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  • A Stained White Radiance: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (209)

    Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux knows the Sonnier family of New Iberia - their connections to the CIA, the mob, and to a former Klansman now running for state office. And he knows their past - as dark and murky as a night on the Louisiana bayou. An assassination attempt and the death of a cop draw Robicheaux into the Sonniers' dangerous web of madness, murder and incest. But Robicheaux has devils of his own. And they've come out of hiding to destroy the tormented investigator - and the people he holds most dear.

    Mel Topping says: "Burke Never Disappoints"
    "hard to listen to"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    once again the narration from Mr. Hammer was so flat it did no justice to this book


    Has A Stained White Radiance turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Hammer’s performances?

    Only because I want to finish the series


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    this book had so many elements that the flat delivery style did no justice to this piece .

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4959)
    Performance
    (4642)
    Story
    (4651)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "classic King disturbing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Mercedes the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton narration,, again saved this book for me. King has a unique style but could edit it down a bit.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Mercedes?

    Holly and Jerome relationship


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    excellent as always. Never disappointed by his narrations or performance


    If you could take any character from Mr. Mercedes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    none goofy question considering this books content


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. King feel free to scale back a bit your books don'tneed to be so wordy and long your imagination is vivid enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mud, Sweat, and Tears: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bear Grylls
    • Narrated By Tom Patrick Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    Already a number-one London Sunday Times best seller, Mud, Sweat, and Tears is the adrenaline-fueled autobiography of the mega-popular star of the hit survival series Man vs. Wild, adventurer Bear Grylls. A former British Special Forces commando, a man who has always sought the ultimate in dangerous challenges, Bear's true story reads like an outdoors action-and-adventure novel. But Bear's story is true - full of breathtaking escapes and remarkable exploits that would make any Jack London or H. Ryder Haggard hero proud.

    TM says: "Corny, but Fun"
    "title said it all"
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    Would you listen to Mud, Sweat, and Tears again? Why?

    no need


    What did you like best about this story?

    knowing his soft side and his young relationships with his family


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Patrick Stephens?

    unknown


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    softy with iron will great sense of humor


    Any additional comments?

    Bear should have narrated this one himself. It would have made it perfect

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (516)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Marci says: "Near perfect. One of Burke's Best."
    "better than expected"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, love James Lee Burke rich flawed characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wayfaring Stranger?

    ending


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Will Patton talent to make each character unique in tone and very identifiable


    Any additional comments?

    try other James Lee Burke books with the Patton naration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dixie City Jam: A Dave Roubicheaux Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    They're out there, under the salt - the bodies of German seamen who used to lie in wait at the mouth of the Mississippi for unescorted American tankers sailing from the oil refineries of Baton Rouge out into the Gulf of Mexico. As a child, Dave Robicheaux had been haunted by the sailors' images. Years later, Robicheaux, a detective with the New Iberia sheriff's office, finds himself and his family at serious risk, stalked for his knowledge of a watery burial ground by a mysterious man named Will Buchalter - a man who believes that the Holocaust was one big hoax.

    Dennis says: "Jury out on this one"
    "this one is scary"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dixie City Jam to be better than the print version?

    un known


    What three words best describe Mark Hammer’s performance?

    flat-nasal-ugggggg


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    whole book is very scary and all I can think of is if Will Patten had read this with a actors flare.. holy cow it would have blown me away.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    The image of the dead girl's body lingered in detective Dave Robicheaux's mind as he drove home. After seeing the young victim's corpse, the last thing he needed to come across was a drunk driver. But when he saw the Cadillac fishtail across the road, Robicheaux knew the driver was in trouble. What Dave didn't realize, was that by pulling the car over, he was opening his murder case wider than he could imagine. The driver, Elrod Sykes, in New Iberia to star in a movie, leads Dave to the remains of a black man that had washed up in the Atchafalaya swamp.

    Jane says: "Great author"
    "Better than I thought"
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    If you could sum up In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Very - good


    What aspect of Mark Hammer’s performance would you have changed?

    he is so dry I can't tell when he changes characters. his voice is so gravely & nasal i can not picture him as Dave. No disrespect to Mr. Hammer. I just don't care for his reading in these novels


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to have the whole series re read by Will Patton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covert Warriors: Presidential Agent Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (404)

    At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts.

    Richard Tabisz says: "Disappointing"
    "so far so good"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    old material need different plot.


    If you’ve listened to books by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth before, how does this one compare?

    not finished yet


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    all were very good. in the first book i liked lester bradley then he changed him.


    Could you see Covert Warriors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaws

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (313)

    Charlie Castillo's secret unit has been disbanded - but that doesn't mean he's out of business. As experience has painfully shown him, there are many things the intelligence community can't do, won't do, or doesn't do well, and he has the men and assets to help set things straight.

    Mondobelly says: "Disappointing re-write of character history"
    "very disapointed"
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    Would you try another book from W. E. B. Griffin and/or Jonathan Davies?

    Griffin yes Davies no


    What was most disappointing about W. E. B. Griffin’s story?

    introduction should cover back ground from previous books. each book should stand alone and make the reader want to back track.. right now i am going I KNOW THAT ALREADY!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    way to monotone and slow.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NOT YET


    Any additional comments?

    glad i have gold memebership so i can turn it back in if needed,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2161)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1928)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Kennedy was a man of his era"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes, However I feel O'Reilly delivery was bothersome voice is too famous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honesty-of behind the scenes.


    Which character – as performed by Bill O'Reilly – was your favorite?

    N/A it all sounded the same


    Do you think Killing Kennedy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No need.. Kennedy was man not a god. that era of men and how they treated women was not to be admired. He was not a great husband. like I said a different era.

    I do admire the fact that Jackie & JFK raised two wonderful grounded kids.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really surpprised by L B Johnson role as VP and the disrepect for the office.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3455)
    Performance
    (2753)
    Story
    (2741)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Nice listen-Rob Lowe"
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    What did you love best about Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    I always love back story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lowe kept on pushing. Found a responsible way to parent by using his experiences and partnership of his friend/wife.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the understanding that he could not change his mom's illness and just kept living his life.


    Any additional comments?

    I think a lot of Rob Lowe's performances were overlooked and overshadowed by media marketing and other nonsense.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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