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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
    (1157)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (656)

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Yesterdays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Terrill
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
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    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

    Lauren says: "Great adventure - couldn't put it down!"
    "All Our Yesterdays"
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    Bought this book because of an Audible.com ‘Daily Deal’ special. The description given doesn’t make it clear that this is a young adult book. Lot’s of childish angst and a bit too juvenile prose for my taste. Sorry, couldn’t finish beyond the first few hours of listening.

    I can’t condemn the book, it’s just that the valley-girl-teenaged behavior just grated. Even character names had me rolling my eyes :-). Life’s too short. But, if you’re under fourteen, you might love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (733)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Douglas says: "The Movie Makes More Sense Now"
    "2001"
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    What can be said that hasn’t been said … cliché though it may be, is accurate. The most enlightening part of this story is the prologue read by Arthur C. Clarke himself. The creation of the novel in close collaboration with Stanley Kubrick’s movie production was news to me, and fascinating.

    The story itself is read by Dick Hill, just under seven hours in length, released in 2008 - just prior to Clarke’s death.

    Worth the credits. The movie now make more sense and I look forward to watching it again. Enjoyed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skin Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Montanari
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    It is the steaming heart of summer in the City of Brotherly Love. Back on the force after taking a bullet during the arrest of a sadistic murderer, Detective Kevin Byrne warily returns to police headquarters. He cannot shake the memory of the Rosary Killer's innocent victims or his growing sense that the evil has not been vanquished. And when he and his partner, Detective Jessica Balzano, are called in on a bizarre case, Byrne's gravest suspicions are confirmed.

    Marius says: "Niks sdog"
    "The Skin Gods"
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    Read by Scott Brick, The Skin Gods is just over thirteen hours of listening. A crime drama, the evil doer re-creates murder scenes from dark movies, the first of several being the shower scene from Psycho - the old Alfred Hitchcock classic with a young Janet Leigh. He replaces the original scene with his snuff work and returns the VHS to the local video rental store (remember those?). Thus begins The Skin Gods.

    Frankly, I had a bit of trouble with this novel, maybe it’s the horrific murder recreation. It’s pretty gruesome, ergo, I would squirm, then fast-forward a few times. The cops are desperate, the killer relentless. No character is the type-a macho dude or dude-ette to root for, neither a cop nor the bad guy. Just one frustrating situation after another. Not a bad story, by any means, but not my “cup ‘o tea”.

    Scott Brick, as usual , is terrific. So, there’s that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1056)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "The Second Ship"
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    The Second Ship is approximately twelve hours of listening, read by MacLeod Andrews. Over 1000 audiobook reviews can be found on Audible.com. The story surrounds the visit to earth by an alien civilization. One ship is known to exist by the government and media. The Second Ship is known only to three teenagers who stumble upon it accidentally. Keeping their secret, they delve into the mystery and are suddenly gifted with unusual abilities. The purpose and implications of The Second Ship is the basis for this young adult tale as the teens scramble to avoid governmental agents, school supervision, well-intended parents, and a few bad-ass fellow students.

    Don’t hesitate to let the kiddies listen to a fun SciFi adventure. MacLeod Andrews is a pleasant listen with a wide variety of voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger
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    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (339)

    The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a picture postcard. Just an old photo and a few words on a small square of heavy stock, but when she saw it, she knew she was seeing her future. That was half a lifetime ago. Now Lost Lake is about to slip into Eby’s past. Her husband, George, is long passed. Most of her demanding extended family are gone.

    Jen says: "Pure Sarah Addison Allen"
    "Lost Lake"
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    Eight hours, twenty-two minutes of pleasure. A simple, curl-up-on-the-sofa-with-hot-tea story. Nothing deep or earth shattering, a simple tale of a young widow escaping with her daughter from a domineering mother-in-law. A peaceful vacation memory is brought forth with an old post card. Longing to give her daughter the same wonderful experience, Kate embarks on a journey into her youth to Lost Lake. An enchanting, lovely story.

    Nicely read by Janet Metzger. Janet does a very credible job with the child’s voice, in addition to a nice interpretation of men. Good listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (482)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "Timdbound"
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    Winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Grand Prize. The story surrounds the mysteries of Chronus, a program in the 24th century that facilitates time travel. A young girl in modern day learns of her genetic abilities via an estranged grandmother. For this reader the integration of Chicago history, including the 1893 Columbian Exposition and the devious serial killer, H. H. Holmes, is that part of the story I found the most fun to read. The bizarre time shifts will have you pausing a few times, but in the long run you’ll figure it out. The story could have been much shorter, in my opinion. I actually skipped through some chapters and had no trouble following along. Doesn’t say much for the story arc, but Walker is a new author. Hopefully, she’ll move forward with her writing. Timebound, although not the best book ever, is an enjoyable, young-adult yarn. However, as of this writing, there is only one other short available, so……..one hit wonder?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1514)
    Performance
    (1272)
    Story
    (1306)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Jeremiah Duncan says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Lincoln"
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    Teams of Rivals is a story of politics, unlike most books about Lincoln. However, Goodwin obviously worships at the Lincoln altar, and the book is rife with ‘Lincolnesque’ wisdom and stories. I personally felt a bit hammered with the fervor of the author and her personal admiration of Lincoln and his words; there is considerable repetition. That said, Team of Rivals is a terrific insight into Lincoln.

