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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
    (2695)
    Performance
    (2303)
    Story
    (2296)

    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.

    Daniel says: "10 reasons to skip this Reacher book"
    "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
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4661)
    Performance
    (4213)
    Story
    (4281)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "A nice surprise"
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    If you could sum up Legion in three words, what would they be?

    Psychotic, funny, explorer


    What other book might you compare Legion to and why?

    Reminded me of the Jump series


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

    No, it was my first. Very easy to listen too. Well done.


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

    I did ... it is rather short.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (1862)
    Story
    (1854)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "Great"
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    Where does As You Wish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although I gave it a really high score, it would not be in my listen of best audiobooks. But I really liked the movie, have watched it at least a dozen times, and enjoyed all the stories behind the making of the movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andre the Giant ... learned a lot about him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sword fighting scene.


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

    My wife took a short trip ... listened to it going up, was there for about 4 hours, then listened to it coming back. That made it more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the movie you should listen to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donnie Eichar
    • Narrated By Donnie Eichar
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (341)

    In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

    Bruce says: "Fascinating and compassionate investigation"
    "Not as good as I expected"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Lots. First, this is a great, interesting, intriguing story. It was just told in such a bland, unexciting way.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Donnie Eichar? Why or why not?

    Not if he also narrates. He did okay, but the whole thing with flat. Often when that happens it leaves us wondering if it was the writing or the narration. In this case it doesn't matter since Mr. Eichar did both.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Donnie Eichar’s performances?

    Not in this lifetime.


    Do you think Dead Mountain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It just needs need a different book from a different author. I don't have any faith that Mr. Eichar would produce a better follow-up book.


    Any additional comments?

    I did like the theory that Mr. Eichar came up with, and it makes since. But at the end of the day I was just extremely disappointing with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Allegiance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By D.J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (855)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (767)

    This is the fifth novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to make their way in a ruined world. After a bacterium has turned 90 percent of the population into a ravenous horde, Lee must complete his mission: SURVIVE, RESCUE, REBUILD.

    JLM says: "Got sucked in..."
    "This series has fallen off a cliff"
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    What disappointed you about The Remaining: Allegiance?

    First a disclaimer ... I read all of the other books in this series, and this is the first one in the series that I listened to. I LOVED the first books because they had a pace that was fast, but still allowed for us to get to know the characters. Then came the Novellas, which were a waste of time. I found this book to be slow, repetitive, and boring ... and the narration of the little kids and female characters was just creepy. I think this whole book was a waste of time. Not much happened expect for a lot of whining and internal thinking.


    What could D.J. Molles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Mr. Molles should have ended this series before the novellas. I just get the feeling he has run out of stream or just can't think of anything else to write.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel’s performances?

    Boy, good question. I didn't like the narration at all, but much of it had to do with the poor writing. But even then, I found the hysterics of the narration to be irritating.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Remaining: Allegiance?

    You could have cut out 50% of the document and it wouldn't have made any difference. Too much talking, too much thinking, too much planning. For the most part there were no zombies in this book. Isn't that strange?


    Any additional comments?

    If you go look at my reviews, I gave the first couple of books 5 stars. I loved those books. I found this book to be a complete waste of time.

    Anyone who gave this 5 stars had to have overlooked how bad this book because of the quality of the first books, or they have to be friends, paid reviewers, or employees of the publishing company. This was just bad. Don't let 5 star reviews fool you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeff Hobbs
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (455)

    When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert's life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics.

    John says: "Buy This Book"
    "Very disappointing"
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    What would have made The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace better?

    This book was not at all what I expected based on the other reviews on this board. To start, it comes across as someone reading a paper, not telling a story. The narrator was flat all the way through the book. And unfortunately the flat narration matched the writing in the book itself. The whole thing feels more like a term paper for a writing class. The story COULD have been interesting, but it wasn't. If this wasn't written by a classmate of Robert Peace, no one would care.


    What could Jeff Hobbs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Start over. Pick a more interesting subject. If Robert Pierce was an incredible human being that we should care about, I didn't get that.


