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Adams

Ogdensburg, NY, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child (editor), Steve Berry (afterword), Stephen Coonts, and others
    • Narrated By Jim Bond, Nick Podehl, Luke Daniels, and others
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    First Thrills will include never-before-published stories by New York Times best-selling authors including Lee Child, Stephen Coonts, Jeffery Deaver, Heather Graham, Joan Johnston, John Lescroart, Alex Kava and Deb Carlin, Michael Palmer (with Daniel James Palmer), Karin Slaughter, and Wendi Corsi Staub.

    Ladyfire says: "A Good Anthology"
    "About as thrilling as toast"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book fell far short of living up to what the title claims. High octane stories? I don't think so. As an example, one story, "Chloe", was about a son helping his gangster father on the run go to the bathroom at a service station - that was the whole story. Oooh, I was on pins and needles - NOT! I figured with the multiple authors and stories, I'd be sure to get some good ones, but alas, it was just one mundane story after another. There was only one stand-out story that actually had a decent plot (Michael Palmer). I wish I could get my credit back.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Century of Great Suspense Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver, Editor
    • Narrated By Various Readers
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    All you need to know about this great collection of the best mystery stories from the past century are the names of the great authors inside: Robert Bernard, Robert Bloch, Lawrence Block, Anthony Boucher, Frederic Brown, James M. Cain, Max Allan Collins, Jeffery Deaver, Stanley Ellin, Harlan Ellison, Erle Stanley Gardner, Ed Gorman, Anna Katharine Green, Jeremiah Healy, Patricia Highsmith, Reginald Hill, Tony Hillerman, Evan Hunter, Stephen King, and more.

    Tim says: "Some good stories - but not the entire book"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    Deaver can surely write them, but based on this compilation, he can't pick them. These stories were anything but suspenseful, and many of them were downright boring. As an example, one story was about ex cops hired to confiscate knock off merchandise from street vendors and the moral anguish this causes one of them; where's the suspense in that? Many of the stories abruptly end,leaving the reader to ask "what was the point of that?". I'd avoid this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine: Joe Haldeman and Others

    • HIGHLIGHTS (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman, John Morressy, Gene Wolfe, and others
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Cynthia Belliveau, Jeff Paul
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    This audio presentation of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is a super-duper triple issue, comprising ten key selections (most of the contents, actually) of FSF's September issue and the forthcoming double October/November issue.

    Robert Fisher says: "A bountiful selection of scifi and fantasy."
    "Says best but means worst"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of science fiction and imaginative stories, so I purchased this anthology. These stories were awful. If this is their best, they must be a front for the CIA, because I don't see how they could stay in business, otherwise. The stories were dull, pointless, and meandered like a leaf floating on pond.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Sean Rowe
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Matt "Loose Cannon" Shannon is an ex-FBI agent turned security chief for the world's largest cruise line. It's a career move that owes more to personal weaknesses than his fondness for the Miami sun.

    Adams says: "Mediocre"
    "Mediocre"
    Overall

    After having tortured myself by sticking with this book to the inept end, I am writing to spare the unsuspecting. The premise sounded intriguing, but the actual plot, and I use the term very loosely here, was dull, had poor focus and little substance. The ending read like the author suddenly tired of writing the book and just abruptly finished it off. Instead of a mastermind, Mission impossible like plan that would actually be needed to take a major cruise liner, especially after the Achille Lauro, this book describes essentially a walk onto the ship that you'd have to be brain dead to believe. Fast paced? Unh,unh. Thriller? I don't think so. Put this on your 'avoid' list.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Hark!

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Ed McBain concocts a brilliant and intricate thriller about a master criminal who haunts the city with cryptic passages from Shakespeare, directing the detectives of the 87th Precinct to a future crime, if only they can figure out what he means.

    Adams says: "A disappointment"
    "A disappointment"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed most of the 87th precinct novels, but don't believe the publisher's hype on this one -- "brilliant and intricate" this is not. In fact, it's a one note tune that involves a series of messages sent to the precinct ad nauseum based on wordplay that taunts the detectives to solve a crime that is about to be committed, and it gets old fast. When the climax finally arrives, the commision of the crime is so simple as to be ludicrous and disappointing.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Altman Code: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (102)

    On the dark waterside docks of Shanghai, a photographer is recording cargo being secretly loaded when he's brutally killed and his camera destroyed. Shortly thereafter Covert-One director Fred Klein brings the word to the President that there's a Chinese cargo ship rumored to be carrying tons of chemicals to be used by a rogue nation to create new biological weapons. Klein is ordered to get the President solid proof of what the Chinese ship is ferrying.

    Mary A. says: "Not up to the other Covert One Novels..."
    "This book was Bad!"
    Overall

    This excruciatingly boring book started with a simple, mediocre premise, then proceded to stagnate for hundreds of pages, going on and on with absolutely no advancement in the plot, like a car stuck in the mud. If you're a Ludlum fan like I am, you will be acutely disappointed in this bomb, so skip it! I wish I had.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Houston Suzanne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Author Miles Van Meter is on a book tour to promote his sensational best seller Sleeping Beauty, a true-crime account of a deeply personal subject: the attack by a serial killer that left his twin sister, Casey, in a coma. Tonight the audience waits to hear Miles discuss recent developments in his sister's case, unaware that pieces of this complex puzzle of violence, unknown even to the author, are about to be revealed.

    Joel says: "I loved this book"
    "Another winner"
    Overall

    Phillip Margolin does it again with this latest work of suspense. This one is a little slower than his usual style and only peripherally involves the legal system, but is quite entertaining none the less. This audiobook was particularly enjoyable due to the vocal talents of the reader, Suzanne Houston, who is able to convincingly modulate her voice to mimic everyone from a 16 year old girl to a sassy black prosecutor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomsday Conspiracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sidney Sheldon
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    When Navy Commander Robert Bellamy is assigned to investigate the crash of a NATO weather balloon near an isolated village in Switzerland, he is told that its cargo includes new and highly classified equipment. All witnesses to the accident should therefore be found and questioned.

    Adams says: "Modern day sci-fi thriller"
    "Modern day sci-fi thriller"
    Overall

    This book was a departure for Sidney Sheldon, who is usually known for plots involving romanance and adult drama. This, however, is a story worthy of the "X files", and a very good one, too. A mixture of sci-fi and intrigue, the plot moves quickly along and is loaded with action. Fans of sci-fi and suspense will like this one.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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