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Carol

Sarver PA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Price of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    In this rousing novel, the action sweeps from the Oval Office to a Navy SEAL assault on a remote Indonesian Island, from the court-martial of an admiral to the impeachment hearings of a peacenik President.

    Anne says: "had to listen to it non stop"
    "I started with high hopes"
    Overall

    This book has a great premise, one that's a bit different from most "thrillers". I might have enjoyed the book, I might have actually made it through the book, had the narrator not been so stiff, cold, and unbelieveable. He was even worse during the female dialog, making even young ladies sound like a cross between Aunt Bee of Mayberry and Dr. Mark Craig of St. Elsewhere. Somewhere in the middle of a woman's line I gave up and never finished the book. This one would be better read than heard I'm sure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unspeakable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kevin O'Brien
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    A family of four murdered in their hotel room. A single mother and her boyfriend both stabbed to death. A sordid history of violent crimes, repeated over and over - but decades apart. Olivia Barker is a therapist with no connection to the murders. But she has heard things. Stories that keep her up at night. Details that only a killer would know. A killer who could be one of her patients…Olivia has no proof for her suspicions. But as the body count rises, so do her fears. A rock is thrown through her window, her car tires are slashed, a chilling message is scrawled on her bathroom mirror.

    Heather says: "Really great book!"
    "Fumbled start"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book had so many opportunities to be great, but it wasn't. The premise was excellent but I found the start of the book to be less than believable, causing it to drift off center for me. The middle was muddled; too much playing around with the characters and their intertwined lives. The last part of the book was really quite good. With a better lead-in and a better developed body, this book could have been a true winner. As is, it's a great ending looking for a story to lead into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (586)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Just misses the mark"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was excited to listen to this book because the south of the 60's was such a volatile place. My understanding of the times made this book a good story, but less noteworthy than I expected. I think the problem lies in the length and repetitive nature of the story, and the fact that I had difficulty forming a bond with any of the characters. The reader had a formidable challenge trying to separate voices for so many characters which made the performance average. It's not a bad book, but perhaps one that's better read than heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2361)
    Performance
    (2150)
    Story
    (2150)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Very Bad Choice"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I didn't know the genre of this book when I bought it and for that I am culpable. Not being a fan of Sci-fi, which I'm assuming this is, I can't give a recommendation on it's place in Sci-Fi, but I can tell you that the book is wordy and the dialog is scarce. The characters are moderately separable, but boring. Beyond that, I will refrain from comment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (724)

    Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

    Margaret Campbell says: "Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!"
    "Excitingly wonderful sequel!"
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    Where does The Sins of the Father rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There are many audiobooks that I would read over again, all different in nature and character. I would put The Sins of the Father and it's predecessor Only Time Will Tell in the top 6.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters remained true to their natures from the first book. These are people one not only likes, but comes to know as friends. Rooting for them to triumph over circumstances is as natural as wishing the best in the world for a loved friend or family member.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Perhaps the fun of seeing Emma and Mr. Ginsberg triumph over Sefton Jelks. But all of the scenes were wonderful.


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

    Yes, I could have done that. However, to do so would have deprived me of the joy of the book over a few sittings when I had to wait for nearly a year for this sequel. Now that's it's over, I find myself on pins and needles awaiting the last book of the trilogy!


    Any additional comments?

    As authors go, Jeffery Archer has never faild to acquit himself. He writes well, knows his characters and takes the time to develop them, and he has the ability to write scenes that are very satisfying to the reader. Even when one is left hanging to wait for the next book, one doesn't mind the discomfort because the wait will have been worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Final Jeopardy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (152)

    Alex Cooper awakens one morning to news of her own brutal murder. Soon, Manhattan's top sex-crimes prosecutor discovers that the actual victim is film star Isabella Lascar, who had sought refuge at Alex's private retreat. Now it is up to Alex to find the killer before another victim surfaces.

    Lennart says: "Mediocre story, outstanding narrator."
    "A very good book, indeed"
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    Where does Final Jeopardy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put Final Jeopardy in the upper middle class of the books I've listened to over the years. It was steady and well done.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    This was an ending I had not anticipated until well into the book. It's different and plausible so that was a nice shift from what I was expecting.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Barbara Rosenblat has the sultry voice of a Kathleen Turner character. It's low and husky and slightly different from so many other readers. Once I got past the fact that this was a big voiced gal speaking a small woman's role I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Perhaps I liked the book as well as I did because it didn't produce an extreme reaction The characters were so well read, the accents so perfect, and the comfort with which they all interacted made this a comfortable listen.


