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Andrea

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • The Clocks: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent - not the body of a middle-aged man sprawled across the living room floor. But when old Miss Pebmarsh denies sending for her in the first place, or of owning all the clocks that surround the body, it's clear that they are going to need a very good detective. "This crime is so complicated that it must be quite simple," declares Hercule Poirot. But there's a murderer on the loose, and time is ticking away.

    Christina says: "Too little of Poirot"
    "False Advertising"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Clocks? What did you like least?

    I do enjoy Agatha Christie, but when I this popped up as Hercule Poirot, I was not expecting him to be a character who is only featured on occasion. Also, of all the plots, I found this one the most hard to believe at the end...not a bad listen at all, just not my fave of the Hercule Poirot stories.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Agatha Christie? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, have listened to lots of her other stuff and enjoy it.


    Which character – as performed by Hugh Fraser – was your favorite?

    Poirot. Shocker, since I was seeking stories about him...


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

    Nope. Movies are long, overpriced and not worth it unless they are the Lord of the Rings or James Bond :)


    Any additional comments?

    Love Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hoot

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Chad Lowe
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (134)

    Roy's family moves a lot, so he's used to the new-kid drill. Florida bullies are pretty much like bullies everywhere. But Roy finds himself oddly indebted to the hulking Dana Matherson. If Dana hadn't been sinking his thumbs into Roy's temples and mashing his face against the school-bus window, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is the first interesting thing Roy's seen in Florida.

    Native Texan says: "Clever and surprising!"
    "Good for kids and adults alike"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Hoot the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has an easy-to-listen-to voice, though not a lot of emphasis on distinguishing between characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mullet Fingers was my favourite, because he is a determined mystery.


    What about Chad Lowe’s performance did you like?

    Clear sarcasm and conviction in the storyline.


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

    Actually, no. It's quite realistic and I needed short breaks from reality.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book by Carl Hiassen for readers that prefer a real taste of reality. If you've read his adult titles you will find this one completely non-sexual, but still full of wit and sarcasm. It's definitely a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Remorse

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1369)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1047)

    His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Great Characters, Great Plot"
    "A good listen for busywork"
    Overall

    I have always enjoyed Tom Clancy, and this one is an oldie, but a goodie! I had not read some of the earlier books, so learning about some of the characters in later novels was fascinating. The narrator has a pleasant voice, but seems to lose track of whose voice is whose a couple of times in conversations, so listen to those carefully. I always prefer unabridged, but I found this one especially long. I sometimes tuned out, only to realize something important had happened, still I followed the novel with relative ease while working on other projects. If you're a big fan of Tom Clancy, give it a listen. If you're a bit impartial to him, he has faster paced books than this to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3463)
    Performance
    (1906)
    Story
    (1913)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "My first Koontz"
    Overall

    I had never heard or read a Dean Koontz book, and went on the recommendations of audible listeners for this one. The narration is really excellent, I actually gave an extra star just based on that. The story itself started seemingly without purpose and gave me such a sense of unease and discomfort with the topic that I almost stopped listening--but patience paid off. Though there are some very unbelievable elements to this book, the characters and story are so carefully built up that when you finally realize what is going on, you can believe it is happening (assuming you don't mind a little science-fiction in your repertoire of reading). There were lots of twists and turns to this story, though I found in the end I was pretty sure what would happen. A thoroughly enjoyable listen, and as a friend said "Oh yes! And oldie...but a goodie."

    1 of 1 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
    (4827)
    Performance
    (2610)
    Story
    (2627)

    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"
    "Good stuff"
    Overall

    Although I don't always agree with his political views, I do enjoy Tom Clancy's novels. Detailed, descriptive, intense, he always brings up fascinating topics, and this one is very relevant to the day. I enjoyed the dual perspective of both good guys and bad guys, even if the good guys perspective did prevail at times, as well as the continued use of past characters with reference to their past deeds. This novel brought up many debatable topics about covert operations and politics in general. I did at times get a little lost in the characters and plots, but picked them back up pretty easily. Be prepared for some strong political views written into the novel with a bit more bias than I personally generally appreciate, but for a good novel with another interesting "Jack Ryan" character involved. Good narration as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pelican Brief

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (33)

    Late one October night, Justice Abe Rosenberg, at 91 the Supreme Court's liberal legend, is shot to death in his Georgetown home. Two hours later Glenn Jensen, the Court's youngest and most conservative justice, is strangled. The country is stunned; the FBI has no clues. But Darby Shaw, a brilliant law student at Tulane, thinks she has the answer.

    miyaker says: "Poorly Abridged"
    "Very good for an abridged version"
    Overall

    The narrator is great, the plot suspenseful and the book is a bit different from the movie. Although you lose the translation with an abridged novel in terms of character development and subplots, I thought they did a really good job with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Street Lawyer

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Michael was in a hurry. He was scrambling up the ladder at Drake & Sweeney, a giant D.C. firm with 800 lawyers. The money was good and getting better; a partnership was 3 years away. He was a rising star with no time to waste, no time to stop, no time to toss a few coins into the cups of panhandlers. No time for a conscience. Until a violent encounter with a homeless man stops him cold.

    Andrea says: "Good for Abridged..."
    "Good for Abridged..."
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, and the narrator did a good job. However, you lose so much in terms of getting to know the secondary characters with abridged books, so the subplots were rather un-satisfying. This book was also a bit predictable, but enjoyable none-the-less.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Firm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (428)

    At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

    Mark says: "One of the best thrillers ever!"
    "Creepy and Suspenseful"
    Overall

    This book is so creepy, but the suspense kept me listening. The plot is well thought out and the narrator is easy to listen to. Another Grisham novel that I really enjoyed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Partner

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (361)

    From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

    Reg says: "Movie material"
    "Intriguing"
    Overall

    Although not as much thrilling action as I was expecting, the twists and turns and complexities of this plot kept me listening almost non-stop. Even when you think it's over...it's not! It kept surprising me right up until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Airframe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (286)

    Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

    Robert Solomon says: "Try it, you'll like it."
    "Boring till almost the end"
    Overall

    Although this was an interesting topic and an author I really enjoy I constantly found myself tuning out and having to back up to re-listen to what I had missed. There are lots of little details, it's told almost all in one tone of voice, the characters are hard to get to know, and then all of a sudden at the end it becomes engaging, interesting, suspenseful and worth listening to. It's your call if you're willing to go through the first half or more at a slow pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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