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K. Lewis

Listener Since 2004

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  • 10 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 213 titles in library
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  • Last Man Standing

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (330)

    With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

    Chad says: "Great book"
    "I liked it, but not for everyone"
    Overall

    A lot of complaints about this book are about the detail. Personally, I didn't find that at all disturbing. The protagonist is a fully developed character that the reader comes to know very well. I was surprised by the ending, and I wondered why I didn't suspect it. It did get a little longwinded for my taste at the end, but there were many loose ends to tie up, and even though not every storyline is resolved, I felt satisfied with the ending.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4321)
    Performance
    (2349)
    Story
    (2328)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Big Connelly fan...but not because of this book."
    Overall

    I have read/listened to everything Connelly has put out and this just isn't up to his standards. I'm not a tough critic, and I'm not expecting great "literature" but this book follows a similar pattern to the others in the Lincoln Lawyer series which would be be fine if done in an interesting way. This just didn't deliver for me. Peter Giles has read other books in the Lincoln Lawyer series, so I didn't have a problem with his narration. I am surprised by the volume of positive reviews...to each their own, I guess.

    I'm still a Connelly fan, but I couldn't wait for this one to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12012)
    Performance
    (4441)
    Story
    (4471)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Judith says: "Couldn't Take My Buds Out"
    "40+ hours never went by so quickly"
    Overall

    I found the characters and the story very compelling. I could have lived without the explicit sexual violence, but if Follett's objective was to make me loathe the antagonist, it worked very well. I'm not sure Follett can top this book, but I am looking forward to sequel nonetheless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26081)
    Performance
    (12732)
    Story
    (12774)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Not my usual cup of tea"
    Overall

    This is my first time listening to a story using multiple readers and this isn't my usual genre, but I absolutely loved this story. I became very invested in the stories of these women and their struggles and triumphs. At times I would laugh out loud, at times I cried. In the end I was crying, but I wasn't sure if it was about the content or the loss of my new found "friends". A rare book that I didn't want to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2364)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (863)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "I really want to rate it higher"
    Overall

    I thought the concept was interesting and I have started reading more about TWA Flight 800, I thought the characters were amusing and sarcastic.

    For me, it was just too straightforward. I didn't find anything that happened surprising or shocking, it was a very basic detective story and DeMille told you what you were looking for and how he was going to find it, it was just a matter of getting there.

    I got the feeling that DeMille began this work without any idea of how he was going to end it, which is a shame. I suppose he felt that he couldn't "officially" contradict the governments findings regarding Flt 800 and he just used 9/11 as a device to suddenly end the story/investigation, as now the key evidence has been destroyed.

    This story had me extremely intrigued, but in the end it turned out to be more of a twinkie than a satisfying meal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2048)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (596)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "Really more like 2 1/2"
    Overall

    I really liked Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, but this really was a weaker effort. I am not a person who normally sees who the "bad guy" is right away, but if it was obvious to me, than I would guess most people would see right through it.

    I won't reiterate some of the technical flaws that have already been discussed in detail.

    The only redeeming quality is Paul Michael, he brings the characters to life in a way that makes me care about what happens to them. Rare quality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3321)
    Performance
    (1551)
    Story
    (1554)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Entertaining but flawed"
    Overall

    The outcome was a bit contrived and if you can suspend your disbelief, then you may actually enjoy it. I liked the twists and turns, but in the end I was like, "Get real".

    I was interested in the characters, but Baldacci chose to keep them more 2 dimensional.

    Scott Brick, in my opinion, is not a very strong narrarator, if you aren't giving it your full attention (i.e. driving) you may lose track of who is speaking because he doesn't have enough differentiation between characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Janson Directive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (190)

    Peter Novak, one of the world's greatest men, has been kidnapped! Running out of time and hope, Novak's people turn to Paul Janson, legendary covert operative and assassin. Janson is retired, and nothing could lure him back - nothing except Peter Novak, who once saved Janson's life. "Ludlum's best since The Bourne Identity," raves Kirkus Reviews.

    Grady says: "Captivated me from the beginning"
    "Great action"
    Overall

    At times a bit long-winded, but pretty well done. I really did enjoy Paul Michael's narration, all the characters are very distinct. I had never read/listened to any of Ludlum's work before but may read his other works.

    This isn't high art, but I found it to be very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rule of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

    Shelley says: "Mental chewing gum that loses its flavor"
    "Save your time"
    Overall

    I got this title because I was told by a family member that she had friends that liked it better than "The Da Vinci Code".

    Well...with friends like that, who needs enemies.

    This book was incredibly slow, and was more of a self-indulgent coming of age story than the thriller I anticipated. I have no interest in further exploring the "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili."

    If operating under the premise that it is a coming of age story, you typically have to like the characters. Not only were most of the characters hard to like, they were fairly annoying.

    In defense of the book, it may be a better read than an audio book. I thought the narration was below average. Many of the women characters sounded like 80s Valley Girls (OMG!) and not Ivy League women, and much of that had to do with his tone than the written dialogue. Many of the men's voices were laughable.

    This book was very disappointing, and I wouldn't dream of suggesting a friend read it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6670)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1484)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    After reading some reviews, I was pretty surprised that a work of FICTION would upset people so much. If your faith is threatened by the book of one author, you shouldn't look at the author, you should look in the mirror.

    I thought Brown presented some very interesting ideas, things that I researched more on my own after reading. That said, the book isn't a "timeless classic", and I didn't expect it to be. It is what I call "book candy" most authors that make the New York Times bestseller list write "book candy". It doesn't mean that you don't enjoy it, it just means the satisfaction doesn't last very long. Unlike most, Brown piqued my intellectual curiosity, and for that I applaud him. I see that others had a similar response.

    I didn't have a problem with the narrarator, although the pilot was originally was done as a Brit with more of a Cockney accent and then he became French. Oops. The narration didn't keep from enjoying the work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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