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  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1996)
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    (1683)
    Story
    (1678)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "Corey and Brenner--it doesn't get any better!"
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    Every one of Nelson DeMille's books are like a delicious treat to be treasured and savored. Meticulously researched, cleverly written--a master story teller to whom every single written word is meaningful. No wasted words or characters. Two of his wittiest and most clever characters, John Corey and Paul Brenner unite in this on-topic masterpiece that is too close to current events to ever be made into a movie. It is a shame, as all his books should be movies. Just as John Travolta brought wise-cracking Paul Brenner to life in the movie rendition of The General's Daughter; a movie with him and the Corey character would be great. But relish DeMille's latest masterpiece; he has the recipe that so many authors have tried for and failed: humor, well-researched and intricate plot, no gratuitous violence or sex, and not a single wasted word. All wonderful. By the way, do listen to the epilogue. It is worthwhile hearing the author's own personage as it blends with that of his characters.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Stargazey: Richard Jury, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Saturday night. It was not a night to be spending alone, riding a bus. When he was a teenager at the comprehensive, Saturday night without a girl, without a date, without at least your mates to raise hell with, Saturday night alone would have been shameful. One wouldn't want to be seen alone on a Saturday night…. Who are you kidding? That was never your life, Jury, not yours.

    Janels says: "The most entertaining Grimes novel I've heard"
    "The most entertaining Grimes novel I've heard"
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    I stumbled on the Richard Jury books and found they had very entertaining if odd characters. Each character that continues from book to book seems to get deeper, funnier and better developed with each. This is the most entertaining of all the Jury books I've listened to, and I will likely go for the entire series. The narrator does a lively and excellent job of injecting humor and nuance into a vast variety of voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
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    (289)
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    (289)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "Learning life lessons from a dog, and as a dog"
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    (spoiler alert?) Emily becomes a children's author, and writes books about just what this book is about. It is predictable, allegorical life lessons, as though written for children. Children would be better at suspending belief with a dog angel. The pure of heart triumph, and the impure are shamed.

    I don't know if it was just my recording, but it is the only book that I have heard that repeats phrases and sentences occasionally. Bad job of editing?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Knives

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Jenna James’ life has been smooth-sailing since she left the high-powered law firm of Marbury Marfan. She’s happily ensconced as a professor at a prestigious law school, where she’s well liked by her students, coupled up with a handsome colleague, and on track for tenure. But things take a shocking turn one morning when a student, Primo, comes to Jenna’s office seeking her advice about a treasure map he recently inherited. When Primo turns up dead and Jenna is suddenly the prime suspect in a murder investigation, everyone turns on her.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Disaster on Campus"
    "Terrible narration--ruins it"
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    I can't imagine how TWO narrators, male and female, can both be so misguidedly awful! For some reason, they eggageratedly enunciate as though English was their second--or third--language. And I don't mean when they are characterizing a foreigner--everyone sounds stilted with way too many consonants pronounced in a heavy handed manner. I liked the author from the other novel, but this is a disaster. I would never listen to these narrators again, particularly the male.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Day in Budapest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. F. Penn
    • Narrated By Veronica Giguere
    Overall
    (13)
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    (13)
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    (13)

    Budapest, Hungary. When a priest is murdered at the Basilica of St Stephen and the Holy Right relic is stolen, the ultra-nationalist Eröszak party calls for retribution and anti-Semitic violence erupts in the city. Dr Morgan Sierra, psychologist and ARKANE agent, finds herself trapped inside the synagogue with Zoltan Fischer, a Hungarian Jewish security advisor. As the terrorism escalates, Morgan and Zoltan must race against time to find the Holy Right and expose the conspiracy, before blood is spilled again on the streets of Budapest.

    Janels says: "No character depth, just speed-read Nazi warnings"
    "No character depth, just speed-read Nazi warnings"
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    Trying hard to show that Nazis are alive and well in the very countries that they brutalized decades ago, the terrible narrator literally speed-reads this. I thought that my iPhone must have accidentally switched to double speed; but no, just awful narration.

    The premise is valid, the scare warranted, but the book is not literature. From this sample, I would never consider this author or narrator again, and it was a waste of even the token amount spent on this book. It is not a "story", it is a warning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vertigo 42: A Richard Jury Mystery, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the 42nd floor of an office building in London’s financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered 17 years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess’ death was accidental - a direct result of vertigo - but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case.

