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Paul

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  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (1599)
    Story
    (1593)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    adrienne says: "Trouble always finds him!"
    "Just OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't say this novel made me a Jack Reacher fan. The story was inconsistant. At times it held my interest (I would say the first third of the book), but the rest was slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleed for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (236)

    A teenage girl - Sienna, a troubled friend of his daughter - comes to Joe O'Loughlin's door one night. She is terrorized, incoherent-and covered in blood. The police find Sienna's father, a celebrated former cop, murdered in the home he shared with Sienna. Tests confirm that it's his blood on Sienna. She says she remembers nothing....

    Beverly says: "Outstanding Thriller"
    "Kept me interested."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story held few surprises, but it kept me interested nonetheless. It was an easy quick read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    The Children of Men begins in England in 2021, in a world where all human males have become sterile and no child will be born again. The final generation has turned 25, and civilization is giving way to strange faiths and cruelties, mass suicides and despair. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and cousin to the omnipotent Warden of England, a dictator of great subtlety, has resigned himself to apathy. Then he meets Julian, a bright, attractive woman, who wants Theo to join her circle of unlikely revolutionaries, a move that may shatter his shell of passivity.…

    Mark says: "Narrator Nearly Ruins the Story"
    "Thought provoking!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book took you through the progression of the main character's evolution very effectively. It started out very bleak and was often difficult to take (intentionally), but if you can continue though it the reward is great.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Foreign Correspondent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    An underground newspaper reporter becomes the target of a European spy web in the looming shadow of WWII Paris in this heart-pounding thriller from the master of international intrigue, Alan Furst.

    Molly says: "A good listen"
    "Spy Novel Fan"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Foreign Correspondent again? Why?

    No. I very rarely listen or read novels more than once. In addition, the story didn't enthrall me. I did enjoy the atmospheric details and the real sense of time the story created.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The novel seemed to just stop. I generally read spy fiction for the thrilling aspect of it. Furst seems more interested in setting up the stage and making the reader feel, quite successfully I might add, as if he is living in the period with his characters.


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

    I listened to Night Soldiers (also by Alan Furst). I thoroughly enjoy Mr. Guidall's performances. He is easy to listen to and creates characters that are distinguishable and lively. His voices really seem to belong to separate people.


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

    No, the book was more about creating a sense of time than suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    While the book did not satisfy the needs I usually have for spy fiction, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. the book really immersed you in the period and I found that extremely appealing. There were some elements of suspense, but on a smaller scale than some might expect from a spy novel. The story appealed to me more as a fan of historical fiction and history in general than as a spy novel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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