228)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1878)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Disregard the negative reviews"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The book has non-stop action, lots of twists and turns, and all the escape scenes are quite believable. I judge the quality of a book by how long it takes me to get through it. This book had me listening at every opportunity including the middle of the night-- just couldn't put it down. Took three days from start to finish. That makes it a five star book for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had several favorite characters, but John heads the list. A hero from the same mold as Jack Reicher and others like him.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Julie Carson tops the list. Orlagh does a great job in bringing her to life.


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

    The book evoked strong emotions in support of the plight of those caught up in today's slavery trade.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I love Baldacci's books, I almost didn't buy this book because of the negative reviews of several readers who criticized the sound effects, and the poor and rapid speed narration of Orlagh Cassidy. For me, nothing could be further from the truth. I loved having the male and female parts read by two different people, and found Orlagh's performance to be spot on.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Three thousand years after a chunk of iron the size of Khufu’s pyramid collides with Europa, Jupiter’s 6th moon, an asteroid borne of the collision crashes into Earth’s Arctic ice shelf carrying extraterrestrial microbial life. The first man to come into contact with the microbes hears voices—and then dies....

    Michael says: "Interesting, but I feel like I've heard it before."
    "Interesting but farfetched"
    Overall

    The book is definitely interesting and fast-paced, and offers an action-packed view of what strange lifeforms might exist on and under Europa's covering of ice. However, the characters' numerous escapes from near-certain death left a lot to be desired in the way of believability. My biggest problem with the book was the narrator's tonal inflections at the end of many sentences. It seemed as if he were just relieved to be done reading the sentence, rather than applying the end-of-sentence inflections that would naturally be used by a character in real life. Numerous times, the inflections were "off" just enough to cause me to spend a lot of time thinking about what the proper inflections should have been, thereby distracting me from the storyline and causing me to miss the content of the next several sentences. In summary, a book probably worth reading if you can suspend disbelief in the harrowing escapes of the protagonists, and accept the fact that the narrator is not of Scott Brick's caliber.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6974)
    Performance
    (4007)
    Story
    (4034)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Absolutely Awesome"
    Overall

    If you are looking for a book with non-stop action, a totally unique plot; a book that makes you think and keeps you totally involved, don't pass this one by. And if you are a computer nerd like me, you will like it even more. The narration is as superb as the book. I hope that this is just the first of many books from this new author. I am anxiously awaiting his next!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3744)
    Performance
    (2707)
    Story
    (2729)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    I just couldn't put this book down. Such a great story--believable, emotional, action-packed, highly original. The narrator was perfect. Don't pass up listening to this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (482)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "A Great Listen"
    Overall

    This is one of those audible books that I found myself waking up at 3 AM to listen to while still in bed. It really kept my interest all the way through the book. The narrator was excellent, with totally believable accents for the characters. Definitely 5 stars!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Expedition: Expedition, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Loren Robinson
    • Narrated By Maynard Villers
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Astronauts Jim Parker and Michael Murphy, aboard the space shuttle Charger II, were wrapping up a routine mission. Just prior to re-entry, they encountered a mysterious cloud bank in space and were never heard from again. Two years later, a metal box was unearthed at a construction site in St. Louis. In it was a previously unknown, yet apparently authentic, journal of the historic Lewis and Clark expedition: written by astronaut Jim Parker. Did Parker and Murphy alter history, or save it?

    BillNapoli says: "Not what it seems"
    "Not what it seems"
    Overall

    If you are looking for a great time travel book--this ISN'T it! From the description of the book that I read before buying it, that is what I thought I was getting; an innovative story about modern technology, space flight, a trip into the past, and a struggle to return to the future. In reality, the book is a historical novel documenting the two and a half year Lewis and Clark expedition that began in 1805, with just the slightest, uninspired sugar-coating of science fiction sprinkled throughout the the book. If you like historical novels (I don't), then you will probably like hearing this book as it plods rather tediously through meeting after meeting with friendly and unfriendly Indians, buffalo an elk hunts, idyllic, G-rated romances between white men and beautiful Indian squaws, and the like. I don't know how accurate the book is in its portrayal of the Lewis and Clark expedition--I don't remember much about it from my high school history book of fifty years ago--but I presume that the basic facts are accurate (excluding the two accidental time-travelers from the future who happened along for the journey.) So if you always wanted to know the details of what occurred on that historic expedition (I could have done without that knowledge myself)--this book is for you.

