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  • Heat Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (847)

    The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat's most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York's most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.

    ShySusan says: "Another good one from Castle."
    "An intriguing story for Castle fans."
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    What did you love best about Heat Rises?

    I played Heat Rises on some long drives and found it so captivating that I was tapping "go back" to replay something, and there I was , sitting in my driveway wanting to hear what happens next when I made it home. I love the ABC series, and find this novel much better than the earlier Heat Rises and Heat Wave. With this one, either I have become familiar with Johnny Hellers' voice and narration, or I have found the story more compelling, better written and full of interesting crime sleuthing. I think that it is a very good story for Castle fans and leaves you wanting to find out what happens in the fourth novel. It parallels some of the tv episodes, where you can see where Richard Castle got the backround, and it is toungue in cheek as you go along. Also you can see the repore build , the trust between Nikki and Jameson Rook , much the way you can on 4 yrs of tv's Castle.


    Would you recommend Heat Rises to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, especially share with my friends that love Castle. You feel part of the story because of the charactors personalitys on tv.


    What three words best describe Johnny Heller’s voice?

    Grows on you. You do recognize all his voice dilections when he speaks of the charactors, and gives them a personality and can see thier mannerisms, much the way they act on tv.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Caskett Crime Solvers


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to the next novel, Frozen Heat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Felicia Day
    • Narrated By Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7439)
    Performance
    (7036)
    Story
    (7006)

    In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

    John S. says: "Don't dismiss this one out of hand!"
    "Worth listening to. Her voice is charming."
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    What did you like best about You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)? What did you like least?

    She is charmingly honest, had a different life to live and tells it to a degree that makes you want to listen to her. It got better as I got into the story, and understood more of the life path that she took, what she has done, and accomplished. I was interested as the book went on showing how she rose in prominence, the Internet supporters raised her up, but how she makes a negative comment, and it goes all wrong.


    What was most disappointing about Felicia Day’s story?

    Took quite a few chapters before I got to feel more in track with the book, or story.


    Could you see You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    On YouTube, and the actors as themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone, whether they know who Felicia Day is or not. The writing is good, and her narration adds to it. I plan on giving copies to my kids (who are in college), as her life experiences in college and making plans for her future are charming, and identifiable to anyone who has gone through high school and college friendships and the identity years, of what to do, and uncertainty of where you are going is the right choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18775)
    Performance
    (15917)
    Story
    (15960)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Robert says: "Glad I took a chance."
    "Wow!Quite a book that stays with you. Top 100 list"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    Narration... the influence of my German, Polish heritage, stories from my parents, and of their grandparents.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Loved his portrayal of Rosa, and Liesel, her saying to her mother, "yess mama", while Rosa called everyone, dirty pig, saumensch, and saukell.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Poppa letting Liesel know that he knew she beat the crap out of a boy, and she asked if Rosa-momma knew... and his reply, "you're still alive, aren't you?"...


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the viewpoint of the story, as seen thru the eyes of war ravenged Germany; the hardships of growing up, the first hand views of trying to stay on the right side of the Gestapo, the hatred by Hitler in Germany of Jews, and Communists, and what Liesel saw growing up. I loved the commaradry between Liesel and Rudy. Loved the book thief's visits to Ilsa's libray. Lastly, a note about Death's own comment, about how people are scared of ghosts, and he is scared of people. I found it intriguing how Death took Liesels book , and didn't return it until he came for her. You saw the love that Liesel had for her foster parents, Max, and Rudy.
    Quite a unique story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boy's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (1622)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1519)

    Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

    Kim Venatries says: "A Feast for the Senses!"
    "Relive your life, remembering the good old days."
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    Would you listen to Boy's Life again? Why?

    Yes. Its timeless, to remember the magic of growing up, reliving the good , the bad, the tragic, the magical days of childhood. Robert McCammon created a wonderful book that I will keep in my private list of keepers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cory, the main story character, but there are so many. I smiled as I read on, and could put myself into the story.. which I think is why the author aimed for this. You feel like you are there.. of course some of it is make believe, but that is what we had in child hood.. our imaginations.. going to the matinees , riding our bikes, playing sandlot baseball till dark or we lost all baseballs. etc.


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

    no.


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

    Yes its very hard to put down. It hooks you from the beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the finest books I have read. I completely enjoyed it, and would recommend it to any fans of nostalgia, and enjoy bits of trivia, or remembering the past along with the topics being wrote into the story. Its a fun book..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7248)
    Performance
    (6436)
    Story
    (6450)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    A. L. DeWitt says: "Baldacci Plays by the Rules"
    "As good a Thriller as the first!"
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    Where does The Hit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was pleasantly surprised with the first book, enjoyed listening to it, and the characters. I hoped it continues thru D. Baldacci's writing. Jessica is a good add in to the franchise.. and look forward to reading or listening to the third.


