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  • Goldfinger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (224)

    James Bond is challenged by a maniacal superfiend: the world's cleverest, cruelest criminal. Complications abound. A beautiful golden girl turns up dead, and a friendly game of two-handed canasta turns into a deadly game of survival with ever-rising stakes: 15 billion dollars worth of U.S. government bullion. But 007 knows that Auric Goldfinger's rules remain brutally simple: heads I win, tails you die.

    DARBY KERN says: "One of Fleming's better books"
    "Gold is the KEY!"
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    This is a great listen and I highly recommend it. I love the 007 books, actually much better than the movies, and this audio DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Casino Royale

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1378)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (836)

    Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming's tales of secret agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called "Le Chiffre" by ruining him at the Baccarat table, forcing his Soviet spymasters to "retire" him. It seems that lady luck has sided with 007 when Le Chiffre hits a losing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules.

    Pork C. Fish says: "Ouch!"
    "Amazing Audiobook!!"
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    This is the first book in the James Bond saga, however, you probably already know that. I read the entire series years ago when I had the hard copies and the vision to read hard copy books and I loved it. I've always found the James Bond in the novels to be more authentic than the movies portray. The movies drifted towards comedy and gadgets and really don't portray Bond as the ruthless, survive by the wits spy that this book portrays. I really liked this book and really suggest you try it.

    Simon Vance turns in another exceptional performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Meg Tilly
    • Narrated By Meg Tilly
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Gemma is the story of a child abduction written from two widely divergent points of view: 12 year-old Gemma and Hazen Wook, the 36-year-old man who abducts her. Hazen is a violent pedophile, a sexual obsessive, and Tilly does not white-wash or sanitize his thoughts in any way. This book is scary and not for the faint of heart.

    kristabela says: "wow"
    "Haunting"
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    I don't want to say I liked this audio, because that just feels very creepy. I can say I never wanted to hug a fictional character so much in my life. This book is powerful and that's no doubt. The ending felt a little weak, though. It ended abruptly without giving me any closure on several of the plot lines. Makes me wonder if there will be a Gemma 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23321)
    Performance
    (20815)
    Story
    (20888)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Super Tight Writing Review with No Spoilers"
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    I highly recommend this book to people who have already seen the film and for those who have not. The book is super suspenseful and really fleshes out the intense nature of Amy and Nick's relationship, I put her name first so I don't get into Amy's deadly sights, is defined in a way the movie could not do.

    I've read some reviews that talk about how Amy was an over-the-top character and there is not really any woman out there like her. I find that extremely naïve and I can only assume the reviewers have a "June Cleaver" or "Brady Bunch" image of most women. There are women and men who are "evil", for lack of a better word. Watch your back, carefully.

    The narration was great and Julia and Kirby's voices completely complimented each others and really helped to deliver a perfect package of story and narration.

    This will definitely be a book I read again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vision of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Gillian Anderson, Jeff Rovin
    • Narrated By Gillian Anderson
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O'Hara is a single mom trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lackluster dating life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India's ambassador to the United Nations, starts speaking in tongues and having violent visions. Caitlin is sure that her fits have something to do with the recent assassination attempt on her father - a shooting that has escalated nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan to dangerous levels.

    Barbara Guerra says: "A Vision of Fire: A KILLER Debut Novel"
    "Interesting First Book and Collaboration"
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    I agree with many reviewers that the story was hard to follow in many areas. I also agree that Gillian's narration was oddly monotone. I was expecting someone with her acting prowess to deliver a really good performance. I wonder if she got some advice from others to keep it as monotone as possible.

    I did find the use of hypnosis and the main character being such a fan of it to be ironic. In the X-Files Scully was against hypnosis completely, so it was funny to hear Gillian's voice promoting hypnosis in character for Caitlan and hear Gillian's voice denying hypnosis in character for Scully. I wouldn't have caught this if I had just read the novel or if Gillian didn't do the narration. I wonder if actors ever feel like they have MPD.

