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MJ

Catonsville, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1660)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THIS ISN'T A SODDEN COMIC BOOK"
    "Not my favorite"
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    Joe's character and dialogue were too over the top. Same with the kings plot. Seems like the series jumped the shark with this one. Performance was very good as always.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (507)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Best in this series"
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    Loved this installment. A little lighter. I actually laughed out loud twice at some of the dialogue. The story kept me interested throughout, and the narration was excellent.

    5 of 5 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
    (455)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (410)

    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.

    Melinda says: "Maybe this one should have stayed lost..."
    "Good but not their best"
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    Good as always from two of my favorites. Well researched and interesting plot. Very creative in the details with lots of twists. My complaint is that the main character - Gideon - follows along too blindly throughout the book. Just too out of character and makes it less engaging. Performance was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9918)
    Performance
    (9076)
    Story
    (9088)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Hard to get through..."
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    Wow hard to get through, but in the end I think it is worth it. Narration was great and it was beautifully written. One of the first times I think an abridged version might have been better though. The scenes dragged on and on and on. While it was beautiful, I found myself tuning out. Also just too much despair and depressing throughout (just my personal preference). It was hard for me to sit through the darkness surrounding most of the story.

    I still give it a good rating because I think it was well done, and the ending was not predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (922)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "My favorite in the series"
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    Great job on all fronts. Story keeps you guessing, the characters are so much fun, and the narration was excellent as always. Love that "Bleeping Flowers"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolves of Midwinter: The Wolf Gift Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (273)

    In Anne Rice's surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers, readers and listeners were spellbound as Rice conjured up a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast.

    Melinda says: "It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...MAN WOLF!"
    "Great descriptive writing as always, but...."
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    But it feels like it is in search of a real story. Rice is an absolute master at describing The amazing worlds and surroundings of her creatures. That remains true here.

    I am a huge Rice fan. I've read virtually everything and wait for each new book to come out. For the first time, I felt the proportion of background description to the actual story felt a off-balance. The story moves from one extensively descriptive scene to the other. The story line itself seems much less important. It almost feels like this book is just a set up for another in the series.

    I was hoping for resolution to at least one or two of the situations set up in the story. But I did not get ithat by the end. It just stopped abruptly with multiple threads unresolved. I'm such a big fan that I will wait for the next installment to get the answers.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7278)
    Performance
    (6618)
    Story
    (6630)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "More More"
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    I really liked this book. I immediately wanted more. Would make a great series. The main characters are all interesting. They were developed well, but you could see it go so much further.

    Excellent narration as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (376)

    Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before - but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey work from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

    Maura Smith-Mitsky says: "Get off Richard Ferrone's back!"
    "Ok, but not as good as others in series...."
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    Good story, but not great. Contrived.

    Female voices are really awful in the performance. Wow annoying and totally unbelievable. It was a distraction. I will just chalk it up since Ferrone's performances are usually very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living Dead in Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (4601)
    Performance
    (2453)
    Story
    (2459)

    After an unfortunate incident, Sookie finds herself beholden to a group of Louisiana vampires. So she agrees to travel to Dallas with her undead boyfriend Bill and track down a missing vamp, but only if the vampires promise to let local humans go unharmed.

    Jessica says: "enjoyed it but was not in love with it"
    "Not as good as the first one"
    Overall
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    The sex angle took over too much in this one, and it wasn't nearly as fun as a result. I will try the third one to see if it goes back to being more entertaining. Great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2024)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1780)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Ready for the old Pendergast"
    Overall
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    I liked it, but was a little tired of this melancholy tortured Pendergast. I am glad that the Helen storyline is now resolved. I liked the Pendergast character from the books prior to these last few.

    I liked the story, and narration was excellent as always. No complaints other then I miss the main characters prior personality traits. I think the Tristran character will be a great addition in future stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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