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Brian

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  • Shutter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (299)

    Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

    But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry?

    Barry says: "Outstanding psychological thriller set in the 50s"
    "Very well performed and a fun experience"
    Overall

    This is my second Dennis Lehane read and I thoroughly enjoyed it -- until the last chapter. Lehane needs, a closer, a lierary Jonathan Papelbon, who can close a story with authority. Unfortunately, Lehane struggles a bit with his endings, and this one doesn't seem worthy of the rest of the book.

    Don't let that keep you from this, though. Because, as in life, it's not the destination, it's the journey. And Dennis Lehane has crafted a fantastic journey.

    The narration on Shutter Island is excellent and with just the right amount of acting. Reminded me of when my grandfather used to read to me. Very well done.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (834)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "Interesting Premise Poorly Executed"
    Overall

    This is an interesting idea, and in parts it is very compelling. But as you listen, you get the sense the author made a list of puns he thought were clever and proved that he was smart, then wrote the book around them. Maddeningly, he leaves an entire plot line - the most interesting one - behind!

    The actor reading the part of the webmind has watched way too much William Shatner and too many adult films. He made a tough listen almost impossible.

    All that being said, I probably will continue to follow the series if nothing else to find out about Hobo and the Chinese blogger.

    7 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2219)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (744)

    Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

    Graham S. Stafford says: "Love the Camel Club"
    "More of what Baldacci does well, but ..."
    Overall

    The story is a good one, the narrator does a good job, but the cheesy music that comes up in "dramatic" or "romantic" scenes is laughable at best, and annoying at worst. It varies from making the performance resemble a bad 70's cop movie or a bad 70's blue movie.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (795)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "Fantastic book and performance!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! McCollough tells Adams' story as if he were there. Many times I was so transported back to the late 18th century I missed my exit! The performance on the audio is excellent, although I was a bit disappointed that, at times, you could hear the narrator breathing like he was a 900 operator. No dry memorization of facts here, rather you are sucked into the narrative as you are into a great novel. Not sure if Jeffersonians will be too pleased with the content of the book, but it has kindled an interest in investigating the other side of the argument.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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