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James

Sandy, UT | Member Since 2010

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  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5759)
    Performance
    (5235)
    Story
    (5249)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    First of all, I DID know that this was written by JK Rowling before reading it. However, the problem I had was that there weren't any characters in the novel worth rooting for. It was also very boring. I took it on my vacation to Florida over the summer and kept falling asleep every time I turned it on. I gave up about 3 hours in when I realized I didn't care what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 13th Hour: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Richard Doetsch
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Nick Quinn is being held in jail, accused of the murder of his beloved wife, Julia. He knows she's dead; he saw her bloody corpse, shot in the head at point-blank range. The police tell him they found the murder weapon with his fingerprints on it in the trunk of his car. Nick is confused, grief-stricken -- and completely innocent.

    Carl says: "So So"
    "Surprisingly Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The 13th Hour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it in my top 20. I was amazed at how the story was able to surprise me at every turn even though time moves in reverse throughout. Great characters. Great plot.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    I think this is my favorite narrator of all time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1640)
    Performance
    (1458)
    Story
    (1469)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Pendergast at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to White Fire the most enjoyable?

    I have listened every book in the Pendergast series and have LOVED almost all of them. This was perhaps my favorite so far. Unlike most of the previous novels, this one does not take place primarily in New York. It is a refreshing change of scenery. My only criticism is that Cory Swanson is becoming difficult to root for. You can count on her to make the imprudent choice with every decision. She set herself up for failure so many times that I began to root for her to fail. That aside, I loved this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pendergast. Who else?


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

    If you have listened to all the books in the series, you know there were several narrators before Auberjonois. He is undoubtedly the best and he embodies Pendergast perfectly. It is no wonder that his position has become permanent.


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

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    Must listen!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4384)
    Performance
    (3913)
    Story
    (3935)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "I am dumber for having listened to this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Neil Gaiman and/or the narrators?

    Gaiman: NO
    Narrators: Sure


    What was most disappointing about Neil Gaiman’s story?

    This book should come with a warning: "You must be high to read." Gaiman goes out of his way to be as crass and perverse as possible. I question his sanity. Worst book I've ever read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angelmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    Joe Spork repairs clocks, a far cry from his late father, a flashy London gangster. But when Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended. Joe's client, Edie Banister, is more than just a kindly old lady - she's a former superspy. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis.

    Maine Colonial says: "A cure for the modern cynic"
    "Can't always trust the ratings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nick Harkaway and/or Daniel Weyman?

    Never.


    What was most disappointing about Nick Harkaway’s story?

    It was difficult to follow and developed to slowly.


    What three words best describe Daniel Weyman’s performance?

    Boring. Uninspired.


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

    I thought the synopsis was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book based on it's very favorable ratings. It was a huge disappointment, however. I didn't finish the book because it bored me to tears.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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