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Lynnett

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  • The Plague of Doves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James, Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation.

    Lori says: "Great American Tale"
    "Scattered"
    Overall

    While this book contains some wonderfully mythic material, I couldn't get past the delivery. The book jumps from 1st person to 3rd person narrative. It jumps from story-telling to what appears to be reading directly from someone's autobiography of their past.

    I liked the characters, but I couldn't love the characters because there was no continuity to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1424)
    Story
    (1429)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "A LITTLE MORE FUN"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to King and Maxwell the most enjoyable?

    Now that the television series has come out, it was fun to equate these characters and their personas to the faces that we have on our television. I especially enjoy hearing the Edgar character and visualizing Ryan Hurst.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Baldacci never fails to spin an awesome web throughout the story. There is rarely, if ever any lull in the story. The characters are familiar, but continue to develop, leaving us always wanting a bit more, and always wondering "what's next" for them.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. McLarty is simply the finest at this craft. After Tom Bodette, Mr. McLarty may be one of America's very finest minstrels. I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the two-voice (male/female) approach. Ms. Cassidy is stellar as well. However, at times when there are two female characters conversing, the voices get a bit confused for a moment or two.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The descriptors during the underwater scene were so strong, that I actually became a bit claustrophobic.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep 'em coming Mr. Baldacci. Who needs Lumisoty when we have you to exercise not only our mind, but our very soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone: Michael Bennett, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (359)

    Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.

    lu says: "predictable"
    "Another winner for JP & Detective Bennett"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this as a very enjoyable read. The story line is well adhered to according to the series and the characters continue to develop into the plot line.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Danny Mastrogiorgio and Henry Leyva ?

    It was difficult to accept anyone other than Bobby Canavale in the role of Michael Bennett. Overall, Mr. Mastrogiorgio did a good job with the performance. But, replacing an iconic voice is an unenviable task that would have challenged even the most talented performer. Henry Leyva was excellent. His ability to adapt to the vocal inflection and accents was spot on and never missed a beat. Understanding that much of that may be a result of outstanding production and editing, I nonetheless found his performance solid and bound me to the personality of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next Michael Bennett book. Well done!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3388)
    Performance
    (2802)
    Story
    (2808)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Broader Talent to Narrate Needed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story is very well written with only the minor exception of the fact that it is being written in first person for a 1997 time period, yet the author chose to reference ahead to 9/11/2001. When telling a story from a present day perspective, it is bad form to reference the future which you should know nothing about yet.

    The downfall of the audiobook is that Mr. Hill has two vocal inflection stylings: the main character and everyone else. Every character beyond Jack Reacher sounds so much alike that it is challenging for the listener to differentiate between characters when they are engaged in conversation. It also sounds as though Mr. Hill is trying terribly hard to over enunciate and takes on the air of being read right from the book as opposed to being truly a story-telling experience that causes you to forget that he is a narrator and become immersed in the story and character.

    This may or may not stop me from downloading future Lee Child, Jack Reacher books. However, with better options for my listening enjoyment, it will make it difficult to select one of his books over others that compete within the genre.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The plot was well developed and twisted well enough to keep me guessing throughout the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    No. He was stiff and unable to var4y voices well enough to create character differentiation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3474)
    Performance
    (3028)
    Story
    (3010)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "So Sad to Say Farewell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Last Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    From Book 1 to 13, the Mitch Rapp saga has been everything that lover of this genre could wish for. The loss of Vince Flynn will send painful reverberations through the souls of the many fans of Mitch Rapp and his unapologetic patriotism and sense of duty. Last Man is filled with the up, down, and sideways twists and turns that we have come to love in these adventures. Tying in with previous storylines is a great added bonus. Knowing that we won't have Mitch Rapp to save the day, and George Guidall to bring him to life for us is almost as painful as what Mr. Rapp might do to us if he caught us being all melancholy regarding his departure.

    RIP Vince Flynn & Mitch Rapp - you WILL be missed!!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very much so. The story twists on several fulcrum points that invoke imaginative creativity and had me developing possible scenarios in my head, only to find that I had traveled the wrong road.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and Mr. Guidall never disappoints.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I liked the breaks at certain intervals that allowed me to process the action to that point and try to determine what I anticipated as next steps. This was very much the fine wine, best savored slowly but steadily.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2525)
    Performance
    (2091)
    Story
    (2100)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Need better narration performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot is excellent and engaging


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Sullivan’s performances?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the story and character development. The performance left me feeling dry as though the narrator was reading not performing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (541)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "WOW! Another Alex Cross winner."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Merry Christmas, Alex Cross to be better than the print version?

    The multiple narrator voices were terrific. I found that I enjoyed this more than I expected to.


    What other book might you compare Merry Christmas, Alex Cross to and why?

    It is difficult to compare this to other books beyond the Alex Cross series, and this does not dissapoint. The story moves at what feels like light speed, with twists and turns that make it incedibly difficult to put down the iPod.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed the multiple voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed and appreciated Tyler Perry as Alex Cross in the movie of the previous book. The performance was powerful enough that now Mr. Perry's face will forever be the face that I see when listening to or reading these stories. It was really enjoyable to have that image with me as I became emotionally invested in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3586)
    Performance
    (3140)
    Story
    (3155)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Threat Vector & Phillips Deliver"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Threat Vector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Threat Vector stands at a level above similar stories. Tom Clancy's usual attention to detail combined with the development of characters that the reader can become emotionally invested in make this an outstanding adventure. Lou Diamond Phillips once again provides excellence in the performance of the broad spectrum of voices needed to narrate and keep the audience invested.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1095)

    Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

    Meaghan says: "private"
    "Jack Morgan is The Man"
    Overall

    Private presents a great character in Jack Morgan in the long line of defective detectives that we, the readers of murder mysteries have had the opportunity to glimpse inside their lives. The multiple directions and plot lines make for an extremely enjoyable and quick read. The story never gets bogged down and avoids the trappings of twists or turns that don't make sense. just to try to keep the readr off balance.

    This work represents another solid winner for James Patterson, and warrants a thimbs-up for the collaboration with Maxine Paetro.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (961)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "Another Winner from DB"
    Overall

    My wife and I were drawn in from the first sentence. Admittedly, I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the Camel Club series. However, I can easily see myself being drawn in by Michelle and Sean, and would love to see them in ongoing stories. The dynamic is solid and the personalities well layered. Ron McLarty as always delivers a stellar performance, but I found myself longing for a cameo by Oliver Stone because of his voice. The story develops quite well. Some sections drag only slightly, and there may be a couple of superfluous characters, yet that doesn't detract from a fantastic story line. The sub plot with Michelle's family definitely gives a nice twist and edge.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4243)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1791)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "A New Dream Team is Born"
    Overall

    Brass Verdict is an unabashed winner. Putting Bosch and Haller together was a true stroke of genius. As with every Connelly offering, the action starts on page one and never quits. The personality of all of our favorite Lincoln Lawyer characters jumps through the words and off the page, triggering the emotional juices that made it impossible to quit listening. Giles offers a great depiction of Mickey Haller, but only a fair and somewhat disappointing rendition of Harry Bosch. Vocal stylings didn't alter enough from one character to another, and consequently, at times it was difficult to know who was speaking. That does not however diminish the engaging story telling and adventure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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