    The book begins with the biographical detail of Lincoln’s cabinet members and progresses through his election, Presidency, the American Civil War, his assassination, and ends with the death of Mary Todd. The story does not linger on any single historical event. It is a compilation of the behaviors of Lincoln himself and his circle of cabinet members, family, and friends, primarily from a political view. Attitudes regarding preservation of the Union and slavery are the primary focus. The genius of Lincoln and his artful manipulation of the disparate personalities of the men surrounding the White House, including Civil War generals, is the backbone of Team of Rivals.

    Understanding and appreciating the passions and goals of others, and using this knowledge to his advantage, was his genius … especially considering he ruffled no feathers in the process.

    This book is the basis for the Spielberg movie, Lincoln. Cliché though it may be, “The book is better.” , applies. The full title of the book is actually: Team of Rivals - The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Over 41 hours of listening, the book is read by Suzanne Toren. As an audiobook listener, I was more focused on the history of the time and man, and wasn’t distracted by the reading … so she apparently does a good job :-).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isolation Ward

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Joshua Spanogle
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Straight out of today's hospitals and labs, and tomorrow's headlines, comes a frightening, scalpel-sharp thriller from medical insider Joshua Spanogle. In an astounding debut, Spanogle takes us on an all-too-real race against time as a young doctor enters the dark side of scientific research, desperate to stop a terrifying epidemic before it is too late.

    Rip van Winkle says: "Just shoot me"
    "Isolation Ward"
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    The protagonist, Nathaniel, is a loose cannon, a flawed character in many ways, which is one of those delightful slices of reality in Isolation Ward. As a Centers for Disease (CDC) doctor with a shady past, including getting tossed out of medical school, Nathaniel is a man with an attitude, obsessed with the pursuit of a possibly virulent pathogen.

    This unabridged version of Isolation Ward is just over sixteen hours long, read by Scott Brick. Although not a prolific author, Spanogle’s books have that added benefit – realism. Spanogle is a doctor, with a stellar resumè, and this book has a medical theme right up his alley. The old axiom is ‘Write what you know.’, and Spanogle does. Needless to say, Scott Brick is one of the best, and adds a great deal to the story with his brilliant narration. Coincidently, Scott Brick is the narrator for Spanogle’s other books.

    This book is in the vein of other medical thrillers, bringing to mind author’s like Robin Cook, Ken McClure, even a couple of Michael Crichton books. In some areas it can be a little protracted/slow, but for the most part this story is a good read and well worth the purchase. Enjoyed.

    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
    (1472)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (635)

    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"
    "Envy"
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    Envy is one of the best audiobooks. Plot, characters, pacing, narration … just plain good listening. There are characters to love, hate, empathize with, feel sorry for, ‘envy’, etc., all the emotions of a good drama.

    Envy is an unusual tale of writers and publishing, a terrific insight for struggling authors. Two competing college roommates take unique paths that will throw them back together with vengeful jealousy and bitterness that gradually builds throughout the book. A story within a story, clues are dropped throughout each tale that coalesce together in the final chapters with a thrilling ending.

    The story is read by Victor Slezak, who has read many of Sandra Brown’s books. Although he does a terrific job, he is a little slow for my taste, so listened at 1.25 using the Audible application. Lots and lots of reviews are available, for all formats. The audiobook was released in 2001 and is just over fourteen hours of listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Patrick Cohen
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Chillingly current and filled with more intelligence secrets than Tom Clancy, Digital Fortress transports readers deep within the most powerful intelligence organization on earth - the National Security Agency (NSA), an ultra-secret, multibillion-dollar agency, which (until now) less than 3 percent of Americans knew existed.

    robk72 says: "Good premise, weak characters"
    "Digital Fortress (old version?)"
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    This audiobook copy of Digital Fortress was purchased in 2003 and it is narrated by Patrick Cohen. This edition is no longer available at Audible.com, or anywhere for that matter - as far as I know. Ergo, I won’t comment much on the audio. The recording is poor, the narration a bit bland - just a guy reading the words. The newer version is read by Paul Michael and although I’ve no way of knowing, I imagine it is much better.

    The release date is 1994, so it is likely one of Dan Brown’s earliest books. Stretch the imagination quite a bit and you’ll enjoy Digital Fortress; it’s a fun story, especially given the era in which it was written. Clinton was in the White House, the high tech industry was pushing the stock market to unprecedented heights, the Internet was ‘invented’. Ergo, the imagination could go wild with speculation and in this book, it does. There is also a bit of foreshadowing of the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons in that a climax of the story takes place in a cathedral. The NSA has the ability to eavesdrop on emails, phone calls, etc., good-guys and bad-guys go to the wall in their attempts to thwart. And, the reader is wondering who’s good and who’s bad, an author’s objective. Don’t forget, this story was written five to eight years before 9/11, a different world. So, if you pull your mind back to 1994, it’s a pretty cool story. That is, unless Dan Brown has re-written the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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