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Louann

CHARLOTTE, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (700)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "Narrator not so great"
    Overall

    I love Clancy books, but this Narrator is too robotic. Doesn't even sound human to me.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2432)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1231)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "A little far fetched"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I read all of the reacher books, but this one's logic didn't all tie together and it was honestly just a little out there.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less predictable.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Consistent, Good, Strong


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Way

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1623)
    Performance
    (1006)
    Story
    (1001)

    Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation.

    Ed says: "Picks up at the conclusion"
    "Different"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Hard Way in three words, what would they be?

    This book was more investigative and less violent until the very end. Not sure I followed the author at some points, but still a good read.

    Dick Hill is the voice of Reacher to me. I can't imagine anyone else narrating Lee Child's books.

    A little bummed about the Jack Reacher movie, though, Tom Cruise is short and pretty. Reacher is a big guy. I can't watch the movie until I finish all the books or it may ruin my experience.


    Would you recommend The Hard Way to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoy the Jack Reacher series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I always like it when Reacher makes everything right. I won't give away the detail, but the end of the book is the best.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alienist

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    A new breed of evil has come to old New York. The horribly mutilated body of a young male prostitute turns up in the East River in 1896. Reporter John Moore and his mentor Laszlo Kreizler decide to investigate.

    Michael says: "Great listen. Unfortunately it is abridged."
    "Great Period Book for fiction lovers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Alienist?

    Nice suspense novel set in another decade.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narrator was excellent and kept you drawn in to the story.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (224)

    Tess Gerritsen was a successful internist who left her practice to focus on her children and her writing. Gerritsen's medical suspense novels have consistently won critical and fan acclaim, and now, with The Surgeon, she delivers her most gripping work.

    Elizabeth says: "The Surgeon"
    "Gripping"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Surgeon in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, shocking, electric


    What did you like best about this story?

    I had to finish it, even though I was horrified by the way the crimes were committed.


    What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He's not my favorite narrator. His take on women's voices is irritating. Would like to have a female narrator, but he did well enough that I enjoyed the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read more Tess Gerritson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Syed
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Few things in life are more satisfying than beating a rival. We love to win and hate to lose, whether it's on the playing field or at the ballot box, in the office or in the classroom. In this bold new look at human behavior, award-winning journalist and Olympian Matthew Syed explores the truth about our competitive nature: why we win, why we don't, and how we really play the game of life.

    Joao Coelho says: "Very eye opening"
    "Loved it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I recommend, I enjoyed the energy of the narrator. His narratives describing the theories were excellent.


    Have you listened to any of James Clamp???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to this narrator before, but will listen again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sentry: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (234)

    Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it — and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.

    S. Harvey says: "Vintage Crais"
    "Best of the Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This one kept me guessing the entire book and I actually got teary eyed at the end. Very suspenseful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Consent to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3724)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1745)

    For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

    Timothy says: "One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    I was actually crying at several points in this book. I like Vince Flynn, and this one took a turn I didn't expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Precinct

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (138)

    We enter The Last Precinct through the reverberating aftershocks of Black Notice, inconceivably finding Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, an object of suspicion and criminal investigation. The nightmare on Scarpetta's doorstep continues as she discovers that the so-called Werewolf murders may have extended to New York City and into the darkest corners of her past.

    Kathleen says: "Another great Scarpetta novel"
    "Not her best"
    Overall

    This book is wraught with anger and makes the reader feel a little uncomfortable. I guess exploring the aftermath of practically being killed would result in some discomfort, but it was harder for me to read than the other Scarpetta books. I'll definitely continue the Scarpetta journey, but don't recommend this for a first time reader of Cornwell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monday Mourning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for both North Carolina and Quebec, has come from Charlotte to Montreal during the bleak days of December to testify as an expert witness at a murder trial. She should be going over her notes, but instead she's digging in the basement of a pizza parlor. Not fun. Freezing cold. Crawling rats. And now, the skeletonized remains of three young women. How did they get there? When did they die?

    Andrew says: "Disappointing"
    "par for the course"
    Overall

    I like Kathy Reichs and all of her books. If you are the same you will enjoy this book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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