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  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1572)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Boomerang"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is information that we all need to know.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was written in a way that follows the money around the world. He interviews with people who influenced it's course and problems with our world wide economy from Subprime - Iceland - Greece, the entire Euro and even Ireland. Engrossing to say the least!


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

    He has a stable voice with an edge of humor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Following the reason Bass is such reliable a source; I was about sick when he interviews the Texas Hedgefunder and quotes his advice to buy hard assests like gold, nickels by the millions and firearms.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (805)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "NO MORE DICK HILL, Another great Reacher Book!"
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    Dick Hill once again is horrible and this rating system won't let me leave zero stars for Performance. I suggest turning your speed to double time to get Dick moving at an almost normal pace while you listen. (NOTE to Lee Child: Use Marc Vietor next time he has range and never botches up an action book). Key word here is action.

    I don't want to spoil this because it is a classic fast paced Jack Reacher action and action tips book. Tips such as "don't shoot the tires when trying to disable a gang thugs escape vehicle, go for the engine" you'll find out why towards the middle of the story. Pay close attention to the details and you'll get the hidden bad guy of the story. I didn't of course but I never do.

    Loved it Sherlock Homeless!

    If this is your first Reacher novel try one of the others first I suggest one that is Dick free they are all good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James R. Benn
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    What's a 22-year-old Irish American cop who's never been out of Massachusetts before doing at Beardsley Hall, an English country house, having lunch with King Haakon of Norway? Billy Boyle himself wonders. Back home in Southie, hed barely made detective when war was declared. Unwilling to fight and perhaps die for England, he was relieved when his mother wangled a job for him on the staff of a general married to her distant cousin.

    connie says: ""boys own " adventure with wider appeal"
    "Great Period Mystery"
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    A bit slow at first, but being the 1st in the series it sets the characters well. The narrator holds this together during the slow spots. Excellent period accents, I will probably drop out on this series when they switch to another narrator I'm funny about what sound voices go into my head and Marc Vietor is the best.

    It's worth the listen if you like the older style mystery without intense gore and sex.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (372)

    "My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

    Teresa says: "Keep your iron tools handy."
    "BOO! As in Ghosts but YAY as in great book!"
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    I wasn't surprised how highly entertaining this book was. I listened to another of the Bernheimer books with the same narrator and really enjoyed that too. This one is a ghost story about the person who is assigned to Ferry the dead to the next world, some that don't want to go and the Ferryman has to put a smack down on them and force them on their way, others seem stuck and seek his services and he helps them leave the middle ground they are caught in. He's poor, his love life sucks, he's short and he's new to this roll of helping the haunted, he's adorable. A bit of a cliffhanger ending but the next book is in the shop and it's my next book to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Knowland Retribution: The Locator, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Greener
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (87)

    With tainted meat the weapon and corporate greed the motive, The Knowland Retribution is an extremely topical suspense-revenge thriller. Walter Sherman, AKA the Locator, is a tracker who honed his skills in Vietnam. The colorful cast of characters also includes Sherman's two friends--a bartender with a mysterious past and an old black man who smokes like a chimney; a feisty young woman who writes obituaries for the New York Times; a southern lawyer who has lost everything and has only one thing to live for; and more.

    Snoodely says: "Why you should become a vegetarian"
    "I didn't want to hit pause during this story!"
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    I liked the characters and I liked how the story wraps up.

    In this case the "guy doesn't get the girl" ending was just perfect. Maybe a bit far reaching in the plot, but a nice mix of depressing facts about corporate food and I wish it could end that way in real life endings. Fast paced and Marc Vietor can read to me anytime. Love that narrator. He should be reading more best sellers; more people would share that voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boyfriend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (509)

    Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.

    Opule says: "Typical Thomas Perry"
    "Just never got interesting."
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    I didn't connect with any characters. The main character has no back story, he's an ex-cop, that's about it. He's looking for a killer someone hired him to find. I sort of want the bad guy to get away he's the only one with any character development. The narration wasn't too bad; a bit flat, but that is what he was working with. I got really bored 3/4 of the way and I was done and moved on to another book, looking for an exchange. I happen to love that new policy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Three: Dead and Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (385)

    As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator.

