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James

I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!

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  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (487)

    The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

    coreybeth says: "Buy it NOW awesome series!! More please!"
    "A good page turner."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Well done story, it was better than the first and for the lovers of zombie sci fi, it holds up will for zombie genre. It has good action, and follows smoothly.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga before, how does this one compare?

    I get the feeling that it was Jay that wrote this book with Kirkman's assistance.. it follows the walking dead storyline, but was missing something, a little drawn out to make the book longer. Maybe I am too much a fan, but R Kirkman refers to the undead as walkers and biters, while Bonansinga uses the term zombies, and too often uses the word,"supine".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably where Lily starts to put together things aren't safe in Woodbury, and she is realizing that her friends are disapearing. All I am going to say. read the book.


    Was The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury worth the listening time?

    Yes. It shows a parallel storyline to Rick and the others at the Prison who are surviving following to the zombie virus. The characters are rich in thier developement, only disapointed to see many die off by end.


    Any additional comments?

    By about the third time they are caught unaware of walkers, and taken by surprise, I am wondering , if these are survivors, then how did they manage to outwit, and survive? I mean, how many were first taken, bitten, and caught in the armagedon, these survivors would definately be sharper, keener and skills honed to pre-awareness of walkers movement towards them.. noise, smell, etc.

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  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2694)
    Performance
    (2178)
    Story
    (2178)

    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 (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2520)
    Performance
    (2206)
    Story
    (2215)

    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.

    Vicky says: "The Gray Man only slows down for Red Lights"
    "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 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (668)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "Worthy of a Read- or listen to on audible."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, definately, but to start back to the beginning.. Love the way the charactors develop, I am rooting for Will and Sara.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Just don't want to see Will's life or Sara's come to an end.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I do enjoy Will, Sara, and Faith.


    Was Unseen worth the listening time?

    Yes, if you love the Will Trent Series, you will come to enjoy the story, and the small parts connecting their lives.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a bit lenghy on the direction that this mystery-thriller takes us on, covering a lot of details about Lena and her husband Jarod. I never noticed it before, but I dislike one-word titles... I would prefer the detective thrillers to have a longer title. I do wish there might have been more inclusion of Faith.. maybe next book!

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  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1894)
    Story
    (1912)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Very Intriging, thrilling read."
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    What did you like best about Dead Eye? What did you like least?

    I was impressed with M Greaney's deep passion for well researched, action packed story. He doesn't over-define, but let's the reader feel like your looking over the gray man's shoulder through the story. I was impressed with his ability to escape being killed. I liked the least of his friend Ruth that was written out.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, from Court's first assignment, to chapter after chapter of being chased.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder?

    Yes.


    Do you think Dead Eye needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would like to see him get picked up by the Israeli's special intelligence agency.


    Any additional comments?

    Much more modern day action, as opposed to Jason Bourne series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27222)
    Performance
    (21052)
    Story
    (21258)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "A waste of $, a chore to finish!"
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    What did you like best about Mockingjay? What did you like least?

    I was thoroughly disappointed that Ms. Collins let me down. She originally wrote about a resourceful, strong willed, brave young girl who was meant to survive in the district and become a leader of many districts. She made HG a page turner, or I hungered to keep listening to my audiobook! CF was good, but I expected more for the last book, instead it became a drag to finish. Katniss kept her family alive by hunting, with survival skills and raw energy. HG, Katniss was a selfless girl who saved her sisters' life by sacrificing herself. Instead by CF she starts to loose that control, to the third, MJ , what do we get? *(spoiler) A girl who's can't make up her mind who she loves, is just a pawn or puppet used by others, and becomes this spineless, whiney girl, who's drugged on morphfling, much way that Haymitch strayed in character as a drunk though out the trilogy. Just as the action gets exciting, she gets knocked out, and ends the buildup, the rebels won, we read or are told the Capitol fell, and no Katniss in it.. What a let-down. Prim is barely in the story, but yet we are supposed to feel remorse when she dies. Prim dying meant nothing, I don't know why Ms. Collins portrayed Katniss this way. It turned me off, and was left wishing the story would move on, and tired of people around her dying. . By the time the back third of the story was upon me, I just wanted it to end. I felt disattached. I felt no joy that the Capitol fell, or the rebels won.
    She didn't choose Peeta, she ended up with him because he was the only one who stayed.
    Just to have kids because Peeta wanted them, and raised them on the ashes of her people in the bombed district. I felt that Ms. Collins wrote this book just as if pushed to finish it for a big movie deal.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?

    I need to read reviews.


    What three words best describe Carolyn McCormick’s voice?

    Very good.


