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  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1281)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (761)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Great mystery."
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    Dick Hill's female voices make them all sound like breathless morons. If you can stand that, the rest of it is a worth a credit.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12475)
    Performance
    (11289)
    Story
    (11315)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "The Goldfinch"
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    Long, close to thirty hours of listening, The Goldfinch is read by David Pittu. The Goldfinch is a coming-of-age tale surrounding the life of Theo, victim of a terrorist attack at a New York art museum. He is left orphaned, mother dead, father a dead-beat alcoholic. During the attack, Theo takes a very old painting admired by his mother, ergo the title. Theo is only a boy, with no criminal thought in taking the painting. The museum is a crumbled mess of broken bricks, dust, dead bodies. Theo simply takes the painting for his mother. Unbeknownst to Theo, many other works of art have gone missing. There are emotions that come to mind with regard to the main character: angst, puppy love, strange obsessiveness for his deceased mother, questionable moral character, drug muddled thinking, stupid decisions. The reader has to be in the right mindset to enjoy this book, i.e., be prepared to let the author ramble…ramble a lot.

    The fact that The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer for fiction in 2014 is the reason I've read this lengthy tomb. Donna Tartt has joined the ranks of Hemingway, Joyce Carol Oates, Updike, Faulkner, Michener, Herman Wouk, Allen Drury, many more. This particular award seems to be a clear statement indicating a drop in required standards. The story weaves through Theo’s life, straying to irrelevant situations and characters, and at least twice as long as what could be a decent story … but over-written beyond boredom in many sections.

    Narration by David Pittu is superb, voices for each character are unique, male and female alike. Lovely reading.

    However, after about thirteen hours on the iPhone Audible app, I began to jump forward a chapter here, a chapter there, missing nothing pertinent, and set the player speed up to 1.5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sick: A Project Eden Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (688)

    Daniel Ash wakes after midnight to the cry of his daughter. Just a bad dream, he thinks. She's had them before. Yet he can't help but worry when she cries out again as he pads down the hallway. Stepping through her doorway, he expects to find her sitting up in bed, frightened by a nightmare. But the nightmare is his. It's real. And it's just beginning....

    Amanda says: "Enjoyably addictive story!"
    "Sick"
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    Read by MacLeod Andrews, Sick is just under ten hours of listening. The story starts out with a thrilling scene at a military base; a man and his family are violently separated by scary hazmat-wearing men and hustled to an unknown fate. Mom is dead. The bad guys are creating a pathogen to reduce world population by 99%, and members of this family have a natural immunity. The story arc is a quest for the main character to find his children. The book is exciting, you’ll have no trouble ‘turning-the-page’. In my opinion, it slows down a bit hear the end, and it’s never clearly stated how world-disaster is averted. It seems that there are many, many people involved in a global conspiracy to end of civilization as we know it, but at the end of the story only one mad scientist and a couple of cooperative guards are featured. A few loose ends that might be addressed in sequels.

    The reader was fine, no problem identifying who-says-what-to-who. He does a decent job with the voices of children and women.

    Worth a credit. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession in Death: In Death, Book 40

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1824)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1624)

    Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She - and her billionaire husband - are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation. But now Eve has become the object of one person's obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her - again and again....

    Margaret says: "Addicted in Death"
    "Obsession In Search"
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    Brilliantly read by Susan Erickson, this story is number 40 in the In Death series. I’ve read them all, and I marvel at the creativity of Nora Roberts somehow being able wrap another crime story around Eve and her merry crowd of cohorts. They are all in this book … Peabody, McNabb, Feeney, Mira, Nadeen, etc.; nobody has been shelved for Obsession In Death. Why? Because any one of them might become a victim in this new thriller!!

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unsinkable: Titanic, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Gordon Korman
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    The Titanic is meant to be unsinkable, but as it begins its maiden voyage, there’s plenty of danger waiting for four of its young passengers. Paddy is a stowaway, escaping a deadly past. Sophie’s mother is delivered to the ship by police - after she and Sophie have been arrested. Juliana’s father is an eccentric whose riches can barely hide his madness. And Alfie is hiding a secret that could get him kicked off the ship immediately.

    Artcindy says: "Good short story"
    "Unsinkable:Titanic Book 1"
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    There are many stories, myths, fictions, non-fictions, etc., written about the Titanic. This is fiction, young adult, approximately three hours in length. It’s well written, a captivating story. This is a nice selection to inspire a young person in addition to interesting fodder for any reader, the story, to this point, is certainly more plausible than the James Cameron movie. Facts are intermingled with a fictional story, which is character driven, and doesn’t progress through the actual sinking … which we can assume occurs in subsequent books in the series.

