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  • Bullseye: An Original Will Robie/Camel Club Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (326)

    In this all-new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci, worlds collide when government assassin Will Robie is caught in the crossfire with Oliver Stone and the Camel Club. Will Robie is closing in on his next target when he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist - and he's taken hostage alongside Oliver Stone. But is this just a simple bank job, or are the robbers after something even more valuable - and dangerous - than the cash in the vault?

    Kathryn says: "I so miss the Camel Club"
    "Carr & Robie"
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    If you could sum up Bullseye in three words, what would they be?

    Great to get two outstanding characters merged into one novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding! One of my favorite narrators.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love full novels that cross mingle Baldacci other characters. Like how Michael Connelly does...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot: Jesse Stone, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Reed Farrel Coleman, Robert B. Parker (Created by)
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York City hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been. He left more behind him than unresolved feelings about the play that ended his baseball career. The darkly sensuous Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there in New York...

    Dave Staats says: "So GOOD! Great Tribute to Dr. Parker"
    "Great story"
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    If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot in three words, what would they be?

    Characters flow


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Book had many plot avenues that tie into the conclusion.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Female characters voices took away and made it difficult. Spoiled on other narrators who have mastered voices or had dual male/female narrators.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Play ball!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first of Robert Parker novels. I enjoyed the Jess Stone character and would listen to the next in the series (hope with different narrator to distinguish male/female voices).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (530)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Pamela says: "Well...I really liked 50% of it"
    "Series is not for me"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I struggled to finish this novel as well as the previous one in this series.


    Would you recommend The Secret Place to your friends? Why or why not?

    A friend loves the series. I would not be critical when discussing my experience with the last two books from this author. I would offer this as a "pot luck" choice for those who want to listen from outside the U.S. Series.


    What three words best describe Stephen Hogan and Lara Hutchinson ’s performance?

    Narrators not on my list of favorites. Mr. Hogan should not do female voices, terrible at best.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Folks, as Mentioned above, I have a friend who loves the series. Maybe reading this novel would have been easier for me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unseen: Will Trent, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (687)

    Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

    Kim Venatries says: "Another Win!"
    "Well rounded, action filled characters."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is my first by this author. Action-packed from start to finish.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Plenty of role characters that had you attempting to figure out the twisting and turning.


    Have you listened to any of Kathleen Early’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to this narrator. Did a very nice job with the separation of each character with distinct dialogue.


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

    This book had a little bit of everything. It had the criminal element, the personal heart ache, corruption, and most importantly touching on abuse of our children and our society.


    Any additional comments?

    The author hit on many faucets that we face in society today. She touched on the need for undercover law-enforcement, the need to protect our children, the difficulties of losing your unborn child, along with the difficulties that our medical profession face in treating fallen heroes, victims, and a special care that our children need when they are abused.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of Heaven: Fargo Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (167)

    Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved - and filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico. How can that be? As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a link between the Vikings and the legendary Toltec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl - and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven - begin to emerge. But so do many dangerous people.

    dirtdoctor says: "What's happened to Cussler?"
    "Lacking from previous series"
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    Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and Russell Blake and/or Scott Brick?

    This is a good series. I will listen to follow up adventures of Sam & Remy. Scott Brink has done another nice job in his narration.


    Would you recommend The Eye of Heaven to your friends? Why or why not?

    This was not a stellar, Compared to his previous novels in series.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Narrator does a nice job on all of his characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, as mentioned above, this was not the most note worthy of Sam and Remy's adventures.


    Any additional comments?

    The author had potential to use other characters as a way of tracking the Fargo's. I was half expecting one of the staff members leaking info to the antagonist character...

    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
    (9367)
    Performance
    (8581)
    Story
    (8593)

    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"
    "Interestingly different"
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    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    Yes, The trials, tribulations, and tragedies of a young man growing in adversity in all aspects of his young, and adult life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Beginning to end!


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time a have listen to this narrator. Nice job.