    The narrator was ok, but the quality of the recording was poor--at times it sounded as if it were being recorded in an echo chamber, and at other times you could hear each time the recording was paused or edited during its creation--usually once or twice every sentence.

    In fairness, I must say this--despite my negative comments, the book did hold my interest sufficiently that I never considered not finishing the book. Hence my 3-star rather than one-star rating.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Past Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ken McClure
    • Narrated By Robert G. Slade
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    After neurosurgeon John Macandrew performs a routine operation, the patient undergoes a severe personality change. The diagnosis is a rare condition that leaves its victims confined to mental institutions. Blamed by the patient's husband for the dreadful outcome, Macandrew retreats to his native Scotland. There, he makes discoveries about the illness and the chemical that induces it. But someone is using the chemical to regress selected individuals and gain eyewitness accounts of past events.

    A User says: "Past Lives"
    "Great Read!"
    Overall

    After forcing myself to slog my way through the last several rather boring audible books, I was delighted to find myself unable to put this book down. Yes, I really enjoyed this one. The plot was excellent, the dialog true-to-life, and the action fast-paced. It has a little bit of everything--including murder, kidnapping, torture, and sex--but more than that, a unique twist on a premise involving people's past lives and reincarnation. Perhaps the best thing about this book was its narrator, Robert Slade, who has the ability to deliver a wide range of believable male and female voices and accents. Scott Brick has, until now, been my favorite narrator, but I think I like Slade even better. I searched and found that this book is Slade's only narrational work to date. I'm hoping to hear a lot more from him in the future.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (882)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    This book takes all of the overused words and phrases that critics use to describe great books and breathes new life and meaning into them: awesome, page-turner, action-packed, unique,imaginative, mind-blowing, couldn't put it down, two-thumbs up, not-to-be-missed. . .well, you get the idea. In short, this book is fantastic!!! So is the narrator! Over the years, Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston have consistently enthralled me with their great stories--this one though, I think, is their best. After finishing this book, I realized that I now consider these two to be my all-time favorite writers--topping my other perennial favorite authors such as Clive Cussler, Issac Asimov, David Baldacci, Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, and John Ludlum, to name a few. DON'T MISS LISTENING TO THIS AUDIBLE BOOK!

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Sanctuary

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    In the powerful new thriller from the author of the international bestseller The Last Templar, a geneticist and a CIA agent on a deadly quest to find the most dangerous book in the world discover a secret that has destroyed everyone in its path for centuries.

    BillNapoli says: "Kept my interest!"
    "Kept my interest!"
    Overall

    While I enjoyed the author's last work, The Last Templar, I wasn't wild about it. The Sanctuary though, was one of those books that I just couldn't put down! Lots of action--all believable, and lots of interesting historical facts sprinkled throughout. My only complaint was the extremely poor editing job done throughout the reading. Many times there were noises indicating where the reading had been edited. In a few places a phrase was repeated twice--the original take was not fully removed in the editing. Indeed, in one place, the recording jumped to the end of the book every time I I tried to play it from that point. I had to skip over a few minutes of recording in order to continue with the story. In all of the hundreds of Audible recordings I've listened to over the years, this is the ONLY one where I've encountered a bad editing job.

    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (404)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Way too long!"
    Overall

    I NEVER like abridged versions of a book, but this one SHOULD have been abridged. It went on and on and on and on. Each time I thought I would abandon going any further, something interesting enough would occur in the plot to keep me hanging in a bit longer. I finally made it to the end and, in retrospect now ask myself, "Why did I bother?" My recommendation--skip this one.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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