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  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3155)
    Performance
    (2573)
    Story
    (2543)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Pleasantly Surprised."
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    If you could sum up The Drop in three words, what would they be?

    TRUE TO LIFE


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry was my favorite character. He made HARD decisions. He wasn't afraid to do so and didn't care that it may hurt another person, only that it was the correct thing to do. You've got to admire someone like that. Somebody's got to do the hard job.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Len Cariou?

    I would try. Sometimes, his voice sounds a bit like he has false teeth or had a stroke, it makes me feel sad.


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

    This book makes me long to watch a cop show. It is the closest thing to a tv cop drama that I've ever heard in a book. I am not sure if that is a good thing or bad, but I enjoyed listening and I never knew what Harry would do next. I was like his partner Chu, left in the dark.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this selection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8684)
    Performance
    (7832)
    Story
    (7836)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "One pleasurable listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was wide ranging and the contents of the book amazing and true to life


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

    I was on the edge of my seat because the plot was kept very close to the cuff until the last minute.


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

    this is my first and hopefully NOT last Michael Beck book


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

    What particularly moved me in this book was the way the author allowed the reader to make up their own mind as to why someone was to be thought of in a certain way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (6423)
    Performance
    (5994)
    Story
    (6018)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "What an ending!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    Although I've heard and seen so many superhero books and movies, this was so much different and BETTER.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David was my favorite character. He was extremely human and even innocent in mind.


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Macleod Andrew did a great job in reading this book.


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

    I've seen SteelHeart bleed, I've seen him scream...


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not sexually explicit, which means my teen can listen to it. The main character was believable. Actually, mostly everything in this book was believable for future occurrence.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (383)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "Better than Robopocalypse!"
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    If you could sum up Amped in three words, what would they be?

    It is AWESOME


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Amped?

    When the elite group of Amps goes whole hog, the way it is described is very intricate and you almost feel as if it is happening to you. The fight between Lyle and #13 (as he was called) was amazing.


    Which character – as performed by Robbie Daymond – was your favorite?

    Lyle. He switched into that character and played it like it was his real voice and character.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction to this book. It did however, make me think quite a bit about what direction science is heading to. Also, it depicted well the fact that despite any forward steps that man takes in health, etc. there will still be those who are ailing and those who are prejudiced against others for one reason or another.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mindscan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Jake Sullivan has cheated death: he's discarded his doomed biological body and copied his consciousness into an android form. The new Jake soon finds love, something that eluded him when he was encased in flesh: he falls for the android version of Karen, a woman rediscovering all the joys of life now that she too is no longer constrained by a worn-out body. Karen's son sues her, claiming that by uploading into an immortal body, she has done him out of his inheritance.

    Ripley I says: "great concept not executed"
    "A most intriguing and disconcerting book"
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    If you could sum up Mindscan in three words, what would they be?

    Makes You Think


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the back knowledge regarding the topics discussed.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim – was your favorite?

    My favorite character had to be Karen. She was so well read and her words almost ALWAYS came easy to her. She had a certain calmness to her even when faced with a struggle.


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

    Yes, but I made sure to break it up so that I can make it last longer.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I chose for no apparent reason and I am extremely glad I did. It is absolutely marvelous a book. If you enjoyed Robocalypse, this is even better. It get's into your head, makes you think about what you would do in this case and the book takes a detour that perhaps you may not think was coming. GREAT writing.

    The premise of this book is so far fetched and yet none of it seemed fake. It was rooted deeply in some hard science. The writer is excellent as merging the science and the social in a way that was truly entertaining.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Civil Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

    Janet says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Did not keep my interest"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Georgette Heyer and/or Phyllida Nash?

    Perhaps. I may have already listened and that is why I purchased this one. What a mistake


    What could Georgette Heyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was just an everyday story.


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

    NO.


    Could you see A Civil Contract being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could not.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasted a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4269)
    Performance
    (3088)
    Story
    (3086)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "I loved listening to this book"
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    Would you listen to State of Wonder again? Why?

    Yes, several times again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of State of Wonder?

    When I realized that the doctor was pregnant.


    Any additional comments?

    This book mixes science, science fiction, travel and suspense in one book. I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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 ...."
    "Mediocre"
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    Would you listen to Zero Day again? Why?

    Not if I had to, I wouldn't


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    sure, if it was free


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I think what I disliked about the book was the special effects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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