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Christian

Omaha, NE, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (892)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

    Rene says: "Too much dialog, too little story"
    "Book and narration not as good as hoped"
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    I've been looking forward to the release of this book, especially since its release on audibles came at the same time as the printed book's release.

    I found some issues with the book - as people have been saying for awhile with this series of books, the plots have been becoming less and less believable. This book is certainly no exception that that. Also, the book picked up where the last book left off, and it seems like there are some time table issues with it. There are references to the end of her nieces relationship, an attempted murder from the last book, and the goings on in this book that just don't add up. Not to mention the fact that Scarpetta acts like she has only been in a near death experience once, and of course it has happened many times. Suddenly, she is affected by it more than a year later? or was it less than a year? hard to tell!

    Finally, I've really enjoyed the narration of Cornwell's books by C.J. Critt and Kate Reading, but Kate Burton's monotoned performance makes Scarpetta seem depressed and synical, at best. Scarpetta's sassiness and wittiness are lost when put in Burton's hands.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (842)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Excellent story read excellently"
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    I first read this story over 20 years ago. Loved it then, and I still love it now. Scott Brick brings a great voice to the characters. The only thing that bothers me about the story is that the female character is a bit whiny. Scott succefully played her as such. : D I will forever regret that someone did not bring this novel to the big screen before the cold war lost its currentness in history. But I will not miss the cold war. I was thrilled to find this in the audible catalog and I'm sure I will be listening to it from time to time in the years to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isle of Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Michele Hall
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Patricia Cornwell's novels of big-city police have taken this classic genre to a new level. "Move over, Carl Hiaasen, you've got company," the San Francisco Examiner warned. "Patricia Cornwell has switched to Hiaasen's world of black humor and nearly conquers it." USA Today concurred: "Cornwell has coined a new penny." With Isle of Dogs, Cornwell outdoes herself with a wry tale of life and turmoil behind the blue wall.

    Michael E. says: "NOT Typical Cornwell, But a very fun read"
    "Great Narration"
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    I'm sure I would have enjoyed reading this book. However, I really loved listening to it. The narration was spot on.
    I've grown weary of the Scarpetta novels, because the most recent ones seem to ignore the previous years of the story line. Isle of Dogs was fresh and funny. Showed a different side of Cornwell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1236)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Gotta love Flowers and narrator Conger"
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    Virgil Flowers is one of my favorite characters in this genre, and I was really looking forward to this book's audio release. It wasn't a terrific book, but I can't say I was very disapointed either.

    First, I can't imagine anyone doing Flowers but Conger. And, Conger did an excellent job with this book just like he has with the other Flowers books.

    This book didn't have the same gusto as the previous Flowers books, and it was dangerously teetering on the ridiculous. But the author pulled us back from the place called "ridiculous" just in time.

    In the end, I love Flowers enough and the book was good enough to give it a thumbs up.

    When can we get another Flower's book!?!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A is for Alibi: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (379)

    This is the first in the popular series featuring California investigator Kinsey Millhone. She's 32, twice divorced, no kids, an ex-cop who likes her work...and who works strictly alone!

    Gene says: "Poorly Narrated"
    "Story less than expected; narration terrible"
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    What did you like best about A is for Alibi? What did you like least?

    I enjoy fictional crime stories and I thought the


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2320)
    Performance
    (1474)
    Story
    (1456)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "difficult to get beyond the reader"
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    Its a struggle to listen to this book. Wanting to give the writer a chance, I had to make an effort to "forget" the voice of the narrator. But how can you? I am no linguist, but this guy has one of the strongest accents for a fiction book that I have ever heard - perhaps from the Boston area? The guy doesn't prenunciate his R's. The thing is, it makes every character in the book appear to be from the same area of the country. I can't explain the phenominon any better than that, and I don't have the same experience when a mid-western type 'non-accent" belongs to the narrator.

    I do give the narrator credit for trying to show the feeling of the characters, but his delivery makes the book seem like some old cheesy dime store detective novel. And if you aren't wanting a cheesy dime store detective novel, the book is only worth two stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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