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Charlene

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Hermosa Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The 9th Judgment: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (424)

    During an intimate dinner party, a cat burglar breaks into the home of A-list actor Marcus Dowling. When his wife walks in on the thief, the situation quickly teeters out of control, leaving an empty safe and a lifeless body.

    Suzn F says: "Really Good Storyline"
    "Not Disappointed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book was what I expected it to be, light and entertaining.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I enjoy these WMC myteries so I was satisfied with the ending.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would depend on the actors. Also, I don't like the character Cindy in these books so maybe I would just watch a made for tv movie of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was what I expected, satisfying and it kept me interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (965)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Ok"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was not a waste of time.


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

    I just came off of listening to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. I suggest listening to this book first because it is not as exciting by comparison.


    Which character – as performed by Armand Schultz – was your favorite?

    Scott Harvath.


    Did The Lions of Lucerne inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was OK, it was a not as exciting as what I had hoped it would be. The details were not as sophisticated as in the VF books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1387)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Flynn Doesn't Disappoint"
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    Would you listen to Separation of Power again? Why?

    I would listen to every book in the Mitch Rapp Series again... I would just wait a bit in between. It's fast paced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Separation of Power?

    I love how Irene Kennedy handles herself under pressure.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the performance of the narrator but unfortunately his Mitch Rapp voice doesn't top George Guidall's.


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

    I loved the scene where Mitch reconnects with his former lover Donatella. Fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I still do not like the Anna character. She was just as annoying in this book as the others. If it were not for her character this series would be flawless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (2019)
    Story
    (2030)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Start Better than the Ending"
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    If you could sum up Transfer of Power in three words, what would they be?

    Wow, Great, HUH? The first 1/3 of this book was such a great listen I had given it five stars but as I continued listening I had to give it four.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story is interesting from the start. The moment Anna and the "romance" stupidity kicked in my attention waivered. Even in the absence of Hurley ( one of my favorite characters in the Vince Flynn books) I was totally absorbed in the story but all I could think of was how Mitch be even remotely interested in this immature self absorbed girl/woman in this book? When he was younger he had the wisdom to choose Greta who was a total catch ,his equal,but now in the middle of this crisis to be thinking romance with this Anna??? Grrr. I know she ends up being his wife. I may have to skip the next couple of books until her run in the series is done. She is resilient but it sure doesn't make her likeable. Milt saved it for me. Without Hurley we needed someone and the Milt character was just right. He was fantastic.It was fun to be introduced for the first time to some of the characters we see again later on.Sadly I would have loved to see more of Dallas King's shortcomings be revealed but it was not meant to be.I felt there were a lot of loose ends around the night it all "comes down". I would have preferred more details about the chaos which may have been going on due to the bombs going off around the city and what was being done to manage the situation and less romance stuff.


    Did Nick Sullivan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Nick was great however George Guidall is second to none in his narrative of the MR series.


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

    Home is not always a safe place even if your home is the White House.


    Any additional comments?

    I was ready to listen to the entire series in a row but as mentioned earlier I want to skips a few until Anna Matures....she is annoying. Went online to see who was being considered for different parts in the movie version of American Assassin and sadly it doesn't sound like the casting is on target. :( Hope they don't blow it. This series could be bigger than the Bourne series but not if it's cast poorly it will just end up being like the last Alex Cross movie...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5281)
    Performance
    (2798)
    Story
    (2806)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "What Took Me So Long to Discover this Series?"
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    Where does American Assassin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the finest in it's genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Hurley because he reminds me of people I know. I enjoy how his character plays off the others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's hard to say because there are so many fine moments in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second Vince Flynn book and I can tell I am now on my way to reading/ or listening to all of them. I enjoy his writing style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bad Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (215)

    Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

    Ed says: "Alex Cross returns"
    "Gruesome"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book although at some points it's a little over the top.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This book had twists and turns which were unexpected right to the end.


    What about Peter J. Fernandez and Denis O'Hare ’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Fernandez never disappoints and Mr. O'Hare was equally skilled as a narrator.


    Do you think The Big Bad Wolf needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I will leave that to J.P's imagination ...if he writes it I will probably read it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book solidified my dislike for Alex Cross as a father. He constantly puts his family at risk and seems to feel he is the end all when it comes to being a father. I really don't like him beyond his crime solving skills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Stuhlbarg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    Just when Alex Cross thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game - this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other. A spate of elaborate murders in Washington, D.C., have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen.

    Jenna says: "A good listen"
    "It Doesn't Disapoint"
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    What did you like best about Double Cross? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the story line. Unfortunately the more Cross books I read the less I like Alex Cross. I do however like the story lines as they pertain to the crimes and so I am in the process of listening to all of them.


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

    Again, I really don't care for the character of Alex Cross. I love hearing about the villains and their perspectives. Alex Cross is a good crime fighter but not much more beyond that. I can't understand how he gets such great women like Bri Stone to care about him when he is so unappealing as a partner.


    Which character – as performed by Peter J. Fernandez and Michael Stuhlbarg – was your favorite?

    Both Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Stuhlbarg are excellent story tellers. I enjoy all the characters they give life to.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite finding Alex Cross annoying as a man, grandson and expecially a father I really enjoy the stories and "mysteries' and will continue to listen to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • London Bridges

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (150)

    In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.

    Leslie says: "What a ride!!!"
    "JP Doesn't Disappoint"
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    If you could sum up London Bridges in three words, what would they be?

    Fast Action Suspense


    Would you be willing to try another book from James Patterson? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoy the Alex Cross series.


    Have you listened to any of Peter J. Fernandez and Denis O'Hare ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    They are strong in their performances.


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

    Get ready for some action.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy the Alex Cross series however the more JP goes into his family life the less I like the character Alex Cross and his actions where his family are concerned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren, Amelia Warren Tyagi
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren, Amelia Warren Tyagi
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (28)

    In All Your Worth, Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi, authors of the acclaimed The Two-Income Trap, tell you the truth about money. They lay out the new rules of money and show you how to get out of debt, cover your bills, and start getting ahead, without needing to carry a calculator everywhere you go. All Your Worth will help you get control over your money so that you can finally start building toward the life you've always wanted.

    Tracy says: "Best Financial Book I've Read"
    "All Your Worth was Worth It"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would suggest this book to college bound young adults or newlyweds.


    Was All Your Worth worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a common sense approach to keeping out of financial trouble.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10th Anniversary: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (760)

    Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals - but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well.

    cstardancer says: "Not as good as usual"
    "I like Carolyn McCormick as a Narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, because if you have read any of the Murder Club Mysteries you would know that it is an easy listen but not a waste of time.


    If you’ve listened to books by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro before, how does this one compare?

    It's better than average but not very good.


    Could you see 10th Anniversary being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This is an excellent question. I think Mary McCormack would be great as Lindsay Boxer, Cindy Thomas should be played by Hayden Pannettiere, Claire Washburn could be Delia Parmalee if she weren't so young and fit or if it were for screen Viola Davis(?) , Kristi Yamaguchi should get her acting debut as Yuki Castellano....well maybe not but thought it was a fun suggestion. Seriously what about Hayley Kiyoko playing Yuki or Laurel Yeung ?Regarding the men...they are much more difficult to cast.


    Any additional comments?

    I am still thinking about which actors to cast in the male roles ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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