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  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13170)
    Performance
    (11958)
    Story
    (11987)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "An OK listen - just OK."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Hmmm. Maybe but only if you are in to sci-fi.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Hard to explain but the voice can really make or break the character. My impression is the narrator fell a little short on this one.


    Was 14 worth the listening time?

    Yes, enjoyable enough but not one of my favorites.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (704)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "They Might Be Scum, But they were German Scum"
    "Really good story!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did an excellent job portraying the characters in the story, and handled the various accents well. I had previously listened to a story narrated by Dick Hill and found the narration terrible in accordance with the main character- must have just not found his niche with that one. I must say the narrator has more than redeemed himself with this story and I look forward to listening to another book narrated by Mr. Hill.


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

    I don't think I've ever found a book I would be capable of sitting still for all day.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (722)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

    colleen says: "A Different Pratchett"
    ""The Long Earth" and long slow story to go with it"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story had promise, but just didn't really develop into something that gets you hooked. Sometimes books take the first 50-100 pages to take off and I'm the patient sort. This one just never built up the steam to get rolling.


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

    No.


    Was The Long Earth worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I do enjoy this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2206)
    Performance
    (1891)
    Story
    (1879)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "Not one of my favorites from Preston & Child"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but mostly for the Special Agent Pendergast fans.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Great performance. Mr. Brick is an excellent narrator that probably intrigued me to listen to the complete story - though I didn't care as much for this book as the others in this series.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. The book was well written - just didn't care for the story. (A bit much on the sickening side as far as the villain and acts committed .)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22395)
    Performance
    (16852)
    Story
    (16911)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Riveting- an amazing story."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    A toss here. Normally the print version is tough to beat but Edward Herrmann has that ever so perfect voice that few (if any) narrators can match.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An uplifting story of challenges of such magnitude it's hard to imagine this man survived.I think this story is also insightful as to that WWII generation that served. What a great bunch that we so dearly miss now that many of them have passed.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What can I say, his narration has that tonal quality, inflection, and cadence that make the story so totally engrossing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (682)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "Great Listen! Well written and very well narrated"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. One of the best modern day non-fiction books I have had the pleasure to read or listen to.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Very insightful into the military actions in Afghanistan.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Porter nailed this one. He is one of the top narrators I have heard. This book was well written to begin with but I think this is one of the few books I can say I probably enjoyed listening to MORE than reading.


    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
    (2651)
    Performance
    (2265)
    Story
    (2256)

    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"
    "Not your typical Reacher book - in a bad way"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about A Wanted Man? What did you like least?

    Finally, almost toward the end Reacher finally acts like, well, Reacher.


    Would you recommend A Wanted Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    No- but I would recommend the print version of any other Reacher novel. Even in print, this book would have been a disappointment. Horrible narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was terrible. I almost quit couldn't finish this book (and I'm a huge Reacher fan) because this narrator made Reacher sound like a drunken idiot. Yes, I know his nose is broken but really!??


    Was A Wanted Man worth the listening time?

    If not for the last couple of hours I would have answered absolutely not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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