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  • The Hades Factor: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    In the first installment of an exciting new series from Robert Ludlum, a teenage girl in Atlanta, an Army major in California, and a homeless man in Boston all die a horrible and painful sudden death from the devastating effects of an unknown virus. Join the search for the truth behind the deadly virus in this heart-stopping listen! Also available href=javascript:linkThis('/store/product.jsp','&productID=BK_AREN_000203')>abridged.

    Deb says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I found this book excellent. The story and the narrative entralled me. I absolutely loved it. After the begining, I thought that the story would end on a depressing note, but it did not. In fact, it made me eager to hear the next book by this author. And I absolutely loved the narrator, something I've never before felt. His voice was mesmorizing.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (884)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "Compelling listen!"
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    This book is a excellent listen. The story is unique, the cast of characters entertaining. Seldom is rooting for the bad guy(s) so compelling. The book is full of action, yet not gruesome or gratuitous in any way.

    The narration is awesome! Eisler easily slips from English to Japanese and has a warm, easy voice to listen to.

    The only thing that kept this book from being 5 stars for me is that I would have liked to see more of an intimate side of the main character. He seems to be so cut off from the world and isolated that it gave me a twinge of sadness. However, I feel (hope) that the main character (Rain) is developing and we will see more involvement with him in the future. I hope so!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Start Late, Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Bach
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    Start Late, Finish Rich applies David Bach's financial wisdom to all those who forgot to save (or just plain procrastinated) and are worried that it is too late to achieve financial freedom. For those who worry that they'll never be able to retire on their current savings, hope and help have arrived. David's message is that it is never too late to finish rich.

    James says: "Sound advice, but..."
    "BORING! Too boring even for a financial nerd!"
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    First, when someone is worried that they have started too late to finish rich (or even comfortable), the last thing they need to hear is that someone in their thirties is considered starting late! Most people who are likely to buy this book are probably in their late 40's and 50's and they don't want to hear how a 30 year old has 4 decades to pursue growth! They want to hear how they, the ones who truly started late, can improve their financial outlook at retirement.

    Second, this book gives table after table after table. I wouldn't want to read these tables and I sure as heck don't want to listen to them. "At 3%, after 5 years you have X. After 10 years, you have X. After 15 years, you have X. After 20 years, you have X. After 25 years, you have X. After 30 years, you have X. At 4%, after..." Good grief! That goes on forever! Then it repeats again and again! I own a calculator, I can figure this out!

    Third, this book is like listening to a phone book, as well as book of tables. Does the author tell us about low cost brokerages and they help achieve our goals? No. Instead, he gives us the names pretty much every brokerage that exists, along with listing their addresses and phone numbers. That is is ridiculous! In addition to my calculator, I have a phone book! Then he goes on (and on and on) about mutual funds. No, not the value of mutual funds or really how they help you meet your goals, but their names, addresses and, yes, phone numbers.

    Most of this book was the tables, addresses and phone numbers! Oh, yeah, and stories of young people who didn't believe that they too could be rich in 40 years!

    What did I learn from this book? I learned that I'm screwed, since I'm the likely normal person who would interested in this book...truly an older person wanting to improve my chances at finishing rich, and I don't have 2, 3 or 4 decades to do it. And if there is a way to do it, I didn't learn how from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2721)
    Performance
    (2253)
    Story
    (2250)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Really enjoy this book."
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    I have to say that I've thoroughly enjoyed this book. Puller is a crack investigator and is on an unusual case. He is investigating a murder of a military family, lined up on a couch and apparently video-taped. Neighbors are also murdered. This is an investigation, but has a good amount of action.

    I think this is my favorite Baldacci book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorpio Illusion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Tyrell Hawthorne was a naval intelligence officer - one of the best - until the night in Amsterdam when his wife was murdered. Since then he's been sailing charters in the islands. Now he's called out of retirement for one last assignment. For Hawthorne is the only man alive who can track down the world's most dangerous terrorist. Now, with his life and the life of the President hanging in the balance, Hawthorne must follow the terrorist's serpentine trail, a path of seduction, betrayal, an instant death.

    Charles says: "skip this book"
    "Let me start..."
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    by saying that I love the Ludlum genre. And I’m very sorry that this one doesn’t fit the genre. It’s simply off. And when everyone calls each other “My darling”, gotta say, it’s weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3071)
    Performance
    (2261)
    Story
    (2249)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Really a review for the series..."
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    The Jack Reacher series is extremely enjoyable. Yes, it’s formulaic. I get that and frankly, I don’t care. I find it entertaining. Jack is a man’s man that women will love. He’s a flawed character, but generally in a good way. He has no problem killing you if you’re a bad guy, but will go out of his way to help a person in distress. There’s obligatory sexual liaisons that go nowhere in every book, but it’s not generally more than a nod that we are human and sexual beings. And it doesn’t get in the way in the story.

