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James

Retired 35 year policeman from So CA, relocated with my wife to South Carolina with "Toby" our cat. I listen to two books a week

Long Beach, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 332 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3538)
    Performance
    (3011)
    Story
    (3005)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Keeps Reader on Edge of Your Listener's Seat"
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    If you could sum up Defending Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    Causes great sociaetal introspection


    What other book might you compare Defending Jacob to and why?

    Comparing only takes away from the drama


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

    Emotion


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

    A family brought together then torn apart by tragedy


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mike Maden
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Troy Pearce is the CEO of Pearce Systems, a private security firm that is the best in the world at drone technologies. A former CIA SOG operative, Pearce used his intelligence and combat skills to hunt down America’s sworn enemies in the War on Terror. But after a decade of clandestine special ops, Pearce opted out. Too many of his friends had been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Now Pearce and his team chose which battles he will take on by deploying his land, sea, and air drones with surgical precision.

    Andrew says: "Clancy-like Story, New Action Character"
    "Very good in every respect."
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    So nice to listen to a story that grabs you at the first word and holds on to you through out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Two years ago, Robin Monarch was a top level CIA operative—perhaps the best they had when it came to black bag operations. Then one day, in the middle of an operation, with his team around him in the field, Monarch walked away, leaving his old life and friends behind without a word of explanation. Now this ex-soldier, ex-operative, and orphan with a murky past is a thief, stealing from the super-rich and has surfaced in St. Tropez.

    Eliezer Wagner says: "Great Story, great characters!"
    "A bit long winded"
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    Story was very good at the start then it went on and on and ........
    BUT, I did enjoy it after taking long breaks and clearing my mind from time to time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professionals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Owen Laukkanen
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise - quick, efficient, low risk - works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them - the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback.

    richard says: "A thrilling new voice in thrillers"
    "Suprised how good this was"
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    This book had me glued from the start to the ending. Personalizing the main characters with a bit of their non-professional home live was a nice touch.
    A very good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (208)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "Not worth your time."
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    Easy to review. Story was week, didn't flow and even Dick Hill couldn't make this story palatable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hour Game

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1825)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (692)

    A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

    Patricia says: "Disappointing"
    "Good from start to finish."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Solid story line that made it difficult to take breaks from listening and Scott Brick did his usual perfect performance. Really enjoyed this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Fall: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (279)

    “I didn’t do it!” is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a close friend who’s fallen on hard times, it’s tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle. It’s the start of another action-packed summer for the wisecracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now chief of detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven doctor.

    John S. Johnston says: "Just another great Ceepak book"
    "Rather Lacking"
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    Nothing wrong with the book but nothing really right either. The story of course was weak, but most of these Ceepak stories are. The ending is just not plausible so the entire story becomes a bit of a waste of time. Not sure I'll read any more of these.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (715)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "This was the best of the best"
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    For first time writer Jason Matthews, his insight made this book superb. A times I felt this could be used as a training manual for becoming a spy. Also, Jeremy Bobb was a perfect fit to narrate this story.
    I have listened to 200+ audio books and "The Sparrow" will go down as one of the top 10.

    This story should lend itself well to a follow-up or sequel, I can only hope.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    The man Jason Bourne fishes out of the freezing sea is near death, half-drowned and bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound. He awakens with no memory of who he is or why he was shot-and Bourne is eerily reminded of his own amnesia. Then Bourne discovers that the Mossad agent named Rebeka is so determined to find this injured man that she has gone off the grid, cut her ties to her agency, and is now being stalked by Mossad's most feared killer.

    Matthew McLelland says: "Worst Bourne ever"
    "Very good but culd have been better"
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    Would you listen to Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Imperative again? Why?

    Again, no? many more quality book to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters as always are expertly written


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

    He is the characters


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

    no, little at a time was perfect


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Marin Ireland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (191)

    Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single "Your Shadow" puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, "I'm coming for you," and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker.

    Joanne says: "Disappointing"
    "Outstanding"
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    What did you love best about XO?

    Loved the music from the story intermixed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development


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

    A natural, genuine flow


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

    not at all, took a while for the story to develope


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rolling Thunder: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (246)

    A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isnt long before there are suspicious hints of foul play, especially after another dead body is discovered: a stunning young beach beauty. Fortunately for mystery lovers, the straight-arrow cop John Ceepak and his wise-cracking young partner Danny Boyle are on the case.

    Janet says: "Great story and narration as usual!"
    "Entertaining"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Story was very simplistic but enjoyable.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Jeff did a very good job by making the most out of the material.


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

    TV, very good possibility. no idea about stars


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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