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  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3431)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2072)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "A poor narrator can ruin a good audible."
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    The reviews were very positive and I was looking forward to a good story to enjoy as I wrap Christmas presents. I absolutely love Connelly's Harry Bosch and was looking forward to this story and its sequel. However after 30 minutes of listening to this narrator, I could not get into this story. I found Buck Schirner's voice to be annoying, distracting, and uninspiring. A poor narrator can ruin a good audible. Two stars because I believe that the story has promise based on what I heard. I plan to go to the publlic library to check out this book so that I can read it on my own, then listen to the sequel. Can we get refunds on credits? That's all folks...

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  • Run, Brother, Run: A Memoir of a Murder in My Family

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Berg
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Alan Berg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    As William Faulkner said, “The past is not dead, it’s not even past.” This observation seems especially true in matters of family, when the fury between generations is often never resolved and instead secretly carried, a wound that cannot heal. For David Berg, this is truer than for most, and once you listen to the story of his family, you will understand why he held it privately for so long and why the betrayals between parent and child can be the most wrenching of all.

    Roger says: "Top Ten ouf of 7,000"
    "Exceptional Tribute to a Family and its Challenges"
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    What made the experience of listening to Run, Brother, Run the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Geoffrey, has an excellent tone and cadence to his voice. Also that the story was told by first person narrator who shared his intimate thoughts, feelings, and impressions. In addition, this is a true story that does not sound like a documentary. I do not remember why I did not realize who was the murderer in this story. Interesting tibit that kept me hanging on to the very end.


    What other book might you compare Run, Brother, Run to and why?

    Not sure. May be a Coben, Grisham or Patterson book, but not one in particular.


    Which character – as performed by Geoffrey Alan Berg – was your favorite?

    David, of course was the favorite. Everyone else runs a close second...really


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

    I am not sure if this should be a movie. It may be too painful for two families. Also, do not want to have the "Hollywood" or "Lifetime" treatment ruin the authencity of this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you to the author and his son for sharing what has to be a painful memory. My blessings to the families. Both of them.

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  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3370)
    Performance
    (2814)
    Story
    (2831)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Another "hit" by Baldacci"
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    What did you love best about The Innocent: A Novel?

    Very good story, intriguing and well presented. While the plot is really a standard, the characters came to life as read by the narrators. No one was over the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innocent: A Novel?

    When Julie realized that she had really lost her parents.


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Down to earth narration. No extremes. Provides a "face and personality" to the characters.


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

    No, but did want to return to quickly. I need a break from audio from time to time or my mind wanders.


    Any additional comments?

    Great start to a new series. Will look forward to other installments

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  • Second Honeymoon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Howard Roughan
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (351)

    A walk down the aisle, a resort hotel, a drink on the beach...for these unlucky couples, the honeymoon's over. A newlywed couple steps into the sauna in their deluxe honeymoon suite - and never steps out again. When another couple is killed while boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners, and it's anyone's guess which happy couple is next on the list. FBI Agent John O'Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common....

    Marci says: "Fun ride, good twists"
    "More! When is the next installment of O'Hara?"
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    If you could sum up Second Honeymoon in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, interesting,suspenseful thriller. I know that I used four words, but this story is among the best of Patterson. Could not identify the formula in this one. Spectacular! oops, that is now five words.


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

    I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The plot kept me interested.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder and Ellen Archer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Jay Snyder or Ellen Archer's performances before this story. I will seek out more of their narrations though. Jay Snyder is O'Hara though. I would not want to listen to another narrator.


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

    I did want to listen to it all at once, but Snyder's voice put me to sleep. Not because the plot was boring, but because his voice is so relaxing! I found that I had to rewind and play again.


    Any additional comments?