    Well worth the Audible Daily Deal, not sure about a full credit, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Festive in Death: In Death, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1607)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1451)

    Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

    BG853 says: "A Feast for In Death devotees"
    "Festive in Death"
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    Another review for the In Death series! Woot-woot-woot! Yikes, what else is there to say about this series? I’ve read, rather listened to, the entire series. If you’re a fan, you already know the characters … and, they are wonderful. But, I’m ready to gripe a little. First, in my humble opinion, Eve Dallas is “over-the-top”, a lot. There. I said it. Go ahead, shoot me. I realize this is all part of her character, but she’s a bit much sometimes. She is a brilliant and relentless investigator, but she is also unbelievably snarky and obnoxious with regard to pretty much everything. Even her handsome husband and friends fall victim. I mean, come on, who in their right mind would bitch about the house Roarke has created, the beautiful clothes he buys for her, jewelry. Gimme a break. She needs to chill a bit and enjoy her world a bit more.

    Nuff griping about Eve.

    The audiobook is read by Susan Erickson, and her portrayal of the In Death characters is superb, as usual. You are really doing yourself a disservice if you don’t listen to these stories rather that just read them. Ericsson and Nora Roberts have created an amazing group of wonderful characters that the audiobooks simply bring to life.

    Festive In Death, in a similar vein to a previous In Death mystery, takes place during Christmas. Murder and mayhem. If you’re a fan of the In Death series, you’ll enjoy the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delayed Diagnosis: Rhea Lynch, M.D., Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Gwen Hunter
    • Narrated By Carol Hendrickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Dr. Rhea Lynch left a suffocating life in Charleston to practice medicine in the ER of a small South Carolina Hospital. Now, Dawkins County is her home, a place that holds the only real family she's ever known. But when she returns from vacation, Rhea is shocked to discover that her best friend, Marisa, is near death and unable to communicate. The official diagnosis: a paralyzing stroke. Despite the family's attempts to keep her away, Rhea is determined to make her own diagnosis.

    wanda says: "Good story, lousy performance"
    "Delayed Diagnosis"
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    Read by Carol Hendrickson, Delayed Diagnosis is just over ten hours of listening. This is Book 1 in the Rhea Lynch, MD series of mysteries. Rhea Lynch returns from a vacation to chaos. Her best friend is near catatonic, cannot speak, diagnosed with having had a stroke. More people show up in the ER with similar symptoms. But … it is not a stroke, rather a devious, diabolic attempt to silence individuals who know the truth. Evil beyond description. Who done it? Rhea Lynch digs. Take a ride with Delayed Diagnosis and find out!

    Nice introduction to a character, however, if I were to have my druthers, the author would taper back with the educational medical verbiage. Speaking metaphorically, I wasn't too interested in how the watch was built, only that it was ticking. Robin Cook, author of medical thrillers such as Coma and Outbreak, would like this story, right up his alley. Narration is great, no trouble discerning who-says-what-to-who ... no trouble sticking with this story, a page turner. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3282)
    Performance
    (1250)
    Story
    (1262)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark Bunker says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Deception Point"
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    Narrated by Richard Poe, Deception Point is approximately seventeen hours of listening. Although not specifically stated, the catalyst for this book is likely the discovery of a meteorite in Antartica that was thought to contain evidence of life on Mars. The event involved an announcement by then President Bill Clinton, NASA dignitaries at his side, given approximately two or three years prior to publication of this book. Deception Point is too similar, and it would be too much of a coincidence for that announcement not to have been the seed planted in Dan Brown’s brain which grew into this story.

    Deception Point begins with the exact scenario, except this meteorite is huge, buried in ice, evidence of creepy-crawlers from outer space within. A presidential election is forthcoming, the incumbent’s rival an anti-NASA expense advocate. Politics, skullduggery, scheming, sex scandals, murder, all manner of fun abounds with a delightful mix of fact and fiction, typical of Dan Brown. Is the meteorite real? Do we finally have proof that ‘we are not alone.’? Or … is this whole thing a scam to keep NASA alive and funded? Read on and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shifting Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (274)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Karen says: "Alternate title for "The House at Riverton""
    "The Shifting Fog"
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    Narration by Caroline Lee, nineteen hours of listening.

    In preparation for a movie, a film maker is researching the suicide of a poet. This suicide took place at an old mansion/country manor, amongst the early 20th century wealthy. Residents include two rival sisters, witnesses. Research involves interviewing Grace, an aged woman who was once a housemaid. Unbeknownst to the researcher, Grace has knowledge of the event, information known only to her. The story is told in flashbacks as Grace creates audiotapes.

