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Sam

Sebastopol, CA, USA

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  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2435)
    Performance
    (1760)
    Story
    (1745)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "Good, but not the best."
    Overall

    This book is not my favorite of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels but still good. If you have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Child's action star Jack Reacher, I would not start with this one, but for those who already like the well written, ever engrossing Reacher series this is worth the time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3419)
    Performance
    (2074)
    Story
    (2062)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "not worth the credit"
    Overall

    The most poorly written Connelly book I have ever read, made even more daunting my mediocre narration.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of this, Louisa May Alcott's most popular and enduring novel. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy - united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

    beth says: "Classic!"
    "find a better narrator"
    Overall

    This is a great book (one of my favorites) but I would recommend finding a different reader. This is not a great version it makes the story really drag. Spend the extra money for a better narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tilar Mazzeo
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    In The Widow Clicquot, Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life for the first time the fascinating woman behind the iconic yellow label: Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. A young witness to the dramatic events of the French Revolution and a new widow during the chaotic years of the Napoleonic Wars, Barbe-Nicole defied convention by assuming---after her husband's death---the reins of the fledgling wine business they had nurtured.

    Anne says: "A painful listen"
    "A charming story, fluffed with history"
    Overall

    I had some grievances with this book; the author did not seem to have a refined, strong writing style and at times the author's wine knowledge is inaccurate and severely wanting. Some of the narrators French pronunciations caused me to cringe I enjoyed the fluid narration and found the story entertaining and engaging. I would not recommend this to a French wine connoisseur but it is worthy to amuse any who have moderate affections for wine and/or history. All in all; well worth a credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eclipse

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    The spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case - the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder. Damon Pierce's life has just reached a defining moment: a gifted California lawyer, he's being divorced by his wife and his work often seems soulless. Then he receives a frantic e-mail from Marissa Brand Okari - a woman he loved years ago - and decides to risk everything to respond to her plea for help.

    A User says: "Eclipse"
    "a formula plot"
    Overall

    Before Eclipse I read Exile, which made it a bit impossible to really get in to Eclipse because it seemed like the same story; American male attorney friends with a married female activist in danger, [insert human rights crisis here]. All it all it was good however I could not help but feel like I was in a formula rather than a story, Eclipse is the Africa version of Exile, and Exile the Middle East version of Eclipse more or less.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4153)
    Performance
    (1715)
    Story
    (1705)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "A fun ride"
    Overall

    A good Michael Connelly mystery. It was a great listen good narration, strong and consistent writing with pace that builds rapidly If you like Michael Connelly then you will like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22913)
    Performance
    (9560)
    Story
    (9634)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "worth a credit"
    Overall

    A good read worth a credit, nothing amazing but decent writing, decent characters, and absolutely excellent narration. I think that if I had read the actual tangable book I might have been a little disappointed or felt a lag here and there but this is an example of how an audiobook can really enhance a story and make it more enjoyable (and less time consuming as you can listen while you work). If the author was still alive I might listen to his next book but would not seek it out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (179)

    David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married and has been primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif, the Palestinian woman with whom he had a passionate affair in law school, he begins a completely unexpected journey. The day after Hana's call, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber - and soon Hana is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder.

    John says: "Exile"
    "Not Disappointed"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, good story told from a character with a unique vantage point, sound narration and good writing (at times a bit predictable). This is the first book by Richard North Patterson I have read (listened to) but he has sufficiently impressed me that I will be reading more. I don't think this will disappoint.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Emma, a comic novel by Jane Austen, was published in December 1815. The main character, Emma Woodhouse, is described in the opening paragraph as "handsome, clever, and rich" but is also rather spoiled. Emma schemes to find a suitable husband for her pliant friend Harriet, only to discover that she understands the feelings of others as little as she does her own heart.

    bebe says: "great classic"
    "if you like Jane Austin"
    Overall

    It is Jane Austin, so if you like Jane Austin then it is for you. The narration is good while the recording quality is less than ideal it did not hinder the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Field of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Cornelia Read
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Madeline Dare, a tough-talking, shotgun-toting ex-debutante, is not your average detective. Then again, not much about her life is what she expected. Born of old money into high society, she married into a Syracuse farming family and a bottom-of-the-food-chain job writing puff pieces for the local newspaper. Her emotional barometer these days ranges from dry irony to whining exasperation.

    Jovanna says: "A lot of fun"
    "a decent mystery"
    Overall

    An interesting story line and a decent mystery despite the two-dimensional characters. At times the writing style is slightly crude and juvenile, filled with many tedious; "sucks", "god damn its" "you knows". The narrator has a good rhythm is easy to listen two, save the cringes of pain induced as she stumbles through horrific indecipherable accents. So if you can live with the aforementioned shortcomings you will have a nice mystery worth the few hours and a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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