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Evelyn J. Sickler

cindersmom

Orlando, FL

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  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3231)
    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
    (2606)

    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"
    "I Found Narration To Be Awful!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A different narrator would have been a huge improvement for me


    If you???ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

    I never miss a Connelly novel, I can't quite decide if I just disliked the story line or was negatively influenced by the reader


    What didn???t you like about Len Cariou???s performance?

    I found Mr Carious's performance to be so annoying that it was difficult for me to get through this book. His voice reminded me of how a song playing on the radio sounds when you are not quite on the station, raspy and static


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2286)
    Performance
    (1369)
    Story
    (1372)

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    Anthony says: "Somebody needs to be fired..."
    "Get Rid of the Female Narrator"
    Overall

    Love everything Baldacci, and especially King and Maxwell. But, what was a good story line was made bad by the Maxwell narrator, she was annoying and made this book a difficult listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Spymaster

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (121)

    Charles "Jay" Tice was a legend throughout the world of international intelligence. But secretly he was also a traitor, reputedly selling information that will seriously compromise the security of the United States for decades to come. Since his treachery was exposed, Tice has been kept under strict surveillance in a maximum security prison. Then one morning, his cell is discovered empty. Jay Tice has vanished - without tripping an alarm or leaving any trace of his passing.

    A User says: "fast and furious"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall

    I had no knowledge of this author, and bought the book based on others reviews. Turned out to be one of the best I have read/listened to in months. A little campy, and a little predictable, but those of us who read spy thrillers should never complain about a plot being totally unbelievable, thats why they are sold as fiction.I would recommend this one highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5003)
    Performance
    (2772)
    Story
    (2787)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "A Bit Too Technical"
    Overall

    Love Tom Clancy, and have always been a big Jack Ryan fan, I did enjoy the book. That being said, it got a bit long winded on several occasions where the technical details were described. I had a problem keeping up with all the characters, their locations and their relevance to the overall plot. Lou Diamond Phillips did a excellent job, especially considering all the different accents. Not sure Jack Jr is cut out to follow in his fathers footsteps, considering the number of times he nearly got him self blown away!! I have seen from other reviews that some readers had issues with Clancy's politics, but I think the reader usually knows what to expect from him in that arena, he has had the same adgenda since Cardinal Of the Kermlin and Hunt For Red October, I personally take no issue with his writing in that respect. Overall a good listen, and left lots of room for a good sequel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talbot Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (243)

    For 40 years Western intelligence agents have known a terrible secret: the Russians have a mole - code-named Talbot - inside the CIA. At first Talbot is suspected of killing European agents. Then a street-smart ex-cop uncovers a storm of espionage and murder on the streets of New York, while in a Long Island suburb a civic demonstration against the Russian mission masks a desperate duel of nerves and wits. Engineered by Talbot, a shadow world of suspicion and deceit is spilling onto the streets....

    Evelyn J. Sickler says: "Not My Favorite"
    "Not My Favorite"
    Overall

    Love DeMille, read all his books, this one left me a bit disappointed. Too many superfluous characters, time line really hard to follow. Story line was totally not believable. Only thing that saved the book was the amazing read by Scott Brick.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hideaway

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Michael Hanson, Carol Cowan
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    He was clinically dead after the accident - but was miraculously revived. Now Hatch Harrison and his wife approach each day with a new appreciation for life. But something terrible has come back with Hatch from the other side.

    Annette M. Stacy says: "First Knootz"
    "Absolutely Awful"
    Overall

    This is the first time I have ever stopped listening to a book. A little more than half way through I finally gave up on any chance of there being an improvement to the storyline and just Quit!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9203)
    Performance
    (3418)
    Story
    (3498)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "In The Eye Of The Beholder"
    Overall

    I have read Dan Browns other two books and loved them, but held off on this one due to reviews. I was not disappointed in this book, it was excellent, but as the old saying goes "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". I think ones appreciation for Dan Brown's books is strongly connected to their personal spiritual beliefs. His theory's are controversial and you either love his interpretations or not, although "fiction" his books do hit a nerve in a lot of people. I think he is brilliant, and this book was did not disappoint me. A little long winded and repetitive, but still "spot on" for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nightlife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    When the cousin of Los Angeles underworld figure Hugo Poole is found shot to death in his Portland, Oregon, home, police find nothing at the scene of the crime except several long strands of blonde hair hinting that a second victim may have been involved. Hotel security tapes from the victim's last vacation reveal an out-of-focus picture of a young blond woman entering and leaving his room. Could she also be a murder victim?

    Barbara says: "Just what you want in a book like this..."
    "Great Book, Excellent Reader But Just Stopped?"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, found it to be much more than I expected. The reader was perfect for this story, she was able to make each character sound different and immediately identifiable. My only problem with the story, was the way it ended, I mean it just ended, huge buildup to final chapter, and then it was over, left me feeling like the author suddenly had something else to do, or maybe his doorbell rang, so just decided to finish in two sentences?? Really annoying

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pursuit of Honor: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (3027)
    Performance
    (1629)
    Story
    (1632)

    The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.

    Jason J Preston says: "Another Outstandung Vince Flynn Book"
    "Not My Favorite Mitch Rapp Story"
    Overall

    This one was not as good as I expected from Flynn, I love the Mitch Rapp character, but this book was not up to the usual standards. I know fiction takes liberties, but this was a bit too far fetched. Worth the credit if you are a Flynn/Rapp fan, but it might be time to send Mitch into retirement, maybe one more book left, find him a new wife and let the guy enjoy his old age.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (913)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Long But Worth The Time"
    Overall

    DeMille has a talent of making me laugh even in the most outrageous circumstances. This was a very different setting than the typical DeMille books, but I found it to be very informative and entertaining. No matter what the subject matter, his dry humor and wit make his books interesting plus this one adds a history lesson. A little long and rambling in some spots, but easy to overlook if you just enjoy the story rather than analyze the circumstances behind it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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