    The endings are mostly good endings, but not the happy ever after endings that one might want. And, though, I like happy endings, but I still find this series intriguing and very enjoyable. It makes me WANT to listen to every single one of the series and I have listened to most of them, so far. In fact, after listening to my first Jack Reacher book, which was in the middle of the series, I decided to go back to the beginning and listen to them in order. Not that it is necessary, at all.

    And the narrator is fantastic. Absolutely great voice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Bach
    • Narrated By David Bach
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    The Automatic Millionaire starts with the powerful story of an average American couple (he's a low-level manager, she's a beautician), whose joint income never exceeds $55,000 a year, who somehow manage to own two homes debt-free, put two kids through college, and retire at 55 with more than $1 million in savings.

    Jonathan says: "Common sense, but..."
    "Really? This is a book?"
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with absolutely no knowledge of anything financial and under the age of 25.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Bach again?

    No.


    What didn???t you like about David Bach???s performance?

    I expected a financial book, not a juvenile *gasp, OMG* book of simplistic scenarios, such as ???Save $17 a day and in 40 years you will be rich.??? Not kidding here, that???s half the book! Nor do I expect a phone book with a listing of multiple financial companies and mutual funds and their freaking PHONE NUMBERS! Really?


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I???m thinking...still thinking...um, not much.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Skipp Sudduth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations - the FBI and CIA among them - lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection. Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary.

    Ramon says: "Thrilling book with reasonable narrator"
    "The book may be great. The narrator had a cold?"
    Overall

    The book may be a good book. A great book, even. It's very hard to tell. The narrator's voice sounded as if he had phlegm in his throat throughout the entire book. That, added to his monotonous tone, made me dislike listening to it. And Jeffrey Deaver is normally one of my favorite authors. I literally had to turn off this book and start listening to a podcast on budgeting and saving money. And the podcast had 1,000 times the vocal inflection and vibrancy of this reader! Amazing!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Appetite

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (428)

    Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down - and his mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Now in a race against time, the pair soon finds out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.

    JEAN says: "great beginnings"
    "Nothing new and not nearly as good as Plum series!"
    Overall

    This book was very odd. The character, as noted by others, was virtually identical to Stephanie Plum. Except she had a southern accent and can't speak English, which was unfortunate since she is supposed to be from New England. Every time the narrator dropped the 'g' on every 'ing' word she said, I expected her next word to be 'fixin', i.e. fixing without the g. Stephanie loves food and obsesses about it. Well, so does Lizzy. I expected Lizzy to exclaim "Pie!" at any moment. Nope. But she does exclaim about muffins and pork chops! And having a secondary character whose only purpose seems to be to yell "Twatgobble!" and similar nonsense on and on is not funny, nor entertaining.

    Honestly, it was a low rate, not very fun, and not funny at all, Plum book. But a very, very boring version of one. Where was the fun? I realize that the Plum series is not higher reading, but they are fun and lively and entertaining. This was none of those things. The book is only about 6 hours long, but seems tedious by the second hour. And it doesn't get any better as the book goes on.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23325)
    Performance
    (9942)
    Story
    (10015)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Seriously boring"
    Overall

    I'll be honest and state that I did not listen to part two of the book. By the time I was two-thirds of the way through part one I was bored silly. I kept persevering because this book had such good reviews. I kept telling myself that it would get better. Maybe it does. But, honestly, I was so bored that I couldn't stand it. And parts of it were a bit disgusting. I finally gave up. I just don't get the good reviews.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleeping Doll: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (365)

    Ten years ago in California, Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an entire family: husband, wife, and two children, plus one of his young male followers. He is brought to Salinas, California, to interview with Kathryn Dance after he is implicated in yet another killing. Things go terribly wrong during an interview break, and Pell escapes, intent on killing again.

    Paige says: "A decent listen"
    "Okay, just okay"
    Overall

    This was a book that wasn't painful to listen to, but it didn't make you really care if you finished listening to it or not. Quite frankly, I completed listening to it only because I paid for it, not because I enjoyed it. Which was too bad, because I love Jeffrey Deaver generally.

    This book was scattered on what it tried to accomplish. I couldn't care about the characters because as soon as the book would start to make me care, the character would suddenly drop out of the picture. For example, the 'romantic' interest apparently had a problem with his relationship with Catherine Dance. I don't know what it was, because it was never stated and he just dropped out of sight. He returned in the last few paragraphs as an after thought, apparently just for a beer.

    The main villan was into gratuitous violence, but I can't even say that I found him scary. He was boring.

    And suddenly having a character jump from being a good guy to becoming a bad guy without any warning, without any clues to make you think or wonder, just a few mediocre pages on 'oh, yeah, the good guy was an evil doer', made me feel that even the writer didn't have any real interest in this book.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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