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Bonnie

Sacramento, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Last Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Shortly after Alan and Lauren welcome their affluent new neighbors, the couple hosts a dinner party. One of their guests, a young widow, elects to spend the night after indulging in too much wine, only to wake the next morning with no memory beyond getting ready for bed. Was she drugged? Raped? Lauren, a deputy district attorney, and detective Sam Purdy are both privy to facts they can’t share with Alan, but Alan soon discovers that he has a most unusual perspective into what truly happened after the dinner party.

    Albert says: "exciting"
    "Not good enough for a credit"
    Overall

    I've been a Stephen White fan since his first book Alan Gregory Book. This book is a huge disappointment. It was slow, and tedious. At times boring. There was little action and a lot of self talk. The other characters could almost be figments of Alan's imagination as we never really got a sense of who they were except through Alan's mental take on them. I think new comers to Stephen White would think these characters to be flat cardboard cutouts. Maybe it's time to move on from this series into something different.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (3653)
    Performance
    (3192)
    Story
    (3229)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Entertaining excursion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my first listen to a Neal Stephenson book and it was quite entertaining. It was slow to begin, and I was close to stopping it. Keep listening!

    The story is intricate and has a number of well developed characters.

    Suspend belief because there was a lot of things that would never happen in the real world. But this is fiction and so that doesn't bother me.

    Two things did bother me. The author needs to find synonyms for "reckon". That word was terribly over used to the point that it became annoying.

    The narrator had trouble with the accents. It would be better if he didn't even try. But it wasn't a huge distraction from the over all story. In the long run I would call it a good narration, but not perfect.

    In the end this was a great story and I'm quite happy to have spent the time listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (2357)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2004)

    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"
    "One of the top 3 Reacher novels. For Sure."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about A Wanted Man?

    Taut Storyline. Great Characterizations. Unexpected plot.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! Usually Reacher is in a new town with a person or group of people in need of his special talents. This was different in that there wasn't any one place that was the center of the story. Instead it was all about the action. I couldn't guess what would happen next and that is much appreciated from an avid reader (and listener).


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill does is usual masterful job of individualizing the characters so you know who is thinking and saying what.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Reacher series and have since book 1. This one is definitely in my top 3 of the Reacher novels. Loved it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3154)
    Performance
    (2572)
    Story
    (2542)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Michael Connelly got back in the groove."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a great story from beginning to end. It will keep you listening and involved with the characters as they solve the mysteries.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (1517)
    Story
    (1519)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Mitch says: "Destroyermen and The Lost Regiment"
    "Great Story, but strange segues in narration"
    Overall

    I'm loving the story. It's captivating and fun.

    One reason for the 4 star rating is because the narrator moved from one section to another without even a breath in between. It's a bit confusing to be listening about one group of characters and then another group with no segue to mark the change.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sacrifice: The Fey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By David DeSantos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (137)

    Defying their Black King in order to rally an attack on the peaceful Blue Isle, warrior-prince Rugar and his fearless daughter, Jewel, do not suspect that the islanders, under young prince Nicholas, have prepared to defend themselves.

    Lori Cheney says: "Bizarre but intriguing"
    "I really tried to like this"
    Overall

    I think this was a great way to introduce us to new writers. I'm glad it was free, because I would have considered it a waste of a credit. I have listened to part 1 and most of part 2 and I just can't go on. The characters are not developed enough to be interesting. Very little seems to have happened at all during this time. What has happened so far has been reduced to dry explanations rather than exciting descriptions of power hungry people taking over another country.

    When I read or listen to a book, I make an effort to finish it no matter what. In this case I'm not going any further. I tried to like it, but it was a failure.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tide

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Melissa Leo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    An explosion rips through New York City's Grand Central Station one morning, destroying the train Karen Friedman's husband, a successful hedge-fund manager, is riding in to work. On that same day, a suspicious hit-and-run accident leaves a young man dead in Karen's hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut. Ty Hauck, a detective, becomes emotionally caught up in the case and finds a clue that shockingly connects the two seemingly unrelated events.

    S. Johnston says: "wince...wince"
    "Great Story but..."
    Overall

    I loved the content of the book, but the narrator was just awful. Every time she said the name Ty is was a plaintive whine much like a cat in heat. It truly is a shame to have such a great book be diminished by a bad narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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