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Montara, CA, USA | Member Since 2012

  • 7 reviews
  • 87 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • The Hades Factor: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the first installment of an exciting new series from Robert Ludlum, a teenage girl in Atlanta, an Army major in California, and a homeless man in Boston all die a horrible and painful sudden death from the devastating effects of an unknown virus. Join the search for the truth behind the deadly virus in this heart-stopping listen!

    Deb says: "Excellent"
    "Ludlum fans beware"

    I think this novel must have been written by Gayle Lynds from an outline by Ludlum and then published to take advantage of Ludlum's huge fan base. Shame on you publisher!!

    It is vaguely entertaining and the reader is good, but NOTHING like you'd expect from a real Ludlum novel. The facts are jumbled, the descriptions BLAND and often annoying, huge mistakes are frequent (i.e. according to this author they speak arabic in Iraq- as far as I know, and the CIA worldbook confirms this, they speak Persian or Turkish and only 1% speak arabic). This is just an example of the myriad distracting discrepancies. Moreover, where Ludlums "voice" is discerning and his characters express fairly complicated international opinions, Lynds is pretty jingoistic and simplistic.

    The hardest thing for me though, as a Ludlum fan, are Lynds poor descriptions, the 2-D characters, the tendency to tell rather than "show" the action. If you're looking for lyrical prose, tight plotting, smart descriptions and truly memorable characters Ludlum's other novels are worth a purchase. Definitely try the Janson Directive read by Paul Michael. As far as the Hades Factor, I wish the publisher would let Ludlum rest in peace or find co-authors who are up to his level of storytelling. Sigh.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A secret U.S. military dig has uncovered ancient ruins two miles beneath the ice of Antarctica and activated the ultimate weapon. Now rogue American archaeologist Conrad Yeats and beautiful Vatican linguist Serena Serghetti must team up to unlock the secret origins of human civilization before a global cataclysm ends it.

    Autumn says: "Stargate+Da Vinci Cod= Raising Atlantis"
    "Painfully silly. Cussler, Ludlum fans beware"

    This book represents a miracle of marketing-- how else could they get blurbs from Nelson DeMille and Clive Cussler?? I hear they posted a job listing on to recruit agents for the "Atlantis Project" so maybe that kind of stunt has drawn people to read this excuse for a thriller.

    I don't mind an outlandish plot-- I love escapist fiction. But the descriptions are so banal and the characters so unlikeable that I found myself laughing at the writer's choices (rather than enjoying the ride of a compelling story).

    Definitely my harshest review ever, but the combination of poor prose, whiny characters and contraction action (comes every two minutes whether the plot calls for it or not) deserves zero stars.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • With This Ring

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Janet McTeer

    Beatrice Poole may be a vicar's daughter, but that doesn't mean she's a stranger to the darker passions. Indeed, she knows enough about gothic terrors to have carved out a highly successful career penning "horrid novels." But now the talented authoress finds herself in the midst of an ominous adventure that rivals anything she's ever written.Her beloved Uncle Reggie is dead, Beatrice suspects that he was murdered - all because of his keen interest in a fabled treasure that may not even exist. Rumors abound that the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite, said to give their possessor the most unnatural powers, have surfaced in London. Yet Beatrice needs more than rumors to uncover the truth. That's why she's braved the wilds of Devon to seek out a leading authority on antiquities and ancient legends: The famously eccentric, unquestionably reclusive, possibly dangerous Earl of Monkcrest, a man believed to dabble in the supernatural.But bearding the Mad Monk of Monkcrest in his den and dangling the possibility of uncovering a fabulous artifact before him may be the biggest mistake of Beatrice's life. For suddenly, she finds herself joined in an uneasy alliance with a man who is every bit as fascinating as one of the heroes in her novels.

    Molly says: "we want the unabridged/Barbara Rosenblatt version"
    "we want the unabridged/Barbara Rosenblatt version"

    This abridged version and this narrator don't do this book justice.

    Wait for Audible to offer Recorded Books' wonderful versions of this and other early Quick books. They're funny, fast-paced, and charming.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Hour Game

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

    Kevin says: "Disappointed."
    "Don't believe the hype"

    What a disappointment. I accidentally clicked two stars-- meant to give it just one. I picked it based on the customer reviews and Scott Brick's talents as a narrator. Even Mr. Brick couldn't save this one; though the narration is very good, this story is not. The plot doesn't twist-- it rambles, the characters are boiler plate, and the hero's behavior is bizarre (super cool one moment, silly outburst the next). Throw in some painful deus ex machina moments and you've got this book in a nutshell.

    Some fairly good chase and slaughter scenes, but that's not why I read a mystery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flashman and the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case

    Flashman is back! When the memoirs of Sir Harry Flashman, the celebrated Victorian soldier and scoundrel, first came to light 30 years ago, we were introduced to adventures related with verve, dash, and meticulous historical detail. Now come three new episodes in the career of this eminent and disreputable adventurer.

    Michael Burton says: "But I hate Anti-heroes!?"
    "More Flashman Please"

    A worthy addition to the Flashman opus- though not the best starting place for newcomers to this series. Readers who love Sharpe will adore Flashie. Fraser offers a rollicking romp through history through Flashman's wonderfully jaundiced eyes. Irreverent, poignant, factual, bawdy, action-packed-- these books are a find.

    I hope Audible will offer all the Flashman books so readers can start at the beginning. If not, read the others first, then enjoy this audiobook for dessert. David Case (aka Frederick Davidson) is the perfect reader.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This adventure transports Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson to Amarna, the rustic desert site where the two archaeologists first met, beginning the 13-year association that would take them from mayhem to murder in the Egyptian outback.

    Molly says: "Great Series, Greatest Narrator"
    "Great Series, Greatest Narrator"

    I can't get enough Amelia Peabody read by Barbara Rosenblatt. These wonderful books come to life with her narration. Emerson's paper tiger voice, Peabody's ringing tones, Abdullah's wry humor all sing in this recording. And this installment of the series is one of Elizabeth Peters' best. If you like smart and funny mysteries, with the perfect touch of melodrama and a bit of real history, read these.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Unabridged version is Wonderful"

    I listened to the abridged version first (it was available much earlier). Even if you listened to that one, GET THIS UNABRIDGED VERSION. Paul Michael is a great narrator (his characterizations and accents are perfect) and the details they cut out of the abridged version were critical to the tightly woven tapestry of the story. A fun ride with lots of interesting historical and regional detail. Don't miss it.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful

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