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Brad

Northfield, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    With the help of an unusual set of cronies, bank robber John Dortmunder puts a set of wheels under a trailer that just happens to be the temporary site of the Capitalists' & Immigrants' Trust and hauls it away. But when the safe won't open and the cops get close, Dortmunder realizes he's got to find a place to ditch the "bank".

    Alex says: "great story - well narrated!!!"
    "Great Read"
    Overall

    Westlake really knows how to "spin a yarn". Each character is terrific. An implausible plot, but I felt like this could really happen.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Pilot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Gandt
    • Narrated By Thomas Block
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (469)

    A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

    Matthew says: "Gives a whole new meaning to Snakes on a Plane!"
    "Good Story Line - terrible Narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The President's Pilot to be better than the print version?

    This is the kind of story that works well on Audible because there are not dozens of characters and locations that need to be referenced with printed material. But the narrator was bad - which might have made the print version preferable in this situation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although not plausible, the plot was engaging and clever.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This might be the worst narrator I have ever experienced with Audible. He used pauses poorly and utilized wrong inflections throughout the story. Often he slurred the text, sounding like a drunk. In other situations, his attempt to sound like a woman caused him to imitate PeeWee Herman. Bad choice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6616)
    Performance
    (5826)
    Story
    (5828)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Sharon says: "New Liane Moriarty fans!"
    "Male Alert!"
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    Any additional comments?

    After suffering through the Husband's Secret, I made a fatal mistake in purchasing another book by Liane Moriarty. This is a book written by a woman, narrated by a woman, and featuring nothing but women. Normally I don't have a problem with that, but this book (like Husband's Secret) takes the feminine role to historic levels. The only roles men have are as villians or idiots. Even the professionals in the book (therapists) are woman. The plot in the book could be condensed to an audible book of 3 hours, and the narrator extends the length of this book by 4 hours by the pauses she places in the narration. Even at double speed, the book in ponderous. Now I have really learned my lesson.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1013)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (921)

    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.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "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.


    3 of 4 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
    (2126)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1886)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (86)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    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.

    Brad says: "Great Story!"
    "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
    (10460)
    Performance
    (9401)
    Story
    (9408)

    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
    (2670)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1129)

    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"
    Overall
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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
    (1296)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1184)

    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
    (114)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    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.

    Mel says: "Penalty for Delay of Plot"
    "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
    (29966)
    Performance
    (23503)
    Story
    (23724)

    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

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