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  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (314)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "Good idea, average execution"
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    Would you try another book from Jeremy Robinson and/or R. C. Bray?

    The author - yes, the reader probably not - not a pleasant reading voice or style


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It needs to be significantly longer for better character development and to provide a lot more depth to the technology and to the biblical subject matter.


    Would you be willing to try another one of R. C. Bray’s performances?

    I would likely try to avoid another one by Mr. Bray - personally I find his voice to be rasping and not pleasant for extended listening


    Could you see The Didymus Contingency being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes definitely. The story is shallow, poor character development and a little ridiculous - perfect for a TV series or movie!


    Any additional comments?

    The idea is excellent and there is a huge amount of scope for a really detailed and unusual novel. The shallow style is not appropriate for such a good ideas.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (609)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "Sounds exactly like every other Scarpetta story"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different plot, a different reader and some new ideas


    What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Spend less time rehashing prior story lines and relationships. We now the characters, we understand the history, why spend half the book restating the same old stuff over and over


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    Monotone, uninterested, flat, boring reading.


    What character would you cut from Dust?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    This author needs to find a new character and a new storyline - this is definitely my last Scarpetta book, I hope it is her last one too.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mission

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patrick Tilley
    • Narrated By Evan Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    What would you do if, through an unexpected twist of fate and time, you came face to face with Jesus of Nazareth? In the flesh. A living, breathing, three-dimensional figure with a disconcertingly casual manner. When you had pinched yourself to make sure that you weren't dreaming and found that he was still there, would you turn your back and walk away - or would you try to find out what he was doing so far from home? That was the decision facing Leo Resnick, a smart young Manhattan lawyer, and his girlfriend, Dr Miriam Maxwell.

    Robert says: "So this is what the bible really means..."
    "So this is what the bible really means..."
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    Would you listen to Mission again? Why?

    Yes, because the story is very rich, and, I would like to go back to the New Testament (and Old) to check some of the amazing facts, thoughts and concepts


    What other book might you compare Mission to and why?

    Unlike any other, except perhaps segments of the Bible


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

    No, too deep to listen to at one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a second or third read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By John le Carre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (245)

    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
    "Great Story, and read beautifully by the author"
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    What did you love best about A Delicate Truth?

    A well constructed story with a totally believable plot and well developed characters.


    What other book might you compare A Delicate Truth to and why?

    Mostly because of the reader it reminds me a lot of my personal favourite JLC book, Absolute Friends. The plot is of course different, but the quality of the writing and the reading is almost as good.


    Which character – as performed by John le Carre – was your favorite?

    The Minister


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

    I dont think his books translate well to film, they are much better as TV series - for example the Smiley series, probably the best TV series I have ever seen.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a real benefit to having an author read his own work; the intonation, vocabulary and the "sense" of the story is far better than any other approach. Le Carre is truly blessed as an excellent writer with a superb reading voice and style.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (501)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "More,and more, and more of the same old, same old,"
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    Would you try another book from Jeffrey Archer and/or Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox ?

    I keep trying Mr Archer, everyone says he is a good author, so somewhere, someday, there must be a good book. But, not today and definitely not this book! The prior books were poor and predictable; this one is rubbish. The plot is, charitably, stupid, inconsistent and totally unbelievable. The reader is good, but it would take a miraculous performance to turn this drivel into anything approaching an average story.


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

    Totally predictable and yet completely unbelievable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not a single redeeming feature. Probably the worst audio book I have ever heard.


    Any additional comments?

    I assume there are more episodes to this painful series - don't buy this, or them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1468)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (631)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Weak storyline, weaker reader"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have read several books by Sandra Brown, mostly quite good. This one has a poor storyline with gratuitous sex thrown in, presumably to bolster the poor story since the sexual scenes are completely inappropriate. Tried several times to restart and give it another chance, but frankly, its a very boring book, made even worse by a very boring reader.


    What was most disappointing about Sandra Brown’s story?

