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Trudy Owens

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  • The Game: Victor the Assassin Series, #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (186)

    Victor the assassin is living a solitary, peaceful life in Iceland when he's drawn into a job for an unidentified Swiss broker. Having passed the test, he's introduced to a group of mercenaries and killers who are tasked to perform the ultimate assassination.In this group, Victor meets someone from his past, someone who recruited him to the life he now knows-someone he thought was dead. And when he wants out, it's too late-his former mentor has other plans for him...

    John says: "1 Review for 3 books in series"
    "The BEST Victor book yet!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The seemingly simple plot gets very complicated and when you think it is all over, there are still some loose ends that have to be tied up. Victor is a genius and thinks of everything, that's why he is still alive. He is brutal, gee he is an assassin after all, but he still has a few morals left.


    What other book might you compare The Game to and why?

    The Gray Man series because of the subterfuge and that neither "hero" can manage to escape his life either because someone escaped or someone else reneged on a promise.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene was great ( there were many) because Victor is so calm knowing he will die, and he is so knowledgeable about so many things, that no one can compete with him.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    You can't marry Victor, heck, you shouldn't even be his friend, but he is attractive in his way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bullseye: An Original Will Robie/Camel Club Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (290)

    In this all-new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, worlds collide when government assassin Will Robie is caught in the crossfire with Oliver Stone and the Camel Club. Will Robie is closing in on his next target when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist - and he's taken hostage alongside Oliver Stone. But is this just a simple bank job, or are the robbers after something even more valuable - and dangerous - than the cash in the vault?

    Kathryn says: "I so miss the Camel Club"
    "Marry Me, Will Robie!"
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    If you could sum up Bullseye in three words, what would they be?

    Robie and Stone!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Favorite characters together, what's not to love? I mean there's hunky, straight-laced Alex Ford, Finn what's-his-name who is starting to be somebody, Will Robie without my competition the rogue spy-girl, Annabelle, whom I love like a sister, and dear Oliver, whom I might also marry since he is the old soldier with all the experience and horror in his past. The plot is plausible, the bad guys are believable, Stone and Robie meet and work together a little better than a young lion might with the old lion, and the camel club is there.You didn't ask what the worst thing about the story is, well, it is that this is a SHORT STORY! I knew that going in, so wasn't disappointed, and in fact, Baldacci did an amazing job developing it all in just 2 hours! It helped that the characters were already developed and familiar to us, so they could just get to work. But why, why did he kill Charlie?


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    They are all good. His voicing is great all around.


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

    I did laugh at some of the lines between the lions, inside humor and all.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had been in the bank when the robbery went down. I wouldn't have cried or puked; I could have helped! I could have been part of it! I could have gone home with Will!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One: Selection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (599)

    The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

    Katheryne says: "Fabulous Final Installment"
    "Aaaahhhh the angst!"
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    Would you listen to The One again? Why?

    Probably not because, as others have said, America's stupid mistakes and love flipflops make me want to slap her. I think the change of character of one of the girls is too sudden, then she dies. That was a shock; I had been looking forward to her new persona.

    America needed to explain her other boyfriend relationship to the prince, but she never did. When the prince caught her in a compromising situation, she still didn't explain. She "tried" to but kept starting with apologies instead of getting on with the explanation. That was one time I wanted to slap her.

    I heeded the advice of other reviewers here and skipped the middle book, The Elite, knowing that I wouldn't be able to stand the love flops and mental distress. I am very glad I did even though I did miss a few important events such as the caning of Marly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    America is strong even if she does act like a 12-y-o in love with Justin Bieber. Not really her fault as she has only had one "boyfriend". Not enough experience to know how to handle the whole how-could-I-love-the-prince thing. She acts naturally with the prince and the other girls of the Selection and is fair and honest at the sentencing thing. She does have some good ideas on how to fix the society.


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

    No, she is too breathy for me. She speaks in the front of her mouth like Jim Carrey at his most insolent, and it gets really tiring. Others have said her voice is perfect for this story, and perhaps that is true. Maybe her annoying voice is right for the annoying aspects of the story.


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

    No. I was shocked at the murder of one of the key characters, but I was not "moved" at any time. Okay, the death of her father was really sad, and brought out the true characters of her brothers. Her older sister became important all of a sudden ("I'm always here for you, America") but that was out of the blue so not well developed.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the stories, but only listened to the first and last. I had thought I would keep these and was excited to have a new series I could revisit again and again, but no, this is a listen-once for me.

