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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
    (2393)
    Performance
    (2044)
    Story
    (2034)

    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
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6714)
    Performance
    (3010)
    Story
    (3023)

    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
    (1568)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1454)

    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
    (107)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    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
    (990)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (919)

    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
    (3249)
    Performance
    (2339)
    Story
    (2336)

    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
    (977)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (897)

    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
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1213)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "The theater comes to life"
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    What did you love best about Neverwhere [Adaptation]?

    It was a very good story, and the narration of the many characters made it more interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Mayhew was a great character and was in the middle of all of the action, so I would have to select him.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Mayhew ... McAvoy did a great job with him.


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

    London Under


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the book, but go lost a time or time because I wasn't the story takes a few turns here and there, and it was sometimes hard at first to pick up which (male) actor was speaking. All in all, though, a very enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8462)
    Performance
    (8054)
    Story
    (8068)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "a nice surprise"
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    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was only one major character ... Watney


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one particular scene ... loved all the different scenes that focused on how to survive on Mars.


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

    When the people at NASA realized Watney was still alive ...


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but found it totally captivating. It was so creative.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 5: Alive in a Dead World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (1424)
    Story
    (1431)

    In the latest installment of Mark Tufo's zombie fallout series, Mike Talbot and his family continue their fight for survival as Eliza plots their demise.

    Teddy says: "Feels like Tufo was Stalling"
    "suspend disbelief"
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    Would you listen to Zombie Fallout 5 again? Why?

    Yes ... it is captivating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    BT ... but they all are good. And the characters you are supposed to dislike, you REALLY don't like.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to. He sounds like "Mike" now.


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

    Hmmm


    Any additional comments?

    This is a bit different ... not our normal zombie story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 3.5: Dr. Hugh Mann

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (589)

    Before there were zombies.... There was the virus that started it all. In this Zombie Fallout prequel, Mark Tufo tells the story of how it all began.

    Mike says: "Asking yourself... "Is 2.75 hrs worth a credit?""
    "Don't necessary for the story"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

    I love the series from Mark, and Sean does a great job of telling the story ... but it is extremely disappointing that the author would put on a 2.5 short story that only vaguely has anything to do with the larger story of Zombie Fallout and try to sell it for so much. This whole story wasn't necessary, and it didn't do a very good job of setting up the story about Mike and the others.


    What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give it away from free ... or this could have been condensed into a prologue. It was wasn't worth the effort.


    What three words best describe Sean Runnette’s voice?

    Easy on ears.


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

    Disappointment. A waste. Not necessary. There are only about 5 minutes in the whole thing that really seem to have much to do with the other books. And the premise of how the Spanish Flood was started is just stupid.


    Any additional comments?

    I would advise readers to ignore this. Find someone that will tell you .... in 2 or 3 sentences ... they parts that related to the book series. (Hint ... Tommy ...)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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