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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
    (622)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (547)

    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
  • 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
    (1827)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1636)

    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
    (1142)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (259)

    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?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "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
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1268)

    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 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2192)
    Performance
    (1715)
    Story
    (1710)

    Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana - he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

    A User says: "Aloysius X. L. Pendergast"
    "Pendergast hunts and is hunted"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Vengeance to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version


    What other book might you compare Cold Vengeance to and why?

    This book is related to the other in this series, but it is loaded with suspense and action. If you like the series, you will love this one!


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

    The Scottish accents are perfect. The tone and inflections add a lot to the suspense.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed in a few places, but mostly I wanted to keep the story moving so I could find out what would happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm down to one book left in the series....and then what???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (786)

    Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

    J. says: "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"
    "Zombies anyone?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cemetery Dance to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, it is Pendergast. He continues to be enigmatic and fascinating


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the whole book!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, this book is good, front to back. It has a pressing consistency,


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (906)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "If you like ships...."
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    Would you listen to The Wheel of Darkness again? Why?

    Probably, in a few years. It has all the cool factiods and personality details to make for a really fun read.


    What other book might you compare The Wheel of Darkness to and why?

    It's part of a series, and should be read that way.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    Super Irish and English accents!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a few times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1944)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (935)

    The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

    V.A. says: "Not bad"
    "Another good one!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Book of the Dead again? Why?

    This is a key book in the series, and it ties a lot of things together.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book of the Dead?

    The prison sequences were vivid.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patrick Lee
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (201)

    The anomaly called the Breach is the government’s most carefully guarded secret. But there is another secret even less known... and far more terrifying. As the U.S. President addresses the nation fromthe Oval Office, a missile screams toward the White House. In a lightning flash, the Chief Executive is dead, his mansion in ruins, and two cryptic words are the only clue to the assassins’ motives: “See Scalar.” Now Travis Chase of the covert agency Tangent - caretakers of the Breach and all its grim wonders - have only twenty-four hours to unearth a decades-old mystery....

    Sandra says: "Sad to see the story end."
    "Fun little read"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Deep Sky to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version


    What other book might you compare Deep Sky to and why?

    It has not


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the way the story moves along.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing especially


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not too long and does not take a lot of effort to follow, so it's an "easy read" that is entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel's Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1056)

    Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

    Lulu says: "Souls Too Tortured for My Taste"
    "Probably good, but not for me"
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    What did you like best about Gabriel's Inferno? What did you like least?

    I could not find myself inside this story. It was clearly written from a female's perspective and I could not relate to much of the feelings.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sylvain Reynard again?

    Probably


    What aspect of John Morgan’s performance would you have changed?

    I liked the performance


    Could you see Gabriel's Inferno being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It should not me made into a movie


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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