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Christopher

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  • NYPD Red

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (715)

    It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

    Ann M. Lambert says: "one of the best, if not the best audio books ever"
    "Never Been So Happy to for a Book to End"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    There are some decent action sequences if you can completely suspend your disbelief.


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson and Marshall Karp ’s story?

    The characters were wafer thin. There was nothing unique or interesting about any of them especially the cops. There was not much of a story, just a lot of contrived action and corny dialogue. There were so many things that people did that made no sense whatsoever it was laughable. I have liked most of Patterson's books in the past, but this was totally amateurish.


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

    Having separate narrators perform each side of the story worked well. I found the person reading for the killer to be quite good. The other narrator had a tough time with voice for the female lead.


    What character would you cut from NYPD Red?

    I would like to cut the two lead cops from the story and start over. I found them unlikeable and boring. I could really care less what happened to them at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never written an online review in my life, but this book is so bad I just had to give my opinion this time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of Cabin Island: The Hardy Boys, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Franklin W. Dixon
    • Narrated By Chris Mannal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The Hardy Boys are elated over their good luck when wealthy Elroy Jefferson invites them to spend Christmas vacation at his private retreat on Cabin Island. But when Frank and Joe make a reconnaissance trip in their iceboat, The Sea Gull to the island, a belligerent stranger orders them off. Why?

    James says: "Big Mistake"
    "Classic Hardy Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mystery of Cabin Island to be better than the print version?

    No, this is one of the best original Hardy stories, especially around the holidays, but the narrator is horrible. He felt the need to use a different voice for each of the dozen or so characters and most are ridiculous. Joe Hardy sounds like he is 7 years old with a high pitched squeaky voice instead of a 17 year old. I never pictured Aunt Gertrude with a strong southern drawl, but she has one in this version.


    What other book might you compare The Mystery of Cabin Island to and why?

    Most of the original books have strong stories.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Chris Mannal’s performances?

    If I was looking for a good laugh.


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

    Holiday adventures on a rustic island.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Time for Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (182)

    The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

    S. Johnston says: "I truy enjoyed this book!"
    "Excellant"
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    What did you love best about No Time for Goodbye?

    I am usually pretty good at figuring out mysteries, but this book kept me in suspense until the end. Barclay does a great job of dropping little clues throughout the story to ratchet up the suspense.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery - a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

    gwennieg says: "Devil Bones"
    "Not What I Remember"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I listened to several of the early Tempe Brennan novels and really enjoyed them, but I haven't listened to one since Monday Mourning. I thought I would give another one a try, but was disappointed in this effort. This story seemed very convoluted and didn't really create any excitement for me. Tempe seemed to be angry at nearly everyone the entire book, and missed clues you would think would be obvious to her.


    What could Kathy Reichs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book seemed to focus as much on Tempe as a character as it did with the underlying story. I would like to see the story take a more prominent role. The constant breaks to deal with Tempe's personal life really impedes the novel from gaining any momentum. How many times did we here about Tempe's stomach doing somersaults?


    What three words best describe Linda Emond’s voice?

    Even, professional, ordinary


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    At the very end Reichs has Brennan give this long lecture on tolerance which I found very odd and out of place in this type of novel.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the ending very confusing. The motivation and actions of the killer or killers made little sense other than wrapping up the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing in the Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Julia Keller
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    What’s happening in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia? Three elderly men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner, and seemingly half the town is there to witness the act. Still, it happened so fast, and no one seems to have gotten a good look at the shooter. Was it random? Was it connected to the spate of drug violence plaguing poor areas of the country just like Acker’s Gap? Or were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted somehow?

    Joanne says: "A wonderful treat!"
    "Can I Give Less Than 1 Star?"
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    Would you try another book from Julia Keller and/or Shannon McManus?

    Yes on McManus, No on Keller.


    Has A Killing in the Hills turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't think this book belongs in the genre it is supposed to be in. The story is all about rural West Virgina. The crime mystery is upstaged by the setting. The author describes a multitude of things in this book with great detail. It is interesting at first, but becomes mind numbingly tedious as the book goes on. The story could really have used some serious editing. You can tell that the author has some real writing talent, but she really comes up short when it comes to the plot.


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

    She has a unique accent and tempo with her reading that I found very enjoyable.


    What character would you cut from A Killing in the Hills?

    Can we please cut Belfa, the main character, and start over? She is so unlikeable I found my self rooting for her demise.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many things wrong with this book it is hard to pick out just a few. The story goes nowhere. The characters both good and bad do some of the dumbest things. The motivation of the characters is week.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (310)

    Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

    karen says: "One of 2013's best!"
    "A Very Good Listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Trust Your Eyes the most enjoyable?

    The story was very original. The author did a great job of slowing building the story and creating suspense. There are quite a few twists and turns all the way to the very end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I normally do not like stories that jump around from different time periods and different characters, but Barclay does a masterful job of using this to further the story and keep the listener guessing.


    What does Ken Marks and Rick Holmes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing. The narrators are average.


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

    No, it is not that type of book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2356)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1991)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Predictable and Mildly Entertaining"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It passed the time during my commute.


    Would you recommend Touch & Go to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It is not a bad book, but there are many better options.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She really struggled with the male characters, and over performed some of the dramatic moments in the book. I could have also done without the Boston accent.


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

    Only on video. Some of the characters were quite interesting. I would like to see them performed by actors.


    Any additional comments?

    The novel seemed to struggle between being a thriller and a family drama, and in the end did neither one particularly well. I normally do not try and guess the endings of books, but this one seemed very obvious to me pretty early on. The story had some good moments, and moved along at a pretty good pace which was enough to keep my attention, but not on the edge of my seat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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