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Andrew

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9593)
    Performance
    (8705)
    Story
    (8776)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Hollywood should make this into a Movie"
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    What did you love best about Inferno?

    The twists on the expected twists! you think you outsmarted the story when all of a sudden " Crap! I did not see that coming"


    What did you like best about this story?

    How is this question any different from the one you just asked????????


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

    He did a good job. I will shamefully admit that he probably pronounced names and places better than I would have done....


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

    We didn't straighten Tom Hanks' hair for this one!! He looks normal


    Any additional comments?

    Great Read. The time will fly by and you will be done with the book before you know it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (680)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "Cockney!!!???"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Absent One to be better than the print version?

    No, and the reason why is the narrator. I have no idea what people from Denmark sound like. I assume they sound similar to those from the rest of Scandinavia and am fully capable of inventing some accent that sounds appropriate in my head while I read. With a Narrator this is not possible. You are subjected to the brilliance of the person who selected a narrator with a wretched British accent to read a Danish novel..... Why??? It makes as much sense as hiring a veterinarian to fix the brakes on your car......


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background humor that goes on amidst such a dark mystery is great. You are intrigued, amused, entertained and disgusted all at the same time.


    What three words best describe Steven Pacey’s performance?

    His performance is not bad it is just misplaced. He should be reading Dickens not Adler-Olsen


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

    It is full of ups and downs. If you enjoyed the first one you will love this one as well


    Any additional comments?

    You can get through the narration....it's bearable, ok, all but the Whores voice is bearable. the story is great you will be thoroughly entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1250)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Department Q Rocks!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Great Characters! Great story line! Set in Denmark which is new. Can you remember the last time Denmark was mentioned in a novel or movie......
    Creepy Twisted plot, really just a great book you need to jump into and enjoy


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

    at times yes, what it did a great job at is keeping you in flux on who was going to get caught.


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

    Almost did. Listened with my wife on a road trip. we actually drove past our hotel so we could listen a bit longer. Yup, we're dorks like that.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Protect and Defend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3015)
    Performance
    (1357)
    Story
    (1361)

    The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

    Warren says: "Best book I've listened to this year"
    "Engaging"
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    Would you listen to Protect and Defend again? Why?

    No, but i am not the type to read a book I can remember previously reading.
    This book is worthy of praise. It gives you a story that closely resembles current events with a protagonist devoid of any political correctness doing and saying what most people wish they could. it is not the longest novel but well paced and thrilling all the same.
    you will enjoy it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Protect and Defend?

    Hard to say. Opening sticks out for some reason....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interrogation scenes were intriguing, they were not violent as expected but intelligent


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

    With bathroom breaks, yes, it was engaging enough to where I did not want to stop listening. I was thoroughly entertained


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1717)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "will you have the willpower to listen to this book"
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    What did you love best about The Willpower Instinct?

    There are some great new ideas in the book along with affirmation of some old ones. It gives you a plethora of tools to dissect, analyze and hopefully cure whatever challenge is troubling you. Myself being perfect often had the thought while listening " Holy Crap! my wife needs to listen to this book!!" I have suggested this to her and when she lets me back in the house I'll let you know if it has helped her too. I had several things in my life I wanted to change and I can honestly say after the book, a couple have gotten better and one, the important one, 100% change in the right direction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The jokes are at times BAD but you cannot help but laugh at them.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Really needs a new narrator. But don't let that deter you from listening


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

    No, and I don't think you should try. you will understand after the first chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Will power Challenge: Avoid pointing out areas where wife can improve....
    This will be funny after you read the book.......maybe......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7865)
    Performance
    (4582)
    Story
    (4568)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Impressive and worth the experiance"
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    What did you love best about Fall of Giants?

    The Characters and the incredible research that Ken follet must have done to develop them and place them in such vivid and accurate settings was most impressive.
    This is not a type of read I would normally be attracted to but I am glad I read it. I can honestly say I feel better educated about a time in world history that does not get much attention in popular media. Honestly, who knew Lenin was a redhead?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not sure, with it being so well written with factual events you can anticipate what is to come in the story or know the inevitable future for a character. There were times while reading I wished it would pick up pace or throw a twist in to keep you on your toes but fear this might cheapen the work. Go into it with an open mind and in the end you should at least have an appreciation of Ken's talent of creating the most detailed world through words.


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

    No, but I would make an effort to listen to a second performance.


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

    Dear god, I want to meet the person that tries.


    Any additional comments?

    By the end, you will be able to annoy all your friends with your mastery of european accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (693)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "Could not wait to listen!"
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    Would you listen to The Inner Circle again? Why?

    No, I already know what happens...... Why would you even ask that question?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Early America secret spy ring, secrets hidden in the most un-loved of attractions in Washington, A-hole politicians getting exposed for what they are, what’s not to like.
    It was an engaging story with fun characters that did not necessarily keep you at the edge of your seat but definitely kept your mind racing to try and figure out who was good and who was bad. I looked forward to the chance to listen every day.


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

    Hmmmmmm..........


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

    First kisses are never as good as you remember them to be.


    Any additional comments?

    You will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (540)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "Good, Bad not sure"
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    What did you like best about The Fifth Assassin? What did you like least?

    The book picks up where the last one left off and does not waste a lot of time on pre-established character development which is nice. familiar characters with familiar idiosyncrasies I think slows interest into the story. New characters were nice to see but the overall plot is so un-engaging you find yourself having to repeatedly rewind to try and figure out what happened while your mind wandered for the last ten minutes. the sub plots are more intriguing than the main story line and the slight twists thrown in at the end are fun but definitely not a Kaiser Soze I didn't see that coming kind of moment. not the best... not the worst...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Meltzer again?

    Of course! he is a smart and witty author capable some great work.


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

    they are all the same.


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

    Maybe, if they added some humor to it and kept it fun and engaging, Sure. If they went the mystery for idiots route of Da Vinci code, Definitely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I am Kaiser Soze!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lieutenants: Book One of the Brotherhood of War Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (463)

    They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they honorably answered the call. War - it was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys and they came back - those who made it - as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle....

    Cookie says: "potato chip warning"
    "Audible will not work"
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    Would you try another book from W. E. B. Griffin and/or Eric G. Dove?

    yes


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

    any


    How could the performance have been better?

    Audible will not function properly during playback. it will cause your phone to crash or repeat the same part of the book over and over again. any request for customer support is ignored.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not sign up for Audible

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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