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Andy

Bradenton, Florida, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2170)
    Performance
    (1956)
    Story
    (1958)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    Charles says: "Heartbreaking Brilliance"
    "A very nice, easy listen!"
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    I started this and had to listen to it all at once. Ray Porter does a great job with the narration.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3101)
    Performance
    (2786)
    Story
    (2792)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "very creative"
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    I wasn't sure where this was headed. But it was a surprise. If there are more I will check them out. Easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miles to Go: The Second Journal of The Walk Series

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, wakes one morning to find himself injured, alone, and confined to a hospital bed in Spokane, Washington. Sixteen days earlier, reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he planned to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. But a vicious roadside stabbing has interrupted Alan's trek....

    Melissa says: "Love this series"
    "The Series is picking up steam"
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    The first book and the start of this book were a little slow. The author who narrates the story seems to be getting stronger with his voice but still is a bit week. I would like to hear more about the physical and practical challenges he faces every day. But this book is really more about spirituality. I will keep going with the series but I keep thinking if this was Stephen King the whole series would be the length of 1 of his books. Still it is a very easy read and uplifting as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Richard Paul Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    What would you do if you lost everything - your job, your home, and the love of your life - all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he's tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he's known and heads for the farthest point on his map.

    Beth says: "A story of Hope"
    "easy listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the story outline to be interesting but the details of every meal he eats got old. I will try another book to see if something interesting happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (857)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    John S says: "Alternative to Nesbo/Harry Hole Novels"
    "A page turner. A great series."
    Overall
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    I am enjoying engrossing myself in Danish culture. Well worth a credit. I am off to book 4 of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (525)

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    Nathan says: "Read for the concepts and not for the characters"
    "Somewhat disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The most interesting aspect of Harry's character was his vast knowledge from his previous lives. I don't think this was used enough in the story.


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

    I don't think the romantic aspects were explored enough.


    What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

    No complaints there. He is great.


    Do you think The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I guess I am comparing this book to two similar books (Replay and the Time Travelers Wife). I would re-read one of these before reading another book on Harry.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sorry I listened. I just don't think it was as good as it could have been.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2249)
    Performance
    (1905)
    Story
    (1886)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Reader ruins marginal story"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was not right for Harry. Edgar, his partner has no nuance to his voice. If Dick Hill was reading this I would try and finish. Major disappointment for a big Harry Bosch fan.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    New reader.


    How could the performance have been better?

    New reader.


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

    What a waste of a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not Audible worthy. I will take Connelly off my preorder list. What was I thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Itself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Ebert
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (344)

    Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies. In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer.

    loix says: "mixed feelings"
    "Two thumbs up!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about Life Itself?

    I enjoyed hearing how Ebert gained his fame. Many of the stories and anecdotes about famous people are interesting. I was a big fan of his show and still to this day value his reviews over anyone else's.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    His reading makes this book much more enjoyable. This could have been a dry, slow collection of old stories but the narration makes this very easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    As another reviewer said the first one third of the book is a bit slow. The repetition of some stories is odd. Overall it was an easy listen and if you are an Ebert fan you should enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2615)
    Performance
    (2238)
    Story
    (2230)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Daniel says: "10 reasons to skip this Reacher book"
    "Reacher to the rescue again!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Wanted Man the most enjoyable?

    Reacher doing the things he does. Explaining to people why he only owns a toothbrush. Intimidating people with his 6'5" size. (Interested to see if 5'7" Tom Cruise can pull that off in the movie version of one of the Reacher books)


    What other book might you compare A Wanted Man to and why?

    Just about every Lee Child book in the Reacher series.


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

    Dick does a lot of books and almost always nails it.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    As with all of the Reacher books it was easy to listen to, well researched, and full of twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falcon Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    A U.S. Navy F/A-18 flying over Afghanistan is suddenly diverted and ordered to bomb a building in Pakistan, where a meeting between al Qaeda and the Taliban is taking place. After destroying their target, the fighter jet is immediately hit by Stinger missiles and the pilots eject over Pakistan. They are captured, assaulted, and dragged through the streets of Peshawar. The world is on edge.

    David says: "Simply Excellent"
    "Starts off strong and fizzles into a comic book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration almost saves this but the slaps at Obama, the comic book ending, and suspension of belief needed to follow this ending made it a disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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