    There is too much almost sex. Young teens don't need to read this, but they are the age it is written for. There is too much focus on kissing and sex as the expression of love without the needed focus on the commitment. They never did have sex, but they (all 3 of the triangle) sure wanted to and got pretty close, and the prince with more than one girl. Not the kind of relationships I want my daughters, or sons, to think are normal and expected.

    Love aside, because America loved both Aspen and Maxom, I really wanted to see more development of America as allegory. I thought it was obvious in the first book that she was America, you know, the country. She needed to marry the prince in order to have power to make the social changes that America needs-- the ignoring of the truly poor and hungry, the unjust sentencing for crimes due to poverty, the caste system, the use of power and position for personal retribution, the Selection itself. I am glad the prince has true character, and could see it in America; I just thought the allegory weak or never truly intended.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Finisher

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordinary on the other side.

    John Hopkins says: "An original great from Baldacci!"
    "AAAaaarrrggh--I can't STAND the narration!!"
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    What did you love best about The Finisher?

    It seems that it might be an interesting story; it is David Baldacci after all. But I cannot bear the voice the narrator has chosen. Save me!


    Would you recommend The Finisher to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, if you hold it in your hands and READ it.
    No, if you think to listen to this version.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicola Barber’s performances?

    Yes, because from the voices of the other characters, she can obviously speak in something other than this light, pip-squeak, thistle down voice. Turning it up loud enough to hear, it becomes too strident and brash. But that is secondary to the nature of the voice. I really wanted to hear this story, but can't, can't bear it any more.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Here is Oliver-Stone-King-and-Maxwell-Will-Robie David Baldacci branched out into teen distopia fantasy ala Lois Lowry. What's not to like? His Christmas story was pretty good! But here's one you have to read, you can't possibly sit through 16 hours of this voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (947)

    Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

    Thomas says: "Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?"
    "Tom Clancy for President!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Executive Orders the most enjoyable?

    One of Tom's best. Finally, finally, enough action throughout. So many things happening at once that I wonder how he could possibly think of them all. Jack Ryan has finally gotten interesting and does enough. As a former CIA agent, WE know he has the guts to do hard things, and here he has the chance to. I love the slimy former VP and his attempts to regain his position, and the political questions this whole scenario raises. I just wonder if Tom doesn't give our enemies ideas on how to hurt us?

    White House Down, oh, wait, it was Debt of Honor, was amazing at the end --it took long enough to get there-- I had to forklift my jaw off the floor, and I couldn't wait to read this one. Executive Orders picked up right where Debt of White House Honor Down left off. Fantastic duo (after the excessive blabber in D of H).

    And Tom dares to address the Taiwan - PRC issue. I have never heard it mentioned in any literature.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Executive Orders?

    The shoot-out at the OK Corral, no wait, it was a daycare center.


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

    I love the entire hospital dedication to patients and science thing. The CDC and the WHO and then the individual doctors who risk their lives to help. The whole e-bola crisis was fascinating, and I had to look up and out the window to get back to the reality that there isn't an epidemic here right now. however, there are AIDS families who live with this same horror and stomach-dropping loss every day. Tom goes there too.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't care how handsome and fan-tastic Jack Ryan is, my heart still belongs to John Kelly/Clark and just sings when he appears. He is about 2 feet and 50 pounds bigger than Jack. I always hope he will be needed and usually is. He and Ding round out the stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (704)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "why Tom Clancy was killed"
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    Would you listen to Debt of Honor again? Why?

    No, it's a listen once. Clancy needed to team up with Reader's Digest to cut some of the extraneous blabber. It takes a long time to get to any action in most of his books, and you don't know if the book is worth it until you have read for 16 hours or more. This one is better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I look in the newspaper and see the book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jack Ryan remembers, "if it isn't written down, it didn't happen." This is the solution to the stock market crisis. And the return thrust.


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

    Hah, too long, but very interesting once you get about 10 hours in.


    Any additional comments?

    The Jack Ryan books are less interesting (sloooowwwer) than the John Kelly books. The more John Kelly, the better the book. This one has a bit more Kelly than some of the others. I couldn't even finish a few of the earlier books since there was NOTHING HAPPENING. Clancy's action is great, when he gets around to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (339)

    Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.

    David says: "Rootin' For The Bad Guy!"
    ""He lay prostate on the floor..." Seriously?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Killer the most enjoyable?

    He's not a total sociopath. CIA over-powerful creeps get theirs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The girl because she was smart but not perfect at everything.


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

    The hilarity of his acyrologia. Prostate, indeed!


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

    It's what I do.


    Any additional comments?

    He snuffed her just like that?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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