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  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (251)

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    Sara says: "Such Potential Wasted"
    "Less Than One Star"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed "The Historian", so I was looking forward to this, but it was perhaps the most boring thing I've ever listened to. She goes into ridiculous levels of detail about things that have no bearing on the story. I started to give up after the first of three parts, but didn't. I should have. Also, this is the first book I've listened to narrated by Treat Williams. I guess he's an OK actor, but I don't think he's much of an audiobook narrator.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1433)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Usually a Baldacci fan, but not this time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did not enjoy this book at all. The dialog was just terrible and didn't flow at all, felt like it was written by someone in high school. And the plot involved actions taken to produce a result that the Mythbusters busted years ago. And if you know anything about how computer systems actually work, there were cringe-inducing moments.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Yes, I usually like Baldacci novels, especially the Camel Club series.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    They always give a good performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the book feels like there was a deadline approaching, and it was just thrown together to get something out the door on time.

    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
    (10942)
    Performance
    (9929)
    Story
    (9951)

    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!!"
    "I loved this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I used to live in the vicinity of where this story takes place, so I was curious to see where the author would go. The story is compelling and really sucks you in, I had a hard time "putting the book down" as they say about print books.

    It would be difficult to say too much about the story without spoiling someting, it's got intrigue, some supernatural elements, topless blue haired girls sunbathing on the roof, and one of my favoirite scientists of all time winds up in the story as well.

    Great book, highly recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Corpse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (556)

    A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.

    Cidney says: "Who is Crew?"
    "Boring and Predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've been a Preston and Child fan since I read my first Pendergast novel years ago, and I've liked nearly everything they've written, both individually and as a team, up until about three or four books ago. They've haven't been as good, but I thought this book was terrible.

    You could guess the romantic entanglement a mile away, and when it happend it was awkward and not at all believeable. Also, it was extrememly easy to figure out who the antagonist was going to be. And the dialog? It sounded like they farmed it out to a sixth grader. People don't really talk like that, it felt forced and unnatural all throughout the book.

    And if you're going to make computer hacking part of your story, you should probably do the tiniest bit of research. If they had, they would know that if you you can log into a unix system as the root user, you wouldn't have to crack any passwords on the system, you can just reset them to whatever you want. Also, there is no Microsoft Office for unix. Sure there are clones, but they specifically said Microsoft Office.

    It feels to me like they've just gotten lazy. It didn't feel like they put any effort or imagination into this story at all. I didn't really like the first Gideon story, but I though maybe this one would be better. I was wrong.

    I hope these guys get back on track with the next book, because I'm one more bad novel away from giving up on them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (4062)
    Performance
    (3547)
    Story
    (3516)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Didn't Need To Be That Long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my first Muakami book, and I think I will try another. The story was very interesting, but seemed to drag on unnecessarily. Things were rehashed over and over ad nauseum. I also felt like some things were left unresolved at the end.

    Also, Allison Hiroto was a terrible narrator. She read like you would read something to a kindergartener who you think might not understand, extremely slow and almost condescending. I don't know if she's always like that, or it was just this particular book. I played her sections at 1.5x speed and it helped. The male narrators were fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9014)
    Performance
    (3241)
    Story
    (3318)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Can I Have My Credit Back?"
    Overall

    Wow, this was terrible. Plot was weak, and the story went on and on after the climax. I just kept wondering when it would end. Don't waste your money on this.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (785)

    Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

    J. says: "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of the Pendergast series. However, this novel and the one prior to it have not lived up to the quality of the other books in this series. I would give this one higher marks than "The Wheel of Darkness", but not much higher. Zombies? Really? It seems that Preston and Child have run out of ideas. The book did get somewhat better in the latter third of the novel, but not very good overall. The narration, however, was top-notch.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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