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  • Hunting Eve: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller, Book 17

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Eve Duncan is on the run. Kidnapped by Jim Doane, a mysterious man who wants her to complete a sinister forensic sculpture, she now has no time to savor the victory of escaping from him. He’s back on her trail and closing in fast. The CIA has its own reasons for tracking Eve’s nemesis. And those closest to Eve - Joe Quinn and Jane MacGuire - are doing everything in their power to rescue her, while a hired gun named Lee Zander is on a personal mission to eliminate Doane. But does that mean he can be trusted to save Eve?

    USA Buyer says: "Excellent Story"
    "Excellent Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hunting Eve to be better than the print version?

    I only listen to audio books. I am sure the print version is just as good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hunting Eve?

    When eve is caught a second time. Her friends are moving closer to help her.


    What does Elisabeth Rodgers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voice and change of voice. Each character has a unique vocal pattern.. Great


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

    Eve save


    Any additional comments?

    Great pair of books. Taking Eve and Hunt for Eve. Job well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prime Minister's Secret Agent: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both her body and heart. Yet instead of enjoying the quieter pace of life, Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue.

    Margaret Vance says: "The narration spoils the book"
    "Outstanding Audio Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Prime Minister's Secret Agent in three words, what would they be?

    This is a very interesting and excellent series. A must read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery and the background history


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    Great voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No but you get drawn into the book and you cant put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and great series. I loved it and have read all the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (667)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "Great Audio Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Mr. Churchill's Secretary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would rank near the top. Great plot that moves along and not side tracked my meaningless dialog.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The History and life in wartime London. The personality of Maggie Hope. Not over played just great reading.


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great. Voices were hard to adjust but did so quickly. Great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a fun book. Easy listening and great plot. I would highly recommend this book as a must read. Blend of history and plot. Great characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read book and series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (298)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Simply Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Princess Elizabeth's Spy the most enjoyable?

    This was an enjoyable book read by an outstanding reader. Highly recommended.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! Nice mixture of history and plot. It kept moving along without so many side stories. It kept me reading and enjoying. Some nice twists and turns than kept you listening and enjoying.


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes! Nice voices and be had to adjust to them. The story was so great who cares about the voice. She did a great job overall.


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

    Yes The tile is good!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Must read and I will be reading book 2, 3 and 4.
    Highly recommended!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1058)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "Foolish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Top Secret Twenty-One better?

    I could not get through this book. The characters are so focus on food and funerals.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No Janet E I am done. I could not get through this boring book


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding


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

    Anger that I spent money on this book


    Any additional comments?

    Get a life Janet. New story line and characters. Let S. Plum fade in the sunset.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Play: FBI Thriller, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, has returned to Washington, her job in jeopardy. Her fiancé, George McCallum, Viscount Lockenby, has died in a car accident, and mysterious rumors that she's responsible begin to surface: she broke off the engagement and, heartbroken, he killed himself. Then someone tries to force her off the M-2 outside London.

    Darlene says: "Could have been a 5 star"
    "Cookie cutter Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Catherine Coulter's books are stall and need new energy. Plot drags and no clear direction


    Any additional comments?

    Time to find a new author

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Intercept: A Jeremy Fisk Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dick Wolf
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet flying over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer of this being just the work of another lone terrorist. Fisk suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another scheme has been set in motion.

    Katherine says: "Page turner"
    "Outstanding Audio Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Intercept in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Mystery Audiobook


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! Excellent character development. Never know who the Terrorist was until 80 percent of the book was read, Multi levels of deception and mystery. Excellent storyline with layers to think about and digest. Plot gives you lots to think about in to day's world.


    What does Peter Ganim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What a wonderful book read by a great narrator. Varies voices and easy to listen vocal tones.


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

    When the true terrorist was exposed and caught.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story teller from TV turned book author. Great job.!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?

    USA Buyer says: "No Plot"
    "No Plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was a bunch or words and not true story line. Waste of time. Steve Berry's books are following the same formula. No good.


    What could Steve Berry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get a plot, develop characters with real action.


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

    Scott is great and he carried the book. He is the best. I am shocked he took the job.


    What character would you cut from The Lincoln Myth?

    The plot


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live to See Tomorrow: Catherine Ling, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the unforgiving streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of 14, already having accumulated more insight and secrets than the most seasoned professionals in her world. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: Her son, Luke, and her mentor, Hu Chang.

    brenda says: "I tried I really did"
    "Pointless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Have an actual plot rather than a rant on getting into Katherine's pants


    Has Live to See Tomorrow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Horrible


    What didn’t you like about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?

    Great


    What character would you cut from Live to See Tomorrow?

    Iris the writer


    Any additional comments?

    Should send this back. Horrible storyline unless I totally missed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Catcher: Nick Baron, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James R. Hannibal
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Over ten years ago, Air Force major Nick Baron was part of a failed special ops mission that left a B-2 stealth bomber at the bottom of the Persian Gulf. Now, leading his men - the Triple Seven Chase team - Baron must find the bomber and dispose of it for good before any unfriendly nation can steal the onboard technology for its own purposes. But as the team embarks on its mission, there are greater dangers waiting.

    JL says: "Fun book"
    "Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Shadow Catcher?

    The story line in lame! Drags on and poor story development. End of the line for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

    Horrible. Voice was odd if not weird


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

    Very disappointed


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KnockOut: FBI Thriller #13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    Seven-year-old Autumn Backman has a gift: she can communicate telepathically with others. Not everyone, mind you, but with a select few with whom she shares a special kinship. When Autumn and her mother, Joanna, take her father's ashes to be buried in the family plot in Brickers Bowl, Georgia, she witnesses a horrifying sight: her grandmother and two uncles, burying a pile of dead bodies in the middle of the night.

    Lehua says: "Predictable all the way"
    "Less Than Stellar"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Too wordy, poor character development, Slow pace and boring


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Coulter again?

    Yes! Only one more to listen to and will have listen to them all.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes! He may have saved to story.


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

    Bored!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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