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Deborah

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  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2450)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1574)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Will Listen To More of Lee Child"
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    This was my first time to "read" a Lee Child novel. The storyline was something different, and all in all, I enjoyed it. I will read more of them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (441)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    Joel says: "A heart warming read."
    "Great Story - Both Uplifting and Tragic"
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    The world needs continuing education about the attempted destruction of the Jewish nation during World War II. It is so relevant in light of the ongoing Middle East conflicts today. Jacob's story left me in tears as well as inspired. The world turned a blind eye to their plight during Hitler's reign of terror. We must not do it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skin Collector: Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (312)

    The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector - the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago - Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.

    PAR-TEE says: "Time for Rhyme & Amelia to retire..."
    "Not What I Was Hoping For!"
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    I loved the movie version of the Bone Collector and was hoping this would be a series of books I would enjoy. If this book is an indication of the others, I was disappointed. In my opinion the narrator can make or break an audio book, and I did not care for Ballerini's reading style. I also feel that the author took the opportunity through his story to bash anything he considered remotely "right wing", and that always turns me off. I guess I compare everything to John Sanford's "Virgil Flowers" series, and this one didn't even come close. Virgil is a great character and Eric Conger is an amazing reader. I am also a big Lee Childs' and Vince Flynn fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12031)
    Performance
    (7982)
    Story
    (8017)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Both a terrible and wonderful book!"
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    This is one of the most heartbreaking as well as uplifting books I have ever read. What a story of man's inhumanity to man and the goodness of man with the help of God. Everyone should read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4043)
    Performance
    (3409)
    Story
    (3401)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Good Performance - Average Story"
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    The Racketeer wasn't my favorite Grisham book, but J.D. Jackson is a good narrator and that is always plus for me. The story didn't grab my attention, and I found myself having to listen to parts again, but I did listen to the end. If you are a John Grisham fan, you may just find the book "okay" but nothing special as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (707)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "The Bone Bed"
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    Don't waste your time with this one. It was very disappointing. The narrator's performance was phony and contrived sounding. If she had been a good reader, I might have rated it higher. A narrator can make or break a audiobook, and in this case, she broke it. Story line was only average to boring, so all in all, I did not like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1045)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "LOVE VIRGIL FLOWERS!"
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    Virgil is my favorite John Sanford character and Eric Conger brings him to life. I listen as much for Eric's performance as I do the storyline which was okay. All in all, I enjoyed the book very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1264)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Love Virgil Flowers!"
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    Virgil Flowers is my favorite John Sanford character. This book is laugh out loud funny as well as serious. The storyline is a little hard to swallow, but Virgil makes it worth the read. Eric Conger really brings him to life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Khan: Empire of Silver: A Novel of the Khan Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (138)

    A #1 New York Times best-selling author, Conn Iggulden has garnered both critical and popular acclaim for his compelling novels about Genghis Khan. Iggulden’s riveting Empire of Silver—the fourth in his Khan dynasty series—highlights the incredible story of Ogedai, son of Genghis Khan.

    Tundrabeast says: "Great Next Chapter"
    "Not My Favorite But Still Good"
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    This series fascinates me and I am collecting all of them. However, this was my least favorite, but all in all, I was satisfied. I am looking forward to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5719)
    Performance
    (3659)
    Story
    (3670)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Loved It!"
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    Great story and great reader. Couldn't stop listening. Made me laugh and cry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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