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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
    (427)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (339)

    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.

    Lauren says: "Least Favorite Davenport So Far"
    "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 3 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1307)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1145)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "A Lucas Davenport fan!"
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    I love John Sandford's Prey books. I have listened to all of them more than once. Lucas Davenport is such a great character - both believable and likeable. Richard Ferrone, the voice of Lucas Davenport, is perfect for these books. Field of Prey has some nail-biting, hair-raising twists and turns. What an amazing story.

    Sandford is a great thrillmaster. Every year I look forward to another Prey book, and I hope there are many more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Black: Odyssey One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Evan Currie
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1289)

    Captain Eric Weston and his crew encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people; all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. A first-rate military-science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing.

    C. Hartmann says: "Great, Solid Military SciFi / Evolving Space Opera"
    "Good listen once it got going"
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    It took me awhile to finish this book because I kept expecting more action, but then I usually listen to thrillers. However, the book was interesting enough and the narrator was good. I thought the most outstanding part of the book was the epilog. I enjoyed the intrigue in this section along with the condensed activity, plus the ending certainly laid a solid foundation for the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 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
    (6763)
    Performance
    (6436)
    Story
    (6449)

    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 plain old "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
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    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
    (397)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (369)

    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
    (278)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (250)

    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

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved every minute"
    "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
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (293)

    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
    (857)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (763)

    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.

    AudioAddict says: "So I'm definitely getting the book now..."
    "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
    (796)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (729)

    "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.

    Jess Russell says: "Good story, but SO OVER DRAMATIC."
    "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
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    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.

    Sally says: "great"
    "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

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