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ujaval

Bangalore, India | Member Since 2009

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  • Fault Line

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    A search for missing documents in an international mining company becomes a voyage into dangerous waters. A dead friend, a lost lover and a clutch of mysteries from Jonathan Kellaway's youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him when he is tasked with discovering why there is a gaping hole in his employer's records - and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies of those years. It is a truth that has claimed several victims before.

    Sandy says: "When you really want a good book try Goddard"
    "Boring family drama, not a mystery or a thriller"
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    This would be one of the worst audible purchases for me. This book is supposed to be a mystery, but after the first part I completely lost interest in the story. I don't leave books unfinished - so dragged myself through to the end and found it disappointing. Don't get this if you are looking for edge-of-the-seat thriller or a gripping mystery.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Marin Ireland
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Kayleigh Towne is a beautiful and successful singer-songwriter, and Edwin Sharp is her biggest fan. When she replies to one of his fan letters with 'XO', Edwin is convinced she loves him, and that her latest hit song "Your Shadow" was written for him. Nothing Kayleigh or her lawyers can say persuades him otherwise. Then the singer gets an anonymous phone call - it's the first verse of "Your Shadow" playing. Soon after, one of the crew is horribly murdered.

    Duncan says: "An entertaining story"
    "well researched mystery"
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    A book with it's own music album? I was skeptical at first, but got hooked on to it quickly. The songs are well written and build the type of backdrop needed to set the story in a realistic world. The story is full of surprises and the ending doesn't disappoint either. One of my favorite mystery novels now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    John Puller is a former war hero and now the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is a loner with few possessions by preference, but he has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable determination for finding the truth. His father was the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, but now resides in a nursing home far from his battlefield glory. Puller’s older brother, also a military vet, is serving a life sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary. Puller is called out to a remote, rural area far from any military outpost to investigate into the brutal murder of a family....

    Michal says: "Baldacci at his best"
    "Great story and brilliant performance"
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    One of the better Baldacci novels. I liked the production style of using sound effects and two narrators which gives a more movie-like feel to the book. The story is gripping and the plot is well laid out. John Puller's character is well developed and one really roots for him to success in the quest. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1756)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1091)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"
    "Interesting premise, but not the Holmes you love"
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    The book starts off on a great note. The female character is immediately lovable and one hopes for a great adventure with Holmes and Mary together. But the story soon loses its steam and in the end the plot is just not as intelligent as Conan Doyle would have made it. The thing I love most about Holmes' character is his deduction skills. But this novel turned out ot be more or a regular mystery with characters borrowed from the original series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Deadly Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (557)

    One of the most popular suspense novels of all time. A well-dressed man stalks the high-class neighborhoods of New York City. He is armed with an ice axe. His victims are strangers. And one cop, Captain Ed Delaney must solve a series of bizarre, gruesome murders that defy logic or method. This shocking story has captured the imaginations of millions like no other modern thriller.

    Parusski says: "Evening with an old friend!"
    "Great detective story but very slow"
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    I would have loved this book if it had less time devoted to character building and more time for the actual plot. Disappointed after reading great reviews from others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat Spin: A Cordell Logan Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Freed
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller. Based in sunny Rancho Bonita - “California’s Monaco”, as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it - Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for.

    Arthur says: "A whodunit with a touch of humor."
    "Superb narration, but average story"
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    Loved the performance by David Freed. The lead character is funny and interesting and the mystery is gripping. But it gets too complicated fast and the ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. Still it is a good and fun read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3663)
    Performance
    (3137)
    Story
    (3122)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Quite engaging and well researched story"
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    Liked this one better than the previous 'Dead Or Alive' in this series. Being in India, I was surprised how realistic the situations, characters and places set in this part of the world were. The story has many sub-plots and sometimes it's just too much to keep track of. But it's satisfying at the end. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (904)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "A fast paced thriller and great narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Didn't like the story and dark characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Takes a while to build the momentum, but then the suspece just grips you and it moves very fast. A worth read if you don't mind really sick characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Manchurian Candidate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Condon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    Buried deep within the consciousness of Sergeant Raymond Shaw is the mechanism of an assassin, a time bomb ticking toward explosion, controlled by the delicate skill of its Communist masters. Shaw returns from the Korean War to an idolizing and unsuspecting country. What follows is at once a spy story, a love story, and a sobering, yet outrageously funny satire on demagoguery in American politics.

    Hunter says: "What a wonderful title!"
    "Dated storyline, dull plot, sick characters"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There wasn't much of the story in the book. I waited patiently for the story to pick up the pace and things to happen, but it just ended without any high points in between. The plot wasn't developed fully, and the I felt the story jumped around a lot and missed the continuity. If you are expecting a thriller or a spy-story - this isn't one. I liked the narration though - and that's what made me survive the 10-hours and finish the book.


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (1806)
    Story
    (1822)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Bad narrator"
    Overall

    Very fast and inaudible narrator, worst one I have come across. Had high hopes but totally not worth buying this.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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