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Andrew Stone

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  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1415)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "A Darn Good Book"
    Overall

    After reading the publisher's summary, I was concerned that the book might be uninteresting or a bit slow. Fortunately, I did not pass this book up!

    Blood Work is very engrossing story that kept my interest throughout. In the end, I liked this book enough to write a positive review.

    Before writing this review, I checked out Amazon.com and found that there are (at the time of this writing) 188 reviews. Most all the reviewer praised this book. Additionally, I discovered that Blood Work was turned into a movie that is acted and directed by Clint Eastwood. At the end of the book, the author Michael Connelly, acknowledges all those who significantly helped him write this book. Interest that Connelly mentions that the actor Clint Eastwood was an initial reviewer of the manuscript.

    Overall, every book that I have read by Michael Connelly, I have liked very much, and I can highly recommend all that I have read...

    The Narrator Dick Hill is one of my favorite readers. His voice really fits my idea of the main character, FBI agent McCaleb. I never imagined a persona like Clint Eastwood stereotype when hearing Dick Hills voice.

    In this reading, Dick Hill also does an amazing Hispanic accent. I am always amazed by the range of characters Dick can sound like! Check out other books narrated by Dick Hill, by clicking on the NARRATOR hyper-link "Dick Hill".

    The last book I read, prior to this book, narrated by Dick Hill was Tripwire written by Lee Child (also an excellent author and narrator combination).

    If you like FBI characters, I highly recommend books with the character Pendergast (a FBI agent, independently wealthy, and not a stereotype FBI character) written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and books by Nelson DeMille. I suggest that you start with The Cabinet of Curiosities and The Lion';s Game (by the aforementioned authors respectively).

    55 of 55 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. American

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Mark Franklin came from the American West to Edwardian England with two long-barrelled .44s in his baggage and a fortune in silver in the bank. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered -- at Scotland Yard, in City offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of Society (even King Edward was puzzled) and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing.

    John says: "Mr. America you had so much potential."
    "Cowboy goes to England"
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    The setting is 1909 or so England.

    I loved this book. Never knew what to expect so it kept me listening to it through to the next morning... Love the main character who was a polite solid quiet cowboy(his background) becoming a gentleman in British society.

    The women he meets is a good tale in itself. But of course the story does not end there!

    I would call this book a "Page Turner", so engrossing.

    I had a chuckle from the "Flashman" books which I read previously. This book has an appearance of the "Flashman" character.

    I am a heavy listener to audio books as my first choice, I have listened to over 4,000 of them. I would rank this book in the top 5% for being such an engaging tale and gripping. After the ending, this book is quite thought provoking.

    If you liked this book, I recommend that you might also read "The Sea Wolf" by Jack London
    performed by Frank Muller. "The Sea Wolf" is a gripping story not the typical read. It too was a "page turner" for me.

    I highly recommend that you give this book a try. This book I will probably listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunter from the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The Hunter from the Woods marks the much-anticipated return of Michael Gallatin, the lycanthropic hero of Robert McCammon’s 1989 classic, The Wolf’s Hour. These all-new, interlinked stories offer a full measure of McCammon’s trademark narrative excitement, and comprise a fascinating composite portrait of a unique fictional creation.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast Paced and Held My Attention!!!"
    "Fast Paced and Held My Attention!!!"
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    I really liked this book. Fast pace and lots of action!

    The werewolf concept really held my attention. The writing is very good.

    Other books that have good action that I recommend are:
    "Shape's Tiger" (the series)...
    "The Warded Man"
    "Beat the Reaper" page turning thriller.
    "Fear Nothing"
    The Eye of the World"
    "The Way of Kings"
    and
    "The Lion's Game"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Circle of Reign: The Dying Lands Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacob Cooper
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    Lands die. The living light fades. An ancient darkness awakens. The Living Light that sustains Arlethia is dwindling. An unknown, vicious enemy approaches in stealth from beyond the northern glaciers, a wasteland of ice that spans hundreds of miles. A clandestine brotherhood of assassins, held in check by the Light for millennia, seeks to break their maledictive shackles and unleash their bloodlust upon the world.

    Andrew Stone says: "I LIKED IT!"
    "I LIKED IT!"
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    Book really kept my attention!

    Kept me awake in bed instead of falling to sleep listing to it.

    Interesting plot. A bit confusing as the story flashed back and to other subplots. I'm just getting old I guess.

