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Julian

Gurnee, IL, USA

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3247)
    Performance
    (2284)
    Story
    (2284)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    A very enjoyable read, I couldn't wait to start Tomo and Hawk! Excellent characters and an enjoyable story. I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 if I could (a five in my book is hard to get)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2004)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (419)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    teresa says: "no wonder it was on sale"
    "Thought provoking but not entertaining"
    Overall

    I like Grisham because his storys are usually thought provoking AND entertaining. This one was only thought provoking. I very nearly stopped listening about 3/4 of the way through, but I stuck it out figuring he would end it with a flourish. It did begin a slight recovery towards the end, but then fell flat. I would have given it 2.5 stars, but thats not an option, so I only gave it 2 stars because I really don't think it was worth 3.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hanged Man's Song

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    Prey fans everywhere have embraced the return of Sandford's other charismatic hero, Kidd, artist, computer whiz, and professional criminal, and his sometime partner, sometime lover, LuEllen.

    Anthony says: "Great Kidd Novel"
    "Entertaining...but at times slow..."
    Overall

    Overall I enjoyed this book, but at times it did get a little slow. As someone who works in the software field, there were a number of annoying technical problems with the plot, but I was able to put them aside. I always buy the un-abridged versions of books, but in this case, it might be better abridged.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2411)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (888)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "Great Listen-highly recommend!"
    Overall

    This was a totally enjoyable listen. I often found myself sitting in the parking lot at work listening, unable to team myself away to go into the office.

    The characters were developed very well, and the plot held me until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (328)

    Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

    Douglas says: "Great adventure! Hard to put down."
    "Very enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed this book. I found myself sitting in my car long after I reached my destination to see what happened next. There were a couple of technical flaws in the story that caught my attention, but overall, it had me riveted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Attack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Yasmina Khadra
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Dr. Amin Jaafari, an Arab-Israeli citizen, is a respected, dedicated surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. He has learned to live with the violence that plagues his city and works tirelessly to help the victims brought to the emergency room. But one night, a deadly bombing in a local restaurant takes a horrifyingly personal turn, when his wife's body is found among the dead, bearing injuries that match those typically found on the bodies of fundamentalist suicide bombers.

    Diana - Audible says: "Powerful"
    "Thought provoking, but a little depressing"
    Overall

    Overall I really enjoyed this book. It does a good job of getting you into the heads of both sides of the Palestinian conflict, without coming across as advocating for either side. But be warned, it can be a little depressing in parts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Avenger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. In the fog of that horrible place, the killer, too, has vanished. In a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time the CIA must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.

    James says: "MASTERFULL"
    "A whirlwind history tour with excitment to boot"
    Overall

    I haven't read Forsyth in quite a while (over a decade) and as such had forgotten how much detail he pours into his books (either that, or he's changed his style a lot!). He weaves so much history into the telling of this story, that on occasion I found myself saying outloud..."how about getting back to the story!". None the less, the odd times when I felt I was listening to a history professor were countered by an overall good story that kept me guessing and interested to the end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do.

    Linda says: "I should have read the reviews"
    "Entertaining but not gripping"
    Overall

    Overall I enjoyed this book, but it never really sucked me in. The whole thing brews to a climax that sort of peters out. The characters are well developed, but the plot just lacks substance. For this reason, I give it 3 stars...a middle of the line review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pegasus Descending

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (311)

    A troubled young woman breezes into Detective Robicheaux's hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of his friend: a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life.

    Deborah says: "Breathtaking"
    "OK story...kind of slow...."
    Overall

    I am a John Sandford fan and have never read (listened to) a book by Burke before. I found the story to be pretty slow with not a lot happening and little intrigue. It never really grabbed me, but it wasn't so bad as to lose my attention--merely ok.

    I'm not sure I'll read another book by this author again if this is what they are all like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.

    David says: "Excellent read!"
    "Enjoyed it very much"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much. Not sure what the one reviewer meant when they said that the auther kept repeating the same thing over and over...perhaps their mp3 player was skipping?? (Kidding).

    I was glued to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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