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Peterack

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10067)
    Performance
    (9119)
    Story
    (9197)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "A Good Dan Brown"
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    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top tier.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The museum escape


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Langdon sees himself on a video from the day before committing a crime that he does not remember.


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

    I could not wait to listen to it, in order to keep progressing with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I have to "check my brain at the door" for Brown's work, and look past his dislike and cheap shots towards religion and people of faith, as his books go, this one was a lot of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Curiosity: Stone Barrington, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (202)

    Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Manhattan’s elite are beset by a series of clever crimes - and Stone is a material witness - he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by the very systems meant to keep them safe.

    Catherine says: "Boring"
    "Good and Typical (as of late) Stone Barrington Sto"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The later (current) Stone Barrington Books are not too deep. A decent, albeit always unbelievable plot, leads to a quick and satisfying conclusion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Carnal Curiosity?

    My memory of this book, is actually my only negative comment. Tony Roberts' choice of the voice for the Detective "Dino" - sounds like a drunk Jackie Gleason. The voice does not match my imagining of the character.


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

    Mr. Roberts, with one exception, brings good, and mostly slight, vocal intonations to each character...so that (except for the character of "Dino") no one sounds too much like a cartoon.


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

    A lawyer, his loves, and trouble.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Purple Place for Dying: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (227)

    A Purple Place for Dying finds Travis McGee witness to a murder he can't prove and a kidnapping nobody wants to believe. McGee becomes a pawn between a wealthy Southwestern patriarch, the law, and a mysterious gang bent on insurance fraud. Just the kind of thing McGee revels in!

    Bonnie says: "A man from the first half of the 20th century"
    "Good Travis McGee Marred by Narrator's Limitations"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Purple Place for Dying to be better than the print version?

    No. At least not THIS version. The narrator did a fine job with men...but whenever women character's came about, and there is one woman is is a main character throughout the book, they sounded like Muppets...which was really distracting.


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

    Not so much this one. It is sort of a mystery by the numbers, not a lot of twits or surprises, but MacDonald is a good and descriptive author that the reader is compelled to follow the trail.


    What didn’t you like about Robert Petkoff’s performance?

    As I mentioned earlier...he cannot perform in women's voices without sounding like a animated squirrel or Muppet...which became very distracting for me.


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

    Just the dialogue as written. MacDonald can take the description of a woman's clothed rear end and allow the reader to visualize the character, and does so without becoming pornographic or silly.


    Any additional comments?

    The third in the McGee series, really begins to hit its stride after a strong opening and a weak sophomore offering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (29 mins)
    • By Glenn Gers
    • Narrated By Damian Lewis
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (533)

    Picking up at the end of Season Two after he has parted from Carrie at the border, Brody relates, in the form of a letter to Carrie, his desperate escape by sea and land as the world's most-hunted fugitive. Guided off the grid by a former CIA analyst and a battle-scarred French mercenary, he stays in the shadows...both physically and emotionally. But wherever he goes and whoever he meets, he cannot stop thinking about Carrie.

    elise says: "Great addition to the series!"
    "A "Nothing""
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A more involved story, than just a one page monologue.


    Has Free: Homeland: Phantom Pain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Damian Lewis?

    No one. He IS reading the character he plays on the series.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment for sure. Could have done a lot more with this.


    Any additional comments?

    The price was right (free) and it was thankfully short, so not a total waste of time...but close.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Slight Trick of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mitch Cullin
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    He's 93-years-old, in retirement in Sussex, beginning to lose his memory, and subject to emotions he has resisted all his life. His name is Sherlock Holmes.

    Jennifer says: "Worth more than five stars!"
    "Good Character Study of the Aged, Former Detective"
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    What did you love best about A Slight Trick of the Mind?

    I loved the way it studied, in a unique, new way, the main character - Sherlock Holmes.


    What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

    His vocal pacing was very good.


    If you could rename A Slight Trick of the Mind, what would you call it?

    The focused, yet imperfect mind, of an aging former detective.


    Any additional comments?

    A read for true Holmes fans, because they will appreciate the story without being disappointed that this is not a classic Holmseian mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perchance to Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The Sternwood family, immortalized in The Big Sleep, is in trouble again. Lovely Vivian's psychotic sister, Carmen, has disappeared from the sanitarium, and Vivian herself has once again fallen into the clutches of the shady underworld character Eddie Mars. Enter Philip Marlowe, the original tough-but-tender private eye, resurrected by Robert B. Parker, creator of his own phenomenally popular Spenser mystery series.

    thomas says: "PARKER CHANNELING CHANDLER"
    "An Under Appreciated Sequel to "the Big Sleep""
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    What did you love best about Perchance to Dream?

