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  • Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Tom Clancy's Op-Center #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik, Jeff Rovin
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A terrorist bomb explodes during a South Korean celebration of the anniversary of the election of its first president. Alarms are raised in Washington. No one is claiming responsibility. The first suspect is North Korea. Could it be making a power play against South Korea and unification? If so, how will the U.S. respond? Paul Hood, Director of the Op-Center, must answer these questions. The Op-Center, a largely autonomous new agency which takes on the government's toughest security problems, is only six months old, and has never been given a foreign crisis until now.

    Aaron Kynaston says: "Excellent listen"
    What would have made Tom Clancy's Op-Center better?

    I was not at all hooked. Expected not to be able to put it down and it put me down.

    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Not rue

    What didn’t you like about Michael Kramer’s performance?

    I don't even remember the narrator, the story made me forget.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Who asked Follett to write erotica?"
    What would have made Edge of Eternity better?

    I really enjoyed the other two books in the trilogy and have been looking forward to this one for over a year now.
    Now I'm not even half way through and close to setting it down. On the one hand, it seems much more tendentious than the former ones (ok, it's not objectivity that we look for, but if you don't think JFK was God, you may get a bit alienated with this). In any case, this is not the main problem with this audiobook.

    Anyway, I never loved the narrator in the other two volumes, because he kind of sounds like he is lecturing you, but when he is reading an explicit sex scene it becomes utterly ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, I'm really no prude and love good erotica. I just don't really see how it fits in this kind of book and ESPECIALLY NOT WITH THIS KIND OF NARRATOR!

    What could Ken Follett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have kept it up like in the other volumes. Private lives of the characters do make the novel, but the hard nipples and swollen penises just don't fit the genre.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    He was OK for the other two, but not reading supposedly erotic scenes.

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

    I'm giving it another couple of hours. If I keep feeling the same, I'll definitely return it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tempting Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Jane Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Tempting Fate by Jane Green, Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for 18 years. They have two teenaged daughters; they have built a life together. So why does 43-year-old Gabby feel like she has only three more minutes left of youth? Why do her friends so desperately try to hang on to their attractiveness? And why does she ever even look at the handsome guy - 10 years younger - at the other end of the bar one night? Gabby is the last person to have an affair - a physical one, at least.

    Laurie says: "Can't go wrong with Green"
    "Predictable and corny - totally soap opera"
    What disappointed you about Tempting Fate?

    The book is nothing else than expected. The literary equivalent of a tragic chick-flic, conservative and judgmental. There were a lot of more interesting twists to this thousand-times told story. There is the guilty good wife, the spotless clean husband, the mean old bitch, and the ruthlessly judgmental environment of the American suburbs (which is totally believable).

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Despite the shortcomings, I give it three stars in story for two reasons: the first part of the story describes the emotional state of a cheating wife with scary accuracy (sometimes with a touch of exaggeration, but the way it must feel); secondly, precisely because the story is so predictable, as it develops it's hard to believe that it actually goes just as you expected, so that in the end it was hard to put down because I could not believe that the author would just not separate from the expected plot.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jane Green?

    It is usually great to have authors as narrators, but Jane Green couldn't speak slower and it made me anxious. I ended up listening at 1.25 and it improved exponentially. At that speed her voice sounded normal. I think I would have ended up putting the audiobook down otherwise.

    What character would you cut from Tempting Fate?

    The object of the protagonist's sinful desire could have been more believable. The awesomeness of that character seemed to me as judgmental way to justify the shortcomings of this suburban "wife-like-me". The author did not need to make it a gorgeous young zillionaire to make us believe he could arouse the feelings and obsession of the main character, it actually gives it the glow of a Disney fairytale. Everyday, nice middle-aged wives get entangled in very similar affairs with other middle-aged, middle-income and average looking guys-next-door. The model girlfriend of the super-millionaire was the cherry on top of an already unbelievable character.

    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for soap-literature, this is an entertaining option.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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