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Grace

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • A Devil is Waiting

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    The President is coming to London, but not to an entirely warm welcome. A fanatical mullah is offering a blessing to anyone who will assassinate the President, and though most London Muslims think the mullah has crossed the line, a few think otherwise. Urgently, Sean Dillon, General Charles Ferguson, and the rest of the small band known as the “Prime Minister’s private army” are called in, augmented by an extra-ordinary new recruit, an intelligence captain and Afghan war hero named Sara Gideon.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Usual "Higgins Like" Story"
    "The Usual "Higgins Like" Story"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about A Devil is Waiting? What did you like least?

    I liked the character Sara - (my grandmother's first name) - because she was tough, and went after what she wanted and got it.


    What could Jack Higgins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This story had too much "he said" "she said", and to much conversation about people. It was hard to follow; I was half way through the story before I was able to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys. Sometimes that is okay, but it seemed to me that Higgins intended for the reader to know this before half way into the story. Also, there was very little suspense to the story. Not until the end was there really any "thrill factor". and even then, well it was "thin". Seems to me that Higgins jumped on the al Qaeda "bandwagon", used that topic to tell a story, but the story was not very engaging.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Sara


    Did A Devil is Waiting inspire you to do anything?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Track of the Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (310)

    From the vivid opening vista, high in craggy mountains, to the final haunting glimpse of a moonlit canyon, Nevada Barr's first mystery, Track of the Cat, instantly caught the attention of readers and reviewers. Its popularity gained it both an Agatha and an Anthony Award.

    Ilze says: "A Trek through the Guadalupes"
    "Another "Barr none" great read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anna Pidgeon's focus on humanity and the environment, and her caring about "the cats". She never took for granted, as did other characters in the story, that "the cat" did the dirty deed of murder.


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

    When Anna rescued herself from the "shelf of disaster", characterized by her falling onto a narrow shelf down a mountainside. She kept fighting to survive.


    Any additional comments?

    This is another wonderful Anna Pigeon story. It begins with a death that is quickly written off as a "cat kill". But Anna, ever the observant and astute ranger notices clues that would lead to another conclusion. Nevada Barr brings all her characters to life. One thing I always enjoy about Barr's stories is that she has just the right number and types of characters. She fleshes out each one, and by the end of the story I feel as if I've lived with each one and know them almost intimately. This is important in Barr's storytelling because she places each character in a position to be the good guy/gal, or the bad guy/gal. Her wrtiting then brings the grand finale to endings that are satisfying and realistic for each character. This story takes place in Texas, and she is spot on with her description of the National Park, and the Texas landowners. The conflict she exposes between "money" and the maintenance and preservation of the National Park gives intensity and depth to the story. The reader for this story is also very good; she has just the right intonations and inflections; not too little, not too much. Her reading adds believability to the story. I recommen this Audible book to the legions of Nevada Barr fans, and to others, who, when they listen to this book, will want more! Thank you Nevada Barr for another great story, and thanks to Audible for making it available.

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