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  • Private London

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Pearson
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (437)

    For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private--the world's most exclusive detective agency--saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

    Jennifer says: "Great listen overall, I recommend it"
    "Pretty good "read!""
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    Would you listen to Private London again? Why?

    Yes, it was fast-paced and kept adding twists and turns to keep things moving and kept my interest throughout.


    What does Rupert Degas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His pace, accent and presentation make the book come alive.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this book for light reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Pilot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Gandt
    • Narrated By Thomas Block
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (504)

    A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

    Matthew says: "Gives a whole new meaning to Snakes on a Plane!"
    "Agonizing to listen to!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    What was most disappointing about Robert Gandt’s story?

    The reader was terrible.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voice, cadence, inflection (or lack of), tone -- lack of a difference in voice between characters. The first chapter was so boring and atonal to listen to, we returned it!


    Any additional comments?

    Have it re-recorded, if possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breach of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Chuck Barrett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (220)

    A hiker finds a journal deep inside a glacier that was lost during World War II. On its frozen pages are etched the secret locations of treasures lost since the 1940s. But something more ominous is scribed in the journal, something that threatens the Presidency of the United States.

    shelley says: "Now one of my New Favorite Authors"
    "A little disappointing, but not terrible."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Breach of Power to be better than the print version?

    No


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, it was fairly predictable. The characters were off somehow -- the plot seemed disjointed and the characters seemed as if they were sleepwalking their way through the book...


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    This seems to have been one of his earlier performances...the previous audio books I've listened to with Scott Brick as the performer/reader, have been excellent; however, in this one he just didn't seem to be on his "game." He badly mispronounced a few things and having to listen to him mangle the name of the town of Dahlonega, GA, time after time, was excruciating! He just seemed to give a lackluster performance -- it certainly was't one of his better efforts.


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

    No -- pretty tame.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Skeleton in the Family: A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Perry
    • Narrated By Katina Kalin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    Moving back into her parents' house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery's Plan A. But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family's skeleton. He's lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.

    A reader in Southborough says: "Stimulating mystery with a wise-cracking skeleton"
    "A book for someone under the age of 14."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It depends on whether it's being written for adults or children!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another Diana Gabaldon book, probably.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Katina Kalin?

    Depends upon the book.


    Do you think A Skeleton in the Family needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Again, if it's being written for children it would make a promising series, but otherwise no.


    Any additional comments?

    A disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (683)

    In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes. The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games.

    Janice says: "Too Long!"
    "Don't waste your time"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having the entire book rewritten by Diana Gabaldon, who knows how to tell a story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philippa Gregory again?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was adequate; however, her characters all sounded alike and it seemed like she disliked the book as much as I did.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Kingmaker's Daughter?

    Most of it -- there was very little story there, mostly one woman whining about her miserable life and how everyone was conspiring against her to keep her "down."


    Any additional comments?

    The writing of this book was so poor and characters so listlessly portrayed that it was a major effort to finish it...I won't try any of her books again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3223)
    Performance
    (2895)
    Story
    (2899)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Don't waste your credits!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who's really into science fiction might enjoy this book. It feels like the author had no plan or outline to follow in writing this book, and made things up as he went along. It was choppy, lacked cohesiveness, and was difficult to follow.


    What could Blake Crouch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Re-write it.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael Garcia’s performance?

    Adequate


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment that I bought it.


    Any additional comments?

    A waste if time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (591)

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    "Fast-paced, well presented and fun!"
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    What made the experience of listening to I, Michael Bennett the most enjoyable?

    The narrators captured the pace and correct presentation and made this a great ride!


    What about Bobby Cannavale and Jay Snyder ’s performance did you like?

    The accents were wonderful!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between Shades of Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ruta Sepetys
    • Narrated By Emily Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    Lina is just like any other 15-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys - until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia.

    FanB14 says: "Sunlight Through the Cracks"
    "I wish more people would take the time to listen!"
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    If you could sum up Between Shades of Gray in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic historical account.


    What other book might you compare Between Shades of Gray to and why?

    Several books written about the Holocaust come to mind...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I wouldn't say "favorite" is the right word; possibly, moving or blatently honest would be more correct. There were too many scenes of that caliber, but I might say the scene in Siberia where the Russian officer comes to their aid, is one of them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    See last comment.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be required high school reading, or college, at the very least! Why hasn't Oprah reviewed this one!!???

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • While Galileo Preys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joshua Corin
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Where others see puzzles, Esme Stuart sees patterns. These outside-the-box inductive skills made her one of the FBI's top field operatives. But she turned her back on all that eight years ago to start a family and live a normal life. She now has a husband, a daughter and a Long Island home to call her own, far removed from the bloody streets of Atlanta. But Galileo's murders escalate and her old boss needs the help of his former protege.

    Kathy says: "A trite book, not particularly well presented."
    "A trite book, not particularly well presented."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story wandered about so much and was not cogently assembled that I found it irritating to listen to...the narrator didn't help much either.


    What was most disappointing about Joshua Corin’s story?

    Lack of cohesiveness and strong characters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I wish I could tell you that...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from While Galileo Preys?

    No particular scene stands out -- one reason I supposed I disliked it!


    Any additional comments?

    Please take it back!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2199)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (810)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "Spellbinding and well presented..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Deep Storm the most enjoyable?

    Scott Brick's presentation of this well-written, fast-moving book is terrific, as usual! The book was so well written that my interest never lagged and the story was very explicit in so many details that it seemed very plausible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deep Storm?

    The ending, where the heros of the book come to realize the actual meaning of the buried "treasure."


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    With Mr. Brick's reading, I am able to sit back and let the events wash over me and just listen as if I were on site, experiencing the whole thing.


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

    Only insofar as encouraging the realization that we probably aren't alone in the universe!


    Any additional comments?

    I was, once again, pleased that I had chosen a book read by Mr. Brick; he is excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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