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GeeBLate

Knoxville, TN USA | Member Since 2000

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  • The Cyanide Canary: A Story of Injustice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Hilldorfer, Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    This story of environmental injustice begins with young Scott Dominquez of Soda Springs, Idaho. He reports to his job at Evergreen Resources, an acid-fertilizing production facility, on the morning of August 27, 1996. By 11 o'clock that morning, he had been pulled from a poison-storage tank, barely alive and severely brain-damaged. Saddened and outraged by what had happened to Scott, EPA Special Agent Joseph Hilldorfer began a relentless battle to bring Evergreen's owner, Allan Elias, to justice.

    Chris says: "Ok I'm biased"
    "I wanted to llke this book"
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    I really thought the description of this book sounded interesting. I admit that I tried two or three times to listen to it all the way through but I never did. It just didn't hold my attention and I would get interested in doing other things and forget to listen. Maybe I will give it another try sometime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hades Factor: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    In the first installment of an exciting new series from Robert Ludlum, a teenage girl in Atlanta, an Army major in California, and a homeless man in Boston all die a horrible and painful sudden death from the devastating effects of an unknown virus. Join the search for the truth behind the deadly virus in this heart-stopping listen! Also available href=javascript:linkThis('/store/product.jsp','&productID=BK_AREN_000203')>abridged.

    Deb says: "Excellent"
    "Not the usual Ludlum but still good"
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    I am a die-hard Ludlum fan. I have been reading/listening to his books all my adult life. I usually find his intricate plots, twists and turns totally engaging. There were a few disappointing lapses in this book. For instance, the lead character drove a very distinctive sports car to the home of a computer guru friend without a thought that it was easily trackable. Hello?? Granted, this was a minor point, but it was quite unusual for Ludlum books and was disappointing. There were a few more like this that I won't mention and spoil anything. The audio had numerous sequences where phrases or even sentences were repeated. Didn't an editor listen to the final result? The narrator was pretty good but all his British accents sounded a lot like Cary Grant! Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen. It is the first of a the Covert One series and I really like to listen to series books in order and am glad I started this series. But it is not even in the same league as "The Parsifal Mosaic" or the Bourne series novels, all by Ludlum, which had much more developed characters and more intricate plots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2118)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1783)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "I like the wise cracks"
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    I know a number of other reviewers have said they have had enough of the John Corey's wise cracks but I still love them. His irreverence is hilarious and is often exactly what I'm thinking. I did think the story wasn't quite as good as the the previous ones in the series but it was still very good. I was a little disappointed in the minor role that Kate played in this book. I know the middle eastern setting where she was forced to cover her body, hair and face reduced her ability to take active part in many of the situations, but it was almost as if the author dismissed her as readily as the Bedowins did. Aside from that, this was a very enjoyable listen and if you have liked John Corey in the previous books, you will probably like him in this one. As usual, Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bird's Eye View

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J.F. Freedman
    • Narrated By Gregory Harrison
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Maverick risk-taker and onetime star professor Fritz Tullis witnesses the first in a string of murders involving high-ranking government officials and before he knows it, and against his better judgment, he is digging for the truth. But he himself is being scrutinized, and someone, somewhere, is plotting his death.

    Ann says: "Nice change of pace for a mystery"
    "wonderfully original"
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    This was such a refreshing, different mystery,. It had none of the usual cliched, urban settings and scenes. It was very interesting and I couldn't stop listening once I started. I've stayed up until almost 2am because I had to hear the end. About 3/4 of the way through I figured out that one character wasn't exactly what he/she was portrayed to be but I was VERY wrong about their actual identity! Gregory Harrison did a superb job of narration--not too flat or too emotional. This is a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

    L. says: "Disappointed"
    "Enthralling"
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    I have to agree with other reviewers that the author's lisp made it sometimes difficult to understand. But once I got used to it, I didn't notice it. I found the story enthralling but then I tend to like most medical mysteries, fact or fiction. I didn't know a lot about the 1918 flu and found the topic very, very interesting. While this definitely is not a comedy, I found myself laughing at the comparison of the two "expeditions" to obtain tissue samples. A guy with a shovel and two strong helpers, and a million dollar expedition with 2 tons of equipment, dozens of journalists and hazmat suits that took years to plan. The latter, of course, receiving federal funding. Also the description of the outcome of the expensive expedition as not being a failure was classic spin! I suggest you listen to the sample of the book and see if the narrator's speech will be too distracting to you before buying. If it won't, this is a great book. I will probably listen to it again. If you have listened to "Hot Zone" and liked it, you will like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23660)
    Performance
    (10246)
    Story
    (10327)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "I can't get past the S-L-O-W start"
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    I have tried three or four different times to listen to this book. I just cannot get past the VERY slow start. I have listened to a lot of epic novels, detailed historical books and other books some might find tedious but just can't get into this one. I have tried multiple times only because of the glowing reviews. Maybe I will give it another try but for now it will have to just sit in My Library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919. Their daughter Francie and their son Neeley knew more than their fair share of the privations and sufferings that are the lot of a great city's poor. Primarily this is Francie's book. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child. And Francie's growing up and beginnings of wisdom are the substance of this classic tale.

    David says: "Classic Story, Must"
    "Enthralling story but very poor audio quality"
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    I read this book as a child and have seen the movie countless times. I absolutely love the story. Betty Smith develops characters that you develop feelings for--both positive and negative. She has a way of making mundane, everyday life seem enthralling and even exciting. The brutality of the treatment of poor children and their indomitable spirit to overcome obstacles is amazing and inspiring. In our times of unending materialism, the life the family leads seems so deprived by comparison but the love in the family triumphs. Yes, this book is old-fashioned and probably won't appeal to a lot of people, but this is well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1047)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "I can't get enough of John Corey"
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    This is the third in the John Corey series and it did not disappoint. I love John Corey's sarcastic sense of humor and distaste for authority figures. A man after my own heart! Fiction based loosely on historical events can be fascinating and really gets your imagination going. the downing of TWA flight 800 is the event in this book. The plot is enthralling and I really didn't see the ending coming.. Scott Brick does an excellent job of narration as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4641)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1924)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    Toni says: "Remarkable!"
    "I love John Corey!"
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    John Corey, former NY PD and now on contract with the FBI anti-terrorism task force, is one of the funniest, most sarcastic and irreverent cops/agents of all time. While the plot is dead serious and gripping, the dialogue and Corey's dry sense of humor kept me laughing out loud. As usual, Scott Brick is superb as the narrator and he brings Corey's sarcastic wit to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12084)
    Performance
    (10975)
    Story
    (11002)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "An all-nighter"
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    I stayed up all night because I couldn't bear to turn it off. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi but this story was so good I got caught up in it. The writer started off the sci-fi stuff with small clues interwoven in the character and plot development so that everything was totally believable, at least at first. The characters were colorful, amusing, and very likeable. I found even the. very imaginative sci-fi ending gripping which is saying a lot for someone who doesn't like sci-fi. A thoroughly enjoyable listen. The narrator was really exceptional too.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (854)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "Gripping"
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    I'm a big Herman Wouk fan but this surpassed any expectations I had. I couldn't stop listening to it. This was a great story and the writing and character development were superb. I really liked the narrator. He was really good even when doing female voices. I felt transported back in time to WWII while listening. The description of the Caine was to expertly done that I swear I could smell the sea. Get this book, you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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