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JC

mississauga, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1605)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Drivel by any other name is still drivel!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the novel was eradicated from all libraries - the only way I could justify the time wasted on it.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    This is no story - the writer was obviously being paid by the word, somewhere along the way we missed the plot....


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Well, the narrator should stop pretending that he is reading to little children.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stay Close?

    How many scenes were there again? How about excising the whole lot and starting afresh?


    Any additional comments?

    The writer and the narrator should be forced to sit in a cubicle together and read alternate chapters to each other. If they survive the ordeal - they should be made to do it again. Don't read the reviews - they're all BS - anyone who gave this more than 3 stars should consult an undertaker - brain death is obviously imminent. I normally don't bother to review, but drivel is drivel and one shouldn't have to fork out credits for this, or does Audible not have any sort of quality control. I want my money back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Man Standing

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (360)

    With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

    Chad says: "Great book"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed Absolute Power, but found Last Man Standing dull. I know it is fiction - but you can only expect your reader to suspend disbelief for so long.... The plot was full of holes and ludicrous. Maybe the next one will jolt me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Air and Shadows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Jake Mishkin's seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property lawyer has put him at the center of a deadly conspiracy and a chase to find a priceless treasure involving William Shakespeare. As he awaits a killer (or killers) unknown, Jake writes an account of the events that led to this deadly endgame, a frantic chase that began when a fire in an antiquarian bookstore revealed the hiding place of letters containing a shocking secret, concealed for 400 years.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Not your average story."
    "So, fine writers still exist!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Book of Air and Shadows in three words, what would they be?

    Deceptive and alluring. He hooks you and then he reels you in....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mishkin and Crisetti


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

    I didn't like SH's narration at first, I found his voice a tad tedious, but he won me over.


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

    I really liked it, just like I found "The forgery of Venus' enthralling.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Gruber is making me lose sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valley of Bones

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The setting is Miami. Rookie cop Tito Morales arrives at the Trianon hotel to investigate a routine disturbance call and, to his shock and horror, watches as a wealthy oil man plunges ten stories and impales himself on a nearby fence. Soon Morales is joined by detective Jimmy Paz, famous throughout the city for solving, or at least providing a plausible solution to, the so-called Voodoo Murders that left Miami burning months earlier.

    Timothy says: "Spies Thugs in a World of Intrigue, Mystery"
    "dogbone good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Valley of Bones to be better than the print version?

    don't know only listened to it on audio


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Valley of Bones?

    Gruber is very versatile. good escapist listens.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gary Keller, Dave Jenks, Jay Papasan
    • Narrated By Cliff Haby
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    Markets shift and so can you. Sometimes you'll shift in response to a falling market and other times you'll shift to take your business to the next level. Both can transform your business and your life. You can change your thinking, your focus, your actions, and ultimately, your results. You can get back in the game and ahead of the competition. The tactics that jump-start your business in tough times will power it forward in good times. Put your business into another gear - shift!

    Jonathan says: "New Perspectives"
    "Shaft-ed"
    Overall

    Interesting stuff - but when I purchase a book I expect to get access to everything - like the password to access all the tables and diagrams as suggested by the narrator. I emailed the publishers to see how I could access the above but got no response. It's like buying half a book. How much would it take to say,"Look, to access the drawings and doodahs will be an extra five dollars, but to have the gall to call the publication - unabridged is a load of shift. Very disappointed, I was hoping Mr. Keller was going to help me in my real estate career but he didn't deliver the goods. I think Audible should be taken to task for only 1/2 selling something. I wouldn't have purchsed the audiobook if I knew that I wasn't getting the 'unabridged' version - which should give me access to book's website.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (571)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "upcountry"
    Overall

    Well, definitely not his best!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • SS-GB

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Len Deighton
    • Narrated By James Faulkner
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It is 1941. British Command has surrendered to the Nazis. Churchill has been executed, the King is in the Tower, and the SS are in Whitehall. For nine months Britain has been occupied, and it's now a blitzed, depressed, and dingy country. But in Hitler's Britain, although detection is a little different, murder is still murder.

    Steve says: "CREATIVE, INTERESTING & INVOVLING. LOVED IT."
    "len deighton ssgb"
    Overall

    great yarn. Great entertainment. well read. His best yet!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Layer Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J.J. Connolly
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Smooth-talking and sophisticated drug dealer "X" has a plan. He wants to bank enough cash to retire early. Operating under the polished veneer of a legitimate businessman, his method is to keep a low profile and run a tight operation until it's time to get out. "X" sees his opportunity to make a final score when crime boss Jimmy Price asks him to find the wayward daughter of rival. He agrees to take the seemingly innocuous job as his opportunity to get out of the business.

    Dean says: "Escape"
    "layer cake"
    Overall

    Excellent interpretation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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