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  • The Time Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (503)

    From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper--a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours.

    Karen F says: "Intriguing and thought provoking story"
    "time flies when it is slipping away"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Keeper to be better than the print version?

    the audio version is better as it allowed me the freedom to truly relax and enter the story


    What other book might you compare The Time Keeper to and why?

    this is a modern version of the classic 'It's a Wonderful Life" as it reminds me, us, of what truly is of value, the gift of life and caring for others


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the very last scene was my favorite; who wouldn't want to go back, correct our mistakes and love life as it was intended to be by our Creator


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

    I wanted to listen to this in one sitting but unfortunately I had to do a little work, but I still finished it in one day and will listen to it again


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the concept of counting time as the framework of the story, and the reader did an excellent preformance

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (276)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Not the best, but worth it"
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    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Mr. Hill seemed to be off his mark for most of the book. I have enjoyed his style, but for some reason the vitality that his voice brought to the books was missing for most of the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    While it was good to spend time with Reacher, I have to agree the story was a little off. The ending should have been threaded through the whole story line. Mr. Child also needed to do a little more research on psychoactive drugs. Hopefully Reacher will come back to his normal self in the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3659)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2097)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Lightening did strike!"
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    What did you love best about Lightning?

    I enjoyed the idea of time travel and defeating the Nazis, but I also enjoyed the closeness between the female leads.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lightning?

    The return to the orphanage after the fire.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    I think this was the first time I listened to him and he is a great listen. He did bring the story to life.


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

    Can lightening illumine the past?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of Heaven: Fargo Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved - and filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico. How can that be? As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a link between the Vikings and the legendary Toltec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl - and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven - begin to emerge. But so do many dangerous people.

    James Erickson says: "good plot, some weak points of dialogue."
    "I expected so very much more"
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    What would have made The Eye of Heaven better?

    The story line was great but shallow and weak development of the characters, and seemingly poor research on archeological techniques, made a very disappointing book. The trite and immature development of the main characters was a caricature in itself.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake again?

    No, not in this series anyway.


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

    Scott brick is why I just pushed through the book. His deliverance of a story help compensate for the lackluster material he had to present.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Eye of Heaven?

    I would have sent the book back to the authors and told them listing expensive items for the Fargo's to use doesn't make them an equal to Pendergast. In many ways it seemed they picked up a Preston and Child book and proceeded to write their own adaptation of an eccentric big hearted detective novel, but making them archaeologists instead of detectives.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the idea of Vikings in Mesoamerica and decided to try the book just because of the Viking spin on things; but I will avoid this series. Too cliché and trite in many, many ways. Again, I almost returned it but for the excellent narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2063)
    Performance
    (1878)
    Story
    (1873)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Love conquers all!"
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    If you could sum up Pines in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, unexpected, thought-provoking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pines?

    the nurse promising to withhold anesthesia for his surgery


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

    Garcia has a pleasant voice to listen to, and adds the right touch of emotion to bring the story alive.


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

    Yes, I wanted to see what would happen next and did race through it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2299)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (473)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "travel fast as the grid closes"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This was an interesting twist on parallel universes, and mans continual quest for power over others. I enjoyed how it lead me to view our current world from a different angle, and made me wonder even more about our apparent geopolitical crawl to a one world government. That said, I hope one would take the time to enjoy this book as entertainment with a different lens.


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

    Once I started listening to the book I wanted to see where the plot was leading not so much because it was exciting, but because it was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, it is an easy and appealing listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altar of Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    A master at combining heart-stopping suspense and scientific intrigue, New York Times best-selling author James Rollins returns with a thrilling adventure like no other--a shocking story of cruel genetic experiments done in the name of national security and, most disturbing of all, tied to a secret history of the Book of Genesis.

    Dawitski says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Eden has been altered!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I spent a few months trying to decide whether to purchase this book or to let be one of Rollins books that just slide by due to the mixed reviews. I was again put off listening to the narrator, but finally gave in and purchased the book. While it as difficult listening past the voice of the narrator, I did enjoy the story line. If not for the narrator I would listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Living in Acadiana I enjoyed the setting of the story being in my back yard so to speak. I also enjoyed the authors wonderful embellishment on reality. It is fascinating to explore in a fictional setting what our so called junk DNA can lead and fractals as well. Being an animal lover as well, I like how he explored the animal human bond. Anyone who has had a pet knows they know more and understand more that what they are given credit for.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paula Christensen’s performances?

    She is probably one of the worst possible choices for reading this book. One would think that if a narrator would attempt a Cajun it would not sound Scottish. A little research into the local pronunciation of words would have made her reading less distracting as well. There were many points where the tension of the scene was just lost because of her delivery. With the authors professed love of the swamp and New Orleans, she certainly did him a disservice. I will definitely try to avoid her performances in the future!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This would make an exciting movie and I definitely would see it.


    Any additional comments?

    Get past the narration and just enjoy the book. It could have been fleshed out a bit in places, but it is a relaxing listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3014)
    Performance
    (2106)
    Story
    (2103)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "5 by 5 a thrill"
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    What did you love best about First to Kill?

    I enjoy the story line about two buddies seeking to do the right thing in the midst of others seeking the wrong thing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First to Kill?

    The scene in the canyon where they go their separate ways.


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

    Hill's style of reading/preforming the book leads one deeper into the movie running in my mind. While this happens in reading a book, it is a true joy to hear his tone and inflection embellish a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is always refreshing in our current society to read about two men in a strong relationship, supporting and depending on each other, that doesn't involve sex. Buddies are just that buddies; something we seem to have forgotten along the way in the media and entertainment industry of today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1373)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "the heart always wants to go home"
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    This is an interesting beginning of a series; very current considering all the variables at work in the world and America. The characters were realistic and far from being over the top. After personally witnessing the devolution of the moral code in a major hurricane, the reactions of the people are on target. I pray I will never have to live through the scenario presented by the author. A good listen and I do plan on listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (185)

    Carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States, Ice Station Grendel has been abandoned for more than 70 years. The twisted brainchild of the finest minds of the former Soviet Union, it was designed to be inaccessible and virtually invisible. But an American undersea research vessel has inadvertently pulled too close - and something has been sighted moving inside the allegedly deserted facility, something whose survival defies every natural law.

    Mobilis says: "Scooby Doo With Scarier Monsters"
    "another Rollins breakthrough"
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    I wasn't disappointed with Rollins. I like his concept and take on things. I also like the good guys winning!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazonia

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (193)

    The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world's most inhospitable rainforest - a former Special Forces soldier, scarred, mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death, who went in with one arm missing...and came out with both intact.

    Nathan says: "Torn"
    "delighful fruit of the forbidden tree"
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    If you could sum up Amazonia in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, interesting, unique


    What did you like best about this story?

    the idea of the symbiosis between the tree and the people


    What about John Meagher’s performance did you like?

    John brought the characters to life by inflection and cadence.


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

    The sharing between the dying shaman and the new one.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the ending as well. God always finds a way regardless of what we think we have control of!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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