    While waiting for the next book in the series, I recommend these other excellent reads:

    "The Name of the Wind"
    "Thief's Magic" by Trudi Canavan
    "Harbinger" by Shae Ford
    "The Warded Man"
    "Eye of the World"
    "The Way of Kings"
    "Jhereg"
    "The Final Empire"
    "Wizard's First Rule"
    "Poison Study"

    Other fast paced books for those who want to a break from Epic Fantasy genre:

    "The Hunter from the Woods" Robert McCammon (Werewolf in WWII)
    "Sharpe's Tiger"

    I think this is author's first book ... Happy I found it and gave it a try!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Architect

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Belfoure
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

    Ellen says: "Grows on you"
    "Could not stop listening..."
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    Book really caught my attention and held it.

    Kept listening to it till I fell asleep.

    Started up on it immediately the next day.

    Unique plot and good pace.

    "A page turner"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corinthian

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome ,and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage.

    Carol says: "Fun on the Run"
    "My New Favorite Heyer BOOK!"
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    This book has such an outstanding plot!

    It is such a fun story.

    My other favorite "Heyer" books are :

    1) Frederica

    2) The Grand Sophy

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (333)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Melinda says: "Maybe this one should have stayed lost..."
    "Waste of time to read this one!"
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    A "Clive Cussler/Dirk Pitt" type of formulated plot that is just "average".

    As the plot turns to a new twist, you can easily predict the direction of the new turn...

    I like the books when these two authors work together, but in this case they really blew it.

    I strongly suggest readers to not waste their time or money on this book.

    IF you have not read books by this author then I suggest you read my favorite book by this team "The Cabinet of Curiosities"...

    If you liked " Pendergast" series, then I recommend you read:
    "The Traveler" by John Twelve Hawks
    "Fear Nothing" by Dean Koontz
    "Sea Wolf" by Jack London and read by Frank Muller, a THRILLER & American Classic Literature.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Virginian

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Owen Wister
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Owen Wister’s The Virginian pre-dates the classic novels of Zane Grey and Max Brand and is considered by many to be the original Western. Dedicated to Wister’s friend and fellow outdoorsman Theodore Roosevelt, this timeless tale almost single-handedly established the cowboy archetype in literature. A quiet, noble foreman of a Wyoming cattle ranch in the 1870s, the Virginian falls for pretty schoolteacher Molly Wood. But when a rival suitor challenges his honor, the Virginian struggles to make his beloved Molly understand the harsh justice of the West.

    David says: "What a Stunning Surprise this novel is!"
    "Now My Favorite Western"
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    A Powerful romance.

    A lot is lost in understanding due to the culture shift of language and understanding of how people spoke at this time (1902) and just understanding every day environment of horses, ranches, terms of the day.

    My grandfather lived 1884 to 1984 and spoke the same way. I watch "The Virginian" TV shows with my grandfather & family... Picked this book up quite randomly... Such a gem of a book.

    I also highly recommend the following books:
    Lonesome Dove
    Old Yeller - YOu'll cry when your read this one....
    Shane

    Note: Shane and Old Yeller are great for younger readers in that they are short books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (787)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "More of the Same"
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    Author is just not breaking new ground.
    Perhaps it is just me after reading all prior books of the series,
    The book is now just average read.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (160)

    Student glass magician Opal Cowan's newfound ability to steal a magician's powers makes her too powerful. Ordered to house arrest by the Council, Opal dares defy them, traveling to the Moon Clan's lands in search of Ulrick, the man she thinks she loves. Thinks because another man - now her prisoner - claims Ulrick's desire for blood magic has eclipsed his passion for her.

    Amy says: "Better than the First Book"
    "Average book"
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    The attraction to this book is the strong female character.

    Fantasy genre books for young girls is very important. Ones which shows the "heroine" having independent thought and self direction.

    No explicit sex scenes, but main character is fine with casual sex with various men.
    So, I classify this book for adults 18+, but the gook is targeted at 11 and 12 yr old girl readers..

    Regardless, the plot progresses pretty slowly and the reader does not help.

    In light of so many other better books choices, this one is a waste of time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (312)

    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

    Hassan says: "Authentic And Full of Action!!"
    "Kept my attention...Interesting Plot."
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    I liked the detail about the subject matter of theft (at a high-end) skilled level

    .Parts were a bit too grizzly!

    The tough guy the "hero" is.Kinda like a "Jack Reach" type of guy.

    Hero is smart and knows how to fight.

    I initially listened to this book a couple of years ago. Second time thru is still good.

    You will probably like Lee Child's books if you like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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