    I've read a couple of interviews with Gillian where she is absolutely candid about the collaboration with Jeff Rovin. She has said that she stayed in the creative process and let Jeff do what he does best. I've not read any of Jeff Rovin's novels, so it's hard for me to see his influences, but I suspect he did the heavy lifting in the writing department.

    The reader is bombarded with meta-physical concepts through the entire novel. That actually took away from me some of the suspension of disbelief that I utilized to read this book. However, the meta-physics of the novel are addressed in an interesting way in the final chapters of the novel. I am interested enough to read the second book in the series and see if I can decide if it's worth it to get the last novel in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (5251)
    Performance
    (4403)
    Story
    (4427)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "It's not Gone Girl, not by a long shot"
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    This is a dark whodunit with a lot of twists and turns, but it drags down in many parts. The revelations don't come fast enough for me and are not of high enough impact to keep me interested. I almost stopped listening multiple times when I hit a slow block. Without giving anything away, the contrived ending made me laugh with the absurdity of it instead of giving me closure. The explanation of the ending made me laugh even harder.

    While I thought the narration was okay, there was something very jarring about the transitions from the female narrators to the male narrators. It made me wince every single time.

    I won't be buying anymore of Gillian's books and I'm thinking about returning this one and getting my credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Jonathan Kent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Wells weaves a story of scientific excess into a high-speed thriller. Montgomery, a brilliant but twisted biologist, is delivering exotic animals to his private island when he rescues a shipwrecked man. An act of compassion, or another addition to his collection?

    Amazon Customer says: "Classic of Science Fiction that's treated lovingly"
    "Classic of Science Fiction that's treated lovingly"
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    I haven't listened to any other adaptations of this book, but I highly recommend this one by Jonathan Kent. I just love the way he says "Silly Ass"! His narration also really made the beast men come alive for me. The book itself is the wonderful book from H. G. Wells and it's amazing. Thanks for this production!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Goes There?: The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John W. Campbell
    • Narrated By Steve Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (443)

    Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "An Absolute Classic!"
    "Basis for three great movies"
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    I love this book. I love this book even better than the 1982 and 2011 movies. That's saying a lot! This book is scary and well plotted and so, so, so much fun to listen to. Steve Cooper does a wonderful job of narrating the book and his inflections are perfect. I highly recommend this audiobook. I'll be listening to it a lot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Half Thought-out Story and Mediocre Narration"
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    I loved the concept behind this book and purchased and listened to it before the movie came out. Usually I do not review the movie and the book together, but since the author of the book also did the screen adaptation of the film, I'm going to make an exception. The story in this book feels to me like it's only partially finished. The story in the book also feels to me to be artificially inflated. There are some good concepts in this book, but they are lost in page after page of fluff (I will not ruin the hour after hour you will hear about "filtering" and what stars will play them in the movie) and mediocre narration. The film is actually a tighter better story than the book, and that is a RARE occurrence! It seemed to me that the author corrected many of the shortcomings in the book with the movie version. He even made a better ending in the movie. This book feels like it takes many more hours to listen to than it actually does. If you want to get into The Ruins, watch the movie to get a better story, tighter storyline, and more interesting characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Badass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ben Thompson
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Throughout history - from the bone-crushing age of antiquity to the sack-tearing modern era - there have been larger-than-life ass-kickers with a natural talent for unleashing their epic bloodlust on anyone who crossed them. They built empires, smashed armies, and ravaged civilizations for wealth, glory, and ultimate supremacy. Sometimes villains, sometimes heroes, sometimes criminally insane, they had one thing in common: They were all Badass!

    Saud says: "Not Bad, if You're into that Sort of Thing"
    "Fun and Interesting, but at times can be vulgar"
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    This book is put together well and is really fun to listen to. I've listened to it several times and I just don't seem to get tired of it. Ganser's narration is incredible and extremely easy to listen to. The chapters are pretty short and offer an overview of some really cool historical figures, some I've never heard of! Thompson's writing though can be pretty vulgar at times. Since he's writing about badasses, I guess that's to be expected. However, I reduced this star count by one simply because after eight+ hours of vulgarity it just got tiresome. This is fun to listen to and well worth the money if you can take the vulgarities. For the most part, that doesn't bother me and this book was fun to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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