    Good beginning for a Patterson series about a FBI partnership-hint, hint

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  • Gone: Michael Bennett, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (336)

    Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.

    lu says: "predictable"
    "Michael Bennett and the Adventures of his Family"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy the adventures of Michael Bennett and his large family. Nice to get the family out of Manhattan once in a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Shamus is the best. Other than his character nothing was liked the best. There is gratuitious violence, some stereotypical behaviors from Latino villians, no passion between Michael and Mary Catherine, the kids are not developed well or growing up--waiting for something that focuses on the children


    What does Danny Mastrogiorgio and Henry Leyva bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They were good. I could not tell when the narrators changed. Are they the narrators due to the need of someone who could speak with a variety of dialects or accents(male, female, kids voices; Spanish, Irish, Western/Ranch drawl, young etc.)What happened to Bobby Cannavale? Toward the end it was difficult to distinguish between Mary Catherine and Shamus' Irish accents.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved me? Irritated me is more like it. Get rid of the sound effects. Please leave something to the imagination of the listener. This is not radio.


    Any additional comments?

    This story leaves the listener wanting...there were so many storylines that need tied up...some characters were just "there" and we don't hear anything else about them and the story is over. The bull who was transported to sire...

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15804)
    Performance
    (14018)
    Story
    (14057)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Hmm, believe the hype. This is a good trashy story"
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    Where does Gone Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 25 of mysteries and thrillers. This story is not for the "faint of heart".


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    This book is in a class all of its own among the books that I have read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I could not get enough and it was difficult to stop listening to the story. I had to back track and re-listen if I drifted off and missed a part of the story. There was not one favorite scene--all were equally interesting. The language is rich and can be very graphic at times.


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

    Disgust is my reaction to the book. It is possible that we know people similar to the characters in this story. It was a good story but nothing "good" was happening to the characters if it makes sense to say that. This was a hard story to put down because it held my interest and my need to know what will happen next. There really was not one character, with the exception of Mo, that I cared about. Mo was the only normal person-character. She did not have some sinister intent or participate in immoral behavior. Without committing a serious story spoiler--Mo is truly the only good person in the story. I could not stand Amy's voice or words. She sounded like one of those "valley girls" all grown up. Her voice in the beginning of the story was irritiating, shrill and immature. As the story progressed, it was toned down a bit. Perhaps it was the intent of the narrator who did a great job. Nick's voice was more calm and easier to listen to. Also, the last few chapters seemed to drag to the end. The end was unsatisfying to me. Tragic. I needed more to feel good at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with most posts that the writing was spectacular. Great twists and turns in the plot. The ability to be "inside the heads" of the two main characters and to learn of the other characters through the perceptions of the main characters was great. I have to comment that all of the charcters have flaws and are unlikeable for one reason or more. However, I did not like the way the story ended. This would be an excellent book to discuss with a group.

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  • Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (400)

    New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box delivers a novel starring Joe Pickett’s sidekick: fan favorite Nate Romanowski.

    In Force of Nature, trouble comes calling from Nate’s past in the Special Forces, and the colleague he once called a friend won’t stop until those who know a deadly secret are silenced. Everyone close to Nate is at risk, including Joe and his family. To save them, Nate will have to convince law-abiding Joe to finally break a few rules along the way.

    Ronna says: "Best mystery series ever----great performance of t"
    "Going back for more! Will start the series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Force of Nature to be better than the print version?

    I have not read a print version of a relaxing book in years. No basis for comparison.


    What other book might you compare Force of Nature to and why?

    Similar to stories with main characters such as Jack Reacher, Sheriff Joanna Brady, Harry Bosch


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular. While the descriptions were beautiful, sometimes the descriptions were over done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Nate said good-bye to his falcon early in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that this is part of a series. I will want to read more about Joe and his family. I also wish that Nate was back on the scene. I hope that the characters who were killed in Book 12, don't have significant roles in Books 1 - 11.

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  • Unleashed: Andy Carpenter, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (367)

    Andy Carpenter's accountant, Sam Willis, receives a surprise call from Barry Price, a friend he hasn't spoken to in years. Barry needs Sam's financial acumen and Andy's legal expertise. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog on the way to Barry's house, he can't drive off without waiting for help. By then, Barry's taken off on a private airplane headed to who-knows-where. Soon after they learn that Barry's plane has crashed, and they come to the terrifying realization that Sam was also supposed to have been killed on that plane.

