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  • 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
    (2425)
    Performance
    (2072)
    Story
    (2064)

    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"
    "A snoozefest"
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    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I am a big fan of the Jack Reacher books ... but man, is this one boring or what. Virtually nothing happens for the majority of the book. Anyone giving this a 5 star must be a relative of Mr. Child, or must work for the publisher. Or perhaps they just like the Reacher series enough to forgive so a slow book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    I would only because I like the Reacher books. But come on, Mr. Child, don't dial in the next one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Reacher has a broken nose ... so much of the narration sounds like it done with the narrator holding his nose.


    What character would you cut from A Wanted Man?

    Seriously? You could cut out most of them and it wouldn't make any difference. Slow, slow, slow.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Reckoning: Indian Hill, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (699)

    After escaping from the Progerian Alien vessel, Michael Talbot is now given the opportunity to hide in obscurity with the rest of the human race or rise to the occasion and once again find himself immersed in a battle that he wants nothing to do with.Mike goes home and while reconnecting with a family that believed him dead he decides to join whatever resistance force can be mustered to repel the oncoming invasion.

    Professor says: "Not as good as first book"
    "Ignore the Elephant in the Room!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have probably read about a dozen Mark Tufo books, and in general I like them very much. For this one, where the major story is an alien invasion, we seem to talk about most everything OTHER than the aliens. This reads more like Zombie Fallout then it does a book about aliens. I mean, seriously, do we have to have the "humans turn crazy and mean" and then spend half the book on that?


    Has Reckoning turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I won't read the rest of this serious. I am a big Mike Talbot fan, but this series is just silly.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Great narration. Love his voice. He IS Mike Talbot. Just give him a better script.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Great narration. Mike Talbot is great. Too bad this book didn't have very much Michael Talbot.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Tufo, I think one reason so many of the scenes in this book sound like the scenes in your other books is because you have too many series going on and can't keep them all straight. Quality, not quantity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longhorn: The Hondo Kid: Longhorn Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    He was 14. The Comanche slaughtered his parents and burned his house to the ground. His only brother never returned from the Civil War. Now the kid from Hondo, Texas, had nothing or no one. What would he do? Where would he go? How would he live? A chance good Samaritan act in the middle of the desert changed the course of his life and gave him a way to survive in the most dangerous way possible.

    AudioAddict says: "Possibly my favorite series"
    "The Western Lives"
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    If you could sum up Longhorn: The Hondo Kid in three words, what would they be?

    Western Rides Again


    What other book might you compare Longhorn: The Hondo Kid to and why?

    Very much like a traditional western where the good guys always follow their own morals, and bad guys have none.


    If you could rename Longhorn: The Hondo Kid, what would you call it?

    The too-perfect kid


    Any additional comments?

    I like the simple approach of this series. The good guys stay good guys, and you know the bad guys stay bad. Not as good as the first book, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4332)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1875)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Good story telling"
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    Would you listen to The Brass Verdict again? Why?

    No. These books always have a "twist" so knowing the twist makes the story not as interesting.


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

    Not sure this is an "edge of your seat" but it is told well. I like the way everything is so easy to follow.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last scene when the defendant things everything is going great.


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

    Defendants always lie!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Jim says: "Haller or Holler?"
    "Haller or Holler?"
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    Where does The Reversal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the easiest to listen to because the dialogue is verily simple and most of it is written first person.


    What other book might you compare The Reversal to and why?

    Very similar to the first two Mickey Haller books.


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

    Not sure. The nice thing about reading a book is you create your own image of what is going on. Giles does a good job, though.


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

    Not really. I don't this is an overly emotional book. It is just told well and is easy to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6760)
    Performance
    (3053)
    Story
    (3067)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Engaging, but suspend disbelief"
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    If you could sum up The Lincoln Lawyer in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Thrilling, Fiction. I was really engrossed in the book, but it did jump the shark a few times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why, the Lincoln Lawyer, of course. (Mickey)


    Which character – as performed by Adam Grupper – was your favorite?

    not sure


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

    It has already been made into a book ...


    Any additional comments?

    There were parts of the book that had me rolling my eyes. Beyond that, though, I greatly enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1636)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1518)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "For the Northern Idaho bunch"
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    What disappointed you about Going Home?

