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Paul

Edison, NJ, USA

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  • The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

    jb says: "Outstanding!"
    "I've read a lot better"
    Overall

    This book felt like it dragged on, but every now and then something would happen and I would keep it going. I almost gave up on it a few times, and I wouldn't have missed much. Keating is a good narrator but not a good reader. I often found myself confused and wondering which character was talking, since all of the voices sounded exactly the same. Also, after wading through meaningless details about things like what a particular room looked like, the main character (as another review pointed out) figures the entire thing out all at once.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2187)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (941)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I normally don't like female readers as much, but this one is pretty awesome. This book flew by so fast and I didn't want it to end. They did a very good job of not exposing too much of the story at a time and kept me guessing throughout. There was also just enough touch of magic that didn't seem unrealistic. I highly recommend.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Annie Duke: How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Annie Duke, David Diamond
    • Narrated By Annie Duke
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Part poker strategy, part autobiography, Annie Duke provides a fascinating inside account of the World Series of Poker and tells the riveting tale of Duke's unlikely rise to poker's inner circle. Highlighting strategic tops and keen hand-by-hand analysis that will appeal to both the skilled player and the reader newly intrigued by the game, Annie Duke shares a unique table-side view of a game that's fast evolved into a subculture.

    Paul says: "Annie Duke"
    "Annie Duke"
    Overall

    There aren't too many non-strategy poker books out there so I was happy to see that one finally appeared on audible. Even though I was not really interested in Annie Duke I downloaded it anyway.

    If you know about poker then you can skip the first 3 or 4 chapters. It starts out explaining each and every poker term which I guess needs to be done for the non poker playing public. For me, that and the entire chapter that basically thanked each person Annie has ever met was very boring and a waste of bandwidth. After all of that was out of the way, the book got more interesting. I liked how she mixed up the present with past events...it kept the book interesting and moving well. She is also a better reader than some other readers I have downloaded from this site. Overall it wasn't bad.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick Larkin
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (95)

    At an international medical conference in Prague, Dr. Fiona Devin, an American scientist attached to the Department of Defense, is contacted by one of her Russian colleagues. Dr. Valentin Petrenko, a specialist in rare diseases, is concerned about a small cluster of deaths in Moscow but even more concerned by the Russian government's refusal to publicly release any information or data on the outbreak. When he meets with Devin to pass on his case notes and samples, the two are attacked.

    A User says: "Good story"
    "A little slow going"
    Overall

    The first half was a little slow but then it picked up as the book went on. There are better and worse books out there. It was the first in this series that I have listened to and may not listen to another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanish: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (247)

    A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Body Double.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, but...."
    "It was ok"
    Overall

    It kept me interested, but not like I couldn't put it down. The twist another reviewer spoke about, I had figured out about half way through as well as some other things at the end. I guess it was typical of these types of books though. The reader was a little annoying at times and there were times that I couldn't figure out which character was speaking. It wasn't bad though.Not bad

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3569)
    Performance
    (1762)
    Story
    (1757)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    As others said, the reason for the crimes was a little out there. It got to the point where I had to go back a few times because there were no many characters and suspects involved in the plot, that I kept losing track.

    Enjoyable fast paced listen though.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (756)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Where's the ending?"
    Overall

    I thought the first 90% of it was very good. Then some event happened (don't want to spoil it) and the book grinded to a halt. There was an annoying Sheriff throughout the entire story that didn't seem to have much to do with what was going on. He would just drone on about how the world changed and blah blah blah for 5 minutes at a time. Then the actual story would pick back up again. I think the last 10 minutes or so was just the Sheriff talking and then it just ended. I would have thought that the download cut off, but I actually heard "The End". Maybe they'll come up with an alternate ending or something and I'll give it another star.

    13 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Carl Webster, the hot kid of the marshals service, is polite, respects his elders, and can shoot a man driving away in an Essex at 400 yards. Carl works out of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, federal courthouse during the 1930s, the period of America's most notorious bank robbers: Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson...those guys.

    S. Casazza says: "A great book, an even better listen"
    "Couldn't wait to put it down"
    Overall

    Reader was boring and I really didn't care about the characters. It felt like the neverending book. I've had 20 hour books that seemed shorter than this, so when I looked back and saw it was only 8 hrs I couldn't believe it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4508)
    Performance
    (1968)
    Story
    (1982)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "."
    Overall

    Great story. I got a little bored at times because the reader was a bit non-excited, which I guess fit the main character. The reader could have had more engery during the exciting parts though. I guess that's my only complaint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (1017)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Lost Light"
    Overall

    It started off a little slow but picked up towards the end. The reader did a lot better job with "The Narrows", which was also a better book than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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