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Virginia Deering

Ginny

Member Since 2006

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HELPFUL VOTES
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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
    (9916)
    Performance
    (8986)
    Story
    (9061)

    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...."
    "Needs a Continuity Editor"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. This book is a sub-par effort on the part of the author. After so long a wait, Dan Brown fans deserve a more cohesive story. After reaching the end, I said, "Wait a minute, this is not believable, based on the earlier parts of the story!".


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The character development in the story took a hard left at the end. The motivations and actions are not consistent.


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

    Paul Michael gives a very good performance - I wonder if he went to the author and asked, "Is this the right script?"


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

    The story ultimately fell flat.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise was great - richly appointed with art history.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1083)

    Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

    Meaghan says: "private"
    "Great new character to follow"
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    If you could sum up Private in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, fun, interesting


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the unique story line of the adversary.


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

    No, I really enjoyed his performance. I am a fan of Dick Hill, George Guidall and Scott Brick. Peter Hermann holds his own in this company.


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

    I really enjoyed the moment when the case was cracked by a single clue.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the premise of this series. I listened to the next one right away. Then I listened to "Private Games". It was such a departure that I felt duped. It really was a sub-par product and does not represent this series very well at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2783)
    Performance
    (2399)
    Story
    (2413)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Interesting, Intelligent and Engaging"
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    Would you listen to Six Years again? Why?

    Listening to this again will be a treat. This story had lots of nuances and story twists that I'll enjoy even more the second time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The craft of writing was excellent; for audio books, however, even the best story can be ruined by a poor narration performance. In this case the performance was on par with the literature.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene that stands out in my memory was when Jake returned to Vermont, only to find out every trace of the place he remembered had vanished. At this point the reader would never suspect the real story...


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

    Relentless Love


    Any additional comments?

    This story relies on great storytelling, rather than action scenes (although there are some) or torrid love scenes (although there is a great love present). It is just satisfying experience that I look forward to enjoying again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private Games

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Paul Panting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (603)

    Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries. The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed.

    Hollie says: "Well done"
    "Not really the same series"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be great for someone who has never heard or read the first two Private Series, and is from the UK or Australia. The narrator fails to approximate an American accent, and one cannot recognize Jack Morgan, the primary character in the series. The "first person" narrative of the killer is very dark.


    What could James Patterson and Mark Sullivan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Firstly, the narrator was just too far "off" from previous performances. Secondly, the plot is a huge departure from Jack Morton's world. It doesn't seem to belong in the series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had no skill at American accents.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story took some very interesting turns.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4105)
    Performance
    (3659)
    Story
    (3657)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Great Storytelling and a performance to match!"
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    If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

    Compact, engaging, substantial.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great twist on a thriller, delivering unpredictable villains and even more unpredictable heroes. The shifting points of view richly enhance the reader's experience without being repetitious.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Maggie.


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

    I consumed it!


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to more about Scott James and Maggie

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Fall: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (788)

    Haunted by the past, John Rain kills to order and leaves no trace, but the death at his hand of an old man has unforeseen complications - and soon Rain is trying to protect not just his carefully preserved anonymity but his own life and those of the people he cares for. A stunning, page-turning reinvention of the hitman thriller, Rain Fall marks the introduction of a compelling new series character and major new thriller writing career.

    George says: "Great new take on the Assassin Genre"
    "Thriller with no thrill"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This production needed a better narrator. The monotone delivery of this narrator threw cold water on all the most suspenseful scenes.


    What other book might you compare Rain Fall to and why?

    The craft of the story approaches Alex Berenson. The reader gets a real sense of place in the rich descriptions of Japan. Also, the reader is drawn into the Japanese culture, as one becomes familiar with Afghanistan, in Berenson's books.


    What didn’t you like about Brian Nishii’s performance?

    He was dull, and came across as an amateur. Sorry.


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

    It failed to thrill.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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