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Jim Lee

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  • The Maze: FBI Thriller #2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (256)

    Lacey Sherlock's life is forever changed when her older sister's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse. She is the fourth victim of the String Killer, the name given by the media to a murderer who leads his victims into a maze with a ball of twine. Seven years after Belinda's death, Lacey, now an FBI agent, is paired up with computer whiz Dillon Savich, who has developed a predictive program to aid in the apprehension of serial killers.

    Lori says: "Too much detail, not enough flow"
    "Not Exactly A-Maze-ing!"
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    Where does The Maze rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book would ranks somewhere in the lower middle. I have really enjoyed this character in many of Ms Coutler's later books but for some reason I thought the plot was week.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think this book was early in the series. So I feel Ms Coutler had not really developed her style fully for this character. If I read it when it first came out I think I would have a much higher opinion of it. In her later books these character are awesome and the plots are strong.


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

    I enjoyed her performance. He is an excellent narrator. I haven't listen to her except in this series.


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

    No I did not have an extreme reaction. Thought the story line dragged a bit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2610)
    Performance
    (2159)
    Story
    (2152)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Its Zero Hour!!! Read This Now!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Zero Day the most enjoyable?

    The one thing that made this book so enjoyable was very twisting plot line. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. This one really messes with your head.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to them on all of Baldacci's book. They do a very good job.


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

    This was most definitely a book you wanted to read in one sitting. Action packed and face paced. Its one of those you'll stay up day and night listing too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plugged

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (197)

    Daniel McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino, the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered in the parking lot is uppermost in his mind. That is until lots of people around him start dying, and not of natural causes. Suddenly, Daniel’s got half the New Jersey mob, dirty cops, and his man-crazy upstairs neighbor after him, and he still doesn't know what's going on.

    Townsend says: "An Irish Chili Palmer"
    "Great Character for a New Series I Hope!"
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    What did you love best about Plugged?

    I like the main character in and interaction through the tale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plugged?

    It was the scene in the back parking lot. Love the action of that scene


    What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

    Really enjoy his voice a lot! I hope to hear more of him as this character


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

    No extreme reactions but it was very tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I really got hook on Eoin Colfer from his children's series Artemis Fowl. I like his leap into this genre and hope to see more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat Right for Your Type

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney
    • Narrated By Polly Adams
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Noted naturopathic physician Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo introduces a revolutionary new way to eat and live.

    In Eat Right for Your Type, he explains his groundbreaking diet plan by blood type. Our blood type is a road map to our inner chemistry - and each blood type processes food, handles stress, and fights disease differently. Find out what you should be eating and how you should exercise in accord with your own type.

    Tiffany Miller says: "Good info"
    "Complete Load Of Bull"
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    What disappointed you about Eat Right for Your Type?

    This book was totally disappointing. It was a how to book based on ZERO facts


    What could Peter J. D'Adamo and Catherine Whitney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The best way for this book to been better was not to write it!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Polly Adams’s performances?

    Yes she ready well but unfortunately she had nothing to read


    What character would you cut from Eat Right for Your Type?

    NONE


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (2732)
    Story
    (2747)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Chalk Another One Up For DB!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Innocent: A Novel?

    As always Baldacci starts off with bang and then simply over deliver. Well I guess your can't really over deliver. I loved the weaving together of the two different tales. What an artist Baldacci is! I love the tough street kid who just wants to be normal and the even tougher assassin who seems to wish he could go back and just be normal and their inevitable bonding!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be the assassin with a heart. What a wonderfully well written character!


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm a huge David Baldacci fan so I've listen to Ron and Oriagh many times. The timbre of Ron's voice was perfect for the Camel Club series but seem a bit old for some of Baldacci's other books. However, he captures the flavor of this books spot on! I do enjoy Oriagh Cassidy too, however some times her character voices run together. I always hope that there are only about three female voices she has to do so that I won't get confused who is talking.

    I would love to hear Scott Brick and Jennifer Ikeda read a David Baldacci book!!!!


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

    David Baldacci's books are always pager turning, on the edge of your seat, nail bitter but no extreme emotion like laughing or crying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5506)
    Performance
    (4934)
    Story
    (4927)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "OMG!! Me Thinks This Doth Be Her Best Work Yet!!!"
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    If you could sum up Shadow of Night in three words, what would they be?

    Spectacular Story Telling!!!


    What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

    I would say its Lauren Willig's "Pink Carnation" meets "Shakespeare in Love"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That is so hard to say! Like her last book every group of scenes are memorable. I would have to say there are three scenes in particular that are my favorites. The scene with the vampires father where our heroine kill another witch, in Father Hubert's court and the when they were in the court of Queen Elizabeth. This book is a page turner!


