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J

WHEATON, IL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge.

    R. Adams says: "Jim Dale is a great narrator"
    "Harry Potter meets Mr. Scrooge"
    Overall

    There are many versions, both audio and video, of Dickens' classic story of redemption. This one is my favorite. Jim Dale brings his extraordinary talents to this timeless story. Check this out and his work on the Harry Potter series as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin: An Alex Hawke Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (314)

    A shadowy figure known as the Dog is believed to be the ruthless terrorist who is systematically and savagely assassinating American diplomats and their families around the globe. As the deadly toll mounts inexorably, Hawke, along with former NYPD cop and Navy SEAL Stokely Jones, is called upon by the U.S. government to launch a search for the assassin behind the murders.

    Matthew says: "made for the movies"
    "Tedious"
    Overall

    I will start by giving narrator John Shea kudos - he is the only enjoyable part of this waste of a legacy credit. I will look for more John Shea reading other authors.

    Alex Hawke - think Doc Savage without the bronze and excitement. His eclectic "inner circle" is composed of the most banal and stereotypical sidekicks. Hawke appears to be "dear old friends" with every leader and major figure in the free world. Bell kills off Hawke's wife as the book begins but, fear not, the book ends with Hawke shacking up with his old lover, the U.S. Secretary of State!

    His yacht is a warship, he defeats sumos bare-handed and he has lots and lots of money. The story is a pile-on of every hackneyed cliche you ever read in an adventure novel. All at a pace to put you to sleep. Nighty-night!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (5570)
    Performance
    (3060)
    Story
    (3069)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Flynn is consistently great"
    Overall

    With this first (of hopefully many) Mitch Rapp back story, Flynn continues to deliver. I have enjoyed several of his books in paper, but narrator George Guidall makes them come alive. Now if only we can get these read unabridged by Guidall:
    • Memorial Day
    • Separation of Power
    • Term Limits
    • The Third Option
    • Transfer of Power

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    It's fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. As the residents of Laurel Canyon are being evacuated from their homes, Police and Fire Department personnel find the corpse of a recluse who apparently committed suicide. Clutched in his lap is a photo album containing photographs of seven young women who have been murdered.

    J says: "Elvis & Pike Ride Again"
    "Elvis & Pike Ride Again"
    Overall

    Years ago I sat next to an actual private detective on an airplane and he recommended Robert Crais. I have devoured all of his books and enjoyed every one of them. Chasing Darkness is no exception. James Daniels does a respectable job with the narration and my only complaint is that the book is finished so quickly.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (659)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Numbingly Long"
    Overall

    Lacking the breakneck pacing and/or humor of Koontz's other offerings, this is a long, drawn-out, predictable and ultimately uninteresting book. Others have criticized the narrator but I feel he had no chance with this one. I am a long-time Koontz fan but I cared not a whit for any of these characters. Pass on this one, but I will look forward to the next Odd Thomas or Christopher Snow.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Yellow Dog: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Howard Weinberger
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    November 1963: Easy's settled into a steady gig as a school custodian. It's a quiet, simple existence - but a few moments of ecstasy with a sexy teacher will change all that. When the lady vanishes, Easy's stuck with a couple of corpses, the cops on his back, and a little yellow dog who's nobody's best friend. With his not-so-simple past snapping at his heels, and with enemies old and new looking to get even, Easy must kiss his careful little life goodbye - and step closer to the edge...

    J says: "It's not what you say ....."
    "It's not what you say ....."
    Overall

    This title has potential and builds on the Easy Rawlins saga; a chapter from his middle-age. Easy's 8 to 5 job (and how he got it), his reluctant return to the streets, Mouse's transformation are all elements to keep your interest. Unfortunately, if you have enjoyed the distinctive narration of Stanley Bennett Clay in the three earlier titles, this audiobook will be a big disappointment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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