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Middle-aged crazy

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  • The Immortals

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    It's 2020, and an attempted cure for AIDS has mutated into a deadlier disease, V-CIDS. The United States, under martial law, has set up "quarantine centers" in the Southwest. Searching for his gay son, Jon, media mogul Michael Barris smuggles himself into one of the centers, only to discover that it and the other centers are actually extermination camps. With a strange assortment of allies, Barris precipitates an inmates' rebellion.

    Michail says: "The Immortals"
    "bad case of DYI"
    Overall

    This is a good book ruined by a well meaning, but amateurish, overdone production. The author and his wife should have gotten professionals to read and done their homework by listening exemplars such as Will Patton reading the James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux books. THAT is the creme de la creme. And lose the repetitive, overblown music: your story deserves it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7164)
    Performance
    (3523)
    Story
    (3528)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Why, oh why . . ."
    Overall

    . . . did not Edward Herrmann record the unabridged version of this book? The main narrator has an annoying vocal pattern that did not serve the story and in fact, worked against the style of this author's writing. The two women were great. I suspect this is a good book. Listening to it was torturous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18822)
    Performance
    (8672)
    Story
    (8703)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Lisbeth Salander is . . ."
    Overall

    . . . my new favorite literary heroine. Love this girl -- she is nobody's victim. Can't wait till the third book . . .

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (470)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    RJT says: "And the ending?"
    "Trial lawyers & judges & billionaires, oh my!"
    Overall

    Mr. Grisham, that was dark. Very, very, very dark. Please don't ever end a book that way again. PLEASE. Life is too short to discourage your audience and the world at large that much. You don't have to give us the Hollywood ending, but you gotta give us some kind of relief, some possibility of light.

    Good thing Carl Trudeau is not a real person. If he was, I think his life would be in danger after this book. And it would not be a clean or quick death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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