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Frank Schimpf

FrankS

New Jersey | Member Since 2005

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  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Cause of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    On a quiet day, away from the hustle of Richmond, in a small cottage on the Virginia coast, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a disturbing phone call from the Chesapeake police. Thirty feet deep in the murky waters of Virginia's Elizabeth River, a scuba diver's body is discovered near the Inactive Naval Shipyard.

    Peggy says: "Marcum Welby you are Fired!"
    "Not her best"
    Overall

    This story kept my attention through most of the book, but seemed to lack something. When I got to the ending my mind said...."Huh? It's over?" So who killed the victim? Maybe I was asleep during that part. Definitely not her best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Switchblade: An Original Story

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (259)

    An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant. Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Good for a short Short Story by a Favorite Author"
    "Where's the rest of it Michael??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Switchblade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great story. I was totally into the plot. Love Harry Bosch.
    I was very disappointed when it ended after 50 minutes (I know...it's posted).

    That story is far from over. What's the plan? We releasing this in stages?
    It's like Michael went on vacation and submitted it as is...

    Disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2076)
    Performance
    (1746)
    Story
    (1757)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "I know...all 5's? YES!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Touch & Go again? Why?

    Probably in a year or so. I'm not much for re-listening until I forget most of the details.


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

    Yes. The story moved along at a quick pace, and the switching between story characters kept me alert during the reading.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    Very well read


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

    No. I listen on the commute on a train


    Any additional comments?

    First... I don't like this new format for writing a review. That's for Audible.

    My wife suggested that I listen to a Lisa Gardner book several years ago. Since then, I have been a very hard core fan. I listen to everything that she releases.

    I've listened to most of her books that are available up here and I have to say that I think that this is one of her best ever! 5,5,5,5,5!!

    About 85% through this book, I said to myself.....OK I know what's going to happen.

    I listen while I commute on a train to Philadelphia during the week and in my car on the weekends.

    Tonight on the train, I got to the end of the book and said...Aha. I know what's going to happen. OK...Yea...a bit disappointing cause I figured it out.

    I pull into my driveway after getting off the train, and I'm listening to what I think is the epilog and all of a sudden....WHAM!!!!!! WHAT???? OH COOL!!!

    Lisa.. I hope you see this. I love you!!!! You are a genius. How do you come up with these great story lines???? Great finish!!!!!

    What a great book!!!!

    Frank

    P.S.
    My wife is 3rd in line to get the book at our local library and she's dying to get her hands on it after my babbling...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2200)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1095)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"
    "Wow....this was terriffic!"
    Overall

    I think that when I downloaded this book, someone had said the this was "maybe" Lisa Gardner's best book. "Maybe", my you know what!

    It IS her best book! I liked what the readers did with the voices and how they weaved the web. I listen in the car and multiple times I was yelling WOA! or WHAT????

    You will love this book.
    Frank


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2367)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1169)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Lesley says: "Reacber never fails"
    "Not worth listening to."
    Overall

    I like Lee Child, but this one just had me asking....."what"? I listen while driving and when I heard the ending I thought to myself....what the heck was this book about. Jack Reacher in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of corn husters trying to kill him. Not sure why the heck he was there from the beginning.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (296)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "Excellent listen!"
    Overall

    Todate, I have listened to all of Harlen's books. Harlen Coben is one of my favorite authors.

    I usually listen in my car while commuting. I think that this book is as good as any of his others. There were nights when I sat in th driveway glued to Play Dead waiting for a chapter to end before shutting down my iPod.

    I disagree with the negative reviews. If you like Harlen, you'll like this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Consent to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3654)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1687)

    For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

    Timothy says: "One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard"
    "Nice Work!!"
    Overall

    If you like Spy vs Spy type of books, here it is.
    Multiple plots, people chasing each other around the world, Terrorists, it's got it all.
    This is one of the best written and well read books that I have listened to in the last year.
    I was riveted to this book. I hated to get off the train when I got home and couldn't wait to get back on it when I was at work.
    One thing that impressed me was at the very moment of the ending... I practically yelled out laud...."COOL!"

    I gave up Patricia Corwell because the endings kept going down hill on her books.
    I think you're gonna like this one!

    If the other selections from Vince Flynn were unabridged, I'd fill my wish list with them.

    Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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