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Franklin

Tallahassee, Florida, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Turning Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Very Good"
    "I Kept Waiting For the Trial"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I didn't finish it though I labored almost 3/4 of the way through. Granted I am a late middle aged woman but the explicit, descriptive, detailed sex and the debauched portrayal of teens was more than I could endure. I felt like I needed to wash my brain and erase the images. Somehow I think that it reveals a lack of imagination when authors resort to surrounding their stories with sex instead of interesting characters and plots.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    While I enjoyed a previous book by this author, I doubt I will try him again.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Familiar.


    Did Turning Angel inspire you to do anything?

    Put it down.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Without Warning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    Years ago, Katie Sanford’s husband was convicted of the murder of Jenny Robbins, then died himself in prison. It’s a small town and memories are long, and Katie and Jenny’s husband, Chief of Police Jake Robbins, have had to work at putting the tragedy behind them. But it's all brought up again in the wake of a hurricane which has just wreaked havoc on their quiet Maine town.

    Kathi says: "A "could-not-put-it-down" police procedural!"
    "I Wanted to Like It"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story seemed so far-fetched with story lines coming from nowhere...at least to me. Near the end I just stopped listening because I pretty much knew how it would end. I miss Andy Carpenter. Sorry. I'm sure the author wants to branch out but the dogs and reader Gardner are Rosenfelt to me.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (956)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "So Believable."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am only on Chapter 2 and loving this book. The detail, the knowledge, the characters are great. I'm fixin' to fall into this book. (the wife of Franklin)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1749)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The plot was weak. The characters are likable and the reader is good.


    Would you recommend Without Fail to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


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

    Emotion and personality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2221)
    Performance
    (1972)
    Story
    (1956)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Awesome story"
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    Any additional comments?

    I did not want to finish this book. I had read his two previous ones and knew it would be the work of a genuine storyteller unlike any I'd ever heard. Loved the readers; they gave it authenticity and feeling. Don't rush through this; it's real people and real life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (349)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    Melinda says: "Buzz-z-z-z-z-z-z"
    "It was Ok."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    If Scott Brick had not been reading it I'm sure I would have stopped sooner. I liked the author's "You're Next" but this one seemed a little too drawn out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1328)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "I couldn't stop listening."
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    If you could sum up Creole Belle in three words, what would they be?

    Disturbing, hypnotic, Southern


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite. They were the kinds of main characters that I could not relate to and yet were human, earthy, filled with good and also disturbing qualities.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    His reading and voice made the story. I don't think I could have finished it without his excellent rendition. I could listen to him read to me forever.


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

    The book was filled with the darker sides of human nature and yet included realism. I was "moved" by men's cruelty and wanted to stop listening...but couldn't.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is haunting, picturesque, a literary masterpiece of words that creates reality as you listen. I believe this is a man's story or one who doesn't have trouble with vulgarity, sadism, deprivation. I'm not a writer so I'm having a hard time finding words to describe the story. You slide into it and then you can't stop listening. I have not listened to any of the author's other books. I'm not sure I want to. The images from the story are in my brain now and some of them I wish were not. Having said that, those who like these kinds of stories and characters will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3993)
    Performance
    (3566)
    Story
    (3562)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Excellent Book"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This was an excellent read. I tried to drag it out because I didn't want it to end. The plot was ok but the interaction and story between James and Maggie was wonderful. I enjoyed being in their company. Yes; it brought tears and made me laugh out loud sometimes. The reader did a super job of putting you into the scenes. The last few minutes had you holding your breath...worried about the ending. I hope there will be another book with these characters and the reader.I've listened to other of Crais' books. This one is the best!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (459)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "I'm not even finished yet!!"
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    Where does Innocent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I do not want this book to end! It's a compelling story, with a slow and conversational story-teller, true-to-life personalities, and a gripping plot which I think I know how it's going to end but won't be surprised when I am completely wrong. Love it! Guess I'll have to rent "Presumed Innocent" just to keep the people and story alive in my mind.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rusty Sabich, the father. He's a respected, respectful judge who desires to be a good husband, father, and friend. However, his character is so real because he exhibits the qualities most all of us have at some time....a sense that we have missed out on the important joys of life while having sacrificed for the *good* that compels us. Also there is the admirable quality of one willing to accept being misunderstood and judged for a higher form of love and duty.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Hermann and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Sandy Stern and Judge Yee.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes....and No. It held my interest but I didn't want it to be over.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    Shortly after Army lawyer Sean Drummond starts working for the Office of Special Projects, a CIA cell which handles the most dangerous threats, the White House Chief of Staff is found brutally murdered. A note left by the killer promises more victims, including the President.

    William says: "The President's Assassin--A Killer Read!"
    "I love Drummond"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The President's Assassin to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but the presentation of the story is great on the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor in the story, the insight into the ways of Washington and the Intelligence Services, but most of all I like the way Scott Brick reads!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Since I haven't finished it completely, I can't say yet.


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

    I loved Haig's other book. While I know it's fiction, books such as this one gives some depth and meat to the superficial news reporting we get on current issues and world affairs. The book made me laugh out loud many times and reminds me that we live in a dangerous and deceptive World.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick is my favorite Reader. If he's reading the story, I'll listen. :~)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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