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Braam

Boston, MA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2469)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (942)

    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"
    "Annoying sound effects"
    Overall

    The book was great, as expected. My only criticism is around the sound effects of the audiobook. It is the first audiobook that I have listened to that contains gunfire, explosion, lightning and other sound effects. It either implies the listener has no imagination or some sound tech was overzealous and couldn't keep his newly acquired sound clip library in check.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4998)
    Performance
    (2106)
    Story
    (2099)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "A book that keeps you up at night"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Company?

    The depth of the story and characters gave the book a real gripping edge while the author didn't seem to fixate on a specific character and only work that character's profile. All the important characters got the same attention from the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leo Kritzky is an interesting character because of the love hate relationship that the reader can have with him.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. I find myself searching on books narrated by Scott Brick and then looking at the story before deciding to buy the book. Scott has an amazing talent to lend authenticity to characters as much through his accents as his ability to vary his voice pitch and pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (352)

    The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather have stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stick-up men who've spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash to that armored-car warehouse with the weakness in its security system.

    Tony B. says: "Another winner for Davenport fans"
    "Initially 3, then 4 stars..."
    Overall

    Initially I gave the book a 3-star rating but then changed it to 4. The story was very good, the plot was very good but the language started to unravel closer to the end. I really don't mind strong language when it is part of a situation, but it is gratuitous to the later part of the book.

    I thought about the 3-star rating and realized that it might be an unfair punishment for a smaller literary sin. Back to the story, I would definitely recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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