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Karyl-Lynne

King George, VA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Last Spymaster

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Charles "Jay" Tice was a legend throughout the world of international intelligence. But secretly he was also a traitor, reputedly selling information that will seriously compromise the security of the United States for decades to come. Since his treachery was exposed, Tice has been kept under strict surveillance in a maximum security prison. Then one morning, his cell is discovered empty. Jay Tice has vanished - without tripping an alarm or leaving any trace of his passing.

    A User says: "fast and furious"
    "A definite winner!"
    Overall

    I bought this book based on the predominately positive reviews, and was not disappointed. The story is interesting, but not so convoluted that it's hard to follow. The characters are engaging and well-defined. What really makes this book shine, in my opinion, is the narrator. Many male readers have a hard time getting the right tone for female characters, but David Colacci presented the women as effortlessly as the varied accents of the many male characters. No artificial falsetto screeches here; his women have slightly husky, but definitely feminine voices.

    Overall, this is a very interesting and entertaining story. While there is violence (it's a spy story, after all), it's not excessive. I admit to being a little squeamish when violence is described in minute detail, but nothing in this story ever made me want to skip forward.

    I'm looking forward to more of this author's writing!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Time and Again

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (286)

    Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

    Mark says: "Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook"
    "Led to this by Stephen King"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Time and Again again? Why?

    Yes, I believe so. It certainly pales in comparison to the Stephen King story that led so many of us to it, but it's an interesting tale in it's own right. I'll agree with other reviewers that the detail in the story drags on forever, and it definitely could have been told as well or better in half the words, but overall it was an intriguing story and I enjoyed it.


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

    Unfortunately, the narration also suffers when compared to Craig Wasson's performance of


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who is considering this based on the afterword in King's

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Flashpoint

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Richard Aellen
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Katherine Cahill's life is shattered forever when her three young children are killed on an airplane that is blown to pieces by a terrorist bomb in the skies over Italy. Determined to make the terrorists pay for this savagery, Katherine circumvents the frustrating bureaucracy of the State Department and heads for Syria in search of their leader, Tayib.

    Rick says: "More of a romance novel than an espinage thriller"
    "Odd use of two narrators"
    Overall

    It seems rather pointless to have two narrators if you're not going to have the man read all of the male characters and the woman read all of the female ones. Simply alternating chapters only created confusion by giving each character two 'voices'. I like both narrators, and have enjoyed Patrick Lawlor's narration of other books, but I never really got comfortable with him as Nash.

    This is definitely more romance than espionage thriller, but the story kept me entertained throughout. This was my first Suzanne Brockmann book, and while I enjoyed it, I'm not sure that I'll use my credits for any more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises to Keep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Ross
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Best-selling romance author Jacquelyn Ross is adored for her sultry novels of contemporary life and love. Promises to Keep uncovers the burning desires of two co-workers: Nick, a newly appointed federal judge, and his beautiful clerk, Samantha.Though Nick and Samantha struggle to keep their minds on work, their late nights at the office just keep getting hotter and hotter. This deeply satisfying romance features a smooth and seductive reading by narrator Richard Ferrone.

    Judy says: "Really good book!"
    "Much better than the Publisher's Summary indicates"
    Overall

    The "Publisher's Summary" is really misleading. It makes this book sound like a sex-at-the-office-but-no-plot story, and that is the furthest thing from the truth. This is more of a legal/political thriller -- granted, it's not a real intense thriller and there is a definite romantic subplot, but there is much more to it than the summary indicates. It's a very engaging story, and well read by this narrator. I enjoyed every minute of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss Me While I Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (140)

    It's a job that makes a killing. Efficient, professional, and without apology, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin, working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can't be touched by the law.

    SA Shay says: "shay"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I agree wholeheartedly with the previous reviewer -- this is the best I've ever heard using two narrators. Joyce Bean's voice has a very pleasant tone and she does accents beautifully. Dick Hill's narration takes a little bit of getting used to because of his delivery style, but he also has a very pleasant voice and very clear enunciation. When reading 'in character', they are both amazing -- conversations between them flow easily with all of the nuances of the characters' personalities.

    The only thing I thought was a bit unexpected about this story was the lack of tension. I was surprised at how easily the two main characters trusted each other and other people with no background information at all. I was also surprised at how often that worked out just fine -- with the CIA and all of those bad guys I expected a few more double crosses. Personally, I prefer this style so I was very pleased with the story.

    And you REALLY don't want to miss those love scenes!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Swing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rupert Holmes
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Two-time Edgar Award-winner Rupert Holmes, author of the critically acclaimed Where the Truth Lies and creator of the Tony Award-winning musical whodunit The Mystery of Edwin Drood, now fuses gripping suspense and evocative music in an innovative novel of intrigue set in 1940, during the very heart of the Big Band era.

    Becky says: "Grab this one at the highest resolution"
    "Loved It!"
    Overall

    This story seemed a bit slow to get going -- for most of the first section I felt that there were several questions, but no real 'mystery'. The big mystery really appeared in part 2 and made me appreciate the detail and background that led up to it. This is a richly detailed story with some fascinating twists, and the music is the icing on the cake. I have a new favorite author!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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