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  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2575)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1033)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "Ho-hum"
    Overall

    Agree with others that the secondary story of Michelle's family was distracting and a waste of time. Without it the book's length would probably be a 1/3 shorter and not worth the listen. Even the primary storyline dragged on. There were too many points along the way where the author comes up with a solution to a problem that is unrealistic. Reminds me of one of his previous books with these characters where during a gun battle the two bullets from the villain and Shawn miraculously collided, thereby preventing injury. Sigh.

    Definitely not of of Baldacci's better reads; not even close.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5887)
    Performance
    (5046)
    Story
    (5039)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Won't be buying Book 14 unless Marsters returns"
    Overall

    I'm sorry but when you buy an audio book the narration always factors into the enjoyment of the story. A Harry Dresden book just isn't the same without the guy who gave the characters their voices. I thought the story/plot was okay but it would have been great to have Marsters back. It got to the point where I had to listen to some of "Changes" just to hear the comforting narration I've come to expect from Dresden.

    If Book 14 is released without Marsters I'll be checking it out at the library instead of wasting an Audible credit on it.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2265)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (881)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Not his best Robicheaux book"
    Overall

    This was not one of James Lee Burke's best Dave Robicheaux novels. The ending was abrupt. It sounded like Mr. Burke got tired of writing and just quit! It definitely needed an epilog. I do hope this is not his last Robicheaux novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3834)
    Performance
    (2204)
    Story
    (2210)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Okay story but horrible ending"
    Overall

    The story line is okay but what a lousy ending. I won't give anything away by saying there's no closure to this book and what little ending there is made me scroll back because I thought I had accidentally missed a couple hours of listening. At the very least there should have been an epilogue but one second you're listening to the story and the next the author says "The End". What a waste.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • True Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (431)

    Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform.

    Stephen says: "No connection to new heroine"
    "Massively disappointing"
    Overall

    I've listened to other Baldacci novels but this is by far the worse. Halfway through I just wanted this thing to end. As others have commented the plot was weak and predictable, the characters are annoying, narration made it worse and the cliches never ended. I couldn't believe the number of times the main characters got themselves out of life and death situation via completely unrealistic and stupid methods. It got to the point where I was hoping the main characters would die to prevent any type of sequel.

    This wasn't my first Baldacci novel but it'll be my last. The quality of his writing has declined to the point where he's just dialing in the books for a quick buck.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (600)

    In a Chicago suburb, a dentist is met in his office parking lot by three men and ordered into the trunk of his Lexus. On a downtown sidewalk, Jack Reacher and an unknown woman are abducted in broad daylight by two men - practiced and confident - who stop them at gunpoint and hustle them into the same sedan.

    Keith says: "not the best but okay"
    "If only 0 stars were possible"
    Overall

    I fail to understand the average customer ratings for the Jack Reacher books. The series is one of the worst I've read and Die Trying just perpetuates the problem. The narrator's voice is annoying to the point where you just want to turn off the book and take a break from the "whining" of the female characters. The supernatural abilities of Reacher to bring the story to a conclusion are just too hokey and unrealistic.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (490)

    Women are dying. Women who have nothing in common except the fact that they once worked for the military. And they knew Jack Reacher. How and why these women are in danger completely baffles the elite FBI team working the case. There is no trace evidence. There are no links between victims. Their bodies have no fatal wounds. And the killer entered their homes and exited again like a summer breeze.

    Ed says: "Great book with a single flaw"
    "Absurd and frustrating - Quitting Reacher"
    Overall

    This was my 3rd and last attempt at a Lee Child/Jack Reacher novel. Upon finishing "Echo Burning" I didn't think I could find something with an ending so absurd but lo and behold this entire book fit the mold. As a previous reviewer mentions the method that the killer uses is so improbable that that the author must believe you're an idiot to buy into it. What makes this even worse is that you quickly realize what it is but you hope throughout the rest of the book that you're wrong because it would be such a stupid approach for the storyline.

    I enjoy a mystery where you have to use the given clues to determine the killer but in this case the author deliberately withholds information because once you figure out the killing method early into the book then the identity of the murderer is blown (of course you keep hoping it's a mistake because otherwise it would be too absurd to believe).

    And finally the narration is grating at best. Like other Reacher books by the same narrator, the voices of the female characters are whiny and so "nasally" that it's annoying to listen to them. I'd seriously consider hiring a woman to handle the voices of the female characters in these books.

    With that being said this was my last Lee Child novel. The plots are too hokey and the characters are too annoying to waste listening time on. It's depressing knowing I've burned up 12 hours of my life that I'll never get back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2942)
    Performance
    (2023)
    Story
    (2030)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "Annoying characters and narration"
    Overall

    I usually don't have a problem with getting through a book but this was tough. The Carmen character was so annoying that it was difficult to just listen to her and the narration made things work. Dick Hill's impersonation of female characters really grates on you. Both Carmen and her daughter always come across as whining and weak. Within a few hours of listening to their voices you really just want to turn off the book to end the misery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1848)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (654)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Way too LONG"
    Overall

    OH. MY. GOD. This book was WAY too long! I'm guessing DeMille must have been paid by the word to publish it. This could easily have been written in half the length without sacrificing any of the storyline, character development, etc.

    The narration made it worse. I'm normally a Scott Brick fan but not with this one. For lack of a better description he massively over-acted the reading. It got to the point where I wouldn't have minded if the main character was killed halfway through the book to at least put an end to the drama and listening to his words.

    By the time you get to the ending you're expecting a massive surprise or shock to the storyline but it's not even close. The ending is dull and anti-climactic.

    If you're interested in Up Country then find an abridged version. Otherwise you'll be "up" all year trying to finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Prisoners

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In Heaven's Prisoners, best-selling author James Lee Burke introduces the gritty, tough, and compassionate former police officer Dave Robicheaux in our first novel of this blockbuster series. Burke's muscular and relentless prose brings characters and events to life with the battering energy of a Bayou thunderstorm.

    Joseph says: "Pure pleasure"
    "Heaven's Prisoners"
    Overall

    Absolutely gripping story. One of James Lee Burke's best books. Mark Hammer IS Dave Robicheaux. He has an uncanny way of interpreting and projecting the characters of each book so that the listener is totally immersed. James Lee Burke's descriptions of sights, sounds, feelings and smells brings the listener into the scene. Both James Lee Burke and Mark Hammer are incredibly talented people.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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