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

    There were a couple places that teared up. I've listened to the book three times now I don't recall laughing but I was on the edge of my seat even the second and third time through.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for book three. Ms. Harkness's knowledge of history and putting actual obscure events into play and giving them meaning with her tale puts her leaps and bound above so many of todays authors. Her knowledge as a historian appear vast as it pertains to her story telling. Again, I can't wait for the next book! I hope its out quicker than two years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9087)
    Performance
    (6618)
    Story
    (6657)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "This Witchy Tale Will Have You Under Its Spell!"
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    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    What's not to love! The characters are well developed and the plot twists and turns. I purchased this book simply because of its title. I really didn't expect much from it but....oh my was I surprised. I love the thought of vampires but had never really viewed them in this light before. I really appreciated the preternatural attributes Ms. Harkness has given the vampire and witch characters. Never considered a vampires sense of smell and hearing before.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Discovery of Witches?

    When I think back on the book it is chalk-o-block full or memorable moments. But I think my very favorite is the ending. Ms. Harkness is a true master at causing the reading to lust for the next event!


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

    I had not hear Jennifer before but she is awesome. I liken her to younger sounding Kate Reading whom I adore listing too! Jennifer has great male character and wonderful voice distinction. She's a keeper for the series I hope!!!


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

    Actually there were a couple of time I got teary and many times I laughed out loud. That happen especially when the characters talked about the Bishop's house. I also loved the way the author dealt with the homosexual characters too. She made them seem so everyday. Don't let the fact the book has gay people in stop you from reading it. They actual play a small but integral part.


    Any additional comments?

    When the second book came out I went back to listen to this one again. Deborah Harkness is a wonderful story teller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (730)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "So Dull I Got I Wanted Claw Out My Ears!"
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    What would have made The Magic of Reality better?

    It would have been better if it actually original content. I seemed a rehash of many other authors works


    Has The Magic of Reality turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But I will be sure to use the sample listen before I purchase from now on.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ?

    I wouldn't do that to any narrator. I just hope they got paid well. The narrator are fine. It was the content that was worthless.


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

    It best redeeming quality......was when it was over!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchid Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    In The Orchid Affair, Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet. Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police....

    Elizabeth A Ruuska says: "Back in Paris!"
    "These Lady Spies Win Again-Wonderfully Written!!!"
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    Where does The Orchid Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks really high in this genre. Lauren Willig is a wonderful author. This is the only series of this type I listen too and I forget that it could be considered a romance novel. Her characters are will developed and they are multifaceted. She not only creates actions, she gives her character purpose. For me the love story is an aside but they always make me feel good in the end. She has a way creating the perfect amount tension between her main characters. I avoid the term love interest but that's what they are. Her secondary characters are also ALWAYS well developed as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its a toss up between the mail and the female lead. They both have great back stories and good reasons for doing what they do.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    As always her performance was top notch. I simple love her reading this series


    If you could take any character from The Orchid Affair out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think I would take out one of the secondary characters. I would take the old painter. I know the stories of his life would be fascinating.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    Arabella Dempsey's dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls' school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies....

    A. L. Bray says: "A smashing good time!"
    "Turnip Finally Gets Center Stage!"
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    If you could sum up The Mischief of the Mistletoe in three words, what would they be?

    Turnip Wins Hoo-ray!!!


    What other book might you compare The Mischief of the Mistletoe to and why?

    I really can't compare this book to any other....because I don't usually read this kind of book. I purchased "The Black Tulip" several years ago in an airport just before I boarded an oversees flight. I was hooked! Lauren Willig paints amazing pictures and her knowledge of the time period is astounding! She creates character that you root for! I love the way she weaves character from book to book. The best book in this series in my opinion is "The Crimson Rose". But that is only because I love characters with sharp tongues and a rapier wit!


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    This woman for this series is total perfection! I love to hear Kate read almost anything but this particular series is just made for her. I think I love her male voices sometimes better than her women. She is an awesome performer who makes me feel what she's reading. It doesn't get much better than that.


    If you could take any character from The Mischief of the Mistletoe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would have to be Turnip. I would delight in watching and listening to him.


    Any additional comments?

    A note to the author. I love your work! There is one tiny flaw that gets me every time it happens. And it may only be a flaw to me. Your modern day character uses the term "Mobile" instead of "Cell Phone". If she were an American abroad I really don't think she would use that term.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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