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John S

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  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3106)
    Performance
    (2755)
    Story
    (2758)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Hard to follow audio might be a better read"
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    I read The Passage and was engrossed. I bought the audio sequel the day it was released at audible. I had a difficult time following the story line. It jumps from past to future and back like a game of ping pong. If you lose attention for a minute you find yourself entirely confused. In a print version you can flip back to find the time transition. In audio format it's difficult.

    Although I love Scott Brick, the story is just too complex with too many characters. I expect the print version would be better format to consume this book. Normally I almost always like audio more than print. After 12 hours of listening I just put aside for a later date. Maybe when I am sitting on a beach with nothing else to do I will pick it up again.

    23 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Cold Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

    Carol Puckett says: "This Could be Tami Hoag's Best Yet"
    "Riveting Story Well Narrated"
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    This is a great thriller with a major crime at the beginning of the novel which leads the lead character to revisit a crime in her youth. The first third of the book covers the lead character's recovery from a brutal attack from a serial killer. As a result dana suffers a traumatic brain injury and returns to her home time. As she slowly recovers, more and more of the past is remembered, As a result, she is able to slowly put pieces of the crime together.To describe it anymore it would give the plot away.

    The narration is fairly good, withe the narrator struggling a little with the male voices. Never having read any of the author's books this was good enough to put some of her other books on my wish list. It reminded me of two other books I have listened to recently , Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Most of the characters are fairly "normal" except for the criminals in the book so you can identify with them. Set in the rural midwest this is a classic American murder whodunit mystery

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (708)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    Shelley says: "Enjoyed, But Too Many Holes..."
    "Should have stopped at book #2"
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    This was on sale for $2.95. Even at this bargain price it was a waste. Set in the future, the world is overrun by what are called abnormals. They are like Golum with claws. This entire book is dedicated to the remaining humans being mauled, and mauled, and mauled by these creatures. Page after page and chapter after chapter of nothing but people being shredded. Book # 1 was good. Book # 2 was OK, But this third book is abnormally bad. Stop at #2. You cannot start series with this book because you will have no idea what is going on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    Overall
    (993)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (848)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "Keeps you guessing. An English Gone Girl"
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    This book is a great listen. Told from the viewpoint of three main characters it is part mystery and part Brigitte Jones. The chance of viewpoint changes rapidly and with most books with a single narrator would lead to confusion. Here, there are three narrators each dedicated to the three main characters. The three voices are different enough and story written so you can keep track of the changes. There is a relationship between the three women that you can not quite get your head around. You suspect there is something more which you eventually discover by the end of the book. It makes for a suspenseful listen with a very seamless ending. Normally authors create a surprise by adding some previously unknown element at the end, effectively cheating. Not here. You will say, " I should have seen that coming"

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw: A Robin Monarch Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    While conducting top-secret negotiations aboard a tanker in the South China Sea, the U.S. Secretary of State and the foreign ministers of China and India are kidnapped, and the tanker they are on is hijacked. The “Sons of Prophecy” take responsibility and issue an ultimatum: If their demands are not met in seven days, the three will be beheaded live on the Internet. With the presidential election in only eight days, sitting President Sands, about to leave office, calls in former CIA operative and master thief Robin Monarch and convinces him to save the diplomats.

    shelley says: "Robin Hood for today is Ribin Monarch"
    "The most incompetent hero ever."
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    I bought this book on the recommendations. Although it is your average pulp fiction, it is rather ludicrous. The hero, Robin Monarch, is hired by the president to find the captured secretary of state. His credentials is that he is ex CIA, Special Forces, and allegedly the world's best thief. Okay, that is standard fare. But the real issue with this book is that the guy gets caught in every situation. He always manages to fight his way out, but to be caught every time?. In one scene he wants to rob an office in the world's tallest tower so of course he has to jump out of a helicopter and land on the side of the building with super magnetic gloves (although the author states the building is covered in stainless steel which is non magnetic). He finally gets in the office and two minutes later the owner walks in a catches him. How about the old tried and true criminal technique of the lookout?

    There are much better books in this genre, not sure would waste a credit here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2251)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (918)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Don't expect a happy ending. Texas Outlaw Theme"
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    I actually like this book because the author resists the temptation to make everything turn out well in the end. In this novel, it doesn't. The basic theme is really sometimes you are just in the wrong place at the wrong times. The motivation for the key character are seemingly bizarre, but only to the reader. To the killer, his motivations are sane.