    Did Mockingjay inspire you to do anything?

    If I ever write a book or trilogy, then I am going to make sure I have a prepared answers for why I chose to write it, or follow the direction of that book or series. I am not impressed with the let down of the trilogy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1672)
    Performance
    (1408)
    Story
    (1414)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Engaging, a good book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Criminal to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy Kathleen Early's narration.


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

    The final chapters were - wow... and opened the door.. the book does get mired down, spanning 40 yrs, between present day Will, and the first case that paird up Amanda and Evelyn Mitchell. I miss the lack of our favorites, Will, and Faith.. but it was interesting to see more of Amanda and Evelyn. The way women were treated on the force 40 yrs ago has me wondering, but the story was good and tied together at the end.


    What does Kathleen Early bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her interpretation, mood of the main characters, like Will, Amanda, Angie, and Sara.


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

    No... but it was very interesting to listen to on my commutes... sometimes I had to back up as I found myself thinking about something, and missed the next subject of data as it moves very fast.


    Any additional comments?

    I missed the lack , or want for more of the main characters I grew to love so much in this series.. meanwhile, I found the final chapters open the door to so much, in understanding Will's past, and his upbringing, and the relationship with his boss, Amanda. I have really gotten hooked on this series.. K Slaughters books have yet to disapoint me. Well worth the price.

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  • Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (615)

    From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

    Cindy says: "Really rough material"
    "Start where it begins, addictive!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The later books in the series get better. There is more details thrown in about the characters lives, the material is black as some say, but the books are pageturners, or the audible recordings make you want to continue to listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just the repore amongst the characters, Will Trent is a very likable, yet different kind of detective.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Will Trent.


    Was Triptych worth the listening time?

    Yes... but as recommended to me; start out reading or listening to "Undone" and "Broken" first!


    Any additional comments?

    I am loving the Grant County/ Will Trent series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4172)
    Performance
    (2610)
    Story
    (2638)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Not a standout"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think that it was so so... It could have been better.. the story dragged on in the final third.
    It had me at my most in the beginning- and taking the artifacts to the museum.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It needed more counter plot - the final third of the book drudged on.. the only spark was the hint that one of the biochemist was synthetizing a new plant form.. and that could spark more monsters.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Sorry- nobody outstanding.. Dr. Margo Green? maybe.


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

    Uh- daah... how old is this website? Who is running this ? Movie was made back in 1997!
    IMDB gave it5.6 stars out of 10.. starring Penelepe A Miller and Tom Sizemore..
    This is 2014!!! tsk tsk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1268)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Become a Karin Slaghter fan!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The characters have engaging personalities in which you want to read on, not just about the case, but to find out what happens next in their lives. Its true, written by others.. read these in order... and these books are ones you can't put down.. or want to keep listening to.. you get hooked and want to devour what happens next. Very well written.. very well narrated.. I like Shannon Cochran's voices of characters , and their personalities.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dr. Sara Linton and Will Trent attraction to each other. I also enjoy how the author shows both their points of view in the story solving the case, along with Faith Mitchell.


    What about Shannon Cochran’s performance did you like?

    S Cochran has a passionate way of becoming the characters, and you follow along in the story, whereas , her voice never gets on your nerve. She does an excellent job.


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

    This book made me smile by the touching way that Sara went after Will. She finally caught on, his sad life, his miserable marriage... Meanwhile, the other characters like Faith, and Amanda were rooting for Will.. they knew what was going on.. before he even did.


    Any additional comments?

    Not only a good book but a great series. I have recommended them to my brother, and to my friends who like cop/suspense books. I was hooked after reading Unseen, and Broken. They are hard to put down and are to be enjoyed. I am so happy I found them. I encourage people who like detective novels, to join in and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (554)

    In her latest suspense masterpiece, Karin Slaughter weaves together moving, powerful human stories of characters as real as they are complex and unforgettable. At the same time she has crafted a work of dazzling storytelling and spine-tingling mystery - as three people, with their own wounds and their own secrets, are all that stand between a madman and his next crime.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Best mashup of Grant County and Will Trent series!"
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    Where does Undone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good series.. good characters, strong audio narration and good tie in ending.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Karin Slaughter? Why or why not?

    I had purchased Broken, and had read reviewers who had suggested reading Undone first as a tie in. I am very happy I did. Very good.


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

    Faith Mitchell.


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

    Finding out who the bad guy was near the end.. a bonus, where you sometimes guess it and have to wade thru chapters before the main characters find out. Enjoyed the multi-dimension personalities of the characters who keep you reading or listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Very graphic in describing the disgusting treatment of the women abducted. If your faint of heart, or bothered by this, then don't read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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