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  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (553)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "Alex as usual...Great!"
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    What did you love best about Merry Christmas, Alex Cross?

    Nana Moma, Brie, and of course Alex. They are consistently a good listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The terrorist was enjoyable because I've never met one, but this makes me feel like I have.


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

    Emotion and empathy.


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

    Every time he had to leave his family on this most special family day.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Alex Cross, this is one to listen to. If you've never listened it's a good starting point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9407)
    Performance
    (8473)
    Story
    (8480)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham kills again!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The emotion and humanity is amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lettie was very well written and always seemed heartfelt and genuine.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    The accents are very well placed for Mississippi and West Tennessee. A very well read piece of performance.


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

    POSSIBLE SPOILER!
    Near the end as the plot twisted I cried in sympathy to the heartbreak that happened to Seth many years ago along with his ultimate reaction and actions and why he committed his final act and where he did it.


    Any additional comments?

    A MUST listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (276)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Paula says: "Grand, Delightful, Wonderful Story!"
    "As consistent as sunup."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend anything he's ever penned because he never fails to capture my attention for every detail of the main characters life and life story.


    What other book might you compare Fortune Cookie to and why?

    Many of his other works are similar, but consistently great.


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

    Bower is without a doubt the best reader that I've enjoyed. The second place goes to Jim Dale (Harry Potter) and that's a tough second place.


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

    At the party when she appeared without Coo knowing that she'd be there.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Animal House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Miller
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Animal House, the film adaptation of stories Chris Miller published in National Lampoon about his experiences at a Dartmouth fraternity, is among the most beloved and successful comedies of all time. In fact, its portrayal of college party life is still imitated on campuses across the country: toga party, anyone? Now Chris Miller can finally answer the fans who all want to know one thing: was it really like that? The answer: yes, but much, much more out of control!

    William says: "Reality Stranger than Fiction"
    "If you liked the movie...."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Real Animal House the most enjoyable?

    I could imagine where Bluto, Otter and D-Day came from in the movie. It makes the movie even funnier knowing that where they came from was more outrageous than the motion picture.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Trying to understand how these guys graduated with all of the partying and chaos.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Roadtrips!


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

    No, sometimes it was a little overwhelming and a bit gross.


    Any additional comments?

    A good listen and especially if you enjoyed the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (988)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "A believable hero!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much so! I enjoyed the program and story from start to finish. It had very real characters that I sympathized with. The story line was believable and it was very easy to put yourself into his perspective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Survivor?

    The appearance of his long dead buddy talking to him throughout the book.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He gave the right amount of emotion to the entire program.


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

    When he left his fathers house for the final confrontation. It was tender and touching and it was easy to get emotional guessing the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    A very very good listen. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2036)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1787)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Surprisingly disappointing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not ask a friend to waste their time on this. It is a mish mash of different stories that seemingly do not have much in common. I expect Pendergast to be more organized, poised and much less emotional from all of his previous history.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could have made the central character more like the Pendergast that we've come to know and love. Yes, some of the previous story lines have been huge and almost unbelievable, but this is like SuperPendergast who is out to save the world without a believable pretense. It is hard to write an accurate review without ruining the story for others who've not experienced the unreasonable and unbelievable occurrences that make this much less than it should have become.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    As always, Mr. Auberjonois gives a fantastic performance. He is a joy to listen to and gives the book the most normal part of Pendergast that we have come to expect.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but it would be more of a supernatural movie than the thriller that the previous bbooks have given us.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1783)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "DeMille does it again!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! Nelson DeMille is a very consistently good listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Cory is a very sarcastic, cynical and brainy character that make me laugh out loud in the car or wherever I'm listening to him.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Mr Brick is a very talented reader and performer. He reads for several authors and I've never been disappointed in one of his performances.


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

    I didn't cry, but had several laughs at comments or thoughts by John and also Kate got in a few "zingers" in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, another winner by Mr. DeMille and if I had to find fault in it, I would say that it's a touch long, but he had to do it to complete the story. I look forward to his next effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2455)
    Performance
    (2100)
    Story
    (2093)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Reacher....You let us down."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Without killing the story I'd reduce the first third of the book by more than half, add half to the middle, and cut the ca-ca about the mysterious woman from Virginia. Who is this Mata Hari?


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    It's kind of like Mr Child "phoned it in" Way too many Reacher "norms"...serious number skills, way out deductions and it was all for moot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sad to say, but it was the end because I was glad it was over.


    Was A Wanted Man worth the listening time?

    I'm a big fan of Jack Reacher and was sorely disappointed at this attempt and I do mean "attempt"


    Any additional comments?

    I'll buy the next Jack Reacher of course, but after that if it's not better I won't buy it the day it's released, I'll read the reviews. Mr Child, please step back up to the plate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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