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Andrew

Larchmont, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The King's Deception: A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (364)

    Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

    Carol says: "First Book Mr Berry fell flat on."
    "Berry misses the mark"
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    I have listened to the entire Cotton Malone series from Steve Berry and looked forward to the next installment. I enjoy the interweaving of a historical narrative with a modern adventure. However, this book is simply ponderous. Though I normally enjoy Scott Brick, in this reading he sounds like a bored history professor. Overall, I would recommend the other books in the series and skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Palace of Illusions

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India.

    Richard says: "timeless story"
    "A great listen"
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    Where does The Palace of Illusions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a fascinating piece of Indian fiction. It is a complex and interwoven story. Given the complexity, this may be a better read than listen unless you can really devote your attention to the story and the characters. The reader is great. Certainly a very enjoyable listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (123)

    LAPD lieutenant detective Decker and his wife, Rina, have willingly welcomed fifteen-year-old Gabriel Whitman into their home. While the enigmatic teen seems to be adapting easily, Decker knows only too well the secrets adolescents keep - witnessed by the tragic suicide of another teen, Gregory Hesse, a student at Bell and Wakefield, one of the city’s most exclusive prep schools. Gregory’s mother refuses to believe her son shot himself and convinces Decker to look deeper. What he finds disturbs him. The gun used in the tragedy was stolen....

    Carol says: "Yes, Chris is back"
    "A bit forced"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am a fan of the Decker/Lazarus novels. However, this most recent installment follows the trend of the last few. The story is quite forced and Lazarus has been assigned the role of window dressing. I would recommend this to the dedicated fans but for a new comer, listen to the early books, they are much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heretic's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    In the summer of 1143, William of Lythwood returns to Shrewsbury from pilgrimage, in a coffin. His young attendant Elave, sets about searching for a burial place in the abbey for his 'heretic' master. Unfortunately, Elave has heretical views of his own and having drunkenly expressed them, he faces capital charges from the mighty prelate Gerbert. The beautiful Fortunata, whom Elave adores, becomes a reluctant prosecution witness and before long a violent death takes place.

    Miriam says: "Cadfael's criminals will keep you guessing"
    "Inaudible Audiobook"
    Overall

    My taste is audiobooks is wide ranging. However, I have two requirements, a good reader (though I will be flexible on this) and good audio quality. I have listened to well over 100 books from Audible.com and have never, until now, had a problem with requirement #2. However, even in enhanced format this an inaudible audiobook. I really tried but could not stay with the recording because of the poor quality. Listen to the sample before committing to your purchase.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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