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D. A. Gordon

Ann

MOAB, UT, United States

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  • Sudden Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (289)

    John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind.... When Lucas and his team gun down two bank robbers in the middle of a heist, Davenport falls prey to the purest and simplest criminal motivation: revenge.

    Brenda says: "Davenport Rides Again"
    "Unabridged ... finally."
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    I am a major fan of Sandford's "Prey" series, so I admit a bias here. I love them all. I have listened to Sudden Prey a few times in the abridged version (I have it on cassette). But finally here is an unabridged version, which is even better. Richard Ferrone is an excellent narrator - to me, he IS the voice of Lucas Davenport.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2790)
    Performance
    (2648)
    Story
    (2651)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Delightful!"
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    Totally entertaining, thrilling, and satisfying. This is most enjoyable audiobook I've heard since Old Man's War by John Scalzi. I liked The Martian from the beginning and enjoyed it all the way through. Great book and great narrator. I can't wait to listen to it again. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi, or science in general, and who doesn't mind occasional use of the F-word.

    This book is a real gem. Now I'm going to find out what else Andy Weir has written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    A Princess of Mars is the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series. Full of swordplay and daring feats, it remains the best example of 20th century pulp science fiction.

    Lyette says: "REALLY GOOD FOR A $2 BOOK"
    "Good performance, okay story"
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    Granted these stories about Mars were written a long time ago. However, despite the good performance, I had a hard time staying with the story line and action, partly because the characters were flat and the character motives and desires weren't clear. I'll probably listen to the next book in the series to see if it makes more sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Tall Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (321)

    In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

    Gabe says: "Absolutly disgusting. Emotion provoking. Brilliant"
    "Too gory for me ..."
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    As always Stephen Lang did a great job with the narration. I enjoy reading Stephen King's books, especially the short stories, and I have enjoyed both of the Joe Hill books I've read. But this story was just too gory (and unthinkable) for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Certain Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (192)

    Her name is Clara Rinker, a southern woman, trim, pleasant, attractive, and the best hit woman in the business. She isn't showy; she just goes quietly about her business, collects her money, and goes home. It's when she's hired for a job in Minnesota that things become complicated for her. A defense attorney wants a rival eliminated, and that's fine. But then a witness survives, the attorney starts acting weird, this big cop Davenport gets on her case, and loose ends begin popping up faster than on an unraveling sweater

    D. A. Gordon says: "Meet Clara Rinker"
    "Meet Clara Rinker"
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    I love John Sandford's Prey books, especially the narrated versions because Richard Ferrone is awesome.
    One of the reasons I like this book because it introduces Clara, a complex and memorable character. The part about the story I don't care for is the woman who hired Clara. She was a real piece of work. She changed her mind all the time and I was disappointed that Clara went with her crazy ideas so often. Other than that, this is another case where Lucas Davenport goes after the killer with a vengeance. His stubbornness is classic in this book: he suspected the source of all this killing before others saw it. Worthy addition to the Prey series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Witch & Wizard: The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Ned Rust
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood, Spencer Locke, Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (275)

    When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the New Order.

    Deborah says: "No plot"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    Without realizing it at first, I listened to the Witch & Wizard series in the wrong order, listening to books 3 and 4 before The Gift. I liked the other books all right, but did not like this one. I enjoy Elijah Wood as a reader, but I didn't care for the female reader at all. I also found parts of this book silly and unbelievable; didn't even like much of the dialog. The book may have gotten better later on, but part way through the third CD, I quit listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (654)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    Lisa says: "Can't wait for the rest! I pre-ordered it"
    "Intriguing, well written"
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    Even though I've followed Brandon's writing career, we attend many of the same writing functions, I haven't read any of his books. However, after listening to the first five chapters of Steelheart, I was so impressed with the characters and the plot that I ran out and bought the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (581)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Amanda says: "Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!"
    "Different ..."
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    First I was attracted to this book because of the cover and the title. Even though the author is a good writer, it took me awhile to get into the book because I just couldn't figure out where the author was going with keeping this girl in a cold cage. Eventually all becomes clear. The female character is very well developed; I felt like I knew her. Although the boy she meets isn't as well developed, he is acceptable by the end of the book. If you get bored by the same old plot being redone over and over, this book is for you. It is anything but boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Visions: Sarah Roberts Series, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonas Saul
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Sarah is in a fight for her life with no one to trust. Her dark visions have brought her into the hands of a kidnapping ring who will do anything to find out how she knows so much about them. While the police hunt Sarah for the wrong reason, her parents think she is at a sleepover. Her life is in her own hands and whether she makes it out of this mess alive or not depends on how many people have to die.

    D. A. Gordon says: "Different ..."
    "Different ..."
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    This is unlike any book I've read. The main character was truly odd but she was tenacious and quick thinking, which I admired. The book contained some interesting twists and turns in both plot and characterization, with a surprise villain at the end. The narrator was great, easy to listen to. However, some of the characters, like Sarah's parents, were just not believable, or likable, and some characters were shallow. It didn't seem they added anything to the story. Overall the audiobook was okay, although I don't think I'll continue with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Naming of the Beasts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Damian Lynch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but if you ask Castor he'll tell you there's quite a bit of arrogance and reckless stupidity lining the streets as well. And he should know. There are only so many times you can play both sides against the middle and get away with it. Now, the inevitable moment of crisis has arrived and it's left Castor with blood on his hands. Well, not his hands, you understand; it's always someone else who pays the bill: friends, acquaintances, bystanders.

    Cliff says: "The series comes to a staisfying conclusion."
    "Not as good as the others in series"
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    After I read the first two books in the Felix Castor series, I was sold on both the author and the series. I often suggested these books to fellow readers and writers. The next two books were all right, but I just cannot get into this fifth book in the series. I've tried to listen to it several times, but I keep leaving it to listen to other books. I can't get into the plot or the characters in this one.
    I still admire Mike Carey's writing style and will try one of his books in a different series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Patterson (editor), Lee Child, James Grippando, and others
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are 32 of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.

    Tim says: "So - So"
    "Good listen"
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    I enjoyed Thriller. I generally enjoy story compilations, especially when the stories are exciting or unusual. Some of these stories were better than others, as one might expect, but all of them were narrated well, which is vitally important for an audiobook. I look forward to hearing the next Thriller books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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