    Lots of detail regarding the advent of WWI, the rich and spoiled upper crust of England. In my opinion, the story is longer than necessary. A bit much with regard to fluffy conversations between the sisters, descriptions of gowns, parties, etc., at least for my taste. The story itself gets more intriguing nearer the end of the book, so hang in there.

    Narration was problematic for me. For the most part the reading was pretty good. However, the narrator created an annoyingly high-pitched squeal when voicing some of the female characters, and although colorful and appropriate for the character, albeit sometimes child-like, it forced a grumble a number of times.

    Grace’s secret isn’t revealed until the last few pages, but you’ll probably figure it out in earlier chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jakarta Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (913)

    In the late fall of 2013, a lethal pandemic virus emerges from the Islamic Republic of Indonesia (IRI) and rages unchecked across every continent. When the Jakarta Flu threatens his picture-perfect Maine neighborhood, Alex Fletcher, Iraq War veteran, is ready to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. As a seasoned sales representative for Biosphere Pharmaceuticals, makers of a leading flu virus treatment, Alex understands what a deadly pandemic means for all of them.

    deedeeg says: "Nice surprise"
    "The Jakarta Pandemic"
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    A world-wide flu pandemic and the resulting impact on a family of four in a small Maine town. Dad is a PTSD laden Iraq War veteran. He plays war-battle-brainless video games with his son, likes wearing camo-gear, guns, disaster preparedness, etc. There is an undercurrent of a visceral enjoyment in this character. He seems to relish the militaristic life they now lead. A lot is written about the military accouterments, night vision goggles, camouflage, more guns. The family is ready for the pandemic, basement loaded with food, anti-viral medication … and eventually the flu permeates their surroundings. Not much is related with regard to world or political impact, although it is briefly mentioned. The story primarily involves a picturesque neighborhood and a few neighbors. People become desperate, offensive, defensive, predictable killings, vagrants appear, disappear, etc. Most people are not prepared.

    I think I would have liked this book if the main character had been a reluctant hero. Personally, at least to me, the guy was nuts and a bit scary. He enjoyed this scenario too much. Mentioned only once, this would have been an excellent opportunity to explore the ramifications of PTSD - the causes, symptoms, treatment. The author missed his chance here.

    The Jakarta Pandemic is read by Joseph Mortan, approximately sixteen hours of listening. In my opinion, Joseph Mortan is more suited to a different genrè, historical fiction, for example. This story is action-thriller … maybe Scott Brick or Dick Hill?

    If you’re into the ‘pandemic’ events, I suppose you’ll want to check it out, but be prepared to wear camo and peer out your bedroom window with night vision goggles several times. No spoilers, but the ending is a bit anticlimactic … meh.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (1000)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "Executive Orders and Debt of Honor"
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    It has been a long time since I’ve been engrossed in a Tom Clancy novel, and it is sad that I will no longer be so privileged. My first exposure, as I believe would common to many readers, was The Hunt for Red October. These few words address Executive Orders and Debt of Honor. Read by Michael Prichard and John MacDonald, respectively, these books total approximately 87 hours of listening. I would suggest reading Debt of Honor first, as it is a tale that ends with information critical to the beginning of Executive Orders.

    Tom Clancy’s generation, the baby-boomers, was one of the Cold War, and as a youngster, listening to tales of World War II, and as time marched forward, the Gulf War, and the overall Muslim-country-based angst. Well, guess what … these books reflect exactly that … Japan is the bad guy in Debt of Honor – and the Muslim terrorist is foundation of Executive Orders. The U.S. Capitol is destroyed, threats against the president and is family lace the pages. Ebola is unleashed, there are good-guy politicians, bad-guy politicians, good ‘o boys, sex scandals, and more. Typical of Clancy, these books are very detailed in the war strategies and technology of the era. No cell phones, but a world-wide-web is born.

    Clancy, through his character Jack Ryan, is a flag-waving patriot … a red, white, and blue type A guy. The views are conservative. May have those readers with a liberal bent rolling their eyes a bit.

    My preference in audiobook narration is pretty simple. If I am enjoying the listen and not hitting re-wind a great deal, the narrator is doing a good job. No complaints.

    There are thousands of reviews on Clancy books, ergo not much for me to add. There is a baby-boomer writer flavor. The authors of this generation were encouraged to pen 800 page novels. Think John Jakes, Robert Ludlum, James Clavell, Allen Drury … these long, wordy, books are fun. The plots and sub-plots are rich and detailed … sometimes wavering from the story, but always intriguing and usually educational and historically accurate. Books are not written like this any more. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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