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anghared

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  • The Paid Companion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (210)

    The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The easiest solution is to hire a paid companion.

    bluebelle says: "Always a fun listen"
    "Not 'Great Literature' just a fun read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - Nice combination of believable characters, history and interesting plot. Doesn't fit the trite formula usually encountered in this sort of books.This book is a light, amusing romp. Nothing great or earthshaking, just fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    premise of a pretend engagement and that the heroine was neither missish no slutty..


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

    His voice was pleasant and my hands were free to do other things,


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

    no, I just let the pleasure of its company roll over me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forged in Ash: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Trish McCallan
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    Kait Winchester inherited a special gift from her Arapaho ancestors: She can heal with her touch. And there is no one she would like to get her hands on more than the super-sexy SEAL who seems determined to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry. When the wounded warrior finally seeks her help, she’s ready to nurse him back to health…and into her bed.

    Karen says: "Second Book Better Than First!"
    "Too much sex - too little plot developement"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Parts of it were very good, but this author managed to make the sex boring - note to author, we have good imaginations, no need to be so graphic.


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

    Tie up the loose ends with your action sequences. Develop your plots better, flesh out the characters. They seem to be a bit one dimensional. There is no need to make everyone rich because you are too lazy to build a real life for them.


    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s voice?

    smooth as cream


    Did Forged in Ash inspire you to do anything?

    Yep, write something.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to book three in the series, but you have the imagination to do better than Book 2. Book 1 of the series is an example of that.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (266)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "Never again - worst Griffin novel ever"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth and/or Dick Hill?

    Dick Hill, Yes! Griffin and/or Butterworth never again. They must have used cut and paste from previous novels to write most of the book. What remained of the plot was disorganized and uninteresting. This book was probably written in a weekend and that was a waste of time.


    What was most disappointing about W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth ’s story?

    The lack of cohesion.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was ok. Dick Hill is used for procedurals because he sounds like reading an after action report. He was probably bored to tears by the book just like the rest of us.


    What character would you cut from Hazardous Duty?

    The authors.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be the last of the series for the authors. It was the last of a series for me as a reader. I am going to call my library and warn them if they haven't ordered it, don't waster their money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chaos in Death: In Death, Book 33.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (869)

    Eve Dallas is the tough lieutenant hot on his trail, but this is unlike any case she’s ever been assigned - or any killer she’s ever pursued. A police sketch based on eye-witness testimony reveals the killer has green skin, swollen red eyes, goblin ears, and a dislocated jaw-structure that defies the human form. Is it a mask? Is it make-up? Or is the explanation more sinister? Dallas faces off against multiple suspects - all of them students of medicine capable of precisely slicing the ears, noses, and eyes of the three victims.

    L. Reiner says: "In Death Book 33.5 - Not Robb's best, but good"
    "Ugh"
    Overall
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    SOmeone who has never enjoyed a Dallas book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. D. Robb again?

    Absolutely - this was an aberation.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Susan Erikson is the voice of the In Death series.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Chaos in Death?

    all of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covert Warriors: Presidential Agent Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (382)

    At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts.

    Richard Tabisz says: "Disappointing"
    "Ragged, not up to standards"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Covert Warriors? What did you like least?

    I liked hearing about the characters in a new plot.


    What was most disappointing about W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth ???s story?

    but there were dropped threads and shoddy attention to detail. The duo need to hone their partnership style.


    Which character ??? as performed by Dick Hill ??? was your favorite?

    Charlie


    Was Covert Warriors worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The style should improve. The first Dick Francis/Felix Francis novel was not as good as usual too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2409)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1144)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Lee Child is at the top of his game"
    Overall

    Well crafted, good characterization. It is Lee Child at his best and that is very fine indeed..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vigilantes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    There's a sudden spike in murders in Philadelphia, but no one seems to mind much because the victims all seem to be lowlifes. The more Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne investigates, however, the more he gets a bad feeling-one that only gets worse when vigilante groups spring up claiming credit for some of the hits, even though Payne knows it can't be true. As the targets get bigger and events start moving out of control, Payne realizes that if he and his colleagues can't figure out who's behind this very soon, the violence could overtake them all.

    Dennis M. Horn says: "Terrible book"
    "Oops -"
    Overall

    I like the characters and the thread of the plot about Matt's personal life was ok - the main story line was disjointed and unbelievable. Poorly written. It feels as if Mr butterworth does not yet live up to his father's skill and craftmanship.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (473)

    Called to tiny Doraville, North Carolina, Harper investigates the disappearance of several young boys. After finding them buried in a secluded wood, it becomes clear that a sadistic serial killer is stalking the town's children.

    A User says: "Cant wait till november!"
    "Good Book - Good Reader - Can't wait"
    Overall

    This was even better than the other Charlaine Harris series. Well read. Next book in the series is due in October, I am very ready. I buy almost nothing in hardcover, but this series is worth it. Just a super listen, too. The characters are believable even if you wonder about their special abilities. The voice is smooth and certain, Good read. Solid plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    Overall
    (1434)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1077)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Rick says: "Very rough recording"
    "Good Book - Bad Reader"
    Overall

    I am a great Clancy fan and Hunt is Clancy in the prime. Unfortunately, the reader mispronounces the occasional word and his accents are terrible. All those characters and only three of four accents and some of those incorrect for the character described by the author. The pacing is just a little off. The emphasise was wrong some times. The flaws were just enough to be grating and drop a 5 star listen down to 3.5. I will look for Mr. Charles as narrator and pass the book by, no matter how good a bargain.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Under Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    "Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon. However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise more than one eyebrow." It's the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super-sleuth Sid Halley. Last seen in 1995's Come to Grief, former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well but, in his day, jockeys didn't usually reach the finishing line with three .38 rounds in the chest.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Happy to see you again, Sid Halley!"
    "Halley Rides Again"
    Overall

    Another of the Sid Halley novels by Francis. This time Sid falling love to a woman with brains and courage to match him, but fortunately Francis doesn't let a romance interfer with a great mystery. His villians are just as evil as ever and the plot is well constructed. This time he shows us the world of genetic science in addition to the seamy side of British horse racing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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