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Ann

Seeking the Truth

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 25 reviews
  • 63 ratings
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  • Iron House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (427)

    He would go to Hell.... At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.

    Deborah says: "Half-Harted"
    "Stilted and Clichéd"
    Overall

    While the plot is just okay -- not great but okay -- most of the characters in this novel, including the "hero", are quite stilted and very clichéd. It difficult to truly care what happens to anyone in this story, including those for whom we are to feel much sympathy or empathy. Do not use your credits on this book; wait until it's included in one of Audible's "paperback sales". Even then, you may not feel you got your money's worth..

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jane Shemilt
    • Narrated By Sophie Aldred
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Jenny is a successful family doctor, the mother of three great teenagers, married to a celebrated neurosurgeon. But when her youngest child, 15-year-old Naomi, doesn't come home after her school play, Jenny's seemingly ideal life begins to crumble. The authorities launch a nationwide search with no success. Naomi has vanished, and her family is broken.

    Ann says: "NOT A MYSTERY NOVEL"
    "NOT A MYSTERY NOVEL"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is not a mystery story by any means. It is a good, but not great, tale of what a well-meaning "perfect" mother learns about herself and her perfect family as the hours, days, weeks, and months pass after her young daughter goes missing. Very slow in some places.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on Snow: A novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - Translator
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (71)

    This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented "fixer" for one of Oslo's most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller's hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an "innate talent for subordination" but running through his veins is a "virus" born of the power over life and death.

    Nick says: "What a horrendous choice of narrator!!!!!"
    "Unbelievably bad novel."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't waste your time or money. One of the worst female narrators ever. Entire story is told through the male's point of view; having a female reader is distracting and senseless.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mightier than the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (469)

    Harry Clifton is more successful than ever as a novelist, and has just been elected president of PEN Britain. He learns of a writer in Russia whose memoir of life inside Stalin's palace has landed the writer in prison for life, his book taken off shelves and destroyed. Harry becomes obsessed with freeing the writer and telling his story. His wife Emma, meanwhile is the chair of Barringtons Shipping, having escaped a plot to destroy their company by bombing one of their luxury liners, and now the company is thriving.

    Ruth M. Penson says: "Better then the last one!"
    "Close But No Cigar"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very slow first half but with the usual excellent writing of Archer. Ending of book very disappointing. Good narration throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Grip

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Peter James
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    Carly Chase is still traumatized 10 days after being in a fatal traffic accident that kills a teenage American student from Brighton University. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendent Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next.

    margaret says: "I with there were more"
    "Another good novel by James."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Exceeded expectations. Good story that always kept flowing well and a good narrator. On one or two occasions, the upcoming action was telegraphed a bit, but all in all a pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Want You Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Peter James
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    In Peter James' Want You Dead, 30-year-old Red Cameron meets handsome, charming and rich 35-year-old Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, and is instantly attracted to him. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past begins to emerge, and with it his dark side. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life.

    Beverly Babarovich says: "Always Leave 'Em Wanting More."
    "Want YOU, Peter May!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Terrific listening. Exceeded my expectations, even though I'm a Peter May fan anyway. I cannot pick out my favorite part of the story without revealing more than I want to and because I had several favorite scenes. Narrator was on par with some of the best Americans narrators. Spend a credit on this book; you won't regret it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blowback

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1853)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1251)

    Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scott's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.

    John K Stratmann says: "Thrilling"
    "George Does it Again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good book, interesting Middle East history. George Guidall, the narrator, can make any novel fascinating, as he did so here. The book is very light on mystery but has some good moments. Good listening during a raging snowstorm like today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (818)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Best Mistake I Ever Made!"
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    Performance
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    Would you listen to Death on a High Floor again? Why?

    No, but ONLY because I never listen to the same book twice (so many books, so little time) and it is quite a long story. But this audiobook is one of the wittiest, most fun-filled who-done-its I have read or listened to in a long time. It's not a comedy, don't get me wrong; it's a legitimate mystery, but the interplay among the characters -- and the interpretation given to each character by the narrator -- is superbly done. You'll even smile when you get the meaning of the title of the story. I highly and wholeheartedly recommend this audiobook.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    All three attorneys for the defense: the murder suspect and his co-worker, both of whom are civil attorneys and know nothing about criminal law and courtroom drama, and the elegant, wonderfully articulate, perfectly narrated criminal attorney who worked with the pair with both patience and utter frustration (the "straight man", if you will).