    This is a good crime thriller with a "texas" outlaw theme. It reminds me of some of James Lee Burke novels. The Hackberry Holland Series. So if you like those, then you will like this. I would say that the author here is a better writer. It could be an American classic but the violence makes it unsuitable for many. So expect lots of blood and guts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1101)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "Keeps you listening for hours"
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    This is an excellent crime story with a interesting premise that a serial killer is almost caught twice by the police chief only to escape capture for decades or longer each time. If you like James Lee Burke novels, you will like this one. It is well written and narrated.

    Because the book takes place over several decades spanning from the 1930s to 1990s it also is a good historical novel, recreating the tensions between whites and blacks in the south. Never having lived in the south I do not now if the attitudes expressed in the book are real or just fiction. The book takes a great turn when chief #3 is black

    There are several great scenes in book, especially when the police arrest their new police chief not knowing who it is. "get out of the car boy", he is told on a routine police shakedown. After reading this I have a better understanding why blacks don't trust the police to often. I would say it's just fiction, but the police in my town arrested a black man for sitting in a car outside a nice home. He was just waiting for his daughter and was a prominent Boston attorney.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1678)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1539)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "A kinder gentler kind of Zombie"
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    Although I growing weary of Zombie/Apocalypse books, I did enjoy this book. You have the typical flesh eating zombies, although they are called hungries, survivalists, everyone else including the army, and a different kind of zombie. Half zombie. half child, this "half breed" speak like humans, have human emotions, but when let loose go into their flesh eating mode. The story begins at an outpost with the half-breeds attending school. Soon thereafter all hell break lose.

    You have the stereotypical zombies that shuffle along until they smell a non zombie then attack and eat their prey. This isn't new. The soldiers kill the zombies by you guess, shooting them in the head. As usual, 20 years after what they call the change, soldiers still have access to unlimited weapons. The story is different because of the children. One in particular, Madeline, must must make a journey though England as a few survivors run away from their outpost back to central base through a destroyed London. Here the story gets interesting. Sort of reminded me of Charles Dickens Oliver Twist but with zombie kids.

    The key difference in this book is the ending, which I won't give away. The narration is good and the pace of the story as well. So if you like zombie/apocalypse books you will enjoy this. If you don't , then probably not since it has very graphic description of violence. If you are like me and are tired of zombie books give this one a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spider of Sarajevo

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Wilton
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Summer 1914: Europe is on the brink. As Britain’s enemies grow stronger, the Comptroller- General must confront the man with whom he has struggled for a generation - a man he knows only as the Spider. In a desperate gamble, he sends four agents out across the continent, on a mission they do not understand ... The future of British intelligence - of the British Empire.

    John S says: "Impossible to follow as audible book"
    "Impossible to follow as audible book"
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    This book involves 4 different spies recruited by the British pre WWI. Although the writing is good, the settings interesting from Istanbul to Ireland, it is one of theose books that is a tough listen. The author changes characters several times per chapter. One minute your in Berlin and seconds later you are in Albania. This is a read versus a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1030)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Barbara says: "Barbara Rosenblatt: THE Voice!"
    "I wish my mother was in the CIA"
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    I bought this book because it was on sale. Typically I would not purchase a book like this because I am a 50 year old man, but I enjoyed it. Somewhat silly at times, but always fun. So many CIA/Spy thrillers have the 40 year kung fu master who can use any weapon know to man, jump in a helicopter and fly it, and can hack any computer known to man. Not Mrs Pollifax. She can barely walk 5 miles, but manages to get out of trouble because no one would ever see her as a threat. Hey, who would ever expect their mother or grandmother of being a CIA agent?Again, kind of silly but it works. Although I hate to characterize this a a "chick" book, I would see where any woman over 50 would enjoy this. I know it's probably not fair to stereotype this book, I do believe am elderly audience would identify with this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

    Kindle Customer says: "Enthralled!"
    "Could save your life some day"
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    The stories/cases are interesting but not great listen. However, what makes this book worthwhile is the description of how doctors make a diagnosis. After listening to this you will understand how the information you provide a doctor is critical in coming to the right conclusion. One of the key chapters was the woman who was sick, but neglected to tell her doctors she drank a bottle of gin every day, Eventually they figured out the truth and saved her life. Something you may not think of as relevant may be, and by telling your doctor it may save your life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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