    The writing AND narration equally.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author, Robert B. Parker, brings Chandler's Philip Marlowe back to life in this sequel to the classic author's first novel.


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

    Having played Philip Marlowe in the film "The Long Goodbye" - Gould is comfortable being the narrative voice of this character. In addition to that Mr. Gould is comfortable with silence and pauses and thus presents the story, and voices with good rhythm. Finally, his characterization voices of other men and women are not over the top while still keeping it listenable for the hearer of the audiobook.


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

    The Sequel to the Big Sleep Continues the Excitement


    Any additional comments?

    As of 5/22/2013, upon my reporting of this error...the audiobook is falsely advertised as "Unabridged." Clocking in under three hours made me suspicious as did the fast clip of the story. I pulled off my old paperback version and began following along and discovered chunks of the story details and dialogue removed...thus the book is "Abridged." I do not like abridged books, but since there was not another option for this (I don't believe anyone ever recorded an unabridged version) I was happy to listen to it. But for those who want that, beware, this book falsely advertises itself as "Un." This is the reason I took it down one star for my "overall" review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17877)
    Performance
    (15894)
    Story
    (15851)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A "Wow" Book that Hardly Lets Up"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The Narrator (Craig Wasson) is wonderful and makes this story come alive.


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    Time and Again by Finney - That, like this are great, epic stories utilizing Time Travel.


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

    Have not listened to others...but I will!


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

    Past Present and Future...together...again.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not let 30 hours dissuade you from listening to this fantastic novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady, Go Die!: A Mike Hammer Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mickey Spillane, Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Private investigator Mike Hammer and the beautiful Velda go on vacation to a small beach town on Long Island after wrapping up the Williams case from I, the Jury. Walking along the boardwalk, they witness a brutal beating at the hands of some vicious local cops - and Hammer wades in to defend the victim.

    Peterack says: "Typical Low Level Spillaine Brought Up a Notich"
    "Typical Low Level Spillaine Brought Up a Notich"
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    If you could sum up Lady, Go Die! in three words, what would they be?

    Typical mediocre Spillane.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Surprised, while also relieved to have finally arrived. A bit of a trudge to get there.


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

    I have not. I have heard his narration, but not book reading performances. Keach is getting older and slower, and I detect some kind of speech impediment that makes me think I am listening to a person who sufferred a minor stroke.

    All of this is okay, but I was hearing shades of "Mike Hammer" (the main character and narrator).


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

    Vanilla.


    Any additional comments?

    For fans of Spillane only.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (442)

    Jay Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, whom he met during the war when he was penniless. Having made himself wealthy through illegal means, he now lives in a mansion across the bay from the home of Daisy Buchanan, who has since married for money. Holding on to his illusion of Daisy as perfect, he seeks to impress her with his wealth, and uses his new neighbor, Nick Carraway, (our narrator), to reach her.

    Tad Davis says: "Didn't realize how good this was"
    "Narrator Makes The Book Come Alive"
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    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Not only for the writing - it is a classic, after all, but especially for the narrator, who makes vocal choices that help us to hear the rhythm of the text.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick Carroway...the narrator. He tells it as he sees it, in a very genteel way.


    What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?

    What is not to love? Heald makes this book come alive, and does so by not falling into the traps that so many other authors do...he does not "chew the scenary" and make it about "him" or "his reading" but fully immerses himself as the voice of the novel.

    His light, southern accent, and genteel delivery hearkens us to a time and place from which the narrator delivers the plot. He is excellent at taking on other character's voices and vocal mannerisms without overdoing it (as I said above. There is no sense of a "listen to what I am doing here...aren't I clever and talented?").

    I may never "read" this book again, I so enjoyed this particular audio version (with Heald as narrator).


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I have said it all...and you can tell I am a fan of this narrator and will look for other works read by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3860)
    Performance
    (3148)
    Story
    (3112)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Good - and typical - Grisham"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Though some do not appreciate the way he writes, Grisham tends to write open ended plots that could go anywhere and do not always appear to finish, but if you can open to these "slice of life" novels they can, like this one, be quite enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the down and out attorney who was working his way into a normal life style again.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    He reads well, dilettantes the character voices without going over the top in his performance.


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

    A film that will make you wish that every law firm, was a boutique firm.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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