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J. Kirkland Douglass

Lenexa, KS USA

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86
REVIEWS
2
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HELPFUL VOTES
6

  • The Book of Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    Ann Blake, a rare-book expert and conservator, was imprisoned for a drunk-driving accident that she doesn't remember, one that resulted in the death of her husband, a famous rare-book expert. But she is freed from prison by CIA undercover agent Tucker Anderson in exchange for her help and expertise on the Library of Gold, a legendary collection of books that have been lost to the world for over a century.

    Meggin says: "Another copycat book"
    "Just another of the same"
    Overall

    Biggest problem - I didn't like the reader. A good reader makes me forget that he or sheis there. This reader was bad enough that I was constantly aware of timing, vocal inflection, etc. This really takes away from the book.
    The story itself is definitely cookie cutter. I probably would have enjoyed it more with a different reader.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (824)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "Juvenile writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Interesting plot concept. Characters are 2 dimensional and the dialog is awful. Might be good for young teen reading.


    Has The Circle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Love the genre. This just wasn't written well.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dion Graham’s performances?

    Book was bad. Hard to evaluate the reader as he had poor material with which to work.


    What character would you cut from The Circle?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Heroine comes from the imagination of a 9 year old. And if I heard "he said" and "she said" one more time........

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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