    It was boring with a boring reader


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could have been done by someone with a sense of timing and intonation.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It sent us to sleep without difficulty


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if I want to risk another book by this author, but I am certain that this reader will be boycotted from now on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (678)

    Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

    Margaret Campbell says: "Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!"
    "More from the Archer factory"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this if they were a JA Fan. For anyone else, no, it has few redeeming factors as a novel.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The only interesting factor is that without knowing the Author in advance, it is clearly Mr Archer. Every one of his books consists of some contrived connection that is about as likely as snow on the Sun.

    Least interesting? Most of the book!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I listened right to the end; will not buy the next volume, I could almost write it myself since it follows the usual JA formula.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1038)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "As good as "Nightbird""
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    Where does The Queen of Bedlam rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks quite high. Excellent story with lots of depth and character and location development. Gives a good verbal picture of the time and place and has links to past (and future) stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew - well developed character with a predictable reaction to all that happens. The character transcends each story which makes listening comfortable.


    If you could take any character from The Queen of Bedlam out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The nymphomaniacal young lady, name escapes me at moment, with whom Matthew spent an exhausting evening!


    Any additional comments?

    Love to see more of these stories, they are quite unique

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Strokes of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Charles Sheffield
    • Narrated By Melissa Edris
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    >The author of Sight of Proteus and The Selkie brings a unique brand of sci-fi to this riveting story. To long-established worlds of starfaring humans come the Immortals - beings with strange ties to ancient Earth, who seem to live forever, who can travel light years in a day - and who use their strange powers to control the existence of ordinary mortals.

    Darryl says: "very interesting but poor narrator"
    "A good SF book from Sheffield, very poor narration"
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    Would you listen to Between the Strokes of Night again? Why?

    A good story, well written, but read without any sense of intonation or interest or anything. I will not listen to this again; but I would read it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Melissa Edris?

    Just about anyone; my cat is unemployed at the moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Sheffield is a very good SF writer with a solid scientific background. The reader is so bad that it reduces the story to a bunch of unrelated words. This one will be returned to Audible before I get to part 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Young Philby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Best-selling novelist Robert Littell employs all his considerable skills in telling the story of Kim Philby through the eyes of more than 20 true-life characters. When Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963, he became the most infamous double agent in history. A member of Britain's intelligence service since World War II, he had risen to become their chief officer in Washington, D.C. after the war. The exposure of other members of the group of double agents known as the Cambridge Five led to the revelation that he had been working for Russia for even longer than he had been part of MI6.

    connie says: "Maybe get this one in print"
    "Great story, but the narration is very, very poor"
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    Would you listen to Young Philby again? Why?

    Yes, it is worth listening to a couple of times since the story is quite dense, and, the accented narration is so poor that it needs to be listened to a couple of times just to get the story despite the accents.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    The accents! So badly done and so unnecessary. The story is very strong, very well put together, it just does not need to be "acted". I know that I would prefer a straight narration from John Lee


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

    It has lots of tie in's to historical facts; addresses the James Angleton's role in the whole Philby affair; put McLean, Burgess and Blunt into an interesting perspective and is generally a great (probably fictitious) backgrounder to the Cambridge 4 (5 or 6).


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Littell's stories are very well researched and written. This one is no exception and deserves a listen despite the narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2802)
    Performance
    (2461)
    Story
    (2478)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Great Story, well written, well read"
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    Would you listen to The Casual Vacancy again? Why?

    Yes, the story has many threads and plot lines, so given my poor attention span, it deserves a couple of listens to get every nuance straight


    What other book might you compare The Casual Vacancy to and why?

    Hard to compare. It is a kind of social history story with a believable cast of modern day characters with modern day problems. I do not want to denigrate either story, bIts a bit like the Archers on steroids,


    If you could take any character from The Casual Vacancy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The social worker who came down from London on a promise. Seems like a genuinely decent person having a series of bad breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a pleasant story, the good guys end up really badly, but that is life. Strong language and uncomfortable situations, but there is no gratuitous violence, sex or language, people really do speak and act like this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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