    Janels says: "A new Martha Grimes-Richard Jury fan"
    "A new Martha Grimes-Richard Jury fan"
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    A huge fan of the "armchair mystery" genre of Agatha Christie (intelligent plots and puzzles requiring thought sans gratuitous violence), I thoroughly enjoyed Jury's crime solving methodology. While not as much of a fan of the narrator's scope of characterization (why did the sergeant's voice have to be created with the narrator seemingly holding his nose closed?), the clues were all there (fair play a la Christie), and it was just a race to see whether the reader could put the puzzle together before Jury. Jury was a little biased in favor of his personal emotional instincts (Poirot would never do that), but nonetheless, it was a good puzzle and very satisfying mystery. I look forward to reading more of Grimes, and hope there are just as many interwoven literary references, as it makes it all the more enjoyable!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maria Murnane
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (216)

    Waverly Bryson is a successful businesswoman in her late 20s who almost has it all: a dream job in sports PR, two best friends, and a bar where everybody knows her name. What she doesn’t have is a ring on her finger. And after being ditched at the altar, she’s in no hurry to get one. Besides, plenty of other issues keep her busy, including her wayward father, a new rival at work, and an ever-nagging fear that her life is not turning out as she thought it would...or should.

    Missy says: "Just ok..."
    "Cute but sophomoric"
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    This was a pretty good attempt at a sympathetic, fumbling, self-effacing character, but just missed the mark. The distractions of the constant "no way!" "Way!", "no way!", "way!", and the interjections of "I said", "she said", "he said" were distracting. The book tried to create a Sophie Kinsella type of character, but didn't quite have the same result. Waverly was not as likable or sympathetic. A fun read, but a predictable ending, and annoying rinkydink dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing with Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Juliette Sobanet
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    When Claudia takes a tumble in her grandmother’s San Diego dance studio, she awakens to her past life in 1950s Paris in the body of Ruby Kerrigan, the glamorous star of a risqué cabaret - and the number one suspect in a gruesome murder investigation. With the police hot on her trail and a handsome French doctor lighting a fire in her sinfully beautiful new body, Claudia has just five days to unmask the true killer and clear Ruby’s name. But to do so she must make an impossible choice, one that will change the course of both of her lives forever.

    Janels says: "Not awful, for a fantasy, time travel piece"
    "Not awful, for a fantasy, time travel piece"
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    I didn't expect much from this, with the time travel element added to the fantasy, but it wasn't bad. Kind of a combination of Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and The Wizard of Oz--even down to the ruby red shoes. It gets into a bit of trouble with the ending resolution (do babies en vitro time travel too?), but somewhat entertaining if you get it inexpensively.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Accounting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (153)

    Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Great Suspense With Great Depth of Character"
    "Awful narration, tedious plot"
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    The narrator, aside from being out of character with a rough southern accent for a society boy from Philadelphia's Main Line, managed to mispronounce most of the difficult words. It was very distracting, as there was little or no character development, either. The rambling plot just rambled and it was a tedious listen. By the end, I didn't care what happened.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Her Secret Desire: A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Archer
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    Courageous Minerva Peabody, a poor but passionate playwright, is cursed to be living in Elizabethan England, when women most assuredly did not write plays. Determined to succeed, Min impulsively enlists the help of the first man she sees to be her “cover”. Blake, her chosen surrogate, a handsome blue-eyed sea captain with his own agenda, is a man with a mysterious past, a wondrous pair of shoulders, and an irresistible aura of intrigue. Her Secret Desire speaks to any woman who never gives up.

    Karen says: "Delightful Elizabethan Story"
    "An absolutely delightful Shakespearian romp!"
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    I truly expected the worst from this book, after all, "Secret Desire" would have to be a provocative "bodice ripper", wouldn't it? It turns out to be not unlike Nora Roberts, only set in the Shakespearian era. The absolute delight of this book is partly due to the excellent narrator, whose voice has the ability to quaver at just the right time, and she does justice to male narrative, as well.

    Although the premise is somewhat cliche (a la Nora Roberts) and certainly predictable, the entertaining journey of a young woman bucking the chauvinistic male-dominated theater and writers of that time, as well as antiquated marriage contracts and self-support, is worth the listen. It is cleverly written and truly evokes the era.

    It is just plain fun, with just enough "bodice ripping" to be entertaining, without centering around that aspect. Even though I got it at a reduced price, I would recommend it for the regular price or a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
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    Overall
    (1841)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1639)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tight and Engaging -- Reel and Robie are back!"
    "Like a collection of short stories"
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    Most Baldacci books are worth reading, and those with Will Robie and Jessica Real have been interesting in the past. On the whole, I'm not sorry I got this book. However, it is really chopped up into seemingly short plots, each with their own ending. Not really one big assignment for the pair, or even two; but several short bouts of action each being completed before the final and very predictable outcome.

    It can be persuasively argued that each of the sub-plots somehow link to the finale, but some are tenuous links, at best.

    It was as though Baldacci wrote down plot ideas at different times, then quickly ties them together in this book. Not the best Baldacci--too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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