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  • The Other Lands: Book Two of the Acacia Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Anthony Durham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A few years have passed since the conquering of the Mein, and Queen Corinn is firmly in control of the Known World---perhaps too firmly. With plans to expand her empire, she sends her brother, Daniel, on an exploratory mission to the Other Lands. There Daniel discovers a lush, exotic mainland ruled by an alliance of tribes that poses a grave danger to the stability of the Known World. Is Queen Corinn strong enough to face this new challenge?

    George says: "The Origins"
    "The Origins"

    I enjoyed this as much as the first volume. The preface was excellent is summarizing the story to the point where part two begins. This book explained the origins for the conflicts to come in part three. These books are a great mixture of fantasy, fiction and morality.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Paris Is a Bitch: A Rain-Delilah Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For most couples, a quiet dinner for two at Auberge de la Reine Blanche on the Ile Saint Louis would be just the thing to smooth out the complications in a romance. But for gorgeous Mossad operative Delilah and trying-to-retire contract killer John Rain, nothing is ever easy, and when Rain sees a crew of hard-looking men setting up outside the restaurant, he realizes someone has been bringing her work home with her. Is it a hit - or something even worse?

    Theo says: "Great little read"
    "The Rain-Delilah Breakup"
    What made the experience of listening to Paris Is a Bitch the most enjoyable?

    I purchased this little story for exactly the reason it's main theme gave me (unbeknownst to me), why did Rain split from Delilah. It is alluded to it in later books but never thoroughly enough. First the author should not narrate these books. Since I have listened to all of his books I can say that clearly the best narrator was Michael McConnohie. His voice was mysterious enough to actually think that he was John Rain. The pretense used for the breakup was bogus. It should have been the vulnerablity to him that comes with any relationship in John Rain's line of work. I REALLY liked this author and his series until he got away from Rain's main occupation with the disastrous bad book called Fault Line. I think the reviews were so bad he tied the characters together in the Detachment. I don't have any idea where he is going but Eisler is about to lose at least this one fan ESPECIALLY with his character that has an alternate lifestyle, Larison! Need I write anymore?

    What did you like best about this story?

    That we know that Delilah and Rain split up for good.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was just OK but that is far below what is expected.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


    Any additional comments?

    see the review above

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

    James says: "The Bar is Raised"
    "The Narrator DOES matter"

    While the narration is not as bad as it could have been it was no where near the excellent job done by Ron Perlman. I too have not been engrossed in the story as I was in Part 1. Actually I have listened to several books between going back to this one. That would NEVER have happened with the first book. I cannot say that I will complete the second part. I have serious doubts as to whether or not I would purchase the next installment (if there is one). I cannot say that it was ALL the narrators fault but this Part 2 just does not captivate my imagination the way Part 1 did at the time. Maybe JUST maybe the people that put these productions together will realize that once you get it right LEAVE IT ALONE!!

    1 of 2 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

    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"
    "Great new take on the Assassin Genre"

    This was my fourth or fifth Eisler novel, the first was narrated by Michael McConnohie who was excellent for the American voice of the subdued anti-hero of the Rain character. This narrator is (I think) Japanese and though not my favorite he was very credible. I offer this before talking about the book because the narrator's voice is 50% of the experience. The material no matter how good can easily be negated by the narrator. Thankfully this was not the case for this novel. It was good to learn the origins of the character and his supporting cast. I look forward to downloading the next book in the series, Rain Storm. I just viewed the movie "Rain Fall" and though there were many plot holes and a lot of reading of English subtitles I enjoyed seeing the character come to life. The plot holes were not holes to me because I had heard the book, thanks to Audible.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Road Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jack Foley is serving a 30-year sentence in a Miami penitentiary, but he's made an unlikely friend on the inside who just might be able to do something about that. Fellow inmate Cundo Rey, an extremely wealthy Cuban criminal, arranges for Foley's sentence to be reduced from 30 years to three months, and when Jack is released just two weeks ahead of Cundo, he agrees to wait for him in Venice Beach, California.

    Richard Delman says: "Pretty fine Elmore Leonard."
    "Crime Fiction at its BEST"

    The ONLY bad part in an Elmore Leonard novel is "The End". This is the master craftsman just showing off his stuff. It is predictable in that it will entertain, funny, serious and true to life....

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Best since Henning Mankell"

    The book was excellent. I just can't wait for Audible to have the next two sequels "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". This is a trilogy and anyone that uses the Internet knows this. Getting back to the book, it had as many twists as can be imagined w/o making the story too convoluted. Though the story seemed to focus on the male character whenever Lisbeth entered my interest piqued as I knew good action and or a more interesting narrative would begin. One last thing it seems that the narrator for the next novel is NOT Simon Vance. What a shame as his narration was at least half the value of listening. Since the story is so good I will be forced to at least try to listen. Audible just get the next novel PLEASE.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fault Line

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro

    Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to make partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the inventor of a technology Alex is banking on is murdered, the patent examiner who reviewed the innovation dies, and Alex himself narrowly escapes an attack in his own home. Off balance and running out of time, he knows that the one person who can help him is the last person he'd ever ask: his brother.

    Clayton says: "what a disappointment"
    "Soapy Soap"

    The novel begins well but soon becomes flashback after flashback of the story behind the story. This barely qualifies as a thriller as we are subjected to the usual claptrap of reasons that the brothers are estranged. If this is the beginning of a new series such as John Rain,... well let me say that I never want to know as much about the lead characters in the body of the novel. I have only finished the first half and easily half of that was flashbacks not related to the so called thriller. I really enjoyed the John Rain novels and because of them I decided to give this one a chance. If I could return this for a refund it would already have been transmitted. Other than the previously mentioned faults the part of the thriller that I have been able to distill from the Soap Opera has been OK.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison

    Benjamin Button inexplicably ages backwards. The problems that inevitably arise are often frustrating, sometimes humorous, and occasionally terrifying. It is a curious case you won't want to miss.

    Jason says: "a quirky little tale"
    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

    Of couse there were no details of the birth process but it was done well overall. The narration did not really begin until 4 minutes into the start of speaking.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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