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Christian

Vienna, IL, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Deal Breaker

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (317)

    Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big-time. So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client. But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend, a woman who everyone, including the police, believes is dead, the deal starts to go sour. Suddenly Myron is plunged into a baffling mystery of sex and blackmail.

    Lisa says: "Deal Breaker"
    "Good book!"
    Overall

    Not the greatest of the Myron Bolitar books, but it was his first, he get's better as he goes. Plus I started out with a different narrator who really understood the smart alec tones of Myron. But it was still good. Not great, but good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter by Design

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (591)

    After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.

    Russell says: "Is there a such thing as 'too graphic'?"
    "Better than the last one"
    Overall

    I had to get this because I'm such a fan of the show. This got back to the heart of "Dexter" - and it was okay, but I can't say that I HAD to listen to it. It was slow and hardly engaging - but it was MUCH better than the last one (which isn't saying much).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (441)

    In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

    Patti says: "Loved the book and the characters"
    "Very good listen"
    Overall

    This book was like the movie in the fact that the characters were named the same - oh and the title was the same. This book is MUCH better than the movie. 4 stars from me is like 5 from someone else. I really enjoyed the book and looked forward to listening to it - which is a good measure for me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (3981)
    Performance
    (2729)
    Story
    (2742)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Steven Weber is AWESOME!!!!"
    Overall

    This is a mondo long book - and without someone like Steven Weber to breathe life into the characters and really commit to the story - I don't know if it would have translated into audio form. This gets 5 stars just for the way Steven Weber read it - much less the incredible story.

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (986)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Started slow - but ended breathless"
    Overall

    I love the Reacher books - I'm on the edge of my seat until October when we find out what happens. Great book that started very slow but really took off about a quarter to a third of the way through.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1259)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (917)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    John says: "Why did they release this production?"
    "Audio quality quite poor"
    Overall

    This book had poor audio quality with the words clipping off. If it weren't for that, I think this is a 4 star book. It was good and kept me listening, but they sped up the voice or tried to eliminate space between his words and they clipped quite often. If that kind of stuff doesn't bother you, get it...otherwise go to Amazon and order the actual book and read it, you'll like it better.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Michael Chabon's Grady Tripp is one messed up college writing professor - his marriage is breaking up, his girlfriend (wife of the dean) is pregnant, his marijuana habit is taking over, and his editor is just about out of a job. Tripp has published a few moderately successful novels but is strangling his creativity with introspection and marijuana. When his editor and best friend, Terry Crabtree, comes to town and spreads chaos, Tripp goes along for the ride.

    connie says: "better than movie version"
    "What's the point?"
    Overall

    Dreadfully awful. I wanted to like this and I think that David Colacci breathed as much life into it as possible. I gave it two stars for the narration, but that's pretty much the only positive thing about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Jennifer says: "How sad..."
    "Good book with terrible ending"
    Overall

    The ending of this book was just terrible. It totally ruined a good book. Dan Brown is known for his payoff at the end of a book and this one just fell flat. I gave it three stars for the fact that i did enjoy the body of the book, but the end was just horrid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (367)

    Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform.

    Stephen says: "No connection to new heroine"
    "Very good book"
    Overall

    This book was really good. I didn't HAVE to pick up my iphone to keep listening, but I liked it. It was a really good book and worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Man Standing

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (1330)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (326)

    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"
    "Decent but drones on"
    Overall

    This isn't Baldacci's best work. It's almost like he was trying too hard to make London likable. It honestly could have been condensed and made a little better. I liked it, but didn't love it. 3 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9299)
    Performance
    (4274)
    Story
    (4300)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Five Stars even with the right wing slant"
    Overall

    This was a tremendous book. I wasn't really happy with the lightly veiled right wing slant (the heroine was an unabashed republican who opposed the Bill Clinton cartoon of a villian - the voice even sounded like him). But trust me, even the Frank Carvell's and Sean Hannity's of the world could forget about politics with this tremendous book. I have never rated a fiction book with political commentary at 5 stars before. I don't care if it's my side or not (which as a moderate I change sides with the issue). I use these books to escape. But in this small town dome book, I suppose it's impossible to stay away from it.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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