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Mark Speener

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  • 1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (672)

    There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

    Chuck says: "Skip the Prologue"
    "Cliched and transparent"
    Overall

    I will not spoil the story for you but I thought it was all pretty transparent and knew what would happen long before 4 allegedly experienced women did. The only saving grace is that the butler did not do it. I think I'm done with Patterson.

    The narration was top notch though.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21380)
    Performance
    (15488)
    Story
    (15542)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great Book with a good performance."
    Overall

    I read this in book form but the audio makes it come alive. The reader turned me off initially because either the sound quality was off or he was drunk. He sobered up quickly and put on an excellent performance. I really appreciated the emotion he put into his reading. Chapters I blew past as boring when I read it were really brought to life.

    The book, of course, is awesome. I think it's even better in audio form.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2737)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1373)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Cathleen says: "The Saga Continues....."
    "Problems with the villian"
    Overall

    First, the book was good and the narration was good. My only beef is the choice of villain.

    I just could not buy Achilles as a contender for world domination. No training, no education and a record of mass murder. We last saw him commited to a mental institution! He goes from this to deviously manipulating world powers? Sorry, I just don't buy it. Maybe if Card had connected the dots I could but this just came from nowhere.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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