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Ray

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  • Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1142)

    Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

    Gary says: "Be very aware of Pendergast"
    "Scary but fun!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Brimstone to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot and Pendergast's antics kept me wondering what would happen next.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    His narration fits the story and keeps the story moving.


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

    Smoke Scream!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy this series and love listening to it on my iPod on the train.Hope they keep coming.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robogenesis: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the Earth was left in tatters…but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed. In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping.

    Herb says: "Good book, not as good as the first one"
    "Movie quality book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The robot woman who was with the older man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight scene at the caves.


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

    The fight for humanity.


    Any additional comments?

    It kind of reminded me of Alien a little.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Lloyd Parry
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (367)

    Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

    La Becket says: "The best audiobook I have ever heard -- hands down"
    "Sad that it's true, but a great read."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.This book had me in suspense from the start, given that the main character seemingly ran to Tokyo like most ppl walk out to get some air, not an ounce of caution.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of People Who Eat Darkness?

    How the main character despite how uncomfortable the surroundings were, took the hostess job.There were red flags all over doing that.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they got Obara into the court room.


    If you could give People Who Eat Darkness a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Culture driven sickness


    Any additional comments?

    It's amazing how some ppl reason away the overall strange behavior of this country's people.Different doesn't always mean sick, yet where these ppl are concerned if one looks at how they are when in contact with them in general, warning bells would go off whereas to be politically correct it is always said of different cultures, "That's just their way."This is one place I would never visit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Timothy White
    • Narrated By Peter Macon
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    This is the classic biography of reggae legend Bob Marley, updated and revised for the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death. Bob Marley left an indelible mark on modern music, both as a reggae pioneer and as an enduring cultural icon. Catch a Fire, now a classic rock biography, delves into the life of this man, the leader of a musical and spiritual revolution that continues today. The book chronicles Marley’s life and career, as well as the milieu that shaped his spiritual and political beliefs.

    Ray says: "A Good read"
    "A Good read"
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    Where does Catch a Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle.


    Would you recommend Catch a Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

    No,because the narrator's voice sounds fake & the story seems to be missing something I can't quite put my finger on.There was a lot more controversy surrounding his music than what was mentioned in this audio book.


    What three words best describe Peter Macon’s performance?

    Puffed-up,weird,unrealistic sounding voice.


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

    When Bob's mother visited his father's house after he had left them.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Push

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sapphire
    • Narrated By Sapphire
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (52)

    An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girl's horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears, and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings, and set them down in a diary.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Too bad it's abridged"
    "Gripping,thought-provoking & moving all in one."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Push again? Why?

    Yes.The narrator was excellent & I enjoyed the story on all levels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The raw,in-your-face the way the narrator read.You could feel every situation through out the book.


    Which character – as performed by Sapphire – was your favorite?

    Not as a person,but as a character that would be the mother of Precious,because her damage as a human being really comes out every time her parts are read & it helps one understand how Precious ended up the way she did despite how hard she tried to improve herself.


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

    Who your child becomes starts with the mother.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitch on Wheels: The Sharon Nelson Double Murder Case

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    When the body of 45-year-old Glen Harrelson was found in his Denver home, police tried to contact his wife, but soon they made a startling realization. She had played the part of grieving widow once before: Her previous husband also had died a mysterious accidental death...

    Ray says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes,because this book had me unexpectedly laughing at the main character.Her behavior made her come off as almost cartoon-like & the narrator's deep,dead-pan voice made her silly ways sound even funnier.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dental office secretary,because she saw thru the main character's b.s. & didn't like her from the minute she met her.I actually felt for her when she wished she could have slapped the woman back into reality.


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

    No.


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

    when the daughter of one of the boyfriends was surprised while away at college when this woman insinuated herself between father & daughter just to get control of his money for herself.That had to be humiliating,having to drop out of college because of how this horrible woman ruined her reputation at school.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tunnel Rats

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephen Leather
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Two murders, thousands of miles apart: one in London, one in Bangkok. The bodies brutally mutilated: an ace of spades impaled upon their chests. In Washington, a US senator receives photographs of the corpses. And realises that his past has come back to haunt him. Nick Wright is the detective trying to solve the mystery of the double killing.

    Ray says: "Confusing...."
    "Confusing...."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Tunnel Rats?

    The narration is all over the place,hard to follow the storyline as in its description.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't make it there yet.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Thornley’s performances?

    No.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Tunnel Rats?

    Quite a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1146)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1000)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "A great series that never disappoints"
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    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    The return of Gretchen.


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

    Yes, bec the two lead females are strong-willed, yet surrounded by old-fashioned, militant older males who they challenge.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whenever Gretchen or Alafair tells somebody off and they react.


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

    Stubborn, old-world mentality meets with modern-age morality.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cage of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Tania Carver
    • Narrated By Martyn Waites
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Into the house. Down the stairs. Through the dripping dark of the cellar. Someone is there. Someone that shouldn't be there. As a building awaits demolition, a horrifying discovery is made inside the basement: a cage made of human bones - with a terrified, feral child lurking within. Unbeknownst to DI Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito, they have disturbed a killer who has been operating undetected for 30 years. A killer who wants that boy back.

    But the cage of bones is also a box of secrets - secrets linking Brennan to the madman in their midst.

    Janie says: "certainly is a thriller......"
    "I just HAD to know...."
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    If you could sum up Cage of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating,detailed and scary.


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

    Yes.Wondering why they kept the child in such a way had me listening to this book on my iPod everywhere I went to find out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the cage was being described.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I also liked the scene when the social worker was talking to the feral child for the first time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pulse

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    The killer's depravity is insatiable. What he does to his victims is unthinkable. Homicide detective turned P.I. Frank Quinn has seen this M.O. before. A demented ritual, it's the work of Daniel Danielle - a notorious serial killer who blurs the line between male and female, human and monster. Danielle disappeared ten years ago. Is a copy cat repeating the crimes? Or has Danielle made a deadly return? Either way, this time the killing won't stop....

    Hendrik says: "This Narrator Always Comes Through"
    "Eye-popping scene descriptions"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pulse to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    Yes.The way that the killer was so slowly,methodical whenever he killed someone almost made me feel as though someone was sneaking up behind me,lol.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The intonation of his voice did not sound like he was only reading a book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did snicker a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be reading the second book of this series next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bette Davis: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Barbara Leaming
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    She was the tempestuous, strong-willed woman who ignited the movie screen with her legendary performances in Of Human Bondage, Jezebel, and All About Eve. Off-camera, Bette Davis survived four disastrous marriages and earned a larger-than-life professional reputation as an actress to be reckoned with. In this extraordinary biography, fans and film historians will discover a different, darker side of Bette Davis: a woman beset with scarring personal and professional doubts....

    Ray says: "Interesting,yet sad story"
    "Interesting,yet sad story"
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    Would you try another book from Barbara Leaming and/or Grace Conlin?

    Yes,if it was about someone who I wanted to read about.This one was done well.


    Would you recommend Bette Davis to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.Her life was more interesting than I thought it would be,given the era she grew up in.


    Which character – as performed by Grace Conlin – was your favorite?

    I would say her biological daughter.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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