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  • Step on a Crack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By John Slattery, Reg Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and cold-blooded scenario.

    James says: "Classic good Patterson"
    "I didn't figure it out halfway through!"
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    I wasn't sure about the 'dual author' thing, but this was a great story. It kept me intrigued until the very end, and I didn't figure it out early, as sometimes happens. I /really/ liked the use of two different narrators. It helped differentiate the point-of-view right away, which in an audio book can sometimes be a little difficult. The use of two very disparate voices definitely helped me, as a listener, switch gears between the villain and Bennett. Looking forward to reading more of this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22842)
    Performance
    (9497)
    Story
    (9571)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Worth all the Hype"
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    I originally borrowed this book from my mother, because people kept talking about how great it was. I'd not seen the Swedish movies, and the American version wasn't out yet. Once I'd read it, I understood why everyone thought it was so good! It has a few slow bits, and sometimes you think that Mr. Larsson is giving you too much, but once you move on to the second and third books, you'll understand. (And you absolutely must move on to them.)
    Once you get past the 'lead up,' the story moves pretty quickly. And what's more fascinating than a thirty year old mystery?

    After seeing the movies (all of them, Swedish and American) I wanted to reread, and decided to use a credit to get the audio version. Simon Vance makes the audio experience way, way better than just reading. Even a translation still has Swedish names, which sometimes look a little incomprehensible. It can be daunting. Vance not only never stumbles over a pronunciation, he actually says the words with the right inflections. He doesn't sound like an English guy reading foreign words. I enjoyed his 'voices' for the different characters, and the rhythm with which he reads. Absolutely worth five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4145)
    Performance
    (3525)
    Story
    (3508)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "So much fun!"
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    I checked out the reviews before buying this, and they were positive enough that I gave it a shot. I wasn't disappointed! Sure, it's not full of twists and psychological bad guys... but I was pleasantly surprised by the solution, and as a lighthearted read, it's fantastic. The narrator absolutely brings this book to five stars; her accents and intonation give it that extra something, bringing the characters to life. I can't wait to listen to more, and Georgie ranks right up there now as one of my top ten Girl Sleuths!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1665)
    Performance
    (1488)
    Story
    (1483)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    adrienne says: "Trouble always finds him!"
    "A fun ride"
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    I'm fairly new to the Reacher series, this being book 2, and the second I've listened to. I read the other reviews before buying it, good and bad, but decided not to skip it.

    I wasn't disappointed. Yes, the dialogue tendency to end sentences in "right?" was a bit annoying, but no more so to me than some regional accents or tendencies. It was probably a bit more noticeable in audio form.

    I LIKE Jonathan McClain. (I'm not really a fan of Dick HIll, sorry.) I thought his narrative style suited the story just fine, and while I can understand some people, having listened to other books first, getting 'married' to the idea of one narrator as the embodiment of a character, I don't think McClain -didn't- do the story justice.

    As for the story itself? It was full of action, a little bit of intrigue, and at least one small twist I didn't see coming. The villain was a bit blood-curdling, and McClain's rendition of his voice just made him even more creepy. All in all, I'm not sorry I spent a credit on what was a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (370)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Ora says: "have waited a looonnnngggg time for these on audio"
    "So Glad to See These!"
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    My dad turned me on to this book and this series nearly 30 years ago, and it's been a solid favorite all these years. Finding out they were now all on Audible (and even some I didn't know existed!) was a wonderful surprise, because now not only can I enjoy them again, I can share them with my daughter. Robert Asprin's tongue-in-cheek humor never gets old.

    It took some getting used to the narrator, but he grew on me fairly quickly, and I really rather liked his 'Aahz voice.'

    This is a great series, full of humor and really just fun. Very appropriate for teens though not written as teen fiction. I would highly reccommend it to anyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (741)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "So much fun!"
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    Ages ago, before audio books, I had read Timothy Zahn's Star Wars trilogy on the recommendation of a friend. Seeing this title, and reading the reviews, prompted me to try it, partly because I trust Zahn to write a good tale that isn't jarring with the Star Wars universe that -I- grew up with (pre Episode I, tyvm).

    I was not disappointed. The narration was just fabulous, with all the different voices, giving what was already a fun, interesting story greater scope and depth. I think fans of 'heist' stories will enjoy it regardless of their interest in the Star Wars setting (or lack of interest, gasp!) because you don't /really/ have to be a fan or know much to feel involved in the story. Being a fan just makes the little 'easter eggs' more fun. :)

    The ending was unexpected, which is always fun! A thoroughly enjoyable listen all around.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Imitation in Death: In Death, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (525)

    Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, "Jack."

    Holly Helscher says: "The Saga Continues"
    "Always a Pleasure"
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    I recently began to re-listen to the titles I own, and I am reminded (again) how much I enjoy this series. There's enough of the cop process, the mystery, to make it more than 'just a romance,' but there's always, /always/, personal aspects in Robb's characters. These little things bring those characters to life, give them depth, and make these books worth enjoying again. Peabody and the other cops aren't just extra props, and Eve's complicated relationship with her, with Rourke, with all the people in her immediate circle make her (to me) a far more interesting main character than just some chick in a fluff romance. The issues and angsts aren't your typical, cliche baggage, and arent' always completely resolved at the end of the book. It's a nice touch, and when you add the personality that Erickson brings to each voice, it makes a very enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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