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Robert E. Scarcelle

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  • 37 reviews
  • 859 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 50 purchased in 2014
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  • Promise Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Harlan Coben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Weak Effort"
    "Weak Effort"
    Overall

    Three complaints with this book.
    1. And this is HUGE, Harlen Coben should never read his own work... His delivery is terrible; not to mention I hate when the narrator changes in the middle of a series of books. I become accustomed to the original narrator in this case Jonathan Maroz.
    2. There is less interaction with Win and Esperanza and the verbal banter I loved in his earlier books in the series. Also, there is little to no talk about the business of the Sports Agency.
    3. Coben has drifted into only writing about the dramatic, gut wrenching, emotional aspects of relationships and moved away from incorporating the humor and light hearted topics that evened out his previous works.
    All in all Coben is still one of my favorite authors but this book falls short in my eyes.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonpool

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    A private detective working in Wilmington, North Carolina, is found dead in a gas-station restroom, apparently poisoned. But when her body sets off radiation alarms in the pathologist's office, suspicion falls on the nearby Helios nuclear power plant, a heavily guarded facility with supposedly fail-safe procedures.

    Fiona says: "disappointing"
    "Not his best book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First of all, "where is Dick Hill"? This narrator does a decent job but I purchased this book being it was next in line from a series I have listened to and enjoyed, in large part to Dick Hill's narration. I never looked at the narrator, wrongfully assuming it would be Hill. Oh Well... The story itself was OK but nowhere close to previous books in the series. Hoping the next in the series returns to form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (1785)
    Story
    (1777)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "John Corey at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love DeMille's writing style and the main characters of all his books. This book has all the requisite parts of a good mystery/thriller. Good guy vs Bad guy, twists and turns, throw in a love interest and top if off with John Corey's wise ass brand of humor and unwavering moral compass and I will keep coming back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coup d'Etat: Dewey Andreas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (795)

    When a fragile peace breaks down and promptly devolves into a rapidly escalating shooting war between Pakistan and India, the U.S. must intervene. With only hours remaining before the conflict reaches a deadly point of no return, the White House must find a way to shut it down immediately or risk the likelihood of a new global war. A radical cleric has become the democratically elected president of Pakistan and uses a brutal incident in the Kashmir region as an opportunity to ignite war with India. The highly lethal conventional war spins out of control when Pakistan initiates a nuclear attack.

    Susan says: "Dewey Andreas Saves the Day ... Again!"
    "Decent Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the book, just not as much as Coes first effort, Power Down. I like the main character (think Mitch Rapp or Jack Reacher if you listen to this genre); but felt he was a bit less gritty in this book vs the first in the series. Secondly, the first book did a nice job of providing insight to an industry I knew little about (the energy industry) and I like when books are well researched and informative. This book didn't attempt to weave any historically accurate or real modern day politics into the story; which in itself is fine but it is something I appreciate. All in all enjoyable but if there is a third book in the series I hope it is closer to Power Down than Coup D'Etat.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Profession

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Savage, a former Navy SEAL and American state-of-the-art security specialist. Akira, Japan's most brilliant executive protector and a master of the samurai arts. Their mission: the retrieval of Rachel Stone, a beautiful American woman whose ruthless billionaire husband is out to destroy her.

    Paul says: "Nice light read...kind of sappy"
    "Very Odd"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story isn't all that bad but in the hundreds of audiobooks I have listened to I never heard one narrated like this one. There is no narrator listed and it sounds as if computer generated voices were used to narrate this book. The editing is horrible and a credit should not be wasted on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (525)

    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    P. J. Benyei says: "Amazing book superb narrator"
    "An amazing book"
    Overall

    Pat Conroy is simply one of the greatest storytellers I have ever listened to. He is able to make you feel every emotion his characters are feeling. You celebrate their victories, mourn their losses and miss them when the book is complete.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1960)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1145)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Not what I expected..."
    Overall

    Having seen the ads for the movie I really never expected this story to pull me in as quickly as it did. Pat Conroy is by far one of the best storytellers I have had the pleasure to listen to. Frank Muller reads this story as if it was written for his voice. This book is powerful, sad, and funny all wrapped into one and I hated for it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prophecy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Michel de Nostredame, the French apothecary commonly known as Nostradamus, has gained a cult-like following, a loyal band of enthusiasts who credit him with predicting numerous world events - the Great Fire of London, the rise of Napoleon and Hitler, and the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima. However, his most important collection of prophetic verses has remained hidden...until now.

    James says: "One of my favorite books of the year"
    "Not Worth Your Time"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to this book as I enjoyed the previous three by this author. Dick Hill as always read this perfectly; that said, this book really never went anywhere or ever explained some of the earlier mysteries in the book. Also, I'm not sure if others had this problem but near the end of the book on at least two occasions there was a "dead spot" in the recording that lacked sound for at least 5 seconds or so. Not a huge issue but annoying. Overall, just not all that good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4175)
    Performance
    (2346)
    Story
    (2347)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Well written and well read."
    Overall

    Although it's a bit slow at times it is also chilling and gut wrenching at others. If this is only 10% accurate, and I fear it is closer to 99% accurate, it is a wonder how any soldier came home with their mental faculties in order. Personally I don't have a strong grasp of military vernacular so from time to time I was a bit lost in relation to wether a platoon is larger than a battalion or a company but it's a minor point and did not take away from the amazing vivid picture painted by the author. I listen to approximately two books per week and this is the first time I have heard anything narrated by Bronson Pinchot; suffice to say, he did an outstanding job. I would very much like to hear him narrate more often.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26701)
    Performance
    (13337)
    Story
    (13382)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Very Impressive"
    Overall

    I listen to mysteries and thrillers primarily and normally prefer male narrators. This bood was neither and and still one of the best books I have listened to this year. Terrific story, great characters, brilliantly narrated and worth every minute I spent listening. DO NOT shy away from this book if it is not your usual genre, listen and enjoy.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    I never read anything by Irving before and after listening to this book I will listen to everything he has written. It's an outstanding book with great characters, narrated beautifully and one of those books you just can't put down. Owen Meany is one of the best single characters of all the novels I have ever listened. If I could have given this book 6 stars I would have.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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