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Ryan

Lisle, IL, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4278)
    Performance
    (2528)
    Story
    (2543)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Not bad, not great"
    Overall

    This was my first listen to a JD Robb book, and it was an OK listen.

    I didn't know going in (I didn't read any summaries) that it was a futuristic book, and the action seemed to ebb and flow a bit more than other audio books that I have listened to.

    I enjoyed the characters, and they have left me curious enough to listen to the 2nd book in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (628)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Was looking for Vietnam, got a unique perspective."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Up Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle average.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Up Country?

    Meeting with the North Korean who had the memorabilia.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His presentation of characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1655)
    Performance
    (905)
    Story
    (899)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Typical DeMille and Brick. Good story, good read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At points - yes. There were portions of the book where I thought that the story would progress, and was interested to hear if they moved in the same direction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The escape.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2949)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1678)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Enjoyable, but dragged on a bit."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. My answer might have changed if 5 hours had been shaved off the story.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    The characters were all a bit too "breathy". There was too much emotion in even the most mundane of conversations.


    Do you think The Ice Limit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11581)
    Performance
    (10521)
    Story
    (10542)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Wanted to keep listening!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about 14?

    The characters were unique and well defined. I was able to follow them all, and made connections to each.


    The story was great, too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The intro of the squales.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Veek.


    Any additional comments?

    My next audio book that I purchase will be from Peter Clines. Ray Porter did a great job, too.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (3038)
    Performance
    (1639)
    Story
    (1649)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "The series that keeps on giving"
    Overall

    I buy the new entry in this series the first day it comes out because I'm such a big fan, so I'm admittedly a bit biased.

    However, this book was rock solid. The scenery, the plot twists and the ending all left me not wanting to turn off my MP3 player upon the end of my commute.
    Also, the ending sequence is absolutely fantastic. There were points where I saw my knuckles going white from gripping the steering wheel so hard because of the suspense, action and uncertainty.
    My only regret: I now need to wait another year or so for the next installment!




    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7224)
    Performance
    (4243)
    Story
    (4274)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Good plot, not much else"
    Overall

    This was the first audiobook that I bought from Audible where I was tempted to drop it half way through the book. As you will see, I rated it 2 stars, and if there had been half stars I probably would have rated it as 1.5.
    My review was founded on 2 facets of the book - the overall plot and the writing & reading style, and my rating is the composite of these 2 facets:
    Plot - I really enjoyed the plot of the book. If anything, that is what kept me listening to it at points where I just wanted to move onto a new book. I found it interesting, relevant (I kept thinking of Google) and as a techie I could relate to much of what was being said. So, my review on the plot was 4-4.5 stars.
    Actual writing, reading style, ending (no spoilers) - I really struggled with these 3 aspects. I found the writing to be a bit sensational & stereotypical - phrases such as "He made Darth Vader look like a Walmart greeter", "It was twice as bright as the sun" and "All the soccer moms driving their Escalades" were overly sensational or overly stereotypical. Plus, although there was a lot of tech in the book, I felt like there was tech discussed simply for the purpose of tech being discussed. I know my technology pretty well, and it pained me to listen to some of the word-dropping that the book did.
    It was the reading of the book that really turned me off. I felt like I was initially listening to a commercial on debt relief (his voice sounded like someone here in Chicago who delivers commercial on the topic), and again, the voices seemed too stereotypical- the cop as gruff, the techie as kinda nerdy sounding. And again, the delivery at time sounded overly-sensational or overly-emotional.
    The ending was way to abrupt. I looked at the time remaining at around 90 minutes, and couldn't figure out how they were going to wrap up the book in such time, and the ending just felt like it left too many strings untied.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2477)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (950)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "A bit unpredictable and a bit long"
    Overall

    As the final book in the John Corey series, I was pretty excited to listen to this book.

    However, I found this to be the weakest of the three in the series - the dialogue was predictable, the exchanges between the characters was like something out of a bad action flick (i.e. the bad guy talks long enough to give the good guy time to ruin the bad guy's plan) and the story just a wee-bit far fetched.

    But, that isn't to say that I didn't enjoy it....I just didn't enjoy it as much as the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9119)
    Performance
    (3342)
    Story
    (3420)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Ugh"
    Overall

    What a disappointment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1578)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (807)

    Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

    J. says: "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"
    "Another great Pendergast novel"
    Overall

    It was the Pendergast novels that got me into audiobooks (and Audible.com) in the first place, and this one was as good as the others (if not better than some).

    It had me guessing the entire time, and I struggled to figure out the answer to the mystery. I found the Wheel of Darkness to be a bit of a stretch as to what could legitimately happen, but I think the evil behind this novel has a degree of legitimacy to it.

    However, and it was a subtle mention by Pendergast later in the novel that tipped me, the rationale and reason behind what was happening came togther in my head.

    This novel has left me (as all the others have) waiting for the next installment (nice cliffhanger on this one), and wait patiently I will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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