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Jayne McLaughlin

Silver City, NM | Member Since 2011

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  • Dance of Death: Pendergast, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (696)

    Two brothers. One, top FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast. The other, Diogenes, a brilliant and twisted criminal. An undying hatred between them. Now, a perfect crime. And the ultimate challenge: Stop me if you can.

    Nancy says: "Excellent story!"
    "Kept me rivited!"
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    If you could sum up Dance of Death in three words, what would they be?

    Awesme, Awsome, Awsome!!!


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

    The interplay between characters and the tension of Diogenese's evil kept me listening late into the nights.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott is really showing his stuff in this book. Switching accents, nailing the inflections... he is truely great in this performance. Bravo!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Good vs Evil, genious style!


    Any additional comments?

    This series continues to amaze me with super creativity and depth. I am getting spoiled!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Codex

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    "Greetings from the dead," declares Maxwell Broadbent on the videotape he left behind after his mysterious disappearance. A notorious treasure hunter and tomb raider, Broadbent accumulated over half a billion dollars' worth of priceless art, gems, and artifacts before vanishing, along with his entire collection, from his mansion in New Mexico.

    Michelle says: "Excellent descriptive narrative, so-so thriller"
    "Good Read"
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    We listened to this book on a long car trip. It was the first book my wife has listened to. I must admit that I found myself completely immersed in the book and not so much the trip.
    My wife thought it was just ok. The majority of the story is well designed and has a consistent feel. There are story elements that are too convenient and kind of silly. But, I can forgve that. Preston (and Child) remain my favorite authors and if you like them, you should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (526)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Mary says: "Their worst book!"
    "Barely worth it, dang!"
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    As always, this is a creative story with interesting characters and places. I was just not very happy with the storyline on this one. I did not feel the characters, especially Crew and Glin were themselves in the story. What happened to "double overage?" The story was too easy for me to guess ahead too. I still love to read Preston and Child, but this one was just not up to par for them. If they blow the sequel to The Ice Limit, I will be really disappointed.
    Come on guys!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Airframe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (355)

    Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

    Robert Solomon says: "Try it, you'll like it."
    "Whew boy. Stinky!"
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    I don't get it. I found this book to drag on and not hold my attention. I'm returning it for a credit because the author does not deserve to be paid for this level of work. I ran out of Preston and Child books to read and tried this one based on the reviews. What a disappointment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Corpse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (624)

    A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.

    Cidney says: "Who is Crew?"
    "Better than the first Crew book"
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    I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the next in the series. I know it's not Pendergast, but this character is complex and interesting in his own way. I thinks it's way better than White Fire, so there you go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1195)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (767)

    At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

    James says: "How much disbelief are we expected to suspend?"
    "Go ahead and try this one!"
    Overall
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    I don't know what some reviewers are upset about. This is an interesting new character that has adventures of his own, responding in his own way. I really enjoyed this book. Set Pendergast aside and give this a read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kraken Project: Wyman Ford, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (292)

    NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy", a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the Internet.

    Jacqueline says: "Kraken Project? Not Really!"
    "A fun little romp"
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    I enjoyed this book. The characters are well developed and the story moves along nicely. I had to laugh at the technical premises used by the author, but so what! It's definitely worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (405)

    Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it.

    Patti says: "Utopia (unabridged)"
    "Nice. A very well written story."
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    I'm a fan of Preston and Child so I find myself reading all of their joint efforts as well as stand alone books. This book is very well written and Scott's performance is spot on. The topic is a bit lame, but Child manages to make it a darn good read. Everything seems well researched and I did not suspend my belief much.

    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
    (2216)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1981)

    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"
    "Quit good, but falls a little short of expectation"
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    As with most people, I have read all of the Pendergast books in order and absolutely love the series. I think it's a tall order to keep coming up with amazingly good stories like those found in the other Pendergast books. This book contained all of the cool facets and twists I've come to expect, but the storyline was just a bit weak for me. I hope Preston and Child write more books for this series, in fact I am waiting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (293)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    Mary R says: "Enthralling!"
    "Well done!"
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    I liked this book. It is typical of Preston's books in that it develops interesting characters and puts them in exciting and plausible situations. Most of his books feel like they need a sequel, but that is because I am having so much fun I want to find out what happened after the story ended. There were a couple of places where I thought the author was off a bit, but mostly, the story is well researched and full of fun technicalities.
    Scott's performance was excellent. I became aware on occasion that Scott seemed to be inside the story with the characters, telling it to us as a blow by blow. I think Scott is a good matchup with Preston. He seems to flow right through the technology stuff without a hitch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1816)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Missed opportunity"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I' sorry, but I cannot recommend this book. The writing style is odd and the performance was flat. I love the story line, but it is written in a way that I never felt what the characters were feeling. On occasion I could find myself inside the story, but those moments were brief. There is a story within the story that, although told from the perspective of a very different time and place, is written in the exact style and vernacular as the main story. Come on!! I have been reading quite a bit of material from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, so perhaps I am just spoiled. I will not bother to read the follow-on book.


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

    I never once felt engaged with the characters. The performance was monotone enough that it was like watching a movie with the sound off....very disconnected.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Bel Davies’s performances?

    Probably not. His performance was flat and he did not do an adequate job of differentiating the characters. His German accent was pretty good.


    Was The Atlantis Gene worth the listening time?

    Not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish someone else had written this book. The story has a fascinating mix of ideas.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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