    I read the reviews and this sounded like an interesting story, but it was so inconsistent and so poorly done that I totally lost interest in it. As several people noted, this was obviously written someone who (1) is into the whole survivalist thing, (2) doesn't think too highly of the government, and (3) really doesn't know how to put aside his/her biases in order to write a good story. Very, very disappointing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Certainly not the next book in this series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was just kinda flat ... but then again the dialogue was so predictable and flat that the narrator probably didn't have much to work with.


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

    "What a waste of time."


    Any additional comments?

    I can see why the author used the name 'A American' because I wouldn't have put my real name on this, either. This read more like a really long propaganda piece for the militia then it did anything else. But hey, this will be good to hand out to new recruits who want to create their own 'new world order'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day by Day Armageddon: Grey Fox

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Time is a very fluid thing, no one really has a grasp on it other than maybe how to measure it. As the maestro of the Day by Day Armageddon Universe, I have the latitude of being in control of that time. I can adjust the slider either direction, moving the timeline back and forth along the continuum. This is one of the perks of creation, the benefit in constructing something (albeit small) from nothing. Sort of makes you wonder what the maestro of the universe is up to, no? You have again stumbled upon a ticket with service through the apocalyptic wastes, but this time the train is a little bit older, a little more beat up, and maybe a little wiser. Keep your doors locked.

    D. Parker says: "What a Kill..."
    "A return to form"
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    Would you listen to Day by Day Armageddon: Grey Fox again? Why?

    Yes. It was a nice, short, concise conclusion to an interesting series. I like how J.L. Bourne pulled everything together and gave us a vision of what comes next.


    What other book might you compare Day by Day Armageddon: Grey Fox to and why?

    I don't know of any. I liked that it was indeed a summary that showed life after the zombie apocalypse.


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

    I have only listened to Jay Snyder in this series. Thought he was very good in books 1 and 2, and this one. I didn't like book 3, but that had more to do with the silly military jargon, bs, lingo than the narrator.


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

    I did listen to it all in one session.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a return to the format and approach used in the first two books, and I like that. I don't know what happened to book 3. Either J.L. Bourne didn't have time to write book and had some hack do it, or he decided to forego the format of the first two books and do a military shoot-em-up, lingo filled, junior high humor filled book. Not good.

    This book restored my faith in the series. It was still too expensive, though, for such a short audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (941)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "Okay, who wrote this book?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was very surprised when I listened to this book because it was SOOOOO different than the first two. I kept checking to see if I was listening to the wrong book. I like the one-person point of view of the first two books. This book is much more of the "military shoot-em-up" books that others write about zombies. I don't enjoy those very much because the "everybody has a nickname like Razor, Doc, Kill, etc. and there is the constant college 'in your mouth' kind of humor."

    Don't get me wrong. This book wasn't bad, but it is NOT consistent with the Day by Day Armageddon style of the first too books. If I hadn't already purchased the next book I would probably stop listening to this. If I wanted a military shoot-em-up book I would have purchased one.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. L. Bourne before, how does this one compare?

    Not well. See the above comment. Did J. L. Bourne really write this?


    Did Jay Snyder do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, but at times the dialogue was so mad I just had to roll my eyes. Many of the military characters were not well defined and came across as overly dramatic.


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

    Not this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the last book is closer to the first two than this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3288)
    Performance
    (2375)
    Story
    (2372)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Refreshing point of view"
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    What did you love best about Day By Day Armageddon?

    I like the fact that you got the viewpoint of one person in what was a logical, reasonable accounting of how the ZA would happen.


    What other book might you compare Day By Day Armageddon to and why?

    Not sure


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

    I have not. I liked how he didn't make the narration overly dramatic.


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

    No. It was just a great story that was told well.


    Any additional comments?

    Better than most zombie books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor's Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (942)

    New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson is widely celebrated for his Mistborn Trilogy and contribution to the final three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. In The Emperor's Soul, a Forger named Shai can copy and re-create any item by using magic to rewrite its history. After being condemned to death for attempting to steal the emperor's scepter, Shai is given one final chance. She' ll be allowed to live if she can create a new soul for the emperor, who hovers near death.

    debbie says: "A Great Short Novella that is Long in Story"
    "Another Sanderson hit"
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    Where does The Emperor's Soul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was different that most I have listened to because it was so short. I would put it in the top 20% of the books I have read, although I would have liked to have learned more about a couple of the characters. I like that it takes place during the same time period as the Elantris book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Emperor's Soul?

    When Shai changes her characteristics toward the end of the book.


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

    I have not. I enjoyed her performance on this one, though.


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

    The last discussion between Shai and her guard.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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