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Donald

Holden, MA, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Death Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (261)

    The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

    Rodney says: "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."
    "Great book, boring reader"
    Overall

    Great, great book, this reader would put anyone to sleep if the book was not exciting

    Having both worked in the AI community since some of the earlier times and growing up in the computer industry, Lincoln Child hits the nail on the head. Unlike the mistakes made by Dan Brown in Digital Fortress, about 90% of what occurs in Death Match is possible and actually likely. This was great.

    Now, the reader is another story. His monotone nearly killed my listening to this book in the first hour. Thankfully, a friend had told me to stick it out and I eventually got used to him. He is the only reason I would not rate this a 5 star!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Diamondhead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    When Navy SEAL Mack Bedford's fellow officers are brutally killed by Iraqi insurgents using a cruel, new anti-tank Diamondhead missile, Mack avenges their murders by gunning down the then-unarmed attackers, ultimately getting himself court-martialed and kicked out of the Navy. To make matters worse, Mack then learns that the Diamondhead missiles were sold illegally by French industrialist and infamous politician Henri Foche.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Disastrous Departure of Style and Genre"
    "Edge of the seat suspense, rooting for an assasin!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Diamondhead?

    Patrick Robinson got you hooked on the situation with the Diamondhead missle, the character development of the Seal Team and then hooked you into siding with the plan. I started listening while painting a room in our house and found reasons to keep doing more so I could keep listening!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mack Bedford is the type of guy we all want to be, act with your convictions ... OK, in this case becoming a potential assasin is a little extreme, but he is an awesome character.


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

    This was a first for Leggett for me, and I was impressed with his ability to switch voices so often and to stay in character. His Swiss accent was so bad I think because the author made it that way for Mack Bedford ... and Leggett went along with it. His Maine accent was more Boston, but we will forgive him, it is hard to imitate a downeast accent unless your grandparents had it, like mine.


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

    The extreme reaction I had was to not want to put it down until I was done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9759)
    Performance
    (8762)
    Story
    (8926)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Great production for an old classic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The production was very well done, I wanted to reread The Hobbit since I has last read it 40 years ago. Now I am ready for the movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grass Roots: A Will Lee Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Will Lee has returned to his roots to kick off his campaign for the Senate. A prominent lawyer, he has come back to his hometown of Delano, Georgia, to plan his strategies...and to argue an explosively controversial case that could seriously damage his political career.

    Oliver says: "Great book."
    "Great book, not so great reading"
    Overall

    I have never seen so many people recording audio versions of one author. I am now used to Tony Roberts, Richard Ferrone, Mark Hammer and Michael Kramer all reading Stuart Woods' books. Attempting to listen to Barrett Whitener is not only difficult to stay awake, but pretty hard to read an exciting book with so little emotion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (945)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "Very good book, slow read"
    Overall

    This book is a very good story and not the typical Stuart Woods type of story, but a 75 year story about the deep south and the years of segregation and integration. He tied together some really good parallels to history.

    The reader took me a god 5 hours to get used to ... I kept finding myself stepping on the gas pedal trying to speed him up. This book would be a 5 star if Scott Brick had read it (and it would've been half the length.

    1 of 1 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
    (2422)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (947)

    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....."
    "Welcome back Harry"
    Overall

    Harry Bosch is back in another pretty entertaining book. His teamwork while back in the scene is great but Connelly overdid the bit about Irving in my mind.

    I recommend this book if you know Harry from the previous books ... actually a must read if you have read him before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (430)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "OK, Finder is now definitely on my must read list"
    Overall

    OK, finished Company Man a couple weeks ago and working in the high tech industry, I thought this book was utterly fantastic. It was not only beleivable, some of the technology he brought up I was chuckling about ... until the end. This guy knows how to write for the industry.

    Another great book by Finder and another great read by Scott Brick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    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.

    Norman says: "Outstanding book."
    "Better than Baldacci?"
    Overall

    OK, ready to sit on the edge of your seat? Since I listen in the car, I did nothing for a week but volunteer to do errands. This book was a great read. Scott Brick is usually great, but Scott doing Joseph Finder is a PERFECT MATCH. Please get unabridged versions of Finders' other book.

    Warning: Do not attempt to listen to this book unless you want to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jester

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Neil Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

    Sheridan Race says: "Spellbound and engaged"
    "Yet Another James Patterson"
    Overall

    If you like midieval themes, this is one of the best out there. In Patterson's first delve into a quasi-historical fiction, he's done a pretty incredible job. It certainly is better than the Steven R. Lawhead Pendragon series and gets you thinking about the predicament his characters get in. From a historical point of view, it leads the reader through some pretty accurate accountings of landowner abuse of their citizens and what medieval times were like. The plot of one rising as the leader for the benefit of all leaves one, if you have that kind of imagination, cheering in your car seat. I have also read this in hard copy and think that if you are not expecting an Alex Cross novel, like historically based fiction, and can delve into the character development, this one is a barn-burner.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Six children have escaped government experiments, and a frightening brush with death. Living out in the world for the first time, they yearn to be reunited with Kit and Frannie, the couple who saved their lives, and to return to the cabin known as the Lake House. But before they can get there, they will face a horrifying evil, for one man has survived the laboratory that bred the flying children, and he is obsessed with reclaiming them for a new round of experiments - with an even more deadly outcome.

    Shannon says: "The Lake House, by James Patterson"
    "The other James Patterson"
    Overall

    First of all, do NOT read this book if you have not read "When The Wind Blows" or you will think it is shallow and he is incapable of plot development. On the other hand, if you have read the prequel to this book, it starts off with the gripping action that Wind Blows had. It then settles down a bit and is an entertaining book about some naive special kids, a naive vet and a naive FBI agent ... OK, he was cast in a pretty poor light, but, again, if you read his first book in this series its pretty good. It is NOT an Alex Cross book and it is by no means anything like The Jester. This is something different, and I bet he'll stay away from these types in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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