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Brad

Northfield, MN, United States

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  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (433)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    Joel says: "A heart warming read."
    "Outstanding"
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    What did you love best about The Auschwitz Escape?

    I think everyone should read at least one book a year about the Holocaust to remind us of this terrible event in history. And this is a great one. Rosenberg does an outstanding job of mixing fact with fiction to make the story riveting. I was transfixed throughout the book. Very moving.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1487)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Entertaining, but not outstanding"
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    Any additional comments?

    The book held my interest, but there were certain characters that didn't seem to fit until the very end. That made the book a bit tedious at times. The narrator (January) did a great job of changing her voice, but she failed to pause between subject changes which added confusion to the narration at times. The book was well written, just not as entertaining as I would often hope for in a novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Matthews
    • Narrated By Chris Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (66)

    They were the political odd couple - the two most powerful men in the country, a pair who "couldn't be more different or more the same." For six years, Matthews was on the inside, watching the evolving relationship between President Reagan and Speaker of the House O’Neill. Drawing not only on his own remarkable knowledge but on extensive interviews with those closest to his subjects, Matthews brings this unlikely friendship to life in his unique voice.

    Jean says: "View by an insider"
    "Great Story!"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    Chris is not the greatest narrator. He makes no effort to change his voice as the characters change, which made it difficult - at times - to determine who was speaking. His voice is not crisp, which was annoying at times as I tried to distinguish certain words.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story about how politics used to work. This is particularly relevant given the ugly condition that we have in Washington now. Chris had a great perspective in his role with Tip which adds significant credibility to the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8696)
    Performance
    (7844)
    Story
    (7848)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Back to what he does best!"
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    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    I agree with many of the comments made by other reviewers. I've read every book that John Grisham has written, but I was growing a little frustrated because he seemed to be straying from what he does best. This book recaptures the excitement that was prevalent in his early books. And - unlike many of his books - he's given us an ending that is satisfying.


    What three words best describe Michael Beck’s voice?

    Not the best audible performance. I thought Michael spoke a little too slow at times - in a halting fashion. And many of his characters reminded me of a bad impression of Bill Clinton.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2516)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (994)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Demille is one of my favorite authors. Here is does a great job of blending fact with fiction to present a very entertaining story. I especially enjoyed his interview with the author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (911)
    Story
    (920)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Superb!"
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    What did you love best about A Higher Call?

    I love WWII stories, and this is one of the best I have read. Even though I knew the thread of the story before I started the book, I was captivated as the story unfolded. My faith in humanity has been restored.


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

    The reunion of these two pilots was truly a moving part of the book. It's disturbing that some people were bothered by this development.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Adam Austin hasn't spoken to his brother in years. When they were teenagers, their sister was abducted and murdered, and their devastated family never recovered. Now Adam keeps to himself, scraping by as a bail bondsman. Kent Austin is the beloved coach of the local high school football team, a religious man and hero in the community. After years of near misses, Just before playoffs begin, the town and the team are thrown into shock when horrifically, impossibly, another teenage girl is found murdered.

    Ronna says: "More than just a mystery"
    "Not a good use of my credit"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Way too much football drama in a book that was intended as a murder mystery. The story never held my interest, but I stayed with it hoping there was going to be an ending that would intrigue me; no such luck.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27235)
    Performance
    (21063)
    Story
    (21269)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Not a stirring finish"
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    What disappointed you about Mockingjay?

    I loved the first book in this series; I was engaged in the 2nd book; but the 3rd book was a struggle to get through. It was as if Collins felt she had to extend this to three books but ran out of captivating material. Stephen King would have wrapped this story into a single book and saved us all a little money. I won't give too much away for those of you who haven't started the 3rd book, but I was really disappointed in how Collins handled the resolution of Catniss' decision over Peta and Gayle. As a fundamental theme in all three books, I was shocked that it was resolved in an "off hand" way near the end of the book. I wish I would have saved my 3rd credit.


    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Collins’s story?

    Resolution between Gale and Peta


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4063)
    Performance
    (3471)
    Story
    (3466)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Better than Grisham"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love John Grisham, but I've always been disappointed in how he finishes his books. Landay has that figured out.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Gardner reads extremely well, but occasionally I had trouble determining which character was speaking because he did not vary his voice as the characters changed.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11500)
    Performance
    (9957)
    Story
    (9930)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Great Book; Average Performance"
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    What did you love best about Steve Jobs?

    Incredible story of an average academic who uses his energy and passion for design and influence to change the world during his lifetime.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dylan Baker’s performances?

    No. Too slow. I had to listen at 2x speed to get his voice to a listenable level.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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