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

    It was good, although I was disappointed that there wasn't enough of Julie (his teenage friend) nor SuperAgent Nikki Vance written into the book. They were introduced in the first book, but sadly, there wasn't enough mention of them or details given to them.. I would have like to read more help from Vance, as well, as input from Julie. The authors direction of Will Robie is he is conflicted to not become emotionally intertwined or care for people, yet he clearly is with Vance, and Julie.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    I became familiar to the characters from the first, and they become them. They add some depth to the chapters, and keep me wanting to find out what happens next.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    All the bad-ass of a squad, in one man and one woman!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8660)
    Performance
    (7579)
    Story
    (7572)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    William R. says: "Big fan of David Baldacci, not a fan of Zero Day"
    "Good story, action packed!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Zero Day the most enjoyable?

    Good narration, fast paced.. good listening book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It kept you wanting to continue to find out how he solves the case. Least interesting is the comparison to Lee Child's "Jack Reacher". Having read Reacher, this feels like a rip off.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    *Spoiler* Sad that Sam died. Some parts are really implausible.. like his backpack with all the stuff you need to defuse a nuke,, and surviving a nuclear blast, hurled 100 feet in the air.. really? Try doing that.. no shattered bones, or crushed skull? really..


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the other books go on sale. Then I will buy them, or recommend them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12702)
    Performance
    (11286)
    Story
    (11276)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    Stan says: "Disliked all the Sound Effects."
    "Will Robie is a kick-butt kind of guy!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Innocent: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    The story line was fast paced, as you ventured on, you were like peeling away layers and learning more and more.. the deeper in trouble that was unfolding for Robie and his young friend, Julie.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innocent: A Novel?

    Will was a serious, tactile, precise man. I loved the banter between the mouthy teenager, Julie, whom he befriends and protects when her parents are murdered, and she's on the run. I also enjoyed the connection he had with Agent Vance of the FBI. I wish he and she could have continued somehow in a partnership in future books.


    What aspect of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance would you have changed?

    I disliked some of the music or sound effects added at the end of chapters. It made it cheap, or cheesy... it was unnecessary for my listening pleasure.


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

    I found this an intense thriller that made me enjoy playing it. I wanted to find out more and more.. which is what makes a good thriller/action story.


    Any additional comments?

    2/3 of this book were close to 4 stars.. some were 3 stars. I dislike how when I give a lower rating, Audible changes the questions.. and it reflects different ones when you go above 4.
    I wish they would let me select a rating of my own, like 3.5, or 3.9.
    This would make a good movie. I look forward to reading or listening to future Will Robie stories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45460)
    Performance
    (40385)
    Story
    (40470)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Theodore says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "What a mind blower!"
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    Loved it. All the reviews base can't be wrong! A great story! Not disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149448)
    Performance
    (137907)
    Story
    (137773)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "LOOK BOOBIES"
    "Could you Survive? Sci-fi that grasps you."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The narration, and log style report of how things go for Mark Watley keep you wanting to find out what happens next One of my best downloaded audible books this year. His MacGyver-like style of figuring things out want you to be like him, or to be stranded with him if your ever in a situation like that. Every day is a test of survival.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    It felt like you were right there.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    So why if he had all those potatoes, why didn't he distill vodka? Use his little plutonium canister he used making a bathtub? Overall, this story just begs for a movie to be made from it. So much more there than "Gravity" with Sandra Bullock.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8487)
    Performance
    (7521)
    Story
    (7511)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "The impossible becomes possible."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have made less mistakes by the villain in the story and by the hero. Some of the trouble that Court Gentry gets into is too apparent, for the author. It is a good follow up to the first book, however, there were just some short comings for me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Thought provoking, yet there were annoying questions that weren't answered. Obviously it forces you to want to read the next books looking for answers... like what did Court do that got him burned, and he becomes this lone wolf.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Saving the lady in distress at the airport customs.


    Do you think On Target needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, duh.. there are already 4.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good series if you aren't faint of heart for violence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8026)
    Performance
    (7263)
    Story
    (7260)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Ed says: "Comparable to the first in this series"
    "Move over Jason Bourne!"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Greaney and/or Jay Snyder?

    Yes!


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

    Okay, the bad guys are BAD GUYs, but maybe not so much patriotic stuff... just get back to Court Gentry being an ex-CIA assassin, and being hunted. Beginning started out slow, less violence, but if I asked to remove it, it wouldn't be the Grey man series.


    Could you see Ballistic being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, cable tv series picked up by Showtime, HBO, or Netflix where they can push the sensors with violence. I would use an older man, not some baby faced kid. Det. Vega from Motive, Louis Ferreira, or Javier from Castle,Jon Huertas ?


    Any additional comments?

    I will get the next book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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