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book by shear mistake. I was irritated when I realized what I had done but reluctantly turned the audiobook on while I was cleaning the kitchen. 30 minutes into the story when I was actually laughing out loud, I knew it was one of the best mistakes I had ever made. Admittedly it is a little slow at times (but never for very long) and it isn't really a "thriller" or "hanging by your fingertips" suspense novel. It is just a sophisticated, clever, darn good mystery that makes you feel good throughout the whole murder suspect's ordeal.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Calypso Directive: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brian Andrews
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    For 155 days, Will Foster has been locked in medical quarantine without his consent. The doctors claim he is infected with a deadly virus, but this is a lie. Encoded in his DNA is a mutation that provides immunity from disease for all who possess it, source code that Vyrogen Pharmaceuticals aims to commercialize as a multi-billion dollar gene therapy. Against all odds, Foster escapes his laboratory prison and steals a virulent strain of bubonic plague as insurance. To help him unravel the mystery inside him, Foster contacts the only person he can trust - a former lover and microbiologist living Vienna - and the two become fugitives.

    Ann says: "Horrendous!"
    "Horrendous!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could never be a 4- or 5-star listening experience. None of the characters are believable, all of the characters are stilted and hackneyed, and the listener has no reason to like anyone in the book. The writing is horrid; for example, during a semi-romantic moment in the book, the author writes, "He ran his fingertips along her trapezius muscle . . . and they danced along her latissimus dorsi." Honestly; who writes like that?


    What was most disappointing about Brian Andrews’s story?

    His writing style. Mr. Andrews would do well to attend several creative writing programs before subjecting any reader to another novel.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Childs’s performances?

    Oh, dear, no! Mr. Childs has a fairly decent voice, but he has no talent as an audiobook reader. His vocal range is extremely limited so that all of the characters sound exactly the same and sometimes not even like normal people. He reads with a slow cadence whether the scene is supposed to portray scariness, sadness, or excitement.


    What character would you cut from The Calypso Directive?

    The two brothers who are supposedly highly talented killers.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1748)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Pass On Over This Book"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Frankly, I could not get past Part 1 of this book before I had to throw in the towel. I found it inane, totally unabelievable, and not the least bit humorous (other reviewers found the book hilarious, but it left me irritated). I suppose if one likes the idea of a new police recruit being able to speak to ghosts and learning to perform magic and wizardry while he's trying to solve a "mystery", it might have some appeal, but this was advertised as an adult mystery book, not for children, so it would have to be an adult with a child's mind. The new recruit's supervisor - who no one likes because he's too weird - is from some obscure division of the London Metro Police (ala X Files) and makes it a point to help train the new recruit. It's supposed to be like Harry Potter meets the X-Files, but it doesn't come close on either count, other than perhaps a little plagiarism.


    What could Ben Aaronovitch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ditch the concept for the entire book and try writing something else. The disparaging remarks about women certainly did not add any appeal on any level.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator at times read too quickly.,


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. The author borrowed ideas from different movies and books and tried to make a mystery story from it. He failed miserably.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is not worth commenting on any further.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Project Eden Thriller, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (136)

    The hammer has fallen. The deadly Sage Flu has been unleashed. The scramble for survival is in full force.

    Martina Gable and her family escaped to a secluded mountain cabin in hopes of avoiding the death sweeping the desert valley below. But have they gone far enough? Dominic Ray, manager of a tropical, private island resort, has a dream job. The weather, the food, the drinks, the people - life couldn't be better. What he didn’t expect - what no one could have expected - was that his good life was about to disappear.

    kanina james says: "I love this narrater so much!"
    "Don't Bother"
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    Would you try another book from Brett Battles and/or Macleod Andrews?

    Doubtful. I do not appreciate authors who try to advance the sale of their next book by creating novels that cannot stand alone but, rather, where the reader has to wait (and pay) for a follow-up novel to find out what happens next. If you've read the books "Outbreak" (inspired by the epidemic of Ebola in Africa during 1976), "Pandemic" (based on the SARS scare of 2007), "Outbreak and Contagion" by Robin Cook, "The Stand" by Stephen King, etc., it is obvious that the pandemic theme is not Brett Battles' genre. Weak plot, not enough intrigue, and poor character development (often the case in "series" where the writer knows he/she can possibly make up for it in the next installment). Battles should stick with The Cleaner, where he shines.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    What ending? It continues into book 5, much to the delight of the author's bankers.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did a good job trying to make sense of the slow pace of the story. He's not in the top ten yet, but he'll get there.


    Could you see Ashes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This theme is so tired and trite. It's been written about extensively since at least the 1990s. I suppose teenagers would enjoy a movie, but there is not enough action for a TV series.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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