    If you could take any character from The Goldfinch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Kitsey, Pipper, Welty, Hobbie, Boris - each character has such personalities that you would dig deep in conversation of what makes each one think and how wrongs seem to be rights in each ones mind. But, lunch with "The Goldfinch" would be speechless!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved all characters. How could the author make a sequel? If your looking for something off the path, this was well worth a audible credit. If you don't like this story, get your credit back - no brainier here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3723)
    Performance
    (2098)
    Story
    (2101)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Good, but not great."
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    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    I currently have authors next book in my pre-orders.


    Would you recommend Faithful Place to your friends? Why or why not?

    Good question, it would not be the top of my list. With that said, I would recommend as a filler while waiting for other releases. I do hope that "The Secret Place" draws me in deeper with its characters and story line.


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    It took a bit to get use to. It was a fairly good performance for this book.


    Could you see Faithful Place being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Story would have to show more character depth. I enjoyed all the players in this novel, just was looking for a bit more subsidence from each character.


    Any additional comments?

    Please do your own diligence in researching this author and her books. My opinion is that this was not in the upper tier novels that I have previously read/listen to. I could have erred, by not starting at the first book of this series. Henceforth, do you know your own due diligence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1021)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Kenneth says: "All Time Best!!!"
    "Decency, faith, morals, and love"
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    What did you like best about The Longest Ride? What did you like least?

    Ira's strength, love, and full life of memories of his beloved wife Ruth. How two young (Sophie and Luke) people see the true value in one man's valueless painting, finds meaning in Ira's internal love for his wife and the painting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Ride?

    The auction! What a testament of Ira and Ruth's life.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Two of the top notch narrators. Favorites of mine!


    Was The Longest Ride worth the listening time?

    Would love to see a movie made of this novel.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters from two generations cross paths, with an act of kindness, and concern. Must read for the younger folks to gain prospective of true values our older generation have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (439)

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    "REVENGE"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great start that kept me involved throughout. You will find several twists that come out of left field that made this novel (listening) page turning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Doc, and the man with NO name (have to listen folks, the other character is powerful which we don't get a name until towards the end...


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

    Great character separation voices.


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

    If it were possible, this is a page turner. Each character brought multiple surprises throughout this book making it that much more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to see a follow up with the same characters...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (553)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    Buffalogal says: "Curb your expectations!"
    "Campus (Gray Man) ?"
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    Where does Tom Clancy Support and Defend rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mark Greaney is a good author (Gray Man) and has taken upon a great challenge to keep Tom Clancy's characters alive, and hopefully future novels. This book is not Tom Clancy style of writing. This is a decent book with limited characters and with one story line from start to finish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tom Clancy Support and Defend?

    Ethan Ross character, and Dom's Pursuit to track Ross down.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Narrator did a nice job as always with his performance (he is a top notch narrator).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Liked the start of book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to future books by Mark Greaney as I have enjoyed all Jack Ryan and Campus books by Tom Clancy. We can only hope that future books with Clancy's name are written with more of Clancyism...l

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forsaken: Quinn Colson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Brian D'Arcy James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Thirty-six years ago, a nameless black man wandered into Jericho, Mississippi, with nothing but the clothes on his back and a pair of paratrooper boots. Less than two days later, he was accused of rape and murder, hunted down by a self-appointed posse, and lynched. Now evidence has surfaced of his innocence, and county sheriff Quinn Colson sets out not only to identify the stranger's remains, but to charge those responsible for the lynching.

    A says: "RANGER Quinn"
    "RANGER Quinn"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Forsaken the most enjoyable?

    Since I have started with book one of this series, I was able to enjoy the characters by having known the history of the series. Great story line not dominated by one or two characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forsaken?

    As I have mentioned, the storylines while lending each character and events is equally enjoyable throughout the entire book. Quinn and his Father Jason, first meeting in countless years was interesting and left unmentioned in previous books.


    Have you listened to any of Brian D'Arcy James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nice job with his different voices used for each character. Nice listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The RANGER's Law and his chief Deputy!


    Any additional comments?

    This would make a great mini series... Ace Atkins is a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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