    William says: "Frustrating"
    "Read them all. Favorite so far."
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    I know I shouldn't like this gory series but I do. It reads like a TV mini-series and it's pretty gross, but I laughed at the humor and enjoyed it not trying to make it more than it was. So I may not recommend the series to everyone. I can't deny I liked it.

    The Narrator has a deep rich voice and is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3275)
    Performance
    (2998)
    Story
    (3022)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Bored no depressing. Either way I didn't like it."
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    I missed this read in high school. This was supposed to be a great American novel. Here's what I felt about it; Gatsby was boring. Poor Daisy I feel bad for her, she's married to a tedious cheating oaf, and having an affair with a bore. It would have been a better book if Daisy had pushed Tom overboard to his death on an Atlantic crossing to Europe. Because by then she was rid of Gatsby. Of course she would have lost the third person narration guy he was a bore too and she could join the circus and have a good time partying with Carneys. Maybe somebody could rewrite this as The Great Wolfman Gatsby.

    Jake Gyllenhall is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (257)

    The details of the crime scene are no coincidence. The body — a promising starlet — has been battered, bloodied and then discarded between two of Manhattan’s oldest graveyards. One look and Detective Jude Crosby recognizes the tableau: a re-creation of Jack the Ripper’s gruesome work. But he also sees something beyond the actions of a mere copycat. Something more dangerous...and unexplainable.

    Lyn says: "Enjoyable"
    "It's confused. A ghost story? Mystery? Romance?"
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    Man this one really starts out strong and with promise; then it loses it's way, going from a strong premise of a new wicked genius serial killer to a low budget ghost buster meets the hot quiet hero from a romance novel, then it completely goes off the rails when the ending is so predictable and cheap it made me want to take the author back to the beginning and point at her story line then force her to tie up the loose ends! What starts as a great mystery thriller about catching a copy cat serial killer the ending could have been so much more, I was really sleepy when it finished. One thing though, this Narrator was great and I'll add him to my list voices I prefer to hear.

    They are Rene Auberjonois, Marc Vietor, now Luke Daniels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (254)

    The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

    Rodney says: "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."
    "LINCOLN CHILD STYLE ALL THE WAY!"
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    This story is of course a thriller; mystery; adventure. It moves along at a good speed, this story has a fair focus on the main character. I think sometimes I don't get involved in any of Lincoln Child's characters because they're Goobers. This one isn't bad. Of course Child is going to take a really cool thing and blow it up. (He does that in every book). I don't think that spoils the story since the tale is about people who are seduced by the "MacGuffin" if I may steal a thought from Hitchcock.

    But you'll find the ending a little predictable and I think the main Character's sort of douche bags at times stumbling into the obvious traps. But still I was not bored at all and I do recommend it if you're like me and like an escape from how things really are.

    The narrator has a good sounding voice, I ran it at 1.25 speed on my android phone app. I think you can kick it up to 1.5 if you download the unabridged version and need to pick up the pace a bit. Barret Whitner's articulation can handle any speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3432)
    Performance
    (2844)
    Story
    (2850)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Solves the Tough Case again!"
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    I love Jack Reacher books they are the best plots and this is the last of the series for me and I'm bummed out there aren't more. Jack is tough but uses his brains and the local waitress to get his solutions solved his way. There were a couple red herrings in this one. Misdirected warnings from his buddy the female Sargeant who without her assistance the case would never have been solved. A bit too much sex this time, the plot doesn't need it. I've learned so much about street fighting, artilery, handguns, brass knuckle fighting and why certain bones break easily. I'm going to miss the lessons. But still usually Lee Child doesn't throw in dead end clues, you usually get the clues thoughout the book straight and come to the conclusions with Jack. It's good to listen to at 1.5 speed. Dick Hill is slow and my least farvorite narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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