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Barbara

Lethbridge, AB | Member Since 2002

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  • Arctic Drift

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    A potential breakthrough discovery to reverse global warming...a series of unexplained sudden deaths in British Columbia...a rash of international incidents between the United States and one of its closest allies that threatens to erupt into an actual shooting war...NUMA director Dirk Pitt and his children, Dirk. Jr. and Summer, have reason to believe there's a connection here somewhere, but they also know they have very little time to find it before events escalate out of control.

    Tundrabeast says: "Intersting But Not Solo"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and/or Scott Brick?

    I normally love Clive Cussler and Scott Brick but I have to say that this time I'm disappointed. Let me just say that I'm from the Northwest Coast of BC and, although the research appears to have done, it was cursory at best. Though Kitimat does have the third largest deep-sea port in BC it is by no means the hub of activity the book makes it out to be. In fact, at times it feels like what Cussler meant was Prince Rupert given the descriptions.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Bootlegger (another Cussler but about Isaac Bell instead)


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    As always he did a great job with the characterizations. I've often said that it's difficult to tell that it isn't the particular character (be it man or woman) talking when Scott Brick is narrating and this book is no exception. My one area of frustration is the clear lack of research on his part to make sure he's pronouncing Band and city names. Haisla should be pronounced Hai-zla and not Hai-eezla, and Tuktoyaktuk should be pronounced Tuk-toy-uk-tuk rather than Tuk-toy-ahh-tuk. As someone from Canada and the Northwest Coast in particular I found these pronunciations grating. A simple Google search would have given the correct pronunciations.


    Was Arctic Drift worth the listening time?

    Not really, it took me 3 times the normal length of time to get through it and it felt like a bit of a chore.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13680)
    Performance
    (6069)
    Story
    (6149)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall

    My measure of a good book is one that brings out strong emotional responses to characters and events in that book. Water for Elephants does that in spades. I laughed out loud, cried in places and felt genuine joy for some of the characters. This book is very well written, narrated flawlessly and is a captivating listen from the very first word. Do yourself a favor - buy it, get comfortable and be prepared to listen for hours on end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Denial: A Lew Fonesca Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Lew Fonesca is a man who does things for people. He makes small problems go away and tries to keep the larger ones from landing his clients in jail. He finds deadbeats, errant spouses, and generally keeps the populace of Sarasota on the up and up.

    Barbara says: "Definitely worth the listen...."
    "Definitely worth the listen...."
    Overall

    I'm a huge fan of Stuart Kaminsky and his Lew Fonesca character, as well as being a member of the crowd of listeners who buy virtually everything Scott Brick reads. This book won't disappoint you, though at times I was a little irritated with the overuse of "he said". However, with Scott Brick reading it, I had no problem getting by that and enjoying a very well written mystery. I found myself pulling for Lew Fonesca's baby steps back into the real world and look forward to many more similar novels. My true rating would have been 4.5 had I been given that option.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: A Novel of Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    Charlie Heller is an ace cryptographer for the Company. He's a quiet man with a quiet job in a back office. But when terrorists shoot his fiancee in cold blood and Heller learns that the Agency has decided not to pursue those responsible, his life takes an abrupt turn. He was not a blackmailer but he will force the CIA's hand. He was not an assassin but he will penetrate the Iron Curtain with the intent to kill. Heller is an amateur with a one-in-a-million chance of success.

    Pamela says: "Robert Littell is no amateur"
    "A great listen!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly, as I did "The Company". Littell has the consistent ability to make his characters come alive and includes some interesting development of a few of the characters found in "The Company". I particularly enjoyed the very last line of this book - it made me laugh out loud. The narration by Scott Brick was, as usual, exceptional.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Winter House: A Mallory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Never has Mallory faced as many surprises as in the case before her now. It seems cut-and-dried at first: a burglar has been caught in the act and killed by an ice pick-wielding homeowner. Except that the homeowner turns out to be the most famous lost child in NYPD history, missing for almost 60 years, thought to have been kidnapped following the massacre of her family: five siblings, father, stepmother, nanny, and housekeeper, nearly the entire household wiped out...with an ice pick.

    J. Busconi says: "VERY GOOD!"
    "I miss Mallory..."
    Overall

    I have read all the books I could find with this particular central character. I have always really enjoyed the hard edge to Mallory and the many facets to her character. I was disappointed in this book mainly because the Mallory I got to know didn't have the depth I'm used to seeing. Contrary to other reviews, I still found the book enjoyable, but I missed "that Mallory".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2583)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1048)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Author/narrator is an unbeatable combination"
    Overall

    Nelson DeMille became my favorite author once I had read his first book. Again, he has met, and even surpassed my expectations. I was literally unable to stop listening until I had finished the title, and my enjoyment of it was greatly enhanced by the first-class skills of Scott Brick. A must listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Up Country

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (653)

    In the latest from Nelson DeMille (author of The Lion's Game), Paul Brenner is called out of CID retirement to investigate the murder 30 years ago of an army lieutenant in Vietnam. Brenner's trip up country, with a beautiful American expatriate for company, will lead him to uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.

    James B says: "You Must Read Up Country"
    "Totally enjoyable"
    Overall

    This book has made me a die-hard fan of Nelson Demille. Paul Brenner (the main character) is so much like so many people I know that I immediately found him to be real - he's sarcastic, impatient and a bit of a jerk and I enjoyed his every move. I found myself laughing out loud in many parts and feeling sad in others, emotional responses that make a book worthwhile for me. On top of that, the educational aspect of the story had me mesmerized.

    I have listened twice to this novel, thoroughly enjoyed both listens, and was sorry both times when it came to an end. Most books of this length tend to drag too much - this one was the exception.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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