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  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    "a dissappointment"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    As someone who who has heard or read Scott Turows' other novels, I was expecting a better story. The narration was poorly done and did not seem to mesh with the story. The narrator of previous books did a much better job. The story itself had a fair plot, but was not up to Turow standards. I was easy to figure the various twists and switches that were supposed to keep the reader spellbound but did not.


    Has Identical turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Turow should stick to his former cast and and formula; it is a winner.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Henry Leyva?

    Any one of the other narrators who have read Turows' other books.


    What character would you cut from Identical?

    Evans' girlfriend. She adds nothing to the story, and not because of her sexual orientation.


    Any additional comments?

    i would like to return it, but have recently returned another book I did not like, and do not want to make this a practice.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (635)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Another great Sandford"
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    This is a great listen. Sandford is at his best here. The guy banter is so fun and I enjoyed that as much as the real story. The ending was a hoot! The narrator was well suited to this story. A real fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20877)
    Performance
    (18718)
    Story
    (18785)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I could not stop listening!"
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    This story has twists that kept me listening to the end. The author takes the novel formula and turns it on it's side. This is a psychological thriller per excellence. The narration was OK, but the story line really grabbed me. Listen when you have plenty of time, because you will not want to stop!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9431)
    Performance
    (8225)
    Story
    (8239)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "use and abuse of power"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This 2nd book shows how rich and powerful men can manipulate for their own uses. From buying up companys to control girlfriends to using and discarding women. This is the type of man that mothers warn their daughters about, or at least they should. It also feeds into the female fantasy that all a man need to correct serious personality disorders is the love of a good woman. That fiction comes up on a lot of female romance novels. The erotic scenes are well done and the author and reader capture them well. I got this book because of all the hype and overall it is a good read if one does lose sight of the fact that it is pure fantasy fiction.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16238)
    Performance
    (13498)
    Story
    (14123)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "a woman's fantasy story"
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    The story is pure fantasy with a predictable ending. The standard formula of rich troubled man meets poor but attractive woman. She is inexperienced and honorable and he initiates her to lust. I purchased it because of the book reviews. One must suspend reality while reading/listening to the book. This is not literature but rather entertaining, if one can overlook the unrealism.







    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Vienna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (360)

    Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

    Leonard says: "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    "bringing WW ll criminals to justice"
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    What disappointed you about A Death in Vienna?

    The Art world which featured so prominently in previously was absent in this novel.


    What could Daniel Silva have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Added more suspense. The end was very predictable


    What character would you cut from A Death in Vienna?

    the war criminal was not very believable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1444)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1199)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "another excellent novel by Silva"
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrative about the world of art restoration is interesting and informative, set inside a well managed story. It is an education for the reader, who like myself knows little about that world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (973)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "a good story,well written"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this book is the first Silva novel I have heard. It has an excellent story line with lots of turns and subplots.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heist?

    The old woman who tells of the future is in this and other Silva books.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard George Guidall's readings previously and always like the low key of his readings


    Any additional comments?

    I have discovered that one can choose any of the series without missing out on the whole story line. I plan to listen to the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prodigal Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    With a will of steel, Polish immigrant Florentyna Rosnovski is indeed Abel's daughter. She shares with her father a love of America, his ideals, and his dream for the future. But she wants more to be the first female president. Golden boy Richard Kane was born into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful, handsome, and determined to carve his own path in the world - and to build a future with the woman he loves. With Florentyna's ultimate goal only a heartbeat away, both are about to discover the shattering price of power as a titanic battle of betrayal and deception.

    Simone says: "Not Enough Meat"
    "Jeffrey Archer delivers"
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    What did you love best about The Prodigal Daughter?

    good story line and characters


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

    the governesses death was touching


    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading Archers books for 15 years and will continue to read as long as new books come available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    Stone Barrington hasn't heard from his cousin, Dick Stone, in years, though he has fond memories of a teenage summer spent at his house in Maine. But then the CIA's Lance Cabot interrupts an otherwise pleasant meal at Elaine's with the news of Dick's death, apparently by his own hand. It seems that Dick Stone, a quiet family man who doubled as a CIA agent, methodically executed his wife, daughter, and then himself...or did he?

    BLin says: "As always with Woods, it's more the journey"
    "one of the better n the series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, there are twists and turns that keep the reader interested. The ending left me a little let down. This is one of the earlier in the series and the overall story seems fresh.


    Have you listened to any of Tony Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Roberts is a very lively narrator. His many voices seem true to life and add interest


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (507)

    The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend.

    Amazon Customer says: "good"
    "Kellerman does it again."
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    Would you listen to Killer again? Why?

    You bet, Kellerman always delivers a good story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robin was more involved this time, although she did not sound like the Robin of previous stories, I liked her


    Any additional comments?

    Alex is the quintessential therapist, albeit with a dangerous penchant for getting himself into tight spots. I trust Kellerman to bring him thru so can enjoy the suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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