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  • The List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The List is a technothriller about a group of people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why. One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions. To say more would give away too much.

    Chris says: "Great Listen!"
    "Well written story that will keep you intrigued"
    What made the experience of listening to The List the most enjoyable?

    The story moves along quickly after the main character finds he has something strangely in common with the victim of a murder he is investigating. The story gets more complex and mysterious as more bodies show up with this same point of commonality before it finally starts to unravel through the persistence of the investigator, barely in time to heighten his senses for a savage fight for survival.

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

    Those that enjoyed a good multilevel and well developed mystery like '14' will likely enjoy this book as well.

    What does Benjamin L. Darcie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Darcie's narration adds to the grit and depth of the main character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Days in September

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ray Gorham
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton

    On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.

    Jan says: "Depends on what you want"
    "Horribly underdeveloped characters and story line"
    What did you like best about 77 Days in September? What did you like least?

    The general story line of a non nucear EMP ElectroMagnetic Pulse against the United States shutting down almost all things electronic is a very real threat that could have an amazing amount of promise, far better than the zombie craze which has becomes so popular.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Gorham again?

    Joseph Morton did a good job reading the fairly flat story of one man's attempt to get home to his family after such a horrific event when few cars run and no mass transit or communication is available. The scientific inconsistencies of the story will likely frustrate more educated readers on the subject, but Joseph's narration still makes it palatable. The overly simplistic writing made me constantly wonder if I had picked up a book more written for teens than adults.

    Which character – as performed by Joseph Morton – was your favorite?

    There really wasn't a favorite character since the two main characters in this story spent a lot of time being either stupid or naive, putting themselves or their family in needless danger. The least favorite character was unfortunately a large part of this book, the creepy sexual predator sheriff that continues to stalk the wife of the main character. The purposely agnostic nature of the book forced a necessarily shallow depth to the story and the characters which leaves far more questions than answers. Truly, it reads more like a rough draft than a finished story. Knowing a lot of people from Montana, neither of the two main characters were believable.

    Did 77 Days in September inspire you to do anything?

    The subject was so intriguing I will definitely look for more books along this same scenario. Hopefully one with more complex and realistic plots/subplots, characters, and storyline that isn't afraid to show the spiritual side of people that tends to accompany such a dramatic event.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"
    "Riveting Story & Superb Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    How John Lee makes this complicated story just flow off his tongue is beyond me. We've read it to our teenagers as part of a listening course. Although Alexandre Dumas' stories can get a bit long winded, they are always worth the wait and the brilliance of the characters and subplots in this novel kept me riveted to the very end.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Count of Monte Cristo?

    Listening to the patient reintroduction with his former enemies keeps the tension high and the reader always filled with new information that just makes the story more intoxicating by the chapter.

    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    This is my favorite novel and John Lee is one of my favorite narrators. This is my favorite narration by John Lee. He just makes it sound so effortless, easy, and entertaining. You never feel far from the story and often you feel as if you are right in the middle of it.

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

    None of the TV series or movies do this masterful work any justice, but the multipart TV series did a much better job than I thought they would.

    Alternate Tagline? That's a tough one and I honestly can't think of one that flows well with the complexity of the story.

    Any additional comments?

    If you want a story that will entertain you for HOURS and HOURS and help you shed the chaos of the day, then dive on in, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "When Legend comes to Life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended for those that still have the ability to keep their attention span high for longer than an infomercial. Alexandre Dumas' books are well crafted and although quite similiar in many aspects still well done.

    John Lee was well chosen to deliver the French and English present. Even hearing the names seemed magical under his narration.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The twisted paths that knit together our heroes is still a favorite story technique that I personally find fascinating.

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

    I think this is one of John Lee's top 10 and I've never heard a bad John Lee narration. Ever.

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

    Never too serious, even during the darkest hours, Dumas' use of well established characters and his predictable writing style leave a very comfortable listen as well as a good read ranging from the serious to the laughable.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Well organized & masterfully narrated"
    What did you love best about The Company?

    The writing was well done tying together a very large amount of time with minimal rabbit trails so more time could be spent on really knowing the characters and the complicated settings which kept the tension going all the way to the end.

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

    Masterfully written without being over the top. Full of diverse action and although graphic at times, tastefully done.

    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I loved them all.

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

    No, it took me a month of driving to and from work. It was wonderful.

    Any additional comments?

    The book was well done, but Scott Brick was definitely in prime form doing this narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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