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Jim

St. Louis, MO, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The King's Deception: A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (407)

    Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

    Carol says: "First Book Mr Berry fell flat on."
    "Get the Abridged version"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The King's Deception? What did you like least?

    2 hours to much with historical information. Certainly, a little is needed to support the premise of the story. However, every marriage and offspring in English history is overkill.
    Other than that a solid story line. Scott Brick always a solid read.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Expected


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Ian


    Could you see The King's Deception being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (422)

    In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

    Patricia says: "Newest Sigma Force is a little off"
    "Not sure Im going to make it..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    ...to the end of this book. I have over 500 books in my Audible Library, never have i had a Narrator that was this bad.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5340)
    Performance
    (3288)
    Story
    (3308)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Liked it but it took a while"
    Overall

    This book is sooooo technical, that it took a while for me to begin to grasp it. I started to give up on it in the middle and almost quit. Toward the very end it all came together.
    There are many things happening at multiple levels. Religion, Politics,War, Human interaction comparisons to present and future and of course tech....It is one of those books that you will think about long after you are done.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (7412)
    Performance
    (4416)
    Story
    (4449)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Pleasantly surprised"
    Overall

    Took a chance and really liked it. Thought the creative "tech" spin was very interesting and believable. A little "The Matrix" meets modern day mystery.
    Definitely worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (258)

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Becky says: "Don't waste your money"
    "Give it up Pat..."
    Overall

    ... at least Patricia Cornwell's books are progressive... progressively they get worse !!! my goodness, not only is the a lame story line but the characters never become real. Mostly what turns me off though, is the "reader". Her dialects for Merino make him sound like a Jersey mobster...I think this will be my last attempt at Patricia's books... to many better story tellers out there to spend my time and money on.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2862)
    Performance
    (1378)
    Story
    (1388)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Odd Over"
    Overall

    Odd Thomas meets Dirty Harry then runs into Tom Clancy ! Come on... I'm a big fan of the Odd Thomas Series but I'm afraid the author has run out of story line. This one was lame...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (208)

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Bernie says: "Time to end the series"
    "Painfull !!"
    Overall

    Listening to this book is right up there with "root canal surgery" !!! I'm more than half way through and not sure I can make it the rest of the way without "pain killers" !!! Other than the story being really very shallow... the reader uses an accent for Moreno that sounds something like a cross between a Jersey Mobster and a Chicago Teamster. Come on Patricia ... get it together... other authors are passing you by with more intelligent stories and productions. It's just bad... steer clear of this one.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    Tanya Bigelow was a solemn little girl when Dr. Alex Delaware successfully treated her obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Now, at 19, Patty Bigelow, Tanya's aunt and adoptive mother, has made a deathbed confession of murder and urged the young woman to seek Delaware's help.

    Joan says: "It's a Sad Day When..."
    "bad buy"
    Overall

    listening to this book was right up there with root canal surgery !

    avoid this ... waist of time. no real plot [ dronong reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Daddy's Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Law professor Natalie Greco has an ordered life. Then, one terrible day, everything changes. While visiting a prison, a riot erupts and a prison guard is fatally injured. Nat rushes to help him, only to hear his last words: "Tell my wife. It's under the floor. The money." Nat feels she must find his widow. But this is no simple quest, and along the way, Nat is framed for murder and the retiring scholar finds herself in a desperate fight to save her own life.

    Jim says: "jimbo2all"
    "jimbo2all"
    Overall

    Probably one of the most enjoyable reads I've had this year. A little humor -A little mystery - A fresh story line - A little education...
    A very good book...I give it an "A"

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Step on a Crack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By John Slattery, Reg Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (395)

    NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is about to take on the most sinister challenge of his career. The nation has fallen into mourning after the unexpected death of a beloved former first lady, and the most powerful people in the world gather in New York for her funeral. Then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians, and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man's brilliant and cold-blooded scenario.

    TEDDET says: "Classic good Patterson"
    "pleasant surprize..."
    Overall

    Actually, I downloaded this book because I was caught up with all the titles I really wanted to listen to. Thought it would be the typical James Patterson... which was getting boring for me.
    I was surprized though... the story was tight and told well. The plot was interesting and all and all a good listen.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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