    Richard says: "Didn't see that coming"
    "Been gone for too long, welcome back!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unleashed to be better than the print version?

    no basis for comparision. I prefer the audio because of Grover Gardner's performance. If I read the book, I would hear Grover's voice, but would miss the comical aspects.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Willie-because he is a true dog lover; Laurie because she loves Andy and Tara and represents a strong woman, not dependent on the male lead; Tara, because she keeps Andy grounded; Andy because he is funny and a brilliant lawyer and loves dogs


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    everything--character voices, timing, etc.


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

    yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Too much time in between the Andy Carpenter books. I love this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8008)
    Performance
    (7218)
    Story
    (7214)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "The Master legal author Grisham Returns!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would...a close friend. Parts of the story are difficult for historical reasons. Anything dealing with race relations, especially in the deep south, are difficult. You hate to see anyone be victimized and maligned. No one is as good as Grisham in writing stories about the deep south, the people and the complicated legal system. He is the best when in this genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Grisham skillfully mixes fiction(is it really?) with some historical perspective of the old deep south. He is not afraid to peel back the ugly, painful, and tragic layers of the history and expose it for what it really was. I also liked that the geographic references are actual towns in the Delta.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    No one in particular. Jake was the main character and was better developed than others. Would like to read additional stories with the same characters and get to know them better. Jake's wife, daughter, Portia, etc.


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

    Matthew McConaughey as Jake Brigance was brilliant in a Time to Kill and he will not disappoint in Sycamore Row!


    Any additional comments?

    Parts of the story were left undone--Jake's housing situation? Portia going to school? Lettie's husband? I want to know more about the other lawyers and how their lives progress. Seth Hubbard's brother, Ansel and his new found friend? Seems like there are more stories to be told and finished perhaps in another book or two? There was a somewhat dissatifying conclusion to the story. Decisons were made not really based on what was directed to be done or expected, but more so what was politically acceptable. Don't want to say more because it might reveal too much of the storyline.

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  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (1276)
    Story
    (1288)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "No Comparison, Good on Its Own Merit"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Case of Redemption the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narrator Kevin Collins! He made the story for me. He was excellent at doing the different character voices, especially L.D. The female voices were also well done.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Case of Redemption?

    Spoiler Alert! What L.D. was hiding and why and how he got out of it.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this is the first, but certainly not the last if I can find a title of interest. I love Scott Brick and Dan Hill. I am adding Mr. Collins to my list of favorite narrators.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Dan spoke to pop star's mother.


    Any additional comments?

    To compare this author to Grisham or Patterson is a weak one. Those two authors are extraordinary and most of the time write incredible stories. Mitzner is very good but in my opinion more works are needed before placing him among the greatest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 12th of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (584)
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    (589)

    Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real.

    Hilary says: "Wow - this is bad! Even for the WMC Series!!!"
    "Pay Attention to the Previous Reviews and Comments"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or January LaVoy?

    Not sure...I have not been pleased with books that are co-authored with James Patterson. I would compare the collaboration to that of dental hygienist and a dentist. The hygienist does the most work and the doctor briefly checks the work and passes you on. This is how I perceive the Patterson-Paetro collaborations. The stories are not up to the Patterson quality. I would probably not purchase another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or January LaVoy. I would check the book out from the library first and review it prior to making a purchase.


    Has 12th of Never turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This has not detered me from books of this genre. However, books in this particular series will be suspect.


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

    I think this is the first narration that I have experienced from January LaVoy. In my opinion she was not bad.


    Did 12th of Never inspire you to do anything?

    absolutely nothing!!


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps this series has run its course. What else can happen to these characters? Murder investigations are plentiful. These stories are becoming predictable and somewhat boring. With Lindsey being married and now a mother, her edge as an officer will suffer. Joe has become an accessory and "damn-it-doll" being beat up constantly. The other characters have also lost their interesting edge. Time to let these ladies move on.. and quietly disappear to literary heaven.

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