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Patty

USA | Member Since 2006

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47
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  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2709)
    Performance
    (2243)
    Story
    (2240)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "BALDACCI'S ANSWER TO CHILD'S JACK REACHER"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Baldacci's "John Puller" reads suspicously like Lee Child's "Jack Reacher". Army investigator. Check. Coffee jones. Check. Internal Clock. Check. Unusually acute observations. Check.

    Despite this vague sense of deja vu, David Baldacci always writes a good story.

    I found multiple narrators a little disconcerting. Almost like a "performance" audiobook.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (325)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "WHAT HAPPENED, LEE CHILD?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read all of the previous Jack Reacher novels and was anticipating this next installment, very much. About halfway through...I gave up.

    VERY MUCH not up to par.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Allies: Private Eye Writers of America - Sisters in Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton, Lia Matera, Margaret Maron, and others
    • Narrated By Lorena Swift, David Dukes, Bess Armstrong, and others
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    An exciting mystery anthology of short stories by assorted writers including Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton.

    Marsha says: "by FAR the worst audio quality"
    "BAD, BAD AUDIO"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first story, by Sue Grafton, is a duplicate of a book I bought on here. About halfway through the audiobook...the audio quality drops off to unlistenable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3218)
    Performance
    (2413)
    Story
    (2423)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "SLOW AND TEDIOUS"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Cloud Atlas better?

    Can't see what all the hype is about. After forcing myself to listen for 2 hours, I finally gave up.


    What could David Mitchell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not to wait so long to add any cohesion.


    How could the performance have been better?

    My opinion of the performance was colored by my distaste for the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cloud Atlas?

    At least an hour from the first 2 hours...I don't know about the rest.


    Any additional comments?

    How do I get my money back on the "Great Listen Guarantee"?

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (306)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "SAVE YOUR MONEY/CREDIT"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Play Dead better?

    Instead of showing a copyright date of 2010...Audible should have explained that this was an early work of Coben's, long before he had perfected his craft.

    The writing is sophomoric, predictable ,cliched and dated.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I'll read a zombie book. More realistic.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I had thought that Scott Brick could make any book sound good. Even he couldn't save this one.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nah


    Any additional comments?

    Go ahead and buy this book. I love to say "I told you so".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shot of Tequila: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    Several million bucks, stolen from the mob... all caught on video, with no chance of redemption.

    Now one man must face the entire Chicago Outfit, a group of hardened Mafia enforcers, a psychotic bookie, the most dangerous hitman on earth, and Detective Jacqueline Daniels.... His name is Tequila. And he likes those odds.

    Patty says: "Not up to standard"
    "Not up to standard"
    Overall

    This story is more about "Tequila" than it is about Jack Daniels. I missed her banter in this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Time Left

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    Frank Becker is a highly sought after, expert assassin. When Becker takes a mysterious job, he has no idea that it will force him to delve deeply into his own past. Undeterred by obstacles he is determined to complete his assignment. But he may realize too late that his success will permanently alter his future.

    Scott says: "I don't understand how people feel ripped off"
    "THE "RIP OFF" WAS THAT I ALREADY PAID FOR IT!"
    Overall

    If you bought "Absolute Power"...you've already bought and paid for this story. It was used as a trailer. This isn't the first time Audible has pulled this trick.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Telling Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    A collection of stories written and read by Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author Neil Gaiman, including "A Writer’s Prayer", which he says, "was written shortly before I began American Gods. I knew the first two verses when I began it, and the conclusion was there when I reached it. This is why I love writing."

    Patty says: "DRUM SOUNDS"
    "DRUM SOUNDS"
    Overall

    Amusing tales. Why is there an an annoyingly FULL 16 MINUTES of disconsantant drum sounds at the end? I kept expecting it to "break out into story" but it never did.
    It spoiled it for me...leaving off a good listen with such a disquieting feeling.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Urban Gothic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Jeff Pringle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    When their car broke down in a dangerous neighborhood, Kerri and her friends thought they would find safe shelter in what they thought was an old abandoned row house. They were wrong on all counts. The residents of the row house live in the cellar and rarely come out in the light of day. They’re far worse than anything on the streets outside. And they don’t like intruders. Before the sun comes up, Kerri and her friends will fight for their very lives…though death is only part of their nightmare.

    Cidney says: "Appetite Suppressant"
    "DISTURBING"
    Overall

    Slow start, then non-stop, mind numbing bizarre events. If you like B horror films, you'll like this...only the visuals are all in your mind. Very disdurbing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Barbara Robinson
    • Narrated By Elaine Stritch
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

    Patty says: "WHAT A WASTE"
    "WHAT A WASTE"
    Overall

    Elaine Stritch is fantastic. This story is adorable. The sound quality of this recording is so poor that it's impossible to enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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