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  • Murder as a Fine Art

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Matthew Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater", is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London 43 years earlier. The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts". Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter, Emily, and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

    Amy says: "Historical Fact + Fiction = Gothic Mystery"
    "GREAT great book!!! Original, spell binding; hard"
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    Would you listen to Murder as a Fine Art again? Why?

    I never like to read or listen or watch books, stories or movies a second time so no


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All really good


    What about Matthew Wolf’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance--spectacular actually.


    Any additional comments?

    Future readers--get past the first gory scene and it will be worth it--I wasn't sure what I had gotten into but soon got caught up in it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10632)
    Performance
    (9616)
    Story
    (9701)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "OK but tried too hard"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make it more believable. Dan Brown tries too hard to duplicate his earlier books--needs to move on.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Brown again?

    Probably not unless reviewers said not a rehash of Angels&Demons. I was a big fan of Dan Brown but he needs to break the mold.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    very good


    Did Inferno inspire you to do anything?

    nope--toss up between driving 7 hours down I5 in silence or listening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Oath

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Peter Houston wanted to find the grave of the war-hero father he never knew - a yearning that drew him thousands of miles from home to a military cemetery in France. He never dreamed that his private pilgrimage would unearth a decades-long secret and plunge him into a deadly labyrinth of intrigue and murder. As ruthless assassins hunt him through the cities of Europe, he struggles to stay alive, but when they murder the woman he loves, he turns from hunter to hunted - and swears a blood oath of vengeance.

    GD says: "Good story, so-so performance. Voice didn't work"
    "Good story, so-so performance. Voice didn't work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Only since I was driving


    What did you like best about this story?

    hard to say, really


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dan John Miller?

    not really--too emotional


    Do you think Blood Oath needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    not at all


    Any additional comments?

    Not David Morell's usual!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shall We Tell the President?: Kane & Abel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Florentyna Kane has finally become the first woman president in America. But on the very day that she is sworn into office, powerful forces are already in motion to take her life. The FBI investigates 1000s of false threats every year. This time, a reliable source has tipped them off about an assassination attempt. One hour later, the informant and all but one of the investigating agents are dead. The lone survivor: FBI Special Agent Mark Andrews. Now, only he knows when the killers will strike. But how can he alone unravel a ruthless conspiracy - in less than one week?

    Simone says: "Why is this Book 3?"
    "Not Archer's best;and NOT a Kane & Able, Book 3!!!"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Absolutely--I'd change the title which is misleading--this is NOT a Kane & Able Book3--any fans of Archer's knows the 2 Kane & Able books and this is not a continuation or remotely related. Was this just a cheap ploy to gain readership? Shame on you. I'd change the reader--this is not a book to be read by a woman--it sounds like a kids fairytale and you can't take the plot seriously. She performed well but this book should be read by a man--sorry--not a chauvinist, but it's a fact.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeffrey Archer before, how does this one compare?

    I've read and listened to all of his books--this would be on the low end


    What didn’t you like about Lorelei King’s performance?

    She performed well but the type of book she should be reading. Her impressions of males were terrible. If you are going to have a woman read this type of book, then have them just read it straight out and not try to imitate a deeper male voice.


    Was Shall We Tell the President? worth the listening time?

    It is if you are on a long drive and nothing else to do. Actually the story line was good, but Archer has fallen into the recent trend of building in stupidity on the part of the heros to allow them extra danger and adventure. My God, what kind of FBI agent keeps saying to himself I've seen that guy in the rear view mirror without realizing he's being tailed! Or what kind of FBI agents are stupid enough to recognize someone different tailing the hero, besides themselves on a top secret assignment without checking it out--give me a break.Again, I'm a big fan of Jeffery Archer--at least the way he used to write books.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Boom Town

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Trevor Scott
    • Narrated By Terry Rose
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Private Investigator Tony Caruso lives out of his rolling office, an old Ford pickup truck, with his German-trained bomb-sniffing dog, Panzer, a Giant Schnauzer. Tony retired after 20 years in the Navy as an aviation ordnance man, but this training might not be enough when he is hired by an old friend to look into a murder suicide in Bend, Oregon, a resort in the high desert east of the Cascades. Was it a murder suicide as the local sheriff thinks? Or has this idyllic community been ripped apart?

    GD says: "BAD READER BAD READER BAD READER!!!!"
    "BAD READER BAD READER BAD READER!!!!"
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    What disappointed you about Boom Town?

    Terrible reader. The actual narration was "ok" but when character voices were done, the worse I've ever heard. It spoils the story and I'll never buy another Audible book using Terry Ross.

    Also, While the story line was interesting, there were too many Unfunny but trying to be cute sexual comments--sounded childish and took away from the ability to take the book seriously.


    What could Trevor Scott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Besides get a better reader, there were too many Unfunny but trying to be cute sexual comments--sounded childish and took away from the ability to take the book seriously.


    What didn’t you like about Terry Rose’s performance?

    It was terrible!! Bad character voices--I'll never get another where Terry Rose is the Narrator.


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

    Anger in that I paid for the book and felt compelled to finish it, but then I was driving Interstate 5 and little alternatives.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually trash a book, but reading a BAD job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scavenger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Frank Balenger, the resolute but damaged hero of David Morrell's acclaimed Creepers, now finds himself trapped in a nightmarish game of fear and death. To save himself and the woman he loves, he must play by the rules of a god-like Game Master with an obsession for unearthing the past. But sometimes the past is buried for a reason.

    GD says: "Morrell needs better readers--this is one is BAD!"
    "Morrell needs better readers--this is one is BAD!"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's either the reader or the recording or both--I tend to think it's the reader however. It's hard to listen to the story for any length of time as the


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick G. Lawlor?

    Phil Gigante has narrated


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

    No, but that's based on the narrator of this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I put off making this review since I really don't like to say anything bad about people--least in a way it could affect their livelihood or to embarrass them, but after trying to listen to yet another short session of Patrick Lawlor, I decided I needed to vent my frustration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cross Country

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    When the home of Alex Cross's oldest friend, Ellie Cox, is turned into the worst murder scene Alex has ever seen, the destruction leads him to believe that he's chasing a horrible new breed of killer. As Alex and his girlfriend, Brianna Stone, become entangled in the deadly Nigerian underworld of Washington D.C., what they discover is shocking: a stunningly organized gang of lethal teenagers headed by a powerful, diabolical man--the African warlord known as the Tiger.

    Lisa says: "Not the same read"
    "NOT the Alex Cross I've loved :("
    Overall

    The story line was unbelievable, the manufactured drama of music and sound affects distracting and annoying and too preachy. I'm sorry, but I've listened to all of his books up until now and Cross Country has made me leery of buying any more.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (671)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "One of my Top 10 ever--excellent"
    Overall

    Great Book, great reader--what more could you want? Just enough of the supernatural not to be preachy or phony.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "This is NOT a good book!"
    Overall

    I'm a fan of Dean Koontz so half way through this I had to go back and check to see if possibly it had been ghosted by another author. If you were looking for an uplifting, spiritual dog book, this might be ok, but it's title should be something akin to "Lassie Come Home" and not listed as a thriller or mystery. It was too preachy and simply so unbelievable to be distracting. Also, a bad reading--the reader did not handle the male characters at all well to the point of distraction. I would have quick half-way through, but against my nature and I was curious, but didn't enjoy the book at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From the Corner of His Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (493)

    Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

    Ric says: "Great Book"
    "A really great book!"
    Overall

    One of the few really "stand out" books I've read or listened to for quite a while. Well written and just as important in this context, WELL READ--excellent reader. I'd recommend this book highly.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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