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Nancy

Palmetto, FL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Uncaged: The Singular Menace, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford, Michele Cook
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Shay Remby arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife, searching for her brother, Odin. Odin’s a brilliant hacker but a bit of a loose cannon. He and a group of radical animal-rights activists hit a Singular Corp. research lab in Eugene, Oregon. The raid was a disaster, but Odin escaped with a set of highly encrypted flash drives and a post-surgical dog. When Shay gets a frantic 3 a.m. phone call from Odin - talking about evidence of unspeakable experiments, and a ruthless corporation, and how he must hide - she’s concerned.

    Coy says: "Should have left the YA knock offs to Patterson"
    "Nothing like typical Sandford"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Uncaged?

    The narrator is terrible. Sandford's other books have great narrators who improve the story line.


    What was most disappointing about John Sandford and Michele Cook ’s story?

    Since they are a married couple, I thought the book would have much of the type of story he writes, however this looks like a book she wrote and he put his name with her to sell it.


    What didn’t you like about Tara Sands’s performance?

    She is one of the most irritating readers I have listened to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The reader was so terrible that I didn't finish the book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (969)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Amazing book for an author's first work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Red Sparrow in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, well -written,


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

    I always listen to mystery novels because I can both listen and do mindless or boring tasks. My husband and I also listen when traveling by car as the miles seem to go much more quickly. I visualize the story more when it is narrated.


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

    Sparrow school introduced a way of training a spy that I had never considered. It wasn't the extremes that made it interesting but the story was written so well and in a way that provided some many interesting details of the world of a spy and the CIA that it made it a great listen (of course, it is clear that the story didn't give away anything secret, but gave a window into the agency that a great backdrop,


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this is the first of a number of novels by this author in a series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8055)
    Performance
    (7264)
    Story
    (7260)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham's best yet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, dynamic, educational


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

    Grisham has many unexpected changes and unexpected surprises as the story unfolds. He not only has an intriguing twists and turns, but his story gives numerous insights into the world of attorneys dealing with contested wills.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Jake Brigance continues to be appealing as a small town Mississippi lawyer. Continuing his life and practice after the events in A Time to Kill, Jake continues to fight racism as it was in Mississippi in the late 1980's. He is appealing as an attorney, and as a husband and father.


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

    There are parts of this story that are very powerful and touched me in a profound way.


    Any additional comments?

    I expect to see this novel as a movie in the future and it deserves to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (1729)
    Story
    (1714)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    William says: "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    "Terrible reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I made the mistake of assuming that Scott Brick would be the reader for this book, as he had for the others I had listened to. Bad mistake. This man was so bad I couldn't even listen to most of it. I love this series of books and have listened to most of them. This reader sounds like a regular person from next door who decided he could read novels...he can't.


    Has The Third Option turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, the reader


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, he was horrible


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Third Option?

    Don't know because he was such a bad reader, I turned him off.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (772)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "author has psychological insight"
    Overall

    Very few authors understand the borderline/abusive wife/mother as well as the dynamics between an abusive husband and his wife. Tami Hoag presents both of these situations throughout this book and is right on. As a psychologist I commend this author for understanding and presenting these characters for the readers to understand.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosary Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Richard Montanari
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (61)

    A devious serial killer lays siege to the city of Philadelphia, brutally sacrificing pretty young Catholic girls on the altar of insanity. As the body count rises, an exceptional investigating partnership struggles to stop him. Detective Jessica Balzano, Philly's Homicide Unit's newest rookie, is teamed up with veteran cop Kevin Byrne, respected for his solve rate and known for his unorthodox methods.

    Edward says: "Great Listen!"
    "Good mystery"
    Overall

    The law enforcement officers seemed realistic and the plot was original.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Psychopath: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Keith Ablow
    • Narrated By Keith Ablow
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Forensic Psychiatrist Frank Clevenger confronts the ultimate opponent - a serial killer who is also a brilliant psychiatrist, with an uncanny ability to burrow into the deepest recesses of the human mind.

    Venice says: "This book is ACE!"
    "Very interesting novel"
    Overall

    The author, a psychiatrist, presents the thinking of the way the killer gets victims to trust him in a psychologically accurate format, unlike other author's. This makes this book not only interesting, but educational, as well. Highly recommend to readers who love mysteries.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Danger in the Shadows: O'Malley Series, Prequel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By Matilda Novak
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Sara's terrified. She's doing the one thing she cannot afford to do: fall in love with a famous man, former pro football player Adam Black. Sara is hidden away in the witness protection program, her safety dependent on staying invisible, and loving Adam could get her killed.

    Michael says: "favorite book"
    "Not worth listening to..."
    Overall

    This book is the worst I have listened to since joining Audible many months ago. The story is based on the idea that the FBI would provide a security detail equal to that the Secret Service provides the President (and has for years and years) to a woman being stalked by a killer. Her brother, an FBI agent, is also assigned to protect her full time. There are great jumps in the story where the author forgets to fill in the details and the ending deteriorates even more...something like a 9th grade girl would write for an English assignment. This is the last book I listen to before it is rated.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Vertical Coffin: A Shane Scully Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    In Shane Scully's most terrifying case to date, two elite SWAT units from the L.A. Sheriff's Department and the ATF appear to be engaged in a deadly midnight war. Officers from both agencies are being sniped at and murdered in vertical coffins. As the violence escalates, the mayor directs the LAPD, the only uninvolved and unbiased law enforcement agency, to investigate. Shane's wife, Alexa, under orders from Chief Tony Filosiani, assigns him to the case.

    Matthew says: "Thrill To The Last Minute"
    "Great detective story"
    Overall

    In the same style as Michael Connerlly, this book shows a detective thinking through and solving a case, along with the emotions and thinking typical of many cops. He also includes information on crime solving designed to educate the reader...a plus.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero Game

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (138)

    Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

    Rodney says: "Great political novel"
    "Very boring"
    Overall

    The reader for this novel is great, however, the subject of making small bets on congressional votes is so boring...and yet the author tries to make it so exciting, that this book was impossible to finish. It just seemed to go on and on about such insignificant but detailed betting. Perhaps a compulsive gambler might like it.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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