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  • Ranger's Apprentice, Book 9: Halt's Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (252)

    The renegade outlaw group known as the Outsiders may have been chased from Clonmel, but not before killing Halt's only brother. Now Rangers Halt and Will, along with the young warrior Horace, are in pursuit. The Outsiders have done an effective job of dividing the kingdom into factions and are looking to overtake Araluen. It will take every bit of skill and cunning for the Rangers to survive. Some may not be so lucky.

    Cleone says: "Purely great"
    "Great Story...poor narration."
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    Flanagan continues doing a great job at bringing the Rangers story to life, however he might consider getting a better narrator. Keating lacks the skill in making each character distinctive. All the voices sound the same and the pitch of his voice never changes. Halt should be a low, level voice of reason and confidence, but Keating makes him sound like a questioning naive youngster. I was very disappointed when I first started listening to the story but hung in there because I enjoy Flanagan's excellent work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Paladin of Shadows, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (329)

    Former SEAL Michael Harmon, Team Name ''Ghost'', retired for service injuries, is not enjoying college life. But things are about to change, if not for the better. When he sees a kidnapping, a series of, at the time logical, decisions leave him shot to ribbons and battling a battalion of Syrian commandos with only the help of three naked co-eds who answer to the names ''Bambi,'' ''Thumper'' and ''Cotton Tail.'

    Brian says: "RAW!! REFRESHING AND SOMETIMES BRUTAL!!!!"
    "60 to 0 in a Few Chapters!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been better if the author, who may have a sex related disorder, actually wrote about the character and his missions instead of his sexual indiscretions with underage girls. His descriptions about every woman in the book was distasteful to the point of becoming a buzz kill when decent parts of the story were told.


    What could John Ringo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    If the author is going to write about our SEALs, do more research and maybe hang around them for awhile so you can get a more accurate idea of who they are and how they live. Our guys actually have a lot more decency then the character portrayed in this ridiculous story.


    What three words best describe Jeremy Arthur’s voice?

    Calm, steady and flexible


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Definitely a disappointment. It started out fast paced, keeping you on the edge of your seat, then fizzled out when the main character, who by the way is nothing like any Navy Seal I have had the honor to work with, picked up 2 under age girls for some fun on the sea. Several chapters were wasted on his adventure with them, which I fast forwarded through due to sheer boredom and by the time it got interesting again, my desire to complete the book dissipated.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not be wasting money on this author again when there are extremely talented writers to enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black Fridays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Sears
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Sometimes a man can be redeemed. But not in the way he expects. Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street hotshot who made some bad moves, paid the price with two years in prison, and is now trying to put his life back together. He’s unemployable, until an investment firm asks him to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently in an accident. What he discovers is big - there are problems, all right, the kind that get you killed. But it’s not his only concern. Stafford has another quest as well: to reclaim his five-year-old son, "the Kid", from his unstable ex-wife, and then learn just what it means to make a life with him.

    Ann says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "Excellent in Every Aspect!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Black Fridays the most enjoyable?

    Besides the outstanding narration, the story was very well written and enveloped the reader with a never ending desire to read on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was truly impressed with the authors ability to grab and maintain your attention with a story packed with intrigue while at the same time highlighting the difficulties of caring for an autistic child. The main character demonstrated a shining example of the love and understanding needed to successfully raise an autistic child.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when father and child were reunited of course. :)


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

    I was truly moved by the scene where Jason first saw his son in the dark room and made the instant decision to protect him at all cost.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book brought to life by a very talented narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Study: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon have its own pack of the magnificent, much-maligned animals. But what was once an idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

    W. Black says: "Perhaps better than reading it"
    "A Real Snoozer"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The first half of the book lacked in excitement and intrigue. It was so dull I found it very difficult to remain engaged. If not for the excellent skills of the narrator, I would have stopped listening to it. A captivating event that occurred at the beginning of the book then maintained throughout may have made this a 4 or 5 star experience.


    What could Nevada Barr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author needed to provide more intrigue sooner and more often....it was way too drawn out and boring. Although the information concerning wolves was very interesting, the plot seemed to be out shined by her need to provide sooooo much background on the plight of wolves.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    If not for this narrators superb skills at bringing each character to life and filling in the blandness with wonderful tone inflection, this book would be a flop.


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

    Yes, it highlighted the excellent skill set of the narrator and enlightened the reader on the nature of wolves.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trigger City

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sean Chercover
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    A routine investigation of an open-and-shut case is just what PI Ray Dudgeon needs to recover from the physical and emotional consequences of confronting the Chicago Outfit - until "routine" spirals out of control. The victim was no quiet, unassuming, unlucky single woman; she lived a double life in the shadowy realm of covert intelligence...and she died for the truth.

    Russell says: "Entertaining All the Way Through"
    "Great Narrator..oh and the Story was OK"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    In todays world, actively and enthusiastically promoting cigarettes as well as drinking and driving can be a buzz kill. I would recommend limiting the many lines promoting smoking to a rare few. There's nothing wrong with one or 2 characters lighting up, but when the majority does, it takes away from enjoying the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The twist as the story progresses towards the climax. The nearly constant references to cigarettes.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely awesome!!! He definitely has it.


    Do you think Trigger City needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really, the ending says it all.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1238)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Who is this guy??"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Vince Flynn again?

    Yes, I actually adore Flynn, unfortunately this was not one of his better works. However, I will carefully read feedback comments before I buy again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Kilban’s performances?

