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Tim

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Trail to Buddha’s Mirror: A Neal Carey Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Robert Pendleton is a chemical genius with a fertilizer worth a fortune to whoever controls the formula. Not surprisingly, the Bank, his notoriously exclusive backer, wants to keep an eye on its investment. But so does the CIA. And the Chinese government. And a few shadier organizations. So when Pendleton disappears from a conference in San Francisco, along with all of his research, Neal Carey enters the picture.

    Tim says: "A story can have to many twists"
    "A story can have to many twists"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Not Don's best work. A good story has suspense and creditability, this one loses on the credibility. Neil's actions sometime just don't make sense. Hey, we've all lusted after a hot girl before. But I don't know anyone who would go the lengths Neil does for a hot girl he never met. Don should have had a better story there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1490)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "Starts slow, gains momentum and fizzles"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's got potential, but by the time I was half way through I started listening to the 1st five minutes of the chapter and then skipped to the next. Sometimes I skipped whole chapters, and in the end, I didn't think I missed anything. Definitely well written and well performed, just not that interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14453)
    Performance
    (13544)
    Story
    (13563)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Warning - You're cant stop listening!"
    Overall
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    You've been warned. You'll drink coffee in excess, drive around the block a few times, take the long way home; the story is that good, the performance is that good. I was literally walking around laughing at times and choked at others. Andy writes with great imagination wit, and creativity. You are there with Mark Watney, the crew, NASA and everyone else the whole ride. I hope he writes another book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isle of Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    New York, late 1958. Walter Withers had given the best years of his life to the CIA, setting honeytraps and reeling in the victims of his plots. But Withers has returned to his hometown for an easier, safer life as a private investigator. Manhattan in the late ’50s is alive with new possibilities, new sounds, and new faces, including young presidential hopeful Senator Joe Keneally. Withers is assigned as a bodyguard for Keneally’s girlfriend at a society gathering, a simple enough job.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Loved this period mystery!"
    "Ugh... quite boring"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Dont know how Don, who wrote such great works as Frank the Machine, Savages, the Dawn Patrol could strike out so sound,y. I tried, I really tried, but was do so bored by the story I just gave it up. Don't let this dissuade you from his other books. Like the great Babe, Don is a home run king and apparently a strike out one as well. It just happens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (374)

    Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

    Surf City Swami says: "The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine"
    "Wow, what a ride"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I'm sure there a word for it, that feeling when you get to the end of this book. You've been on a journey on unexpected consequences. As the end approaches, you wonder, and think you maybe know, whats gonna happen. I could have stayed with the story for another 10 hours, but at then, that's not how things work.

    This one is going to my favorites library. In a few months i'll listen to it again, jut to figure out what I missed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Starling Project: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina, full cast
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (227)

    An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington - from London to Marseille to Prague - war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling - when he always seems one step ahead?

    Writrix says: "This is a DRAMA, not a book!"
    "Looking for a pridictable action non-thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Look no further. It might be intriguing to a 7th grader. The story line is weak and you always know whats going to happen. It's like listening to a grade-b TV show at 2am on Saturday morning...

    2 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Infinite Sea: The 5th Wave, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (242)

    How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

    Jeffery says: "I didn't mean to get into a YA series"
    "Why is it that book 2 always drags"
    Overall
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    You have to read this one to understand whats going on. But the story lacks the originality and pace of the 1st book. Let's see where we go with book 3

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (879)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Virgil sure can get himself into it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Classic Virgil, or that f*^%$#g flowers as his friends call him. Read it in sequence a the story make reference to other things going on in the prey series and prior Virgil serieses. This one appealed to the dog lover in me and made me thing of that Jeannie C. Riley song - Harper Valley PTA. Great read, enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2925)
    Performance
    (2112)
    Story
    (2156)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "Power corrupt no matter how good the intentions"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A utopian society and human nature collide. It's an interesting post apocalyptic view of a possible future. There are enough elements of current society to make you pause and think. Hmmm, I wonder... could this be a future for our childrens - childrens - children?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (1837)
    Story
    (1849)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Guess I'd better be kinder to ants"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Started slow, but intriguing. Always wondering where the journey would go, till the ending. He lost me there. I think I'd say Stephen took a swing and a miss at a thriller ending, it was neither scary nor believable. Very anti-climatic ending solely because it was just kind of dumb. A shame two, it had such promise.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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