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AKsmitty

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  • Glory in Death: In Death, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2429)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1611)

    The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city.

    Barry says: "Ericksen Steals the Show"
    "Early Days In Death"
    Overall

    This is a very good audio production. As such it reveals the talent of both author and narrator near the beginning of their collaborative efforts. An extra bonus is how the story sets in place rich character interaction. These bonds will be cause for years of enjoyment on the part of the listener. I agree with a friend that one part was very graphic. But it is the sort that any romantic heart would long for and enjoy. Death however is less poetic. The authors descriptions are swift, the turns are sharp and the story will have your questioning your analysis. In the hands of this skilled narrator you will love Detective Dallas, see the face of Feny, and want the head of the killer on a poke. Either that or you’ll discover you are as zoned as a chemihead, If you have a heart this early JD Robb book will touch it. Else consider this your annual psych eval.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1447)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (348)

    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "Intelligence- In Plain English"
    Overall

    In 2005 I had a stroke. That event left me with loss of vision in the left hemisphere and a few cognitive concerns. This audio book while not the Stroke Survivors handbook provided me nourishing insights to the brain's structure and core intelligence. Both well written and read the information goes beyond our perception of intelligent robots and the quest for artificial intelligent (AI) software. Plus, you don't have to be a neuro jock or programmer to appreciate the principles conveyed. I'm reasonably certain anyone with an interest of the Scarecrow will find this book helpful and delightful. Enjoy the book. It provides many moments that will cause you to ponder and say uh hah.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture in Death: In Death, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1103)

    They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious.

    MARCIA says: "GOING BACK TO #4 AFTER LISTENING TO MOST RECENT"
    "We Trust you have Enjoyed"
    Overall

    What an understatement! All authors should have such a talented narrator reading thier work. Especially if thier writing is this good.

    This tantalizing story is a nice change from the authors standard sociopathic male brutalizing women. Even so, characters are developed, bodies drop, and the fast pace excitement is enough to keep you on edge minute after minute. A rich who done it where our girl gets bumped, bruised while bringing about justice Dallas style. Very exciting! An audio adventure with twist and turns.

    Madr me wish there was an Eve Dallas in my town. If not the woman then maybe a poster to place inside my locker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's Superman!

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom De Haven
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.

    G. Bledsoe says: "It's Superman!"
    "What could possible go wrong"
    Overall

    Very well narrated. Reads well and moves fast. Like all fansI was courious about Superman's earthly beginnings. This provided answers.

    New planet, identity, job and no training plan. What could go wrong? true and new fans will not be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (695)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "Good Story Poor Voice"
    Overall

    This is a very good story. That suffers from poor narration. It's better told or read by someone with more voice talent. Overtime that distracted from the book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Visions in Death: In Death, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (590)

    On one of the city's hottest nights, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent to Central Park - and into a hellish new investigation. The victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of The Lake in the park. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyes - removed with such precision, as if done by the careful hand of a surgeon - that have Dallas most alarmed.

    Holly Helscher says: "Interesting Ending"
    "I do the job!"
    Overall

    That in itself is enough for her fans. Additionally this audio production with its well balanced and effective use of minor audio effects and talented narration pulls listeners in brings you center stage. The characters take form and come to life in your mind as they interact. Sure Dallas is the lead but each member of her cast will remind you of someone. Warning: This story is not for the faint of heart. Women will get this one. But all listeners will walk away cheering fist held high proclaiming this Lt. as their cop.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Seife
    • Narrated By Charles Seife
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Zero - infinity's twin - is not like other numbers. It is both nothing and everything. Science journalist Charles Seife takes a concise and appealing look at the strangest number in the universe and its continuing role as one of the great paradoxes of human thought.

    Yicheng says: "Fascinating"
    "The Power of Zero"
    Overall

    It is as you will find by listening to this interesting book more powerful than you may have ever considered. Read in such away to hold the attention of even those with a fear of math. I should know. Listening to this book deepened my appreciation and gave way to moment of "I didn't know that".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2081)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (512)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "The United States of fear"
    Overall

    So good, So very good. It was an eye opening into the truth in advertising and the power of fear. Riveting fast moving storyline which causes one to wonder about the truth. Very well narrated which helps the listener digest important information. We have lost a great writer with the passing of this author. However, this book could serve as a tool for helping us assess our own fears and those the use them to lead us around by the nose.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Recall

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kristen Heitzmann
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In Christy Award winner Kristen Heitzmann's spellbinding thriller, a troubled labyrinth expert longs for serenity and security. When her college crush calls, he asks her to restore a Colonial-era labyrinth as part of an elaborate renovation project. Yet while she tries to maintain a professional relationship with this man who broke her heart, a foul presence lurks in the dark woods - and soon creeps even closer.

    Deborah says: "Review"
    "Recall Hmm not a bad idea"
    Overall

    I enjoy audiobooks. But, this, just didn't work for me. The narration was ok but the story was blah. Didn't move enough to thrill or keep my interest. In fact Instead of wonder who done it and why I found myself grieving for the narrator how had to read this lost my daddy, think he's entrapped metaphysically blah, blah blah blah blah blah. Oh, and did I mention I have problems. Hate to be crude but I give this 2 pukes and a hurl.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent in Death: In Death, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (564)

    The death of history teacher Craig Foster devastated his young wife, who'd sent him off to work that morning with a lovingly packed lunch. It shocked his colleagues at the Upper West Side private school. And as for the 10-year-old girls who found him in his classroom in a pool of bodily fluids, they may have been traumatized for life. Lieutenant Eve Dallas, of course, is more hardened to murder cases. And this is clearly a murder case.

    Vicki says: "I Love J D Robb"
    "It was no accident"
    Overall

    Wow! What an excellent read/listen. Rapid moving story with exciting characters. Complete with road rage traffic outbursts. A strong mix of who done it and privacy issues. Nice twist and turns with a unpredicted outcome. So sweet, so innocent in death.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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