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Franklin

Tallahassee, Florida, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 12 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 124 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • The Night Crew

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Five US soldiers, tasked with guarding Iraqi prisoners, stand accused of committing depraved atrocities against their charges. Drummond is assigned to defend one of them: a hardscrabble young woman who is either incredibly naive or deceptively evil...and whose incriminating photos made the case an international scandal.

    Kathryn says: "An intelligent and well written novel"
    "Couldn't Finish It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Examining the sexual demeaning at Abu Ghraib. No real story here; just seemed like exploitation and titillation for the purpose of a story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3746)
    Performance
    (3291)
    Story
    (3298)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Kathryn says: "Worth the listen"
    "The Escape?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    I've enjoyed Baldacci's books in the past. This one was lacking plot and depth. I'll give him another try.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It wasn''t very interesting


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    The female voice didn't appeal to me but then I rarely like female readers.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a female. The name of the account is my Husband

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turning Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (655)

    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.

    Sharon says: "Boring, too long and drawn out"
    "I Kept Waiting For the Trial"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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.


    35 of 39 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
    (276)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (236)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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.


    5 of 8 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
    (1514)
    Performance
    (1357)
    Story
    (1360)

    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.

    Mel says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "So Believable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (3425)
    Performance
    (2627)
    Story
    (2622)

    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
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (2778)
    Performance
    (2441)
    Story
    (2435)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
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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
    (598)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (480)

    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.

    Kate says: "Annoying...."
    "It was Ok."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (1763)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1491)

    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.

    Suzn F says: "YES!!! Dave and Clete back in Louisiana once again"
    "I couldn't stop listening."
    Overall
    Performance
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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
    (4782)
    Performance
    (4267)
    Story
    (4268)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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

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