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Linda

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  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (478)

    James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

    C. Lusk says: "Don't Waste the Money"
    "Don't bother"
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    What disappointed you about Mistress?

    First of all, the narrator had a whiny adolescent voice. That, along with the narrative that was overloaded with referrals to movie and presidential trivia, drove me nuts. I almost turned off the audiobook after five minutes, but kept listening and hoping that it would get better. The story is not too bad, but it certainly would have been better without the annoying verbal tangents.


    What could James Patterson and David Ellis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Leave out most of the trivia.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Whiny voice. I found him hard to listen to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was alright. Could have been shorter.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15476)
    Performance
    (14349)
    Story
    (14312)

    A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

    Jon K. Rust says: "Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring"
    "Most excellent novel!"
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    I have just listened to ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ for the second time. I appreciated the story and detailed descriptions of Russian life, the changing political climate and individual characters even more than on my first hearing. Amor Towles is a master story teller. The narration was spot on! Thank you, Nicholas Guy Smith and Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fix

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8513)
    Performance
    (7754)
    Story
    (7728)

    Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter - a family man with a successful consulting business - and his victim, a schoolteacher.

    Lonnie A Freiburger Jr. says: "Good, but the narrorater effort is weak."
    "Another great Amos Decker novel"
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    This is another great novel in the Amos Decker series. I hated to see it end!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Book

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (6398)
    Performance
    (5787)
    Story
    (5763)

    Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

    Artkeep says: "GREAT STORY!"
    "Excellent!"
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    One of my favorite books ever! Kept me guessing until the very end. I would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12729)
    Performance
    (11427)
    Story
    (11350)

    Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

    McChica04 says: "Total Letdown"
    "Another great book by Nora Roberts!"
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    Performance
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    Interesting story, very likable characters. Good audio performance. I'll probably listen to it again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predator: A Crossbow Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Ben Onwukwe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    One of the most formidable fighters in the world, ex-SAS warrior and former private security consultant Major Hector Cross has survived explosive tangles with depraved enemies - warlords, pirates, and arms dealers - from the Middle East to the heart of Africa. Now Cross must take the law into his own hands once again to stop a vengeful old enemy who has resurfaced - and hunt down a deadly new nemesis in pursuit of global domination.

    Kindle Customer says: "NOT Wilbur Smith"
    "Another great Wilbur Smith book!"
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    I wish it had been a bit longer! Narration was excellent. I must now go back and read the prior novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The String Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen Lloyd Jones
    • Narrated By Gemma Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The String Diaries opens with Hannah frantically driving through the night - her daughter asleep in the back, her husband bleeding out in the seat beside her. In the trunk of the car rests a cache of diaries dating back 200 years, tied and retied with strings through generations. The diaries carry the rules for survival that have been handed down from mother to daughter since the 19th century. But how can Hannah escape an enemy with the ability to look and sound like the people she loves?

    wanda says: "book club pick"
    "I really loved this audiobook!"
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    What would have made The String Diaries better?

    I don't have any real suggestions. I found the Hungarian names a bit difficult to follow from the audiobook at first, but rapidly caught up.


    Has The String Diaries turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'd like to try more of them.


    What didn’t you like about Gemma Whelan’s performance?

    I liked her very much.


    What character would you cut from The String Diaries?

    None, really. Of course I hated Jakab and Vass, but that is what the author wanted.


    Any additional comments?

    I will probably buy the paperback. I would like to review the genealogy of Hannah's family to follow the story more accurately.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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