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R. Knight

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  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2188)
    Performance
    (1919)
    Story
    (1918)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "loved the helen trilogy conclusion"
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    What made the experience of listening to Two Graves the most enjoyable?

    Rene Auberjonois' glorious narration. he truly captures Pendergast's honeyed drawl and sharp wit.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    a volcano? didnt see that coming...


    Which character – as performed by Rene Auberjonois – was your favorite?

    Agent Pendergast of course!


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

    i nearly did. two sittings.....not much laundry was done that day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Departure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By A.G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (672)

    Harper Lane has problems. In a few hours, she'll have to make a decision that will change her life forever. But when her flight from New York to London crash lands in the English countryside, she discovers that she's made of tougher stuff than she ever imagined. As Harper and the survivors of Flight 305 struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of the crash, they soon realize this world is very different from the one they left. Their lives are connected, and some believe they've been brought here for a reason.

    Jan says: "To Believe or Not To Believe, That's The Question"
    "disappointed"
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    I couldn't even finish. I still have just under 3 hours left and I won't be spending that time with this book. I was a fan of the Atlantis trilogy and was eager to get my hands on this but it was a watered down ripoff of wayward pines and every other generic sci-fi premise novel. I will not ruin the plot for others if they still choose to read. I simply was not drawn in and by the time the climax was starting I was completely bored and slightly miffed at the obviousness of the plot. sorry. audible and I are usually good partners. this one was a dud for me. I hope Riddle will continue writing and maybe this is just one that didn't send me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12793)
    Performance
    (11627)
    Story
    (11653)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "great weird fiction listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes! i thoroughly enjoyed the concept and as the story progressed i got so immersed i had to bring it in from the car to continue listening. if you are a fan of lovecraft, you are going to like this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    i wouldnt want to ruin anything...


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    zela


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5953)
    Performance
    (3858)
    Story
    (3893)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "grand novel of romance and adventure..."
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    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its my second favorite book of all time, and as far as audio version goes, definitely in my top five.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

    i wouldnt want to spoil it for new listeners. i do have my very own rearden metal bracelet though...


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    scott brick is an excellent narrator, but i find him to be rather slow sometimes, so i love the function on the audible app that allows you to speed up the narrator. i usually listen at 1.5 times normal speed, so it doesnt go slow like ben stein...bueller? bueller?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    if the weight of the world was on your shoulders, wouldnt you shrug?


    Any additional comments?

    this is a fantastic novel full of epic idealized characters. these are archetypes of heroic figures we should strive to be like. the philosophy embedded in the novel is something that desperately needs to be examined and put into practice for the real world. there are real world current issues that mirror a book a russian immigrant wrote over fifty years ago. it was prophetic then and coming true now. its an excellent novel at face value, but the deeper meaning is intriguing as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last to Die: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1020)

    For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at 14, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn - until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is one part of a killer’s mission.

    Kathryn says: "My inner voice said..' Are you sure you want to?'"
    "better and better mystery"
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    Would you listen to Last to Die again? Why?

    yes. to see if there were clues i missed as to the ending


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    vengeance and money are powerful motivators


    Any additional comments?

    the rizzoli and isles series gets better and better with each subsequent book as far as keeping me guessing to the very end. i just never figure it out before tess gerritsen wants it revealed. i thank her for this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5895)
    Performance
    (5061)
    Story
    (5074)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "excellent narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle to be better than the print version?

    alan cumming is a wonderful narrator for sherlock holmes. this story was made all the more engaging because of this


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?

    when the gem was discovered....no spoilers


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    even at christmas, sherlock must solve a case before dinner


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries.

    Venice says: "So Exciting! Like watching a film!"
    "even abridged...Amazing!"
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    Where does Still Life with Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    3rd of all time


    What other book might you compare Still Life with Crows to and why?

    no compare for me


    Have you listened to any of Rene Auberjonois’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I will listen to anything he narrates, and i have so far....he is wonderful as Pendergast, as always.


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

    When Pendergast saves Cora from small town life and gives her the opportunity to make something of herself....makes me cry everytime!


    Any additional comments?

    another hit out of the park for Preston, Child, Auberjonois and Pendergast himself

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Carnivore's Inquiry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sabina Murray
    • Narrated By Wendy Hoopes
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    A gripping literary psychological thriller about a young woman and a peculiar taste for flesh, this is the spellbinding new book from the winner of the 2003 PEN/Faulkner Award.

    Karen says: "creepy, funny and very well written"
    "nice mindtwist!"
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    Where does A Carnivore's Inquiry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in my top 25, I love too many long series....but it would make my list no matter what


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Carnivore's Inquiry?

    wouldnt want to spoil it for the rest of you...


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

    i did, twice!


    Any additional comments?

    I cant say too much, it would ruin the surprise. it is worth a listen and get over the readers voice, by the end you will understand her vocal choices...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (1424)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (494)

    In lower Manhattan, a charnel pit of horror is uncovered: the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer. Just as a museum archaeologist and an enigmatic FBI agent begin to unravel the clues to the killings, a fresh spree of copy-cat murders and surgical mutilation erupts around them. Mixing science and terror in a way only they can, Preston and Child deliver a novel that's as gruesome as it is enthralling.

    Dianna says: "This Book is a True Curiosity!!"
    "4 stars for abridged version"
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    What did you love best about The Cabinet of Curiosities?

    this is the 3rd in the Pendergast series, but by far one of my favorite novels of all time! the abridged version is still wonderful and the reader Auberjonois is amazing!!!!!! he is the best pendergast by far. i will give scott brick his due, but Rene IS Pendergast. When I get people involved in the Pendergast series, this is the book i start them with. it is mesmerizing and just as good with every subsequent listen. as the series has continued, i keep finding new clues and info with each additional listen. it truly is a gift that keeps on giving!


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    His command of the language and speech patterns and his delightful inflections as Agent Pendergast are just amazing. i will buy anything read by Mr. Auberjonois


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

    I just love this book. the characters, the storyline, the old new york history blended with fiction...the moral compass of Pendergast and the choices he makes. a modern day Holmes, but better!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "interesting adventure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this is a very well produced audio-novel with plenty of exciting bits and lots of great character voices. the story itself is a tad lacking, but if you are just looking for a lighthearted mystery adventure story with a bit of Dracula mythos thrown in for good measure, then you will adore this.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the road less traveled is not all it seems


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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