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Mystery and Fantasy Lover

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  • Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (301)

    Unconfirmed accounts of a group of Araluen warriors - tales of adventure, battle, and triumph over evil - have spread for centuries throughout the known world. Most notable is a clan shrouded in mystery, phantom warriors known as the Rangers. Two names pass the lips of every storyteller: Halt, and his apprentice, Will. They and their comrades in arms are said to have traveled throughout the kingdom and beyond its borders, protecting those who needed it most.

    Novel Reader says: "Fabulous!"
    "Fabulous!"
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    John Flanagan has brought this story line to a close by chapters explaining the loose ends from the series - Ranger's Apprentice. It isn't enough since they are still sorely missed in my life but now I know what happened to them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1082)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Another Good Lucas Davenport Story"
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    What did you love best about Silken Prey?

    I always like the characters that Lucas Davenport has for friends. This story is entangled as usual but the second story with Kidd has drawing power of its own. The drama is written in such a way that you really want to find out how Lucas untangles the situation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucas is always a favorite because he is highly intelligent and driven to succeed. His family and friends make him a caring and loving person even in his pursuit of the evil of others.


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

    Richard Ferrone needs to learn to pronounce the names of cities and towns in Minnesota. He takes away from the story by mispronouncing these names for those of us who know how to say them.


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

    No, it didn't although I did worry about the outcome for some of the characters as they made bad decisions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Arthur's Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Medieval Murderers
    • Narrated By Paul Matthews
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    It is 1191. During excavation work at Glastonbury Abbey, an ancient cross is discovered buried several feet below the ground. Inscribed on it are the words: Here lies buried the renowned King Arthur. Beneath the cross are skeletal remains. Could this really be the legendary King Arthur? As the secret of the bones' hiding place is passed from generation to generation, those entrusted to safeguard the king's remains must withstand treachery, blackmail and murder in order to keep the legend intact

    Wadie says: "Enjoyable"
    "It goes on too long!!"
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    Would you try another book from The Medieval Murderers and/or Paul Matthews?

    I don't know. I might try another and if it is as dull, I would not buy another. I like the Medieval Murder concept but not this particular book.


    Would you recommend King Arthur's Bones to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I didn't even finish it because I got bored. The first part was fine but it went on much too long!!


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

    I don't think that I have ever heard Paul Matthews before. He read it well enough to take another book by him.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would depend on whether the director made it more exciting in the trailer. As I wrote, I like the concept of murder in Medieval Times so I might. Sometimes, directors make a better movie than the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3368)
    Performance
    (3123)
    Story
    (3118)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "An interesting who-done-it!"
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    Where does The Silkworm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is well-done. The characters are well-developed and the reader differentiates between the characters well enough to keep the listeners mind on the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silkworm?

    There is a strong desire to find out who committed the murder that is so horrendous. The reader also cares about the main characters' relationship and where it is going. The author has left the listener wanting the next book.


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

    Nothing in particular.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who could commit such as ghastly murder?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil-May-Care

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Ellie is young, rich, engaged, and in love. In the carefree days before marriage and new responsibility, she decides to house-sit at Aunt Kate's palatial estate in Burton, Virginia. With its nearly invisible housekeepers and plethora of pets, Ellie feels right at home. But when she opens an antique book about the town's aristocracy, she finds disturbing secrets that extend to her own family.

    Book reader says: "One of Elizabeth Peters' best!"
    "A Good Story to Pass the Time"
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    Where does Devil-May-Care rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is somewhat predictable but it is still a good listen. The reader doesn't use much voice distinction so at times it causes confusion about the speaker. It is supposed to be more thrilling than I have felt listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise is good if predictable. The characters are well developed.


    What about Grace Conlin’s performance did you like?

    She pronounces words well and reads a sentence with proper emphasis. There is no question about what the author wrote.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would not make it into a film.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Murderous Yarn: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year's antique car race. But as sponsor of one of the entrants, she can't help but keep a close eye on the outcome - and it's not pretty. One of the drivers never makes it to the finish line. His car is found exploded in flames. Now Betsy and her crafty friends must determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won't be easy....

    betty says: "Another mystery!!"
    "Old Cars and Murder Travel Together!"
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    Would you listen to A Murderous Yarn again? Why?

    I will probably listen to this book again and I will also recommend it to friends. I have already bought her next book.


    What other book might you compare A Murderous Yarn to and why?

    I don't really know what would be a good comparison except maybe a murder show on TV that is completed within the 45 minutes. It is simple and straight-forward rather than intricate like Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The car run through Litchfield, MN. The descriptions of the cars, costumes and action were well-written.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The characters are well-written. You can thing of them as friends very quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a couple things about this audiobook that bothered me. Foremost, that Susan Boyce did not know how to pronounce the names of Minnesota towns. Every time she erred, it took my mind from the story. The second thing, that I could figure out the murderer too soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (772)

    Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

    Emil says: "Good Clancy Book and Enjoyable Audio"
    "High Espionage is Exciting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book to friends and family. Jack Ryan continues his task of making the world safe against those who seek world domination. It is very well- written with entangling plots and counter-actions. The characters remain true to their traits from other Clancy books.


    What other book might you compare The Bear and the Dragon to and why?

    Other Jack Ryan books by Tom Clancy. It continues the story of Jack Ryan who remains an intelligence analyst in his job as the most powerful man in the world. This does not include the new books written by someone other than Clancy himself.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    He reads very well and his voice is perfect for long listens.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that I didn't like about this book was the swearing. It was used too much and truly unnecessary. When you read the printed page, you can skip those words but it is not possible in an audiobook. It makes Jack Ryan appear more crude than in any other Jack Ryan novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Striker: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (440)

    It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else is going on, that provocateurs are at work and bigger stakes are in play. Little does he know just how big they are. Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known.

    tristan says: "Excellent, really enjoyed this one."
    "Another good Cussler story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have already recommended it because it is the style of book that both of us read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Isaac Bell is a likable hero in the depth of historic trauma. His thinking and decisions are intriguing.


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

    Scott Brick is one of the best readers of audiobooks. He uses several voices to indicate different characters keeping the pace of the story going without having to say the name.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No idea


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Blue: Badge of Honor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (138)

    A cop has been shot - cold-bloodedly gunned down while trying to prevent a holdup. Regulations say the investigation is to be handled like any other homicide. But when a cop is killed in the line of duty, it is different. And the brotherhood in blue will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Tremendous Cop story with Mystery and some Romance"
    "Really good series!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. The story is complete and character studies are set for the beginning of the series.


    What other book might you compare Men in Blue to and why?

    I don't know. It is a cop series like Sandford's Prey series but doesn't have just one important character.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Russotto – was your favorite?

    Peter Wahl. He is well-defined and Michael Russotto read his part as I see Peter in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    This whole series is well started in this book. One becomes involved with the characters like co-workers or family. It is imperative to find out what happens to them next!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1050)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "An oldie but goodie"
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    Would you listen to The Deep Blue Good-By again? Why?

    I read all of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee books years ago. They were great then and great to listen to as well.


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

    This is a low-key mystery series. Trav is a reluctant worker but has fabulous thinking skills for solving people's problems.


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

    I don't know


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

    Yes but I had to break it up. It was better when I could put longer listening periods to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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