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Frank

North Carolina | Listener Since 2005

ratings
37
REVIEWS
16
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
51

  • Hornet Flight

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Byron Jennings
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    Damon says: "Outstanding!!!"
    "A very enjoyable book"
    Overall

    This was just a fun story. The characters were interesting and engaging, and although parts of the story were predictable, I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

    In addition, I thought the reader did a great job of bringing the story to life.

    Do not an epic work of literature, but you can expect a good time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David S. Goyer, Michael Cassutt
    • Narrated By Joe J. Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Three years ago, an object 100 miles across was spotted on a trajectory for Earth's sun. Now, its journey is almost over. As it approaches, two competing manned vehicles race through almost half a million kilometers of space to reach it first. But when they both arrive on the entity, they learn that it has been sent toward Earth for a reason. An intelligent race is desperately attempting to communicate with our primitive species. And the message is: Help us.

    Brian says: "Good character based sci-fi"
    "The story unravels then just stops"
    Overall

    I loved the premise. The story started out just fine . . . but then credibility was strained, and it became clear that the authors did not know where to go with the story they had crafted. That whole thing from the summary about "and they need our help" is just kind of thrown in there. It does not make sense, and it leads to nothing. When the book ended, I had to check to make sure that I had not accidentally hit fast forward or something, because the story just stops. It does not end, it just stops.

    I listen to many books (5 per month on average). I only write reviews if the books are great or terrible (because, after all, most fall somewhere between).

    This book started out well but unraveled so badly and so disappointingly that I would call it terrible.

    If you like the genre, get something by Arthur C. Clark instead.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    When do you do when you gaze into the mirror - and find a stranger looking back? Liz Sansborough has no recollection of her past as a CIA agent; no idea what her future holds. For her, there is only the present...and the chilling knowledge that the world's most lethal assassin has set his sights on her. When your only link to your identity is a stranger who claim to be lover? Gordon is so gentle, so loving - and so secretive. If Liz dares to put her life into his powerful hands, will he guard it with his own - or snuff it out?

    Stevon says: "a good thriller"
    "Hugely Disappointing"
    Overall

    I enjoyed Lynds' other novel I downloaded from Audible, "The Last Spymaster." The characters seemed real and the plot did not strain one's ability to suspend disbelief.

    I do not understand how the same author could have written both of these novels.

    In marked contrast to "The Last Spymaster," the plot of "Masquerade" is silly. The coincidences are too convenient (no spoilers here, but you won't miss them), the conspiracy too incredible, and the bad guys are caricatures of themselves.

    The narrator's tendency to perform male voices by speaking through drawn lips or by making them speak with a Brooklyn accent did not help.

    Because I paid for it, I listened to the whole thing hoping it would get better. It never did.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rembrandt Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (525)

    Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

    Howard says: "Get Set for an Action Ride"
    "Silva does not disappoint"
    Overall

    This is an intelligent but fun ride. The characters are interesting and the reader gives them distinct and credible voices. Other than "The Mark of the Assassin," which was just so-so, you cannot go wrong with Daniel Silva.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Defector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (404)

    Six months after the blood-soaked conclusion of Moscow Rules, Allon is in Umbria, trying to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when a colleague pays him a shocking visit. The man who saved Allon's life in Moscow and was then resettled in England has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, and they blame Allon for planting him.

    Paul says: "Paul"
    "GREAT read"
    Overall

    Silva is a really great writer, and Phil Gigante does a nice job (better than John Lee, I think).

    You do not have to have read the last novel, "The Moscow Rules," to enjoy this.

    I wish there were more unabridged Silva novels - I've already gone through them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Patient: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Gabe Singleton and Andrew Stoddard were roommates at the Naval Academy in Annapolis years ago. Today, Gabe is a country doctor and his friend Andrew has gone from war hero to governor to President of the United States. One day, Marine One lands on Gabe's Wyoming ranch, and President Stoddard delivers a disturbing revelation and a startling request.

    Lia says: "Easy to listen to"
    "Bad - unbelievably bad"
    Overall

    Granted, maybe when you buy a book on sale for $5 you should not complain about what you get. But I cannot help it.

    This is the dumbest book I have ever finished. I say "dumbest I have ever finished" because, usually, when a book is playing out badly, I stop wasting my time.

    But this was like driving past a car wreck - I could not look away. I had to see if it was going to get worse . . . and it DID! At every turn.

    The characters are not believable or likable. The plot is not credible enough to enable suspending disbelief The dialog was silly.

    If you like the narrator, rent one of his readings of Daniel Silva - not this.

    Save yourself - don't buy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (888)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (236)

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "Really entertaining"
    Overall

    This book was a lot of fun. Bolitar and Win are interesting characters. The story was surprising and fast-moving.

    I was afraid I would not like Steven Weber's narration (I have not been able to look at the guy since he agreed to play Jack Nicholson's part in the bad, made-for-TV remake of "The Shining"), but he did a really good job.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (361)

    The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather have stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stick-up men who've spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash to that armored-car warehouse with the weakness in its security system.

    Tony B. says: "Another winner for Davenport fans"
    "Most boring Audible book ever"
    Overall

    I thought I'd try Sandford on the $9.95 offer Audible made. It is $9.95 I would like to have back.

    The story is just BORING. I very, very rarely give up on a book on which I have spent money or a book credit, but I have never listened to a book that was so completely uninteresting. (The gravelly voice of the narrator certainly did not help.)

    Do yourself a favor - instead of this book, try ANYTHING by Robert B. Parker, Robert Crais, John Lescroat, or Harlan Coben.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angel's Tip

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    In Angel's Tip, Detective Ellie Hatcher enters the high-priced world of New York City nightlife when a pretty club goer is found brutally murdered.

    James Talkington says: "Good Listen"
    "Do not waste your time or money"
    Overall

    This was a poor listen. The narration was cloying and melodramatic. The novel was poor. The characters were not believable. The plot was contrived. The ending was silly. "Angel's Tip" was a disappointment.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (258)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Narration AWFUL (Book good)"
    Overall

    Scott Sowers has ruined several books by some of my favorite authors. He repeatedly mispronounces the same words (if you're not sure, Scott, LOOK IT UP). And he always sounds a little nasal and sing songy.

    I hope that one day I can forget the plot of the novel, then I will buy it print and read it - so that maybe I can enjoy it.

    (The story was very good, but it was buried beneath the awful delivery.)

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "Absolutely great"
    Overall

    This immediately became one of my favorite novels. The characters are interesting, funny, and completely believable. (If you have spent any time working in higher education, you will able to recognize the characters and their foibles from your own experience.) I cannot say enough good things about this novel.

    I only have two regrets: (1) that Audible does not have all of the author's books in its library, and (2) that the reader has not recorded more books of interest to me (I am not a fan of Danielle Steel or Robert James Waller) - he did a great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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