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Sherry Pitcock

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  • The World at Night: Jean Casson Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    The World at Night is an edge-of-your-seat World War II tale of intrigue and espionage, set in the shadowy back streets and glittering salons of occupied Paris. Film producer Jean Casson, a Paris sophisticate, struggles to come to terms with the uncomfortable realities of life under German occupation, as he becomes caught up in the initial actions of what was to become the French Resistance.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid Furst novel, just not a great one"
    "sloooow"
    Overall

    While the story was interesting enough from a historical perspective, the pacing was so slow it bordered on boring. At the end, I'm not sure there was a point at all. I'm trying another of Furst's books and it is also very slow-paced.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (1842)
    Story
    (1832)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Connelly comes through again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Gods of Guilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked this story as well as any from Connelly's books. The main character, Mickey, is still embroiled in his messy life, with estranged wives, child etc. as well as a difficult and meaty trial. His people all seem well-drawn and I liked/hated them all. I hate only for them to end.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Burglar in the Rye

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    Winner of multiple Edgar and Shamus Awards, Lawrence Block keeps fans guessing to the end with his rollicking Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries. In this diverting caper, full-time bookstore owner and part-time burglar Bernie tries to do the right thing for a new friend, only to find himself accused of some terrible wrongs.

    F. Hayek says: "Outstanding"
    "Likeable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Burglar in the Rye the most enjoyable?

    The story moved along well. I liked the characters. It was read well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The metaphor and reference to Catcher in the Rye. I read it as a teenager and it was meaningful to so many of us at that age. Just wish old JD had written more.


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

    Great voice(s)


    Any additional comments?

    The idea of the burglar as the good guy and an intellectual was interesting. I liked that he was so proud of his expertise and talents. Good story all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forged in Fire: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Trish McCallan
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (354)

    Beth Brown’s dream feels so real: a mysterious stranger is gunned down during a violent airplane hijacking, and there’s nothing Beth can do to stop it. But Beth doesn’t believe in premonitions - or does she? How else can she explain the intense connection she feels to the gorgeous man in her dream whom she’s never met? A man she’s determined to save....

    Angela says: "A fantastic listen!"
    "If you are a horny teenager...go for it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Trish McCallan and/or Angela Dawe?

    Never


    Would you ever listen to anything by Trish McCallan again?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Angela Dawe?

    sure


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If kept my ears busy while I was cooking. Except I had to keep fast forwarding.


    Any additional comments?

    This is Judith Krantz meets a second rate thriller. Many of the threads of the story were left hanging, The details were ludicrous, beginning with the hero hearing a dial tone after his bodice ripping, psychic girlfriends hung up on him....on a cell phone? seriously? The bad guys couldn't hit a barn with automatic weapons, and never had to reload, despite firing hundreds of rounds. The two main characters sounding like psychic walk-talkies and experiencing electric shocks and serious hard-ons every time they touched. The sex scenes were juvenile and lasted FOREVER. thank goodness for fast froward. Oh did I mention the good guys were extraordinary shots and couldn't die? Puleeeze, spare me this kind of drivel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamland: Dale Brown's Dreamland, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dale Brown, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Dreamland is the place where the nation's top minds come to develop artillery and aircraft that push beyond the cutting edge. And where the Air Force's top guns come to test them, on the frontlines of a new era in warfare. The fiasco of a spy's infiltration has the Pentagon looking for an excuse to close Dreamland down. To clean up the mess, and save Dreamland from the congressional chopping block, Lt. Colonel Tecumseh "Dog" Bastian is sent in.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "A lot like Tom Clancy"
    "A lot like Tom Clancy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Dreamland? What did you like least?

    If you like Tom Clancy you'll love it. Every weapon is cataloged, no alpha designation get unused.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Leave out all the excruciating details of weapons' detailed names and just use the real names of things instead of an alphabet soup of mnemonics. The ABC dropped the Xyz123x12 cartridges into his XXX-23 and fired. What? Seriously does the author think I can or want to remember every alphanumeric he drops?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When people were actually talking to one another with something to say.


    Any additional comments?

