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Drifter

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  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3042)
    Performance
    (2235)
    Story
    (2223)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Best Reacher Novel to Date"
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    Where does Persuader rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dick Hill does a great job with the Jack Reacher series. Listen to one book and it's good, really good even. But listen to the series and you come to love the characters and how Reacher is portrayed in each.


    What other book might you compare Persuader to and why?

    You'll see similarities David Baldacci's recent military cop series. Although, they are quite different at the end of the day. The Reacher series is probably better.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final showdown between Paulie and Reacher. Pretty entertaining. For a few minutes, you actually think Reacher is going down.


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

    I listen to books while I drive to work and found myself sitting in the parking lot waiting to see what happened before turning my car off!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1956)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1719)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "Did not disappoint"
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    Where does Two Graves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good, and exactly what I expect from a Pendergast novel. But probably ranks close to the middle in terms of all-time favorite listens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pendergast finally becomes human. We see him struggle with death, even to the point of despair. At last the reader has a mode in which they feel connected to Pendergast as a fellow human. He goes through each level of grief, even taking out his revenge before finally assuming his role again as the calm, cool, collected, austere, and intelligent Pendergast we've come to love.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pendergast creating in his mind a conversation with his wife to reveal one of the books secrets.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was worth the wait. There was effort and thought placed into the storyline. However, the Nazi angle does detract a bit for me. But as readers, that angle has been prevalent in several of the previous books. So it wasn't a surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2728)
    Performance
    (1834)
    Story
    (1835)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "Predictable, but entertainings"
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    What did you like best about Echo Burning? What did you like least?

    The best part of Echo Burning was the attitude of Jack Reacher. He cares just enough to take action while remaining detached. The worst part of the book was its predictability. But that's to be expected a little with this genre in general.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the twist involving illegal aliens and their trek into Texas. The least interesting was the little girl.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill does a great job. Although he struggles with children's voices and at times it seemed forced.


    Was Echo Burning worth the listening time?

    Definitely worth the time. It's not a book that requires a ton of thought, just listen and enjoy the ride.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15938)
    Performance
    (12430)
    Story
    (12502)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Continuing the Westeros Saga"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Storm of Swords to be better than the print version?

    I would definitely consider it better having both the ereader and the audio version. The audio version gives a more fluid feel to the story. Mostly because you don't have to struggle with the spelling of the characters names. For me, that can be distracting while reading. The audio version doesn't have this issue.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George R. R. Martin? Why or why not?

    I am looking forward to finishing the series. Once you've gotten 100 hours into the series you kinda have to give it the benefit of finishing.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    As usual, Roy Dotrice gives a great performance. He does a very good job of bringing characters to life. When the setting or scene changes, as a listener, you're disappointed for a few moments because Roy had set the stage and captured your interest.


    Any additional comments?

    Book three continues the story that the first two books began. Although there's not as much action as the first two books, I was not disappointed in the story and where it seems to be going. There's some really big surprises in store in book three. You'll be eager to start book four once you reach the end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25579)
    Performance
    (19425)
    Story
    (19494)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "A complex and interwoven storyline"
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    Where does A Game of Thrones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely near the top. It's not for everyone though. The book is intricate and the narrative is deep and involved. You'll grow to love some characters and hate others.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The introductions of the characters and their status within the world of Westeros


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He was masterful at creating not only the voice of a character, but their persona and personality as well.


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

    Give it a couple hours and you'll be hooked.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 212: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    When a student is murdered following a series of threatening messages posted on a college gossip site, NYPD detectives Ellie Hatcher and J.J. Rogan are assigned the case. As they dig deeper, however, they discover the victim was only one of many—and the killer isn’t finished.

    Internet Shopper says: "Was it the writing or the narrator?"
    "You grow to really like this series"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really. It's what we've come to expect from Alafair Burke


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters of Ellie and Jess Hatcher. I liked the easiness of their relationship and found it believable to have siblings that liked each other in the manner that they did.


    Did 212 inspire you to do anything?

    Not get murdered.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read, you'll enjoy it. Looking forward to more from Alafair Burke,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blindness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    A city is hit by a sudden and strange epidemic of "white blindness", which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there social conventions quickly crumble and the struggle for survival brings out the worst in people.

    Cora Judd says: "Dark"
    "Read it, don't listen to it."
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    Would you try another book from Jose Saramago and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Jose Saramago is an ok writer. I was hoping for more though. What an interesting concept. Jonathan Davis did all he could to save it, but eventually the book fell flat. Perhaps it is the translation that kills it. I found the same problem with 100 Years of Solitude.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the original idea of the story is fascinating.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    His performance was fine, the book just didn't have enough to compel me to care.


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

    No. You'll be hard pressed to finish this book, I wouldn't waste my time with another translation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Les Miserables

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (557)

    Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

    Kathryn says: "one happy insomniac"
    "Don't waste your time"
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    Would you listen to Les Miserables again? Why?

    No. Frederick Davidson is a pretentious narrator. His voice will drive you to turn it off. I loved reading the book and had high hopes of hearing my favorite characters come to life. Frederick Davidson ruined it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?

    Anyone else. Seriously. John Lee would have been the perfect fit for this book.


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

    The book is fantastic, please read it. Don't listen to it. You'll be disappointed.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (785)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "Don't miss this book"
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    What did you love best about The Three Musketeers?

    It's a classic, what's not to love?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Three Musketeers?

    The whole book was memorable. In today's society, it's easy to get lost in the language but don't let that stop you. The fight between Dartanian and the three Muskateers near the beginning was my favorite part. Especially seeing as they bonded so closely after that.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Dartanian was my favorite. He was a proud man with a good heart and fierce loyalties.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and stick with this book. Once it grabs you, you'll be hooked. If you get confused with a particular section, go back and listen again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1832)
    Performance
    (1560)
    Story
    (1546)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "One of the better Pendergast books"
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    What made the experience of listening to Still Life with Crows the most enjoyable?

    The series continues to be propelled by the narration. You've grown accustomed to Pendergasts voice and mannerisms. It's easy to see his movements in one's minds eye.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Life with Crows?

    The final chase through the underground caverns was a lot of fun. Turned it off a couple times to slow myself down and remind myself it was only a story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Pendergast recreating a battle in his mind. Very entertaining.


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

    other than suspense, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're already hooked on the series, keep it going with this book. It won't let you down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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