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Egon

Wayne, NJ | Member Since 2006

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  • 15 reviews
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  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1589)

    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?"
    "Not one of Coben's best"
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    Story

    I have enjoyed most of Harlan Coben's books, but this is deefinitely not one of his finst hours. OK, but out of touch with his other stuff, and a bit (lot!) unreal.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (348)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    Melinda says: "Buzz-z-z-z-z-z-z"
    "Unbelievable, and Over the Top"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is totally ridiculous, unbelievable and Scott Brick's performance only makes it worse. The story itself is over-dramatic where it doesn't have to be (or maybe it does, because it is so thin) and Brick, who tends to overdramatize everything anyway, has a field day. All of which made me, the listener, get very annoyed and wonder what I was doing listening to this stuff. I can't even say that it was a waste of time - it goes beyond that. What was the point? And why so long?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1199)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "A bit over the top"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the story is exciting and suspenseful in many respects, it gets tedious listening to the never ending hardships of the crew of the Endurance. You have to ask yourself, why would anyone do this in the first place? If this were made into a movie, it would pass as a horror show, not a reality show. And, as such, it wouldn't be all that great. The author did a creditable job in telling the story, but the problem is it's the story. And, the narration is fine, but again, it's the story. If you must, enjoy.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (848)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    Theodore says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "What a waste of time!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know where the author dreamed up this nonsense. The story is so ridiculous to almost be funny, but it is supplemented with nonsensical attempts at sensitivity which just don't resonate. Scott Brick does his best, but the whole story, with all its non-directional twists and turns leaves even his artistry limp and languid. There is almost no real story line, it just weaves from one theme to another, and each seems detached from the others. I was tempted to just end it several times, but wanted to see if there would be some redemption before it ended. There wasn't!

    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
    (10815)
    Performance
    (6841)
    Story
    (6873)

    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.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Wonderful story, well told"
    Overall
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    Laura Hildebrand has done an heroic research job in putting together a story that is truly amazing. It almost reads like a novel, but when you realize that this is a true story, it makes it even more terrific. This is a wonderful book, which never gets tired, and keeps your interest high throughout. Moreover, the narrator has given the book the attention it requires, and does a fabulous job in telling the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2932)
    Performance
    (1183)
    Story
    (1176)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "Riveting, but Gruesome in parts"
    Overall
    Performance
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    DeMille's story is, as usual, very interesting and compelling. Interest remains high throughout, and it moves very fast. Some of the descriptions of killings are a bit over the top, and I wondered why some of the gory details where necessary. But overall, I enjoyed it, and would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (297)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "Overdone piece of work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Coben is at his most verbiose worst. The story is intriguing, but his narrative is much too overbearing, and becomes tedious. Scott Britt's reading does nothing to relieve this sense of overplay, if anything, he adds to it. The story, which is complicated and intricate, is good, but way too long, and I found that I just wanted it to end and be done with. Normally, I love Coben, but maybe because this was written years ago, things were different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crisis Four

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    In the backwoods of South America, an ex-SAS officer now working for British Intelligence embarks on a terrifying mission to find a woman who holds the key to a dark and deadly conspiracy.

    Teresa says: "Enjoyable Listen"
    "Promising story; tedious narrative"
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    Maybe it's the cockney accent and his poor attempt at an American accent at times, but I found the narrative troubling. The story has promise, but is too convoluted and improbable to be interesting. In fact, in parts of it that I wondered where the author was going.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

    Valerie says: "Wonderful story that exercises the intellect"
    "Not understandable"
    Overall

    If you had had 1 semester of a foreign language, and were in a conversation with a native of that country, you would understand him about as well as you could the narrator of this book! The cockney is totally not comprehensible, and I listened for about 15 minutes, before I decided that it was uselss. I had no idea of what the book was about. I had read other le Carre books, and enjoyed them, but I did not have the disadvantage of Frederick Davidson, the narrator. Forget about this on Audible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Spire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Mark Darrow grew up in a small Ohio town with no real advantages beyond his intelligence and athletic ability. But thanks to the intervention of Lionel Farr - a professor at Caldwell, the local college - Darrow became an excellent student and, later, a superb trial lawyer. Now Farr asks his still-youthful protégé for a life-altering favor. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwell's very existence - would Darrow consider becoming its new president?

    anita says: "Great Book!"
    "Fabulous!"
    Overall

    Richard North Patterson casts his story and characters in sympathetic human forms rarely equalled among his peers. This book is one of his best! The story holds interest all through, not only because of the story itself but because of the wonderful way it is written. His in-depth treatment of well known human condition and emotion is wonderful, adding great joy to the reading of the book. I was sorry to have finished it, and look forward to the next Patterson novel. You will enjoy it too, I'm sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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