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Cecelia

Santa Rosa, CA, United States

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  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4289)
    Performance
    (1597)
    Story
    (1598)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey. And listen to Mayday, by DeMille and Thomas Block, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Brick entertains"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Scott Brick's narrations are all over the place--some just awful, some really great. This is one of the great ones, along with Plum Island. Fun listen. Oh, and the story is good too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (644)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Too dismal, though I loved some of the characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoy McCammon's style of writing immensely. But this is an arduous saga without relief. I had a hard time finishing it because of the relentless downward spiral.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Mr. Ballerini has a plaintive quality to his voice that made the story even more depressing.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4785)
    Performance
    (1903)
    Story
    (1899)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Hungarian freedom fighters"
    Overall

    I remember the heartache we felt when the communists rolled their tanks back into Budapest in 1956 and crushed the rebellion. Later I met a Hungarian freedom fighter and listened to many stories. But this book gave me a deeper understanding of the things he couldn't bear to tell me.

    The book as a whole has shaken me...the forces and counterforces that depend so much on chance and timing and brilliant maneuvering...all shaping the world we live in...there's a lot of food for thought. Chance and timing resulted in 30 more years of repression in Hungary. This is much more than a book about the CIA. I'm focused on Hungary here, but the book covers many more plots within plots.

    Yes, it's long and lags in places, but I put it in one of the top 10 must-listens for a taste of our history.

    Scott Brick: WOW! This was some performance, and I say "performance" rather than "narration." I've criticized him in the past for being overly dramatic, but he has become a masterful reader. The research he must have done to pull this off is admirable. There were so many accents and attitudes that gave me clues throughout the 40 hours. Occasionally I would get lost trying to figure out who was who, but that was fairly rare. I'd love to know how many sessions and takes were involved in producing this epic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4318)
    Performance
    (2346)
    Story
    (2325)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Suggestion for narrator"
    Overall

    The percussive consonants, especially the "t's" and "d's" makes listening a bit tiring to the ears. A good start would be to move the mic away from his mouth.
    All sentences are delivered with maximum impact, rather than with subtlety based on the rhythm of the story. This reader would be perfect for commercials. I felt like I was being "sold" through the entire book.
    Good story, tiring narrator.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (747)

    On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

    Pamela says: "A good read"
    "Narrator puts me to sleep"
    Overall

    Question: Do narrators have control over the pacing, or is it the editors?
    The silences between each and every sentence left so much room it was easy to get distracted and lose the thread of the story. I think if the editing had been better the narrator might have been ok, but as presented this story loses a lot of its punch. Even with those caveats this isn't one of Connelly's better stories. But I love Harry Bosch and will put up with almost anything to get more of him. Get Dick Hill back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Case: A Barbara Holloway Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Controversial author and scholar David Etheridge is not the kind of company an aspiring politician wants to keep. But ambitious senator Robert McCrutchen has a history with Etheridge that he's desperately trying to keep under wraps: 22 years ago, both men were investigated in the still-unsolved death of a young coed.

    Gene says: "Really slow"
    "Terrible reader, bored Wilhelm"
    Overall

    First, the reader...she does male voices well, but makes all the women sound perky, lightweight, trite. Just awful.
    The story has a lot of cut-and-paste descriptions from previous books. Can authors really get away with this? No current-time authenticity. It's really too bad, because there's a great cast of characters here. One more "Bailey glowered" and I'll scream.
    Barbara can't find her way with this case, and neither can I. A story about endless frustration and dead ends...well, I think it describes how the author felt writing this.
    Then there's the faux romance. Tacky and tiring, and doesn't belong to a character who began with such an edge.
    I have downloaded all the Barbara Holloway novels and enjoyed the twists and turns.
    Kate Wilhelm, I hope you find your way again...you have avid fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (273)

    Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it.

    Patti says: "Utopia (unabridged)"
    "Scott Brick"
    Overall

    Does anyone else find Scott Brick overly dramatic? Every sentence is laden and breathless, whether needed or not. Works well when the action ramps up, but otherwise is silly. He reminds me of the 1950's over-actor, Jeff Chandler.

    The story's OK, not the best, but a good diversion and the amusement park's rides sound wonderful.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (746)

    As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

    Marie says: "Satisfying but sad"
    "Very satisfying"
    Overall

    Hearing this book prompted me to order and listen to the rest of the Three Pines mysteries--from the first book "Still Life" to this, "The Brutal Telling", the 5th in the series. I didn't want to miss a thing about these characters. More importantly, I didn't want to miss a word of this author's work--she's that good.

    I also bought the paperback versions because my husband prefers to read rather than listen. Louise Penny is a keeper in our library!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1151)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Rich, thoughtful and sometimes hilarious"
    Overall

    I began with "The Brutal Telling"--the 5th novel in the series, and was so enriched by it I am now listening to all the books in the series. In fact, I bought some of the paperbacks so I could read them again more slowly, because this is work to be savored. I really don't care whether I'm at the beginning or end of the story...each page has that much life in it!

    I love the artist characters and their creative processes and dilemmas. And the poet, and the gay characters. In fact, the whole village, not to mention the great soul Gamache. The writing shows deep kindness and respect for individuality. I read and loved all of Dorothy Sayers' novels years ago, and feel that Louise Penny has surpassed her--brought her up to date, really.

    The narrator took some getting used to. He gives every sentence so much weight that the humor gets a little lost. But his voice is very listenable and now that I'm used to it I enjoy it. And it's good to hear French spoken. My one year of French finally kicked in and I began to understand what I was hearing.

    If you want a mystery that will enrich your soul, read these novels!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (172)

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Pleasant Surprise"
    "Shallow story, terrible narration"
    Overall

    The male voice is slimy, the female voice is utterly without nuance. I imagine her reading the story for the first time and trying to fake tones of concern, love, fear, etc., without ever having experienced those emotions. Where did they dig these narrators up? The story suffers immeasurably from the poor reading, but isn't that good to begin with, and the ending is just too pat. Save your money.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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