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Frances

Garland, Texas, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1839)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1523)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Many Secrets"
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    At the beginning I thought, Good Grief, Scott Brick sounds like he's reading Edgar Allan Poe with some sort of funeral dirge in the background. I didnt know how long I could stick with that then finally his pitch and cadence changed. This book has lots of twists and turns and everyone has many secrets. I have not read anything by this author before and in some respects it is like reading Poe with a splash here and there of De Sade. Ken and Barbie just scared my socks off!!! And as far as I am concerned, Mr. Coben could have made them a somewhat less warped since the rest of the characters have enough depth to them to please anyone. The plot was extremely well crafted and held my attention,however, if mixing sadistic horror and suspense is the norm for Mr. Coben, I dont believe I will be back for more. If you like that combination then this will be a winner for you. I gave it high ratings strictly for the complexity of the plot. Scott, I am a big fan of your work but the cryptkeeper does not become you! :o)

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

    Brad says: "Listen a lot but dont write many"
    "Totally Convoluted"
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    I have tried to think of a better way to express my feelings toward this book and just cant come up with much. It was rambling in many places as if the author was struggling for something to say and in doing so we jumped from one rabbit trail to another and in trying to follow them I often fell asleep then needed to rewind and try to figure out what the dickens was happening. Then we have the ending which was like being slammed into a brick wall. One other thing I find anoying, this author seems to Have The Need to mention Wells being Muslim in some way in this whole series and I have really had it with that. Is Mr Berenson Muslim? Is that the reason he must reference 'allah' in some way in every book? If so I would prefer that he put a rein on that particular Need!! Mr Guidell was terrific as usual but even The Silver Tongue could not save this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1140)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Jason says: "Great Continuation of a Great Series"
    "Live or Die by Shades of Gray"
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    " In the dark before the light live or die by shades of gray." From the song of the same name. This is my first Gray Man book and I have to admit I am a bit ambivalent about it. The plot it was well thought out so story moved at a good clip to hold the interest. The narrator was very good with pacing his words to stay evenly with the flow of the story. Lately, I have found some narrators who seem to believe the faster they can throw the words at you during a high action scene the better. It's like they are trying to make you 'feel' the action by reading harsh and rapid. I was glad Mr. Snyder did not do this. However, listenting to this book I found myself comparing our good/bad guy to the high octane character of Jason Bourne. It just seem there were many similarities between the two. Both were trained in some sort of brain wash program and both have their own agencies on their trail. I cant say those things really bothered me all that much so perhaps I will go back to the beginning of Gray Man's story and check him out from the get go. Overall, I enjoyed the book, thought it was well written, with a very smooth style, and well presented by this narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (387)

    The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Paul Cragin says: "Lively voices tell gripping plot"
    "Great Duo"
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    Great Buy of two great books. I read both of these years ago and enjoyed both. These are classics, however, I enjoyed hearing them read by Mr. Beck more. Even being familiar with these works I still considered these a great buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spencerville

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (236)

    Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.

    Marilyn says: "Great book if you like tautness and suspense"
    "Good Story Line,however"
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    I was expecting more from this book than I got. It moves rather slowly even though the plot is a good one. My biggest objection is the dialogs between Keith and Annie. Their conversations at times sound like they are still in High School. With Keith hints are dropped of his world travels and spy craft but he talks like a High School Junior. Cliff comes on as this real mean tough guy and drops the "F" Bomb every other sentence. I am a Scott Brick fan but he really dropped the ball on this one by making Keith sound like a whimp. After reading "The Gold Coast" and it's sequal I wanted the same experience with this one and it just did not deliever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Summons & The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller, Michael Beck
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (243)

    The Summons: Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi. Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The Brethren: They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. In prison these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast.

    Michael says: "Great Performance"
    "Double Double Toil and..."
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    Getting a package deal like this I expected the novels to be more or less equal but not so here. In my opinion, The Summons was a much better story with a " Ah Ha " ending. The distant uncaring father is dead, Two brothers different as night and day must come home bury their father and settle the estate; which is just a claptrap old house and six thousand dollars in the bank. The Arrow Straight Bro.suddenly finds himself with a very large money situation on his hands that the Black Sheep Bro. can never never know about! Is this a case of finders keepers? The second novel The Brethern I thought just moved slowly and was a bit tedious at times. Three old corrupt judges ,in a county club Federal Prison ,running a con and dreaming of what to do with all that money once they get out. Catching little flies in their trap but then Opps! one fly is not so little is he? I just was not impressed with this plot, however, you milage may very. :>)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2081)
    Performance
    (1837)
    Story
    (1827)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "The Lincoln Lawyer is BACK!!!!"
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    This is the best Connelly I have read in a long while. There are other Mickey Haller books after Lincoln Lawyer but they fell far short of the first. Not this one. Like the first one the roller coaster starts at the bottom and builds and builds. We lose Earl and Mickey is hurt. But everything keeps moving until WHOOSH!! the ending just leaves you with your mouth open in surprise. Peter Giles did a good job on the narration but I do think Dick Hill would have done better but that is just a minor point. ... you'll love it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5874)
    Performance
    (5318)
    Story
    (5312)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Great Grisham!"
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    Finally! Grisham does what he does best. The return to the Red Dust of Mississippi with Jake and friends was a great treat. Harry Rex still the rascal. Watch it when the whole case blows in Jake's face with a suprise wittness. Now, how can he win this! Well, I will let you find out should you choose. Highly Recommend this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "Great Sequal"
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    This one has it all...hate, revenge, love, forgiveness. Sometimes sequals just do not live up to the original story but this one will not disappoint. If you have read 'Gold Coast' then invest the time to finish the story you wont regret it. I was not familiar with this narrator but he does a good read and I will be looking for more by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (396)

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "How The Other Half Lives"
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    Marvelous book and as others have said it will stand the test of time. I am not sure I can say anything that other readers have not already said except this is truely a look into how those of the 'well heeled' live and think. John and Susan were born into a world most of us will never know. They lack for nothing and yet they are not satisified nor fullfilled. They never even notice that fact until a man who is just as rich but oh so dangerous to their world of priveledge moves in next door. He's just not their 'kind' of people so what will knowing him bring into their world. Could he be their forbidden fruit?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkside

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (79)

    When a midshipman plunges six stories to his death, the U.S. Naval Academy begins investigating an apparent suicide. But there's a bizarre twist: the young man's body is found wearing undergarments belonging to Midshipman Julie Markham, a senior at the academy.

    Greg Rossvanes says: "Talk about edge of your seat!"
    "10 Miles on the Other Side of Beyond"
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    Great book to do in audio since the first voice you hear it just sooooooo creepy. Dick Hill does creepy well. :-) I just got lost in the characters. And the plot is alot like being on a rollacoaster. At the end of Part1 I thought " I got this one all figured out". WRONG! Whoosh! around another bend at Mach 3 it went. And the ending is just mind blowing that I warn you, you will never see coming. Highly recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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