    What didn’t you like about George Newbern’s performance?

    Flat. Flat. Flat. Flat. Don't read to me, tell me a story. I hate the narrators that are overly dramatic, but this is the total opposite. Did they had him a script, hit record, and say "read!"?


    What character would you cut from The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace?

    Robert Peace. The burger boys.


    Any additional comments?

    I just found this whole book to be a waste. It is basically a poor, smart black kid gets into Yale, and likes to sell drugs. Overly simplistic? Sure. But not incorrect.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Victor Methos
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case - a speeding ticket - he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.

    John says: "HERE'S THE DEAL"
    "John Grisham lite"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was an easy read, but it just didn't have much depth. This read more like a made-for-tv show with Perry Mason handling the case. Have you ever talked to some one who READ about how to ski and was telling you about it rather than telling you about their last ski trip? This is how this book seemed. It was too predictable, too step-by-step per tv court cases, etc.


    What could Victor Methos have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Like I said, this book felt like it was written about someone who had read lots of legal mysteries rather than someone who actually knew anything about legal mysteries. Write what you know.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I thought the narrator was fine. It is a bit unfair to the narrator, I suppose, since I (and most reviewers) seem to rate the narrator on the words they are sharing, even if they weren't responsible for them.


    What character would you cut from The Neon Lawyer?

    Pick one. I actually liked the lawyer, but there weren't any of the normal trials and tribulations associated with your first real job.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice idea for the book, but it needs more depth, more reality. I am not a big John Grisham fan, and don't think his books are very satisfying, but his books are so easily accessible. I don't know if this book intended to follow that model, but it just seem to be a shallow reproduction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold City: A Repairman Jack Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (634)

    If you’ve never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It’s 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan’s rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he’ll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Fun, as long you don't think too much"
    "Did I start in the right place?"
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    Would you try another book from F. Paul Wilson and/or Alexander Cendese?

    Sure. I just felt like I started in the wrong place ... I seem to have missed all of the previous Repairman Jack stories.


    If you’ve listened to books by F. Paul Wilson before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first. It was okay.


    What three words best describe Alexander Cendese’s performance?

    Clean, simple, effective. I did have a difficult time telling some of the characters apart.


    Could you see Cold City being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, not really, because I don't think this is the first Repairman Jack book that would be made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I will admit to being a bit confused. I liked the story idea, but it wasn't until I got into it that I found this was a "prequel" that went back to the start of the books. I just felt like I missed so much of the character. I will go back and listen to the first Repairman Jack book and see if this makes more sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (413)

    With nine straight number one New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, as fans anxiously await the next full-length Reacher adventure, Child delivers a riveting new short story featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero, Jack Reacher.

    Jean says: "Too Short of a short story"
    "Much ado about nothing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes ... length, pace, and story


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This was just a very slow story. There wasn't a lot happening here. Unfortunately I have found many of Mr. Child's recent books to be like this. Not good. Not bad. Just forgettable.


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

    I like Dick Hill ... but if we don't have a "Reacher says Nothing" is it really a Reacher book?


    Was Not a Drill worth the listening time?

    It was short ... perhaps too short to really develop a pace.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a throwaway book. Listen to it, shrug, forget about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5192)
    Performance
    (3581)
    Story
    (3612)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "just couldn't get into this one"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Sometimes with Neil Gaiman I get the feeling that his writing is witty to be witty, not so much to move the story alone. I suppose that is what I felt in this book. The story just didn't move along as smoothly as I would like.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Love the basic idea of the story. Just had a tough time with consistent story-telling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    not sure


    Did Good Omens inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Find a better book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Claire North
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (614)

    No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

    Nathan says: "Read for the concepts and not for the characters"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, but I also know not everyone would "get" this book. It is a bit hard to follow, and the characters are a bit confusing at times, but I loved the idea of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August?

    The buildup to the 15th life was good.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Kenny – was your favorite?

    Well, I suppose it would have to be Harry since he was the dominant character through the whole thing.


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

    Life doesn't always end the way you expect.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable. More so for the story than the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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