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Duck

I love to read espionage and criminal thrillers. My lifestyle doesn't allow time to sit and read so audio books is really an enjoyment.

SEADRIFT, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1360)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1200)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    Debbie says: "Not My Favorite Reacher..."
    "Not Dick Hill"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narrator is mundane, thus so is the book. It put me to sleep.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    The story was probably okay, but the narrator ruined it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Lee Child deserves Dick Hill.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Don't know anything special about it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Hunter says: "Best Puller book yet."
    "Awesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Escape to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was a good plot and it followed the prior book


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very good narrative


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

    Yes


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Jacob Underwood is a contract employee of the Special Services Section, a shadow department in the faceless multinational corporation DBG. Jacob is not a businessman...he is a hired assassin...and his job is to neutralize problems deemed unacceptable by the corporation. Jacob is not like other employees, nor is he like other people. Suffering from Cotard's syndrome - a real condition that causes people to believe they are dead - Jacob perceives himself as nothing but a Shell with no emotion...

    D says: "Engaging"
    "This book has no logic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing would make this book worth reading


    What could John Twelve Hawks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get a plot


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is good. The book is bad


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spark?

    All that I listened to could not be fixed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2946)
    Performance
    (2551)
    Story
    (2563)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Great book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Hit the most enjoyable?

    This book had an espionage aspect to it that I really enjoyed


    What did you like best about this story?

    Every battle that Robie got into, he was always out numbered. He proved to do a lot of thinking on his feet all the time.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book of Ron's.


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

    I really liked when Robie figured he needed to be in Canada instead of Ireland.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3737)
    Performance
    (2352)
    Story
    (2341)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Boring, Monotoned."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Buck Schirner?

    I have read Michael Connelly before and enjoyed him. Buck Schirner is a very boring narrator.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Found someone else to read it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Buck Schirner’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration was so bad, I could not enjoy the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (518)

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    Jill says: "BRAINRUSH an exciting, thrilling, adventure!"
    "I have found a new author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does BRAINRUSH, a Thriller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is amount my favorite!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Sci-Fi thinking of the author


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    He was very "into" the book.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to Brainrush II

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (720)

    Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously. Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth.

    Wayne says: "Dick Hill is the right reader; interesting story"
    "Very slow moving book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really don't know. The book requires a lot of patience.


    What was most disappointing about W. E. B. Griffin’s story?

    The book to me, just doesn't move at all.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    It wasn't Dick Hill. It was the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3265)
    Performance
    (2426)
    Story
    (2413)

    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!"
    "Exciting from start to finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Persuader again? Why?

    Definitely


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did. This is one of the most exciting Lee Child books I have ever listened to.


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

    Dick was awesome. The drowning scene was one of his best reads.


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

    The book was unbelievably "on your seat" reaction. I did laugh some.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2531)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1778)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "Lee Child and Dick Hill do it again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Enemy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was one of the best I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Corey. He is written in as a smart ass, but a brilliant detective.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all the Lee Child books and this one was great!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2700)
    Performance
    (1971)
    Story
    (1962)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "John and Kate do it again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Plum Island the most enjoyable?

    I love listening to how John keeps Kate and himself in the middle of action and in trouble with all people they work with.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How John found an answer to the murder, that no one had thought of.


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

    Personally gets involved with the book. Scott adds a lot to my enjoyment


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Secrets are always not kept!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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