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Renee

Owings Mills, MD, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3006)
    Performance
    (2705)
    Story
    (2690)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Disappointed listen after reading other reviews!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe it is me but I am an avid reader and audio listener and didn't really find this story compelling or interesting. Most of the stories I choose to read,I really enjoy. Not this time. I like to complete what I begin but was not looking forward to listening to this story in the least. The narrator was fine. It was really the substance of the book!


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

    Never heard him before.


    Was Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Day in Budapest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. F. Penn
    • Narrated By Veronica Giguere
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Budapest, Hungary. When a priest is murdered at the Basilica of St Stephen and the Holy Right relic is stolen, the ultra-nationalist Eröszak party calls for retribution and anti-Semitic violence erupts in the city. Dr Morgan Sierra, psychologist and ARKANE agent, finds herself trapped inside the synagogue with Zoltan Fischer, a Hungarian Jewish security advisor. As the terrorism escalates, Morgan and Zoltan must race against time to find the Holy Right and expose the conspiracy, before blood is spilled again on the streets of Budapest.

    Janels says: "No character depth, just speed-read Nazi warnings"
    "Skip One Day in Budapest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made One Day in Budapest better?

    The narrator is so difficult to listen to as her inflections and reading make it sound as if English is her 2nd or 3rd language. The sentence end like questions, the voice rising and falling at inappropriate times that it is painful to actually try to get through this audiobook. I lasted 25 minutes and couldn't continue. Perhaps I will buy the book. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and most of the narrators are good or better. This one is difficult to categorize as even poor!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get someone else to read the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2403)
    Performance
    (2113)
    Story
    (2125)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    P. Minor says: "Written for a movie script"
    "As usual, David Baldacci delivers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Escape again? Why?

    Engaging with action, betrayal, lies, political games, spies, murder. What could be better?


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

    all


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not one alone


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

    enjoyed it thoroughly and am sorry to see it end!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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