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Elaine

Listener Since 2005

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  • Edge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Skipp Sudduth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations - the FBI and CIA among them - lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection. Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary.

    Ramon says: "Thrilling book with reasonable narrator"
    "Good Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An excellent story very well thought out. The characters are interesting and well drawn. Deaver use continues to develop his use of visual language. I really enjoyed this book. The only draw back I found was the narrators habit of pronouncing w as in weapon with a soft wh sound like wheapon. I found it annoying, but things like that just irritate me. A minor flaw in an excellent performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (320)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "A truly good "read"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the story of Nancy Wake. This book was well written and the narration was very well done. I could not stop listening and almost completed the book on the first day I had it. Unfortunately my Mp3 player ran down and I had to recharge the battery. I truly appreciated the no frills approach to the realities of war, and the respect the author showed for the attitudes of the day; neither apologizing for the anger many people felt toward the German people and their supporters nor trying to bring modern rationalization to bear on the role those people played in the war. I would recommend this book to anyone and will!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Door: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (253)

    June 1920. In a house with a red door lies the body of a woman who has been bludgeoned to death. Rumor has it that two years earlier, she'd painted that door to welcome her husband back from the Front - only he never came home. Meanwhile, in London, a man suffering from a mysterious illness first goes missing and then just as suddenly reappears. He is unable to explain his recovery. Inspector Ian Rutledge must solve the cases.

    Linda Lou says: "AN ADDICTIVE SERIES!"
    "Excellent Book"
    Overall

    I bought this book on a recommendation from Audible. I enjoyed it a lot. Charles Todd did an excellent job creating believable characters and crafting a story that hangs together well. Although I had an idea who the guilty party was I was uncertain until the end. A really excellent book! I look forward to reading and listening to other books by Charles Todd.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Search the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    Dorset is the latest setting for the talents of Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the First World War still haunted, literally, by his actions. Indeed, his personal ghost only serves to complicate things as his inner doubts blend into the trauma of the case.

    Marie says: "Tenacity wins the day!"
    "Inspite of the Narrator"
    Overall

    Samuel Gilles could not ruin this book, although he really tried. His stiff plumy accent made most of the characters sound priggish. Although he did a good job with the local accents they still sounded wooden and pompous. Charles Todd???s well thought out story and brilliant characters draw the listener into the action. I really enjoyed the book, but will think twice about buying any other books narrated by Samuel Gilles.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3977)
    Performance
    (1792)
    Story
    (1790)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "A wonderful gift"
    Overall

    Reading Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" was a Christmas tradition that fell by the way side while I was in college. Tim Kerry's rich and versatile reading was a joy to the ear. The performance brought a deeper understanding and appreciation of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Birthing House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Christopher Ransom
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In this psychological thriller with supernatural overtones, a young couple, Conrad and Joanna Harrison, attempt to save their marriage by starting anew in a rural turn-of-the-century former birthing house.

    Mary says: "roller coaster"
    "Such a waste (rating --0)"
    Overall

    I have never read or listened to anything else by this author so maybe those books were not as bad. I found the narration to be excellent. About a quarter of the way through the story I lost all sympathy for the main character. He lacked purpose in a story that was supposed to center around his thoughts feelings and actions. Things happened to him and around him, but he merely existed and took up space. The house was never develop as a presence in the story. The action involving the house comes across as a collection of odd events rather that creating tension and a sense of purpose. About three quarters of the way through I lost all respect for the main character. Who is reduced to indecision at a point when any person with any hint of a moral compass would have had a clue as to how to act. I am sorry I wasted my money and time on this book and will never finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3289)
    Performance
    (2424)
    Story
    (2421)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed this book. The characters were carefully developed until each one breathed with life. The story is rich with detail, texture, and slow moving ease. George Guidall brings his genuine gift as a story teller drawing us in and adding dimension and accessibility to the characters. A very good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises in Death: In Death, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (568)

    Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

    Erin says: ""Promises" Delivers!"
    "Accent"
    Overall

    I have always enjoyed the In Death series. Truth be told I never read anything by Nora Roberts and was unaware that J. D. Robb was one of her pen names until I was hooked. This book is well written as usual and an excellent listen. That being said I have deeply enjoyed Susan Ericksen's wonderfully flexible narrating style. She has done an excellent job giving the different characters within the story a unique voice; until this book I have appreciated the fact that she has never over done Roark's accent. It seem as though she has been playing around with her interpretation of several different characters in the last few books. My thought is leave perfection alone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • When the Bough Breaks

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Jonathan Kellerman has gained a loyal legion of fans with his best selling series of thrillers featuring child psychologist Alex Delaware. In When the Bough Breaks - the novel that started it all - Delaware is irresistably drawn to the case of a terrified child who is the only witness in a horrific double murder.

    Darline says: "I liked this mystery."
    "Butchered"
    Overall

    This book is a prime example of why I normally buy unabridged books. I admire the clear thought process of Jonathan Kellerman, but this title was so badly butchered there was no story line. Whole segments are obviously missing. The book hardly starts before we are jumping to the thrilling conclusion with no clue how we got there. It was a waste of money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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