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Corinne

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Killing Critics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory - computer genius, street fighter, provocative waif, peerless investigator, manipulative beauty - is the gorgeous, near-sociopathic heroine of this knife-edged suspense novel. Along with old pals, Ricker, Coffey, and faithful admirer Charles Butler, Mallory is determined to solve the brutal "art as death" murder of an untalented but highly touted artist-critic.

    Corinne says: "Narrator is the worst I've heard"
    "Narrator is the worst I've heard"
    Overall

    The story may be OK, but the narrator is the worst I've heard and completely interfered with my listening. Listen I did from start to finish, but never could stop hearing the poor imitation of male voices, of a NY accent, of "evil" voices - really bad. I've listened to close to 1,000 books on Audible and this narrator is the first one I've panned completely; she spoiled any enjoyment I might have had in the book. I do like the heroine Mallory (or have in the past). I thought Carol O'Connel's "Judas Child" was extraordinary. So it's this book and this narrator I didn't like at all. There have been other narrators I didn't like much on Audible, but I could forget about as I listened to the tale - not so with this one. I'm not sure what's in the sample, but definitely listen to that before you buy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (307)

    Allon is recovering from his grueling showdown with a Palestinian master terrorist, when terrorism comes to find him once again. An al-Qaeda suspect is killed in London, and photographs are found on his computer - photographs that lead Israeli intelligence to suspect that al-Qaeda is planning one of its most audacious attacks ever, straight at the heart of the Vatican.

    Dan says: "Well worth the time"
    "The best I've read so far by Daniel Silva"
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    I've read a number of the Daniel Silva books and at time I've found them somewhat formulaic (same elements etc.) but this one had more - and really held my attention. Perhaps it was the inclusion of a recruited American highly educated woman into the Israeli service, her training, and her level headedness, the "newly discovered" Van Gogh and it's owner's (also a woman) eventually decision to loan it to Gabriel - anyway - a good story, well constructed, well narrated, with characters I really cared about, and bits of jewish history (art stolen or hidden during WWII from or by Jewish families in Germany) that added a drama and a context.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of the Union

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (649)

    The most unlikely terrorist enemy of all now holds a knife against the country’s throat. With both diplomatic and conventional military options swept from the table, the president calls upon Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath to disable a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy intended to bring the United States to its knees. Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath embarks on an adrenaline-fueled search that spans the world.

    Tomas says: "Thrilling!"
    "Made me reassess my priors about Brad Thor"
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    I've read some books of Brad Thor's I've really liked and a few I've really disliked - After I listened to "Path of the Assassin," I vowed no more by Brad Thor - but then In noticed I'd already downloaded State of the Union. What's different? The narrators do make a difference. I really like George Guidall. While this one was a little too "cold war", it had an authenticity and plausibility to it liked. "Path of the Assassin" was full of stereotypes. I didn't like it at all. What to do - well last night I downloaded another of Brad Thor's Scott Harvath books - read by George Guidall. And I'll see. I'm a big fan of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, but only if they're read by George Guidall, so I won't go for the ones with "the other narrator." and sadly Flynn died last June so there won't be any more. I George Guidall in the W.E.B. Griffin Presidential Agent Series. There are other narrator's I like, but in the "series" books like Brad Thor's - I think a narrator makes a big difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Ranger: A John Wells Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (252)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. Two men, two women, each with their own reasons for being there. But after twelve weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for. Bandits hijack them. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages. As a personal favor, John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn’t his usual playing field.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Wells is finally moving out of the desert"
    "Berenson + Guidall - I'm happy"
    Overall
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    I really really like George Guidall as a narrator and the combination of his voice and intonations with Alex Berenson makes me very happy for as long as the book lasts. This book (The Night Ranger) situated in Africa (Kenya and Somalia) perhaps isn't as good as his books on the Middle East - but more than good enough and gives a credible feel for life in Africa, the warlords, the instability etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: The First Inspector Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (226)

    Before Harry took on the neo-Nazi gangs of Oslo, before he met Rakel, before The Snowman tried to take everything he held dear, he went to Australia. Harry Hole is sent to Sydney to investigate the murder of Inger Holter, a young Norwegian girl who was working in a bar. Initially sidelined as an outsider, Harry becomes central to the Australian police investigation when they start to notice a number of unsolved rape and murder cases around the country. The victims were usually young blondes. Inger had a number of admirers, each with his own share of secrets, but there is no obvious suspect.

