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Beverly

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  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3417)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1157)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    Campbell Scott did a masterful job of keeping me on the edge of whatever seat I happened to be sitting while listening to King's thriller. It had me from the first word to the last. If Mr. Scott wasn't available for this book, Scott Brick is the only other voice I'd have loved to hear.

    King takes one of today's icons, the cell phone, and turns cell phone owners into what many of us sometimes think of them (even if we own one). Methinks that King stuck his tongue into one of his cheeks and had fun with people who have turned the world upside down: the gal who has to blab her latest intimate news in the grocery store; the guy who is so self-important that he feels that he's the only person in the theater or concert...in other word King casts a spell on cell phone users.

    I give this highly entertaining piece of King's mind six stars. It's one of the best listens I've had in the last five years.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2400)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (931)

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "Masterfully done!"
    Overall

    Len Cariou's masterful narration made me think of Scott Brick. The book itself held my attention, but Mr. Cariou's performance made Connelly's work come to life as though I was watching a movie! This book ranks as one of the best I've heard. Thanks!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No One

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive. But now a message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his wife know. "Non-stop action with plot twists galore," says best selling author Philip Margolin.

    Michael E says: "hard to put down, enjoyable"
    "Yeow!"
    Overall

    What an outstanding book! As another reviewer said, it grabs your attention from the first word. I'd recommend this to anyone who asks. The surprise for me, however, was finding another excellent narrator! I'm a Scott Brick fan (who isn't?), but I've be remiss if I didn't say that Steven Weber is in Scott's class, both are simply outstanding. Both men have a wonderful way of making the book come alive and have you sitting on the edge of your seat, even at 70 MPH. If you're looking for something for a cross-country flight, listen to this book, but tell EVERYONE about it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (172)

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"
    "Scott Brick"
    Overall

    While hesitating to purchsase this book, I saw that Scott Brick had narrated it. That made up my mind. I was instantly mesmerized; Scott's incredible vocalizations makes any book he reads come alive in a way that no other narrator can.

    Company Man kept me awake, especially towards the end. The amazing twists and turns were completely unexpected. There aren't enough stars to rate it fairly. Thanks for a wonderful "read."

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • London Bridges

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (163)

    In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.

    Leslie says: "What a ride!!!"
    "Lose the sound effects!"
    Overall

    This could have been a very enjoyable listen had not the producers played with a VERY ANNOYING sound effect every few minutes to announce chapter titles. Had they reserved the sound effect for section breaks, it would have been interesting, but to blare them constantly throughout the book made me erase the thing and want to request a refund.

    A Foley machine can be useful when used correctly; the use of it in this case ruined the book for me by constantly breaking the flow of the story. Don't waste your money on this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (386)

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "Michael Beck is brilliant!"
    Overall

    To call Michael Beck a "narrator" is to call the late Leonard Bernstein a guy who stands in front of an orchestra and waves a stick around. Mr. Beck is brilliant and a man of a thousand voices. He did justice to The Last Juror in a way that brought it and the era it described to life.

    Some of the book's detractors grumbled about the side trips Mr. Grisham made in the book. I have to disagree, if one lived during those times, the "asides" set the scene as a fine frame shows off a fine painting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2102)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (529)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "No way!"
    Overall

    I'm almost certain that State of Fear is a great book, but there's no way that I'm going to buy a book that sounds like a very bored undertaker (or a very good hypnotist) is reading it. Just the sample alone was enough to make me drowsy. This is not a narrator to listen to while driving cross country. I sure wish that Scott Brick had done this book, it would have been a no-brainer purchase if he had.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful

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