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  • The Dummy Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Cole
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (307)

    Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.

    Susan says: "Good and Fast Paced"
    "The Dummy Line - a good read!"
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    Would you listen to The Dummy Line again? Why?

    Yes! I am not a relistener. However, the quality of this book is such that I would listen again without reservation.


    What other book might you compare The Dummy Line to and why?

    The Dummy Line is unique. However, if I must compare it to another book....a detective novel without the detective. The police/sheriff are important in the believability of the book. Nevertheless, the main character isn't a super cop or a Demi God. He is a young father in a so so marriage that is faced with life changing choices along the Dummy Line!


    What does Jeremy Arthur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeremy Arthur narrates with a southern accident, just thick enough to believe him.


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

    I found myself hopeful as the book progresses. However, the bad guys have one ...not so bad guy. It is odd to hope that "the not so bad guy" escapes. Of course I want this dad and his family to survive.


    Any additional comments?

    I have 4 sons and 1 husband. I read all the time. My boys do not read as much as I would like. I think they would all enjoy this book. I was ready for the next book and hopefully the next book by Bobby Cole.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2705)
    Performance
    (1999)
    Story
    (2007)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "Real life better than fiction!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book because it is unbelievable! From bad to worse and yet ....history is made. History that has it all...excitement, momentum, drama, choices that impact many people. I do not know if sea captains with integrity personified and leadership overflowing exist today. I hope so!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3125)
    Performance
    (2862)
    Story
    (2858)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "New Meaning to Elementary School Fundraisers"
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    What did you love best about Big Little Lies?

    Characters that are well developed and completely believable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the pace of the book. Many writers repeat information about characters in their books. As if the readers need to be reminded again and again what happened the chapter before. Liane Moriarty allows her story to flow without constant overviews.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Caroline Lee reads personality into the characters. Narrators seem to change the pitch of their voice as they move from one point of view to another. However, narrotors rhythm and inflection do not add to the book. Caroline Lee varies her voice and finds a place that fits each of the personalities in Big Little Lies. She brings Liane Moriarty's characters to life.


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

    You can't judge a book, even children's books by their cover.


    Any additional comments?

    I find myself as I read and listen to Liane Moriarty's books laughing. It is as if the people in her books become my friends.

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (724)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Courtroom Thriller w/ a Laugh"
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    Would you listen to Death on a High Floor again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to Death on a High Floor again! Courtroom antics with well developed characters and believable interaction.


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

    Plot kept me engaged.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    The narrator, Christopher Lane is outstanding. I read and listen to many books. I haven't enjoyed a narration this much in a long while.


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

    The Law, Greed & Courtroom Drama while experiencing subtle humor in the well developed characters!


    Any additional comments?

    If you like courtroom drama....this book is for you! I certainly enjoyed it and will recommend it to my attorney friends and those that enjoy books that hold the readers attention from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (738)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Now I know!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Read this book if you want to know how so many people lost their shirts and more! Plus, how politics within the FCC can and did prevent the truth being told. People lost their lives, their fortunes. Incredible!


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

    This book is a storyline of really happened and who knew it was happening! It keep me involved mostly because I could not believe it. I kept thinking, as did the author of the book
    "Will someone, anyone please stop this maniac!"


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

    Too Good to BE TRUE!


    Any additional comments?

    If we are not willing to have our eyes open and own the truths in our own lives, what follows may not be pretty. Keep your head in the sand...perhaps it will end up ok....why do you care how it ends up, you had your head in the sand. However, in this book and the years that encompass the telling of this story many brilliant and market savvy people were destroyed. Harry Markopolos was the whistleblower in the Madoff case. Markopolos and his team work for years to enlighten everyone, anyone.....about Madoff.
    I learned a great deal from reading this book. I learned what not to do. I am a believer "if it sounds to good to be true it probably is."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18904)
    Performance
    (13003)
    Story
    (12898)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Historical Fiction filled with suspense."
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    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I loved Outlander. By the way, starting with Outlander, Book I of Outlander series is important.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlander?

    There are so many incredible moments. I suppose when Claire first experiences the truth of the stones....without giving readers more information than necessary. I also enjoyed Claire not being so afraid that she forgets who she is.


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

    I laughed and I cried while reading this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The "romantic" moments are well described and yet allows the reader to imagine the occurrence without making the words thus the experience seem cheap. I would think it very difficult to write intense moments of love between two very soulful people.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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