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Frank

DURHAM, NC, United States

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  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (446)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "Became very tiresome"
    Overall

    The theme of this book -- and BEWARE that this is just the first volume of a trilogy -- is that all we do is subject to monitoring by corporations and the government. Unfortunately, by the time one reaches the end of this novel, one has been beaten to death with that concept. And then beaten some more.

    The novel became increasingly more preachy and uninteresting as it wore on. I only kept listening to see how it would end . . . only to find out that this was the first novel of a trilogy. I, for one, have no intention of listening to the next two parts.

    If you are interested in the theme, get a copy of Orwell's "1984." If you already have read 1984, you would be better off reading it again instead of spending time on "The Traveler."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Really disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A completely different plot.


    What was most disappointing about Laura Lippmanā€™s story?

    I had high expectations for the plot because I read an article in which Stephen King had recommended this novel. However, the plot never really developed. The ending was just a detail that really was meaningless in the context of the book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Linda Emond?

    Yes, the narrator was fine.


    What character would you cut from I'd Know You Anywhere?

    Having a child named


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to several books per month. I only take the time to write a review when a book is particularly good or particularly bad. This was of the latter sort. Frankly, I am surprised that I got all the way through it. I may not have if my player had not allowed me to listen to the last 3/4 of the novel at double the normal speed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Defector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (387)

    Six months after the blood-soaked conclusion of Moscow Rules, Allon is in Umbria, trying to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when a colleague pays him a shocking visit. The man who saved Allon's life in Moscow and was then resettled in England has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, and they blame Allon for planting him.

    Paul says: "Paul"
    "GREAT read"
    Overall

    Silva is a really great writer, and Phil Gigante does a nice job (better than John Lee, I think).

    You do not have to have read the last novel, "The Moscow Rules," to enjoy this.

    I wish there were more unabridged Silva novels - I've already gone through them all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (282)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "Pretty good - not as good as the Elvis Cole novels"
    Overall

    I really like the novels of Robert Crais, particular the Elvis Cole novels read by James Daniels (but not so much the Elvis Cole novels read by the other guys). This was pretty good. Not as good as an Elvis Cole novel, but better than average.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (137)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Audible recommended this?"
    Overall

    This was really disappointing. Frequently, books that Audible recommends (e.g., The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are good. This was not.

    The plot was hard to believe. I won't give spoilers, but the time frames are all wrong. At times, the novel is pointlessly violent. I don't mind violence, but in this novel, it felt like it was added on as a dramatic device.

    The narration was overdone. The reader tried too hard to do too many distinct voices. Most of the the male voices are grating. The Latin accent of the narrator was very forced. The reader has a nice speaking voice (when she reads the title at the start of each part), but I don't like this much drama in a reading.

    I've downloaded two clinkers in a row from Audible. I might just listen to music for a while.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    Joe Haldeman is the esteemed Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of The Forever War. Things are going nowhere for lowly MIT research assistant Matt Fuller - especially not after his girlfriend drops him for another man. But then while working late one night, he inadvertently stumbles upon what may be the greatest scientific breakthrough ever. His luck, however, runs out when he finds himself wanted for murder - in the future.

    Brian says: "A fun, light story"
    "Fun story"
    Overall

    I thought this story was pretty clever. I do not listen to much sci-fi anymore -- I seldom find it entertaining -- but the description appealed to me and the novel did not let me down.

    No worries - this is NOT "hard" science fiction. There was no work in trying to follow the science to get through this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fault Line

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to make partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the inventor of a technology Alex is banking on is murdered, the patent examiner who reviewed the innovation dies, and Alex himself narrowly escapes an attack in his own home. Off balance and running out of time, he knows that the one person who can help him is the last person he'd ever ask: his brother.

    Clayton says: "what a disappointment"
    "Not up to Eisler's usual standard"
    Overall

    I like Eisler's books about John Rain. Maybe I was expecting too much, but this novel was a disappointment.

    The premise was too unbelievable. (If you know anything about software or patent law, do NOT buy this book.) The relationships between the brothers and the woman just did not seem to work.

    Try another Eisler book - the others are really good. This one just was not.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (746)

    Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

    J. says: "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"
    "Good as usual"
    Overall

    These guys write a good story. It was interesting, it was surprising (at least in parts), and it was entertaining. I give it four stars because it does not live up to the Diogenes trilogy, but it is better than Wheel of Darkness.

    Personally, I prefer Scott Brick's narration to Rene Auberjonois, though I know others disagree.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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