    NO! The narrator failed miserably in depicting the persona of Mitch Rapp as well as Irene Kennedy. Instead of the competent, husky and sexy character who exudes confidence as well as a human side, this narrator made Rapp sound like a whiny whipped man who quit doing what he loves because of a woman. It was ridiculously cliche.He killed the excitement, attraction and intrigue of Rapp, and the confident strong character of Irene Kennedy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Separation of Power?

    The entire romance build up of Rapp and Anna was over the top. If I wanted a romance novel, I would have bought one. The character of Rapp was greatly diminished by his subservience to Anna.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read nearly every Flynn books and have come to expect a distint Rapp character. This book did not come even close, it was boring with way too many details and the narrator was too whiny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (206)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Lorrie says: "No, No, No!!!!"
    "Not the usual CJ Box Greatness..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Absolutely! The opportunity to demonstrate the power of change from a irresponsible drunk to a reformed law enforcement officer was prematurely eliminated. I won't ruin the story for others, but I am sure the author could have highlighted the protagonist not just in this story but in many more to follow.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think the author could have once again made the protagonist the "hero" and once again demonstrate that justice will be served.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    Cody!!


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

    No. With what happened in the book, I believe it will be a buzz kill.


    Any additional comments?

    I fell in love with the Cody character because he showed that even when your life seems like it is headed in a disastrous direction, it can be turned around with the right motivation. I was very disappointed by the outcome of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Timekeeper: A CIA Agent Cameron Kane Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Hodge
    • Narrated By Todd Tolces
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Greed causes Human Traffickers to kidnap and sell children in the sex trade...What happens when the wrong child is snatched? This group of traffickers find the answer they weren't expecting when CIA professional Cameron Kane gets the call his child was kidnapped. He reverts from Case Agent to his old duties of unconventional assassin.

    Jill says: "Waste of time and money!"
    "Waste of time and money!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think the only person who might enjoy this is the author.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Hodge’s story?

    There was absolutely no structure, no plot, no intrigue and no sense.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have someone else read it. Honestly, the only reason I listened was because I paid for it.


    What character would you cut from The Timekeeper?

    Uuuummmm.... I would recommend the entire cast!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not even close to the usual quality we get from Audible. It made no sense and was all over the place. You might consider reestablishing the high standards I've come to expect from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    This raw and vivid portrait of juvenile detention centers and life on the run catapults John Gilstrap to the forefront of the crime thriller genre. Nathan Bailey is a 12-year-old juvenile-hall orphan with a problem. Covered in blood, he is caught on videotape fleeing from a murder scene. Will the boy evade the police long enough to tell the truth? Or will a hit man kill him before he gets the chance?

    J R B says: "Loved this one!!"
    "Magnificent!!!!!"
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    If you could sum up Nathan's Run in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing....thrilling/captivating.....Rollercoaster!!


    What other book might you compare Nathan's Run to and why?

    This book rates right up there with William Landy's Defending Jacob. Superbly written and narrated.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Everything! As usual, the narrator can either make or break a book. His performance was top of the line. He brought each character to life with their own personalities and the flow of each dialogue was perfect!


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

    Absolutely!! And I did!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    John Gilstrap and George Guidall make a dynamic team! Gilstrap's imagination combined with Guidall's ability to bring the story to life is second to none!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2283)
    Performance
    (2122)
    Story
    (2125)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Disappointing..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The beauty of audiobooks is how the narrator brings each character to life with their own personalities and voices. The downside is when every other word out of a character's mouth is profanity and the use of despicable words like "cu*t and b*tch repeatedly. It got to the point where I could not bring myself to listen to the entire book!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll think I'll stick with the authors I know and love who write excellent books, filled with intellectually challenging twist and intrigue instead of f-bombs, sexual degradation and excessive profanity. The great ones are Baldacci, C.J Box, Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney, Michael Connelly, Michael Palmer, James Patterson, John Sandford, Jeff Lindsay, Vince Flynn and Chris Grabenstein.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not much impressed by any due to the distraction of the excessive profanity.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from NOS4A2?

    Everything that had to due with the psychotic guy describing his sexual desires and descriptions of the old women he sexually assaulted. Such distasteful visualizations were very hard to listen to. I did not finish this book. I would also tone down the profanity.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to be successful in winning over readers you have to play to more than one type of audience. The narrator was fantastic and could probably be ranked as one of the top female readers, unfortunately the unattractive terminology used in this book took away from her presence. Needless to say I'll be returning this audiobook.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Hosp
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Lawyer Scott Finn is caught in the middle of a touchy case. A policewoman is left for dead in an alley, and when she recovers she points the finger at an El Salvadorian immigrant with gang ties. But all the evidence is pointing the other way. And as Finn digs deeper, he finds a thin line between guilt and innocence.

    Grayv says: "Difficult to turn off"
    "Excellent Story, but could do without....."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Innocence to be better than the print version?

    Couldn't say, I did not read the print version.


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

    Yes. It was filled with enough mystery that you simply had to keep listening. It was very tough finding a stopping point.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last part in the court room when Finn had the epiphany...I'll leave it at that. :)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sit back and enjoy the ride!


    Any additional comments?

    You might want to rethink Allissa's character. There is nothing wrong with having a tough, no nonsense female character however her excessively foul language is too unrealistic and takes away from her given character. I cringed with disgust every time she spoke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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