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John L

Knoxville, TN USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Last to Die: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (868)

    For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at 14, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn - until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is one part of a killer’s mission.

    Kathryn says: "My inner voice said..' Are you sure you want to?'"
    "A Terrific Listen"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Last to Die the most enjoyable?

    I especially enjoyed the young adult characters. They really made the book for me.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    There was a lot of mystery about why everything was happening; and you didn't find out until right at the end what was driving the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first Rizzoli and Isles book I have listened to. I've seen the TV series though. I'm going to continue to listen to these because the characters, the plotting and the writing is so good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Unfinished Clue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    The Unfinished Clue is a clever and humorous murder mystery set at a British country estate in the 1930s. There, each of the invited guests, along with the victim's wife and the estate's staff members (the butler, the maids, the gardener), had good reason to hate the arrogant and abrasive victim. Sir Arthur Billington-Smith had successfully alienated each and every one of them.

    Karen says: "There are more Georgette Heyer mysteries!!"
    "A Masterful Mystery and a Masterful Performance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unfinished Clue to be better than the print version?

    The performance showed the characters off to best advantage.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lola, the Mexican dancer was a hoot! Quirky characters abounded.


    Any additional comments?

    The audible version made the book come alive for me and I would certainly recommend it. The reader was absolutely superb and a reader that I want to seek out in the future. Ms. Heyer was a master author and I hope many more of her mysteries become available. I might even be tempted to listen to one of her romances just to enjoy more of her work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Listener's Bible: English Standard Version

    • UNABRIDGED (75 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fellowship for the Performing Arts
    • Narrated By Max McLean
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (163)

    Max McLean brings his compelling voice and artistic narrative skills to the ESV Bible. This Gold Medallion-winning new translation combines a word-for-word translation approach with a literary beauty that is perfect for the oral expression of God's Word.

    James says: "Excellent Audiobook, no chapter breaks"
    "Awful, awful, awful"
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    Would you try another book from Fellowship for the Performing Arts and/or Max McLean?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Max McLean’s performance?

    The overly dramatic music playing constantly in the background ruined the listening experience for me. I never was able to listen to it with any pleasure.


    Any additional comments?

    I also didn't like that each book of the Bible ended up being a separate download. It really clutters up my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ranger: A Quinn Colson Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    Northeast Mississippi: hill country, rugged and notorious for outlaws since the Civil War, where killings are as commonplace as in the Old West. To Quinn Colson, it's home - but not the home he left when he went to Afghanistan. Now an Army Ranger, he returns to a place overrun by corruption, and finds his uncle, the county sheriff, dead - a suicide, he's told, but others whisper murder.

    Gary says: "A New Favorite"
    "Not so hot"
    Overall
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    Story
    What disappointed you about The Ranger?

    I didn't like Jeff Woodman as a reader. His southern accents were over the top. I also didn't like the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Woodman’s performances?

    Nope.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dislike and indifference.


    Any additional comments?

    I just wasn't interested in the story and never finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4129)
    Performance
    (3510)
    Story
    (3494)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "A Really Good Story"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I thought the plot was terrific. Even the most reliable of friends became a suspect by the end of the story.


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

    I wasn't crazy about Katherine Kellgren. (Do people really talk with over the top posh accents like that?)


    Any additional comments?

    I was intrigued by the premise of the nobility during the depression. Broke but unable to work because of peer pressure. I almost didn't finish the listen because of the reader, but I'm glad I stuck with it. I'll probably listen to more in the series. The plot was really good and I liked the lead character. She was independent and had spunk. The romantic touches were nice without being over the top. All in all, a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. No

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (611)

    M calls this case a "soft option". He sends Bond to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of the head of the Kingston station. Jamaica is luxurious, and the seductive Honey Rider is beautiful and willing, but they are both part of the empire of Dr. No.

    Doug says: "A classic James Bond thriller"
    "A Terrific Listen"
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    What did you love best about Dr. No?

    James Bond stories are always exciting and fun to listen to, but what I really loved was the character, Honey Child, and her relationship with James Bond.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    I loved Honey Child especially. Her street smarts along with her innocence were charming. Simon Vance gave a really believable presentation of her character.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first James Bond novel I've ever listened to. I thought the characters were presented so much better than in the movie, and the plot was exciting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Wrong: Joanna Brady Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Juggling a family and a career is never easy, and it's becoming a real challenge for Sheriff Joanna Brady. Coping with the impending delivery of her second child as well as a staff shortage, the last thing Joanna needs are two serious crimes.

    Lori says: "A Great Listen"
    "A Great, Great Listen!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have always loved the Joanna Brady series. There are always great and realistic characters and plots. Stephanie Brush IS Joanna Brady. This is a great story, and read perfectly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Point

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Nothing much ever seemed to happen in the sleepy village of Hazel Green apart from the occasional tea party, spiced with local gossip. Until Maggie Bell went out one evening for a breath of fresh air and never came back. Could Maggie's disappearance be linked to security leaks at the nearby Air Ministry? Or is a sinister scheme being hatched closer to home? Miss Silver is called in to solve the mystery, just as a second person goes missing....

    Constance says: "Thoroughly Engrossing British Mystery"
    "Excellent Listen"
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    If you could sum up Vanishing Point in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting characters (both good and bad!), romance, a good mystery.


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

    She gets the characters just right and brings the era to life. Very pleasant listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way the romance was handled. You pulled for them, and I loved hating the "bad guy". Patricia Wentworth is an excellent writer. This book is very much along Agatha Christie lines. A terrific listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Emily’s tranquil domesticity with new husband Cyrus is interrupted when she is called to Hong Kong in pursuit of a vanished agent.

    Lisa says: "Not as "light," but still Mrs. Pollifax"
    "A Really Fun Book and Series"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    These are a really entertaining series of books and this one is no exception. Barbara Rosenblat does a terrific job of reading and Mrs. Pollifax is a great character.


    Any additional comments?

    This old lady kicks butt! A very entertaining character, intelligent, creative and likeable. These books are like candy. I'm going to listen to every one of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3485)
    Performance
    (1891)
    Story
    (1893)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "An Entertaining Listen???but painful!"
    Overall

    The main character, like most of the rest of his family (excluding one of his sisters), has so many flaws that you just want to cringe! But all in all a terrific book. I figured out "who done it" early on, but the depth of characterization kept my attention and I ended up just feeling compassion for everyone. Such a dysfunctional family! My, my! But oh what a listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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