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Wm.

Concrete, WA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 16 reviews
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  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3225)
    Performance
    (2368)
    Story
    (2366)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "unfortunate language"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Cold Dish?

    Profane language used even in general conversation. We listen as a family and this is not family fare. Quit after a hour or so. Too bad as we like this type of story.
    I truly wish that there was a rating for audio books like movies.
    I have made this suggestion to audible several times over the years


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

    Anger that I spent even the $4.95 on this audio porn.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Final Flight: Jake Grafton, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    After a particularly long cruise, the USS United States is in port in Naples, and her crew is enjoying its first liberty in months. But something's not right. Several crew members have not reported back from their leave, and a beautiful American reporter who boarded the United States in Tangiers may not be a reporter, or even an American. When one of Jake's men, in a hotel in Naples, witnesses an assassination attempt led by this woman, Grafton realizes the situation is much more serious than he suspected.

    George says: "CAG Tour"
    "mixed emotions"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    Very upset with Coonts as to the prolific foul language, which is new for him, and the way the story ends. There are several "Jake Grafton" books that come after this one and they are all very good reads. Wonderful story and edge of your seat action ruined by language and porn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3454)
    Performance
    (1670)
    Story
    (1668)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "dead air"
    Overall
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    Story
    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Scott Brick as usual was spot on. The problem was with the editing. At the end of each chapter (just guessing) there is enough "dead air" that I thought my player had stopped playing until it happened enough that I sort of got used to it. Very bothersome.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was good enough to try the next one in the series. I kind of enjoy the new King and Maxwell TV series so will peruse this a little further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. But just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover....

    Karen says: "Ebook producers, please listen!"
    "Not tipical Baldacci"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    This is more like "I Wish You Well", which was a very good listen.
    If you enjoy Sparks, you will like this.
    I liked this as much as "Last Man Standing", My first Baldacci book. Two totoaly different stories, both excelant reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Cloud: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Andrew Lane
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

    Amazon Customer says: "For fans of Alex Rider"
    "Not Arthur Conan Doyle, but who cares?"
    Overall
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    Where does Death Cloud rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


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

    excellent narrator


    Any additional comments?

    This is excellent family fair. Fast paced and very interesting. The ending is complete, but sets up for many sequels which I hope come soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1371)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1240)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    James says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "No ending"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Ruins again? Why?

    Maybe when and if Audible gets the rest of the book


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Loaf


    Any additional comments?

    The book just stops in the middle of everything. Very disapointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (405)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "another great read destroyed by a fowel mouth"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    carefully because of the language


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 600 Hours of Edward?

    the final "letter" Edward recives from his father


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

    he does a very good narration


    Was 600 Hours of Edward worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    When will we get a rating system or better yet family friendly versions of these great books?

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26078)
    Performance
    (20024)
    Story
    (20208)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Good conclusion to an excelant series"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Mockingjay the most enjoyable?

    very suspencefull and fairly fast paced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always enjoy future histroys and this fit right in. Absolutely no profane language or even implied sex.


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

    She is a good narrator with good timing and the perfect voice for "Catnes". Her other characters were distinct. You didn't have to try to figure out which person was talking.


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

    It was very sad in spots, but it also had a lot of "feel good" moments and hummor.


    Any additional comments?

    Good does win in the end without a fairy tale feeling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Susan Hasler
    • Narrated By Susan Hasler, Joe Barrett, Rachel Butera, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (180)

    Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year the Administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror - and few want to hear the team's warnings. Reluctantly, Maddie's given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack....

    Julia says: "Not your typical spy novel...."
    "Too close to the truth"
    Overall

    This is an excellent story. It smacks of the reality of what probably happened during and just after 9/11. The multiple narrators was a nice touch.
    Except for prolific profanity it would have been perfect. This is not a story that the whole family will want to listen to.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Sundays at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother, Vivienne Margaux, the powerful head of a major New York theater company has no time for her. She does have one friend - Michael - but no one can see him except her. When Jane is in her 30s, working for her mother's company, she is just as alone as she was as a child. Then she finds Michael again - handsome and just the same as she remembers him, only now he's not imaginary.

    Beckie says: "Sundays at Tiffany's"
    "Shame on you JP"
    Overall

    It is a shame that the authors chose to use extreme language (by only 1 character), and include a very explicit sex seen.
    This would have been an excellent family read, and rated 5 stars. Neither the sex nor the language added anything to the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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