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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1255)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "Narrator doesn't do justice to this classic."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I usually look forward to listening to a book that I have read before. The narration adds one more dimension and I am amazed at what I missed when reading the book myself. BUT not in this case. I forced myself to listen to 3 hours of the dragging narration before I finally gave up. A good narration can really make a difference, unfortunately a bad one can completely ruin a book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2243)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1515)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "A look into Reacher's past."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Enemy to be better than the print version?

    Dick Hill is Reacher. He is the perfect reader for this series and makes the audio book! I love that gravely voice with his thoughtful pauses and sighs.


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

    Interesting twists and turns. Its fun to get a glimpse of Reacher in the service.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (906)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Judith says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Just so-so...."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Fun, outlandish, crime drama, but this is one that would be better to read yourself than to listen to. Scott Brick is a great narrator but why would they pick him to narrate a book by and about a woman? The main charactor completely loses all personality when read by Mr. Brick.


    Would you recommend The Heist to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not in the audio book version.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Pace, maybe... Personality and charactor, no... I was actually glad when it ended.


    Do you think The Heist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I see this as the first in a series. But, please, find a more suitable narrator!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Erika Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (475)

    When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

    L.W. says: "Gripping"
    "Sappy romance story"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author would have done research, or had some one with a working knowledge of ranch life proof-read her manuscript she could have avoided many of the glaring inconguities in the book. She could also have skipped the female erotism. There was way too much of it and it was just irritating.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    She could have done so much more with the interesting story line.


    What aspect of Erika Leigh’s performance would you have changed?

    I think Ms Leigh did a very good job with what she was given. If there was a saving grace in this audio book, it was her!


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

    The long drawn out love scenes!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for the typical Harlequin-type romance (x 3) with a western theme then this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1702)
    Story
    (1688)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    William says: "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    "Where is the ending?!"
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    Would you listen to The Third Option again? Why?

    Nope. It is not that Nick Sullivan does a bad job it is just that George Guidall does a much better Mitch Rapp.


    What could Vince Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have finished the book. I was left hanging. I actually went back to Audible to download the missing last chapter and then realized that there was none.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Rain: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Daniel May, Luci Christian Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Third generation Texas Ranger Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed - a modern-day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn't quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can't defend themselves. Samantha and her daughter, Hope, are on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help - protecting the innocent is what he does best.

    Dennis says: "A mans story, a love story?"
    "Not worth the time or the money."
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    What was most disappointing about Charles Martin’s story?

    Mr. Martin needs to do his research before he puts pen to paper. There were too many glaring inconsistencies to make reading this book enjoyable. If you enjoy Harlequin Romance books, you will love this one. Simpering romance with no imagination.


    What three words best describe Daniel May and Luci Christian Bell ’s performance?

    I did enjoy listening to Daniel May's deeply resonating voice.Luci Bell does a wonderful job!


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

    Disappointment.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4484)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1952)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Good read, really makes you think....."
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    Where does Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book allot. It does make you stop and think. Interesting concepts and angles. I look forward to reading more of Emma Donaghue.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Nice fluid experience.


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

    I definitely wanted to see them out of that room and looked forward to when I had time to listen to another chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3843)
    Performance
    (3242)
    Story
    (3224)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Great book!"
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    What did you love best about The Racketeer?

    John Grisham is always good but he outdid himself with THE RACKETEER. The story twists and turns and it doesn't take long to realized that he isn't telling us the WHOLE story. I couldn't wait to finish the book (I just HAD to see if I had figured it out!) but I hated for it to end. I will read this one again.


    What does J.D. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    JD Jackson does a fantastic job with this book. I couldn't ask for more in a narrator!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Evelyn Anthony
    • Narrated By Carolyn Pickles
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Elizabeth Cameron thought it was a simple request - a small favour for an important uncle. All she had to do was fly from Beirut to New York in the company of a stranger. That was all - just a day or two of her time. It should have been easy. But it wasn’t. They should never have become lovers. She should never have discovered that Bruno Keller was a paid assassin on a job. And she should never have tried to stop him.

    Marilyn says: "Not her best effort!"
    "Not her best effort!"
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    What did you like best about The Assassin? What did you like least?

    I have always loved Evelyn Anthony's period spy novels. This novel is set in America with an American protagonist but the author is obviously English and not particularly familiar with American idioms and slang. I found myself gritting my teeth when she repeatedly referred to a Chevrolet as a "Chev" (I am sure it is a common term in the UK but not in the US!) or the elevator as a "lift". The narrator reads with an English accent. This also bothered me until I realized that it would have been impossible to pull off the English slang with a New England accent! Audio books tend to accentuate mistakes such as these that are relatively easy to over-look when you read it silently.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Evelyn Anthony? Why or why not?

    Oh yes, please offer us more of Evelyn Anthony. She is one of my favorites! But maybe it would be better to stick with her English novels!


    What about Carolyn Pickles’s performance did you like?

    I love to listen to Carolyn Pickles (unless she is trying to do an American accent!)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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