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  • Time and Again

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (311)

    Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

    Mark says: "Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook"
    "Great sci-fi time travel story."
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    Where does Time and Again rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    about the top third


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time and Again?

    When he went back the third time.


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

    no.


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

    not extreme, but time travel fantasy stories always keep my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    It is very much like the new Stephen King novel 11-22-63, but different enough to not be boring with duplicity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4210)
    Performance
    (3932)
    Story
    (3945)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "King comes through again! Super book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Really good story of a serial whack-o


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detective who didn't give up.


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

    very good expression in his narration.


    If you could take any character from Mr. Mercedes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Stephen King of course! I know he isn't a character but if it ever became a movie he would certainly cameo in it...


    Any additional comments?

    Gripping story, edge of the seat especially near the end... Funny thing happened to me, while listening to this story while driving my car got hit by.....(ready for this?) A MERCEDES!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7826)
    Performance
    (7178)
    Story
    (7251)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Good wrap up till the end which sucked."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Allegiant to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read printed


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would change the ending


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Divergent and Insurgent


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

    If possible


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Roth committed a very serious author's sin. I can't say because it would ruin it for you if you haven't read it but I hated the ending...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivors Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. Carson Black
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (138)

    Detective Tess McCrae investigates a grisly crime scene in the ghost town of Credo, Arizona. The evidence suggests a cartel drug hit. But Tess, with a nearly faultless photographic memory, sees what others might miss: This is no drug killing. Someone went to gruesome lengths to cover their tracks. The killer’s trail leads from Tucson to California - from anti-government squatters to the heights of wealthy society. As Tess follows the trail of gore and betrayal, perfect and indelible in her memory, she uncovers far more than one man’s murder and solves much more than one isolated crime.

    Amazon Customer says: "Survivor's club barely surviving"
    "Excellent!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Survivors Club the most enjoyable?

    Great content, great mystery.


    What other book might you compare The Survivors Club to and why?

    Just about any who-done-it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When I finally found out who the bad guy (guys) were.


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

    Epic mystery!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books you can't put down. Very well played out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashback

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson, Bryan Kennedy, Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result. Nick may be a lost soul, but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son.

    Jeffrey says: "Outstanding, haunting work from a master of sci fi"
    "Fantastic sci-fi"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes but probably the abridged version. The unabridged one dragged a little.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flashback?

    It is scary to think that a designer drug like that could really be invented some day.


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

    no.


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

    Not laugh or cry but it moved me not knowing what our future will bring. I would hate to think it would be like this.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great sci-fi story about a could-be future. It may trouble you as well as it did me, but for the most part it had a good plot and moved along.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Wire: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear. The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.

    Joanne says: "I love Lincoln Rhyme but..."
    "Lincoln Rhyme at his best!"
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    What did you love best about The Burning Wire?

    I like the Rhyme series. This one had a great plot, and a lot of action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rhyme's lieutenant. I think he learned a lot in this experience.


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

    yes. Great as always.


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

    When the hotel was attacked by the bad guy. For a moment I was wondering if this could actually happen...


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, and great action. I don't think these things could actually happen but it makes a great plot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Skipp Sudduth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations - the FBI and CIA among them - lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection. Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless “lifter” hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary.

    Ramon says: "Thrilling book with reasonable narrator"
    "Edge will keep you on the edge of your seat"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It has a very complex story, I don't even think my wife can figure out the ending, and she usually does.


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

    Yes. The bad guy is some kind of genius and keeps our protagonist constantly on his best game.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very end, but you will have to get there to find out why.


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

    The time where he defied authority and went on his own.


    Any additional comments?

    Very complex plot, keeps you guessing...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Firm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (462)

    At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

    Mark says: "One of the best thrillers ever!"
    "One of Grisham's best!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Firm to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version.


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

    Yes. Grisham has a way of keeping you on the edge because bad guys are getting closer and closer all the time.


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

    He has a great voice, demeanor and identifiable characters in his voice.


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

    Cant think of one.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending is great....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17875)
    Performance
    (15892)
    Story
    (15849)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Another King blockbuster!"
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    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    Refreshing not to have so much gore as in many of King's thrillers (there is a little), this one is more fun going back into time to see if history can really be changed... I love time travel stories from HG Wells'


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

    no, but the performance is great.


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

    yes but that was impossible. Real life got in the way...


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for King's next novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2377)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1395)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Great bio!"
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    What did you love best about iWoz?

    I was interested after reading the Jobs bio. It is refreshing to hear the rest of the story and to find out who really was the one person responsible for inventing the personal computer. The story and historical aspect was great listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author and subject. Why else?


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

    same.


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

    How the greatest invention of the 20th century came to be.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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