    KP says: "Not as good as the others...."
    "Fun (for Jo Nesbo)"
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    AND much much less black than the later books when Harry gets more and more depressed and eventually ... well. You'll see if you get into the series. John Lee is great, the characters are fun and diverse. (When I say fun, it's a murder investigation so it's not a light book), but I liked many of them and Harry Hole showed sides that eventually disappear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hostage: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (349)

    Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more is the man to whom the President turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now. An American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband is murdered before her eyes.

    Kevin says: "Another Tasty Griffin Confection"
    "Good series and excellent reader"
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    Increasingly I find the narrator has a HUGE impact on how I relate to a book or a series. Dick Hill and George Guidall are excellent and I've become hooked on Alex Berenson's John Welles series and Griffin's Presidential Agent novels. The stories themselves are good, characters (lead) likable and human with good detail. Because the W.E.B. Griffin ones need to be read in order, there is always a part where the book has perhaps a chapter filling in the reader with things they might not know (if they haven't read it in series). I'm not sure how much this will bother me or not as the Presidential Agent ones continue - but Charlie Castillo is a very likable "guy" and enough details are provided in the retelling to add flesh to the "bones" of his history. I do think that Dick Hill is an important reason I've liked the series so much so far. But really good and I'd recommend others who've liked Berenson and Vince Flynn (with reader Guidall),

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kane and Abel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (293)

    William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred.

    Elliot says: "Kane & Abel - 30 years later"
    "Totally predictable and contrived"
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    And yet - an enjoyable listen. I was frustrated in part because some things were SO predictable that it spoiled the story. But there is enough detail about Poland the the cruelties of Germany and Russia. AND insights into various immigrants groups and blue blood Americans. So overall I rate it as OK, but not more so. I can't give it a 2.5 stars, so I settled on 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of the Assassin: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (638)

    After rescuing the President from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out, capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points towards one man - the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal. Nidal has assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America.

    Stanley says: "Incredulous Fantasy"
    "Melodrama stereotypes - nothing good to say"
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    Story

    Reader (who isn't my favorite) was masterful and had a full menu of voices, accents etc. He's pretty good. But book is really bad. I liked the Lions of Lucerne but hated this one. I don't know if it was the character of Meg or the plot or a large number of contrivances, or perhaps all of these - but I actually laughed at times, and said "oh yes, of course." Really bad.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (183)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Anne says: "Brilliant!!"
    "If your a Courtenay Bower fan"
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    Buy it and read. There are no more left. It's by far NOT the best, but it's got Courtenay's mind for detail and knowledge of parts of Asia and his skill in building the plot. I'll miss him and Humphrey Bower, although the latter still lives.. I've now read everything by Courtenay (there was one I didn't as I didn't like the narrator, or I might have but given up).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5835)
    Performance
    (5280)
    Story
    (5275)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Keep going"
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    I almost stopped ⅓ through, then ⅔ through - and then I hit the last ⅓ and it's incredible. Very strong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashback

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (99)

    When Sheriff Paul Davidson proposes marriage to Anna Pigeon, he doesn't get the reaction a man might hope for. Intrepid park ranger Anna runs all the way to the furthest scrape of American ground not found in Alaska or Hawaii. How's that for a no? Anna takes a new post as temporary supervisory ranger in Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles off Key West. Dry Tortugas is the site of the former prison for Lincoln conspirators during and after the Civil War.

    LB in Dallas says: "Back story is boring!!"
    "Melodrama - forced narrative line"
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    I had downloaded this book sometime ago. I have a feeling it must have been a special sale. I did listen to the whole thing but didn't like it at all. The story goes back and forth between a present and a past. The lead character, Anna Pigeon (who is in many of Barr's books - a NPS ranger) is related to the characters in the past. The past takes place at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in an outpost prison where some conspirators or sympathizers are kept. The present is in a NPS garrison park. Flashing back and forth between the past and this present with evil afoot, "someone" drugging NPS rangers with LSD in the water so they think they are going mad, the same someone involved in human smuggling operations - well, it's melodramatic and not very well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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