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Alan

Sayville, NY, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Tell No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (587)

    Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

    Patricia says: "Great Fun"
    "Interesting premise but ends strangely"
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    If you could sum up Tell No One in three words, what would they be?

    Kept you guessing


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting premise with a good opening hook. Complications kept you guessing until almost the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The very end was disappointing and not realistic. Should have come up with something more plausible. But it is Corben's trademark to offer a unique twist at the end of his stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2489)
    Performance
    (2225)
    Story
    (2230)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Follett's Bias Shines through"
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    Any additional comments?

    A fascinating story of the 20th century from the perspective of individuals who might have lived it. But as we got into the 60s to the 80s, the period I actually lived through and remember, Follett's biases become much more obvious. It seems all the characters have amazing sexual experiences, all except for the conservative Republican who can't attract women! Even the story of JFK seducing a young woman (in reality a rape!) is romanticized because, after all, he's JFK!

    Worse is his treatment of the end of the Soviet Union. According to Follett, communism self-imploded without any assistance from the US. While JFK's proclamation, "ich bein ein Berliner" is lauded at least twice, Reagan's Berlin speech in which he said "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" is mentioned in a very dismissive tone. This, despite the fact that it was Reagan's initiative to build up the US military's capabilities, to propose the Star Wars anti-ballistic missile system and to generally demonstrate to the Soviets that America was willing to commit substantial resources to confront Soviet expansionism, eventually convinced the realist Gorbachev that the Soviets could not compete. Yes, communism is a bankrupt philosophy both figuratively and literally, but without the Reagan push, Gorbachev and the Russian's never reach the tipping point. But none of this is recorded in Follett's telling and neither is the Russian invasion of Afganistan during Reagan's tenure which was also a key factor in their ultimate demise.

    Nevertheless, I recommend the book as a great recap of history but just understand that the author has an agenda.

    One more- during the early part of Reagan's term, a plan is put in place to take out certain Middle Eastern imam's and other sponsors of terrorism. Follett has one of his "rational heroines" aghast at the prospect of assassinating bad guys and suggests we will be far more effective if we simply negotiate with these upset people!! In light of more recent events, that so-called enlightened attitude is so naive as to be dangerous! One wonders how Follett feels about his new hero, Barak Obama, and his penchant to take out similar bad guys through the use of drones with their collateral damage and uncertain legalities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29015)
    Performance
    (22668)
    Story
    (22890)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Strong follow up to Hunger Games"
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    Would you listen to Mockingjay again? Why?

    Could listen again although I don't typically do so. Some of the surprise will be gone although it may be interesting to do some time to listen for the clues the author gives that were missed the first time around, not knowing the ending.


    What other book might you compare Mockingjay to and why?

    Obviously to the Hunger Games to which it is a sequel. As a futuristic book one might consider one of the classics, such as 1984, although the writing is not up to that par since it was intended more for a juvenile audience.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    The reader did a fine job of distinguishing the voices. Not much difficulty in identifying the various characters.


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

    All have fallen short.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't give the book 5 stars because of the author's outlook on life. Unlike the Harry Potter books, she is much more pessimistic about people. Everyone is tainted but some are more so than others. Even her heroine is damaged. While that may be true in some degree, it does not give a reader much hope. As a book intended for young people, that is not a positive endorsement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36564)
    Performance
    (27471)
    Story
    (27866)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "A compelling story"
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    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    The storyteller has a way of drawing us into the action. Despite the premise, it does not contain graphic violence or gory details- the story is the important element. The ending definitely begs for a follow on story, which fortunately will come in books 2 and 3.


    0 of 0 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
    (7151)
    Performance
    (1888)
    Story
    (1934)

    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"
    "Disappointing claptrap"
    Overall

    With a book on the best seller list I expected a whole lot more. Most of the book is a lecture based on spurious evidence for some nonsense called the "sacred feminine" and Brown's obvious bias against the Roman Catholic Church. I can hardly classify this as a thriller and the only suspense is trying to figure out the numerous word clues. I spent most of the time mentally posing counterarguments to Brown's leaps of logic. As an example, he claims the Holy of Holies in Solomon's Temple was a place where the Jews carried on sexual "sacred" rites thus proving that God endorses such activity. Brown conveniently forgets that this action by the Jews was one of the reasons God gave in the Old Testament for exiling the Jews to Babylon- to purge them of pagan practices. The books of the Old Testament predate by centuries the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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