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stephen

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  • Back of Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (236)

    Cody Hoyt, while a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his mentor and AA sponsor Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who’s fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that....

    Terry says: "Cody Hoyt is GREAT!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    What made the experience of listening to Back of Beyond the most enjoyable?

    Being a huge fan of "Blue Heaven" - which is one of my all-time favorites - Back of Beyond didn't quite measure up to the pace and emotion of Blue Heaven. That being said, it definitely kept my interest, had some twist and turns, had likable and sustainable characters, and was solid to the end with an enjoyable payoff.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting, the plausible plot, and the honesty and transparency of the main character, Cody.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    Definitely, Cody. No doubt that the person I was listening to was Cody in body, soul and spirit. Holter Graham nailed it.


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

    There was not a particular moment, just the common thread of Cody's inability to mince words or suppress the truth (even when it was not beneficial to Cody's circumstances).


    Any additional comments?

    Some books are great, others are simply good solid entertainment that take you on a journey (in this case a suspenseful one) that in the end leave you satisfied. Back of Beyond is a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (946)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "Perfection!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Since listening, I have been recommending to everyone I can. It was like the movie Places in the Heart meets Mississippi Burning, meets Silence of the Lambs (set in the 1930's).


    What other book might you compare Chiefs to and why?

    Hard to compare. Don't recall ever encountering any other book wherein the powerful undercurrent of southern racism evoked a building rage in the listener, while at the same time the compelling mystery kept growing at every turn. I was deeply touched by the reminder of the afflictions endured in the pre-civil rights South, I was tremendously angered by the injustice of that era, and I was all at the same time gripped by the suspense of murder/mystery plot that spanned the lives of 3 police chiefs of this southern community.


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

    Mark Hammer is the story! One of the all time great performances, period. His southern tone, his pace, his inflections, his pondering pauses...Honestly, he made the story and the setting completely come alive. I could taste the dust, the beatings, the suspense...everything!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was definitely a page turner with a poetic pace. The seemingly innocuous mustard seed of this small community in the South just kept growing and growing and growing...


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4345)
    Performance
    (2768)
    Story
    (2798)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Very Entertaining."
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    What did you love best about Relic?

    I really enjoyed the narrator and the use of sound effects in phone conversations, the tunnels, basement, etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    D'Agosto. Thought he was a good solid cop character, smart and caring, yet still tough. In contrast to Pendergast, who I liked, but he seemed a bit untouchable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the build of the whole story, knowing that there would have to be a showdown between the beast and the protagonists. I especially enjoyed the "payoff" at the end. Didn't see it coming...


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

    Again the payoff was well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a great book, in terms of a classic, but very enjoyable. Will read another in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12093)
    Performance
    (10984)
    Story
    (11011)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Forgettable"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, the last 1/4. The payoff was uneventful. I was hoping that something gripping or shocking would be revealed to make this a very memorable listen, but instead I was disappointed.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Forgettable.


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

    Ray Porter was awesome. In fact, but for Ray Porter I would have been unable to finish the book. His accents and tones were all perfect for every character.


    Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. If there is a follow-up, I would not purchase it.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it was somewhat entertaining, but I would not recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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