    Any additional comments?

    It's easy to forget that the same person is doing all the parts in Final Jeopardy. Barbara Rosenblatt is more than equal to the task. She is marvelous with the male voices and makes Mike, the NYPD cop with whom she works, a great guy, someone I'd like to know. All the characters are quite separate with voices and inflections of their own. Well done.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fall from Grace: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (176)

    The mysterious, violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in bestselling author Richard North Patterson’s twentieth compelling novel. Adam Blaine arrives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben Blaine, a famous and charismatic writer who has served as patriarch of his clan for many years.

    Sonya says: "Worth my credit!"
    "Patterson: Not at his best"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Richard North Patterson and/or Dennis Boutsikaris?

    I've read several books by Richard North Patterson and have always been pleased. This time I was disappointed, not to the point where I'd never read another of his books, but this one was far from the best of his work. The plot was tedious and the characters were so self absorbed that I found very little to redeem them.


    What could Richard North Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There was not a single character with likeable qualities. I couldn't identify with any of them and therefore I couldn't like them very much either. I found that I didn't care what happened to any of them and by the end of the book, I was glad for them all that their story was over. If Mr. North had written even one compelling character I probably would have enjoyed the book more.


    What three words best describe Dennis Boutsikaris’s voice?

    Interesting Versatile Pleasing I like Mr. Boutsikaris as an actor and I like him as a reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Initially I was disappointed, then frustrated, and finally bored with everyone in the book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ideal Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (629)

    Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation. Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly....

    A User says: "Maybe if I was 16"
    "Entertaining but hardly original"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'd recommend the book to others because it was an easy listen with very clearly defined characters. Each person is either good or bad, kind or nasty, selfless or spoiled. Sometimes it's nice to listen to a book where the good guys win out and the bad guys get their just rewards.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No surprises here, but the ending was like the book: clean, clear, happy.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Traister – was your favorite?

    Ellie was my favorite performance by the reader.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    There's nothing I would have added.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is for the Idealist in all of us. The story was well written and well read, nothing spectacular to throw the reader's emotions or to change the reader's perception of life. It is a sweet book that gives us a look at what life should be like (at least what life should be like after a terrible event) as opposed to the reality of today. It presupposes that evil will be punished and that the good will be happy. How I wish this were a manual for human behavior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1036)

    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"
    "Fabulous start! I can't wait for the sequel!!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Only Time Will Tell?

    The story was well told and the characters were so interesting and fleshed out that I felt I knew and liked--or hated--them. From a seemingly benign beginning, these people bloomed into interesting individuals with flaws and character and sometimes, wisdom beyond their years or station in life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Every word of it.


    Which character – as performed by Roger Allam and Emelia Fox – was your favorite?

    Harry Clifton and Old Jack for Mr. Allam and Harry's mother for Ms Fox.


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

    Yes! I can't wait to get started on the second part of the series. I hope it comes out soon.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this first book. If you never read another part, you will enjoy this one immensely!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1001)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "What a great premise for a book."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Chad Harbach and/or Holter Graham?

    Yes I would.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Chad Harbach? Why or why not?

    Mr. Harbach writes well, gives depth to some of his characters, and plots out the story line nicely.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    I think I likes his portrayal of Owen the best. He gave Owen exactly the voice and attitude I expected, but he also gave him more than I expected and it was all good.


    Was The Art of Fielding worth the listening time?

    Yes, I believe it was.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, but it was not without flaws. It started well, bogged down, then recovered hinting at a need for some additional, or at least better, editing. One character was a bit too wimpy and hard to believe. Still it presented an interesting look into how 5 people met and the impact each had on the others' lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2135)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1756)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Well read but a little unbelieveable."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about A Conflict of Interest? What did you like least?

    The premise of an atorney defending a man from his parent's past was intriguing.

    What I liked the least were the portions of the story that strained credulity. It could have been and should have been much better.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it was a bit bland and under finished.


    Which character – as performed by David LeDoux – was your favorite?

    The attorney.


    Did A Conflict of Interest inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book started with a good premise, but never generated the feeling or enthusiasm for any of the characters that it could have done. So much potential; so little development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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