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Pat

EFFINGHAM, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Private London

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Pearson
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (337)

    For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private--the world's most exclusive detective agency--saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

    Jennifer says: "Great listen overall, I recommend it"
    "Another great one for Patterson"
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    Private London ranks only second to Patterson's Private book about the London Olympics. Just when I think he has to be burning out, he hits another homer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (659)

    With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

    Margaret-Ann says: "Narration is terrible"
    "Horrid Narration"
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    I rated the narration one star because I didn't get past the first chapter!! The man has a lisp, reads about the speed of a turtle and sounded about as Irish as a Texan! Thank goodness for Audible Return Policy. It would have been awful to have used a credit for a book I can't listen to! I should have read the reviews before I bought it but I have NEVER had a bad narration of a Nora Roberts book. I hope she doesn't select who performs!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Cut: A Brit in the FBI, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (282)

    Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

    Vicki says: "Great story, badly chosen narrater."
    "Awsome!!!"
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    I have always been a Coulter fan but this book adds a new dimension to her FBI series. I can't wait until Book 2 comes out! Drummond is a great character and plays well with Savage & Sherlock. But the thing that gives this book a 5 star rating are the performers. They hit their mark dead on!!! I will listen to every book they perform! And it so nice to hear a female perform a female role and likewise a male a male role. It is very refreshing!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotshot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (270)

    A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.

    Mary says: "The reader got in the way of the story"
    "Good story. Bad Performer"
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    I finally finished the book but it was difficult to get past McFadden's Valley Girl voice. She sounded about 12 years old and she butchered the Minnesota accent with shades of Valley Girl. Book was another good Garwood story but get a new performer!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13116)
    Performance
    (5559)
    Story
    (5625)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Awesome!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I most definitely would recommend this book to anyone, young or older! In fact I did immediately after finishing it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

    The final chapter was the most memorable, although all the book was one I'll never forget.


    What about David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s performance did you like?

    The performers must have been selected carefully because each was perfect for his part. BUT the elder Jake was terrific!


    Who was the most memorable character of Water for Elephants and why?

    Absolutely the 90...or 93 ...year old Jake.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1113)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "A MUST Read!!"
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    Would you listen to Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor again? Why?

    I would most definitely listen to this novel again. With military action involved, you just can't catch it all the first time!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roarke would be my favorite character...strong convictions and loyal to his men.


    Which character ??? as performed by Steven Weber ??? was your favorite?

    Weber performed all characters well but he really seemed to get "into" Noland & Roarke.


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

    The book is not a "laughing" type of book but I sure did cry! Anyone who is connected with the military, either past or present, couldn't help having a visceral reaction to this novel!


    Any additional comments?

    This novel is not just a "guy" novel. Ladies, give it a try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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