    While I normally read Dale Brown easily, this one was difficult. IT was so full of acronyms and technical detailed weaponry descriptions that I wanted to scream. Also his characters were all very macho, even the women. It seemed that the characters were being rushed in and about with no sense of reality or real character. They were all in exactly the right place and time, highly unlikely plotting, all tough guys (and gals) and the enemy were fools. In an attempt to make it seem topical, America is at odds with Iranian Muslims in cahoots with Somali pirates and the heroes (all of them) come to save the day.It channels Tom Clancy with "See Jane Run" characterizations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Robert Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    L.A. police detective Shane Scully comes under investigation by Internal Affairs (derisively known as "the tin collectors") after he kills his ex-partner who was one of the mayor's bodyguards. Temporarily reassigned, so that he can remain under the department's watchful eye, Scully finds that more than his badge is at stake when he is set up to take the rap in a deadly plot of corruption and conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the LAPD.

    Chance says: "Great begining"
    "Well worth the time"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Tin Collectors again? Why?

    probably not


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    not on the edge, but it was good.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    A good look at both sides of the Police police. Most often the officers of the Internal Affairs team are the bad guys. But there are bad cops out there and these folks do a necessary job. This was a great story and an insight into what goes on in their minds. Shane Scully is no choir boy, but he is committed and intense, so he is a great character to follow in the process. The story was fast and interesting. Kept me working just so I could continue to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1914)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1693)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Oceana says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "Classic Jack Reacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Never Go Back the most enjoyable?

    It moved along and never slowed down.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The heroes were always on the verge of not making it, then pulled it out. Typical.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Jack Reacher


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. It is pretty long. I do have a life!


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Reacher is the American knight errant. He is always saving the fair maiden or himself. He falls in/out of love, moves on. These stories are always fun and exciting. In some ways, they are informative, if you happen to care about how the army works. I like how he is still in great shape and a warrior at about 50. He's able to take down big dumb guys, well trained army dudes with a couple of well placed tactics. He's my hero. When I am attacked by hillbilly hooligans, I hope he is there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3220)
    Performance
    (2818)
    Story
    (2850)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Top of my Worst Ever list"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you like best about Reamde? What did you like least?

    It created noise in my ears while I was gardening.


    What was most disappointing about Neal Stephenson’s story?

    There was not much of a story


    Any additional comments?

    I seldom fail to finish even the poorest story, hoping eternally that it will get better. This one was so very disappointing. The characters were not engaging. It was like looking at them through a telescope; you can see them and what they are doing, but just don't give a damn. The story was dismal and pedantic. The fact that it is 38 hours long is insufferable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spandau Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (168)

    The Spandau Diary -- what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in this new conflict about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?

    Corinne says: "Excellent and intense"
    "Long and complicated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Spandau Phoenix rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I got lost in this story more than once. It is convoluted and there are a LOT of characters. That said it was engrossing and the presentation was excellent. It had to be good to get through that many hours of the same story. I still didn't want to leave these people after it was all over. I recommend it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (514)

    Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery - hundreds of mummified bodies - stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts to the bodies' origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.

    Sandra says: "Sigma to the rescue - again!"
    "Bogus history and unbelievable"
    Overall

    While I don't expect thrillers to be really really believable. There is only so much suspension of disbelief I can muster. Every time these guys need something, it is magically to hand. The end of the world is due in 5 hours, then 4 minutes. They cover massive distances immediately, divert sattelites at will and fend of skilled men with autmatic weapons with two guys and a handgun. The forcing of real historical or religious material into aun believable mish=mash of a story is lame. The enternal attempts at suspense building by talking about how wondrous and horrifying a sight is without saying what it is is also lame.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Waking with Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    After a heated encounter inside a London hotel room - where he was pursued by three very different women - Gideon finds himself living in a world where there's no one to trust.

    April says: "A Sequal at its best!"
    "No story - all sex"
    Overall

    The reader emphasizes every other word so it it annoying. That aside...it is nothing but pronography written by an amateur. There is little story. Kind of like a porn flick. The plot is just there as a conduit for dull sex scenes. I think I got this on a special price. I would have rioted in the street if I had paid 30 bucks for it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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