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  • The History of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Fawkes
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions. Also available: The History of Opera.

    Walter says: "highly recommend"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Among my top three Audiobooks, "History" is a concise-yet-complete overview of the development and evolution of classical music. I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, an authority on classical music...and this book was a wonderful overview. There is enough music to gain an appreciation for the school while also illustrating the transition from one era to the next.

    I have listened to this at least five times and can imagine listening another five. I highly recommend the book to anyone with even a passing interest in classical music.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper Than the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2665)
    Performance
    (1931)
    Story
    (1914)

    Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.

    John Wayne Tucker says: "A pleasant surprise"
    "Entertaining."
    Overall
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    Where does Deeper Than the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the 50th-60th percentile - good but not great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story line moved along well, and narration was effective in capturing scene.


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

    Not sure I have, but I would listen to another she narrates.


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

    No ... kept me engaged, but not to the point of distraction.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the time and the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (429)

    FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

    shelley says: "Don't bother with this one..."
    "Really disappointing - unbelivably melodramatic"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Ted Dekker and/or John Glover?

    Likely not, after this experience.


    What could Ted Dekker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    His attempt to psychoanalyze failed on many levels. As he referred to "voices in his/her head" what came to my mind was that "The voices in my head say this is BS!"


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance was okay - just hampered by the material.


    Any additional comments?

    A waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vicious Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1200)

    The plane circled in the dark. Joe Pickett could just make out down below a figure in the snow and timber, and then three other figures closing in. There was nothing he could do about it. And Joe knew that he might be their next target. The Cates family had always been a bad lot. Game warden Joe Pickett had been able to strike a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April had been endangered, but he'd always wondered if there'd be a day of reckoning.

    Bonnie Bee says: "great series"
    "Joe Pickett is my hero"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Vicious Circle to be better than the print version?

    Both have advantages, and both are worth buying (I did), but I do prefer the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Joe Pickett being Joe Pickett - straightforward, honest, getting the job done fairly. Always worth a listen AND a read.


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

    Chandler does a great job of capturing the action and the mood of the story. He is good with different characters.


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

    Yes, and really had to force myself to take breaks (like getting to work after listening on the commute in to the office!).


    Any additional comments?

    C.J Box, keep Joe Pickett books coming ... and keep them real!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forgive Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Daniel Palmer
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (508)

    PI Angie DeRose strives to find and rescue endangered runaways - work that stands in stark contrast to her own safe, idyllic childhood. But in the wake of her mother's sudden death, Angie makes a life-altering discovery. Hidden among the mementos in her parents' attic is a photograph of a little girl, with a code and a handwritten message on the back: "May God forgive me." Angie has no idea what it means, and her father claims to know nothing. The lies she unearths will bring her past and present together with terrifying force.

    CheyenneQBU says: "Great story but overly dramatic delivery"
    "Kept waiting for this to get better...it didn't"
    Overall
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    Story
    What would have made Forgive Me better?

    A better plot line, a focus on one story, not several jumbled stories. Might've been better if read in print, but did not enjoy it in audible.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Palmer’s story?

    Jumbled story lines and too much drama, not enough action.


    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    Performance was okay - seemed to capture the dramatic moments...but those seemed interminable!


    Any additional comments?

    May be the third or fourth book I started listening to and just couldn't finish. Just wasn't enough there to keep me engaged as a listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brotherhood of the Wheel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By R. S. Belcher
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1750)
    Performance
    (1646)
    Story
    (1644)

    In AD 1119, a group of nine crusaders became known as the Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon - a militant monastic order charged with protecting pilgrims and caravans traveling on the roads to and from the Holy Land. In time, the Knights Templar would grow in power and, ultimately, be laid low. But a small offshoot of the Templars endure and have returned to the order's original mission: to defend the roads of the world and guard those who travel on them.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "Epic Battle Brewing"
    "Awful book - discordant, disconnected, difficult"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from R. S. Belcher and/or Bronson Pinchot?

    Not based on this one.


    What was most disappointing about R. S. Belcher’s story?

    It seemed a collection of stories that were not tied together even two hours into the book - and if it was a collection of short stories, they were not curated well.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was okay - not great but okay.


    What character would you cut from The Brotherhood of the Wheel?

    All of them?


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe if you have patience to listen beyond two hours, the book will finally come together - it sure didn't for me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nowhere Man: Evan Smoak, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (6178)
    Performance
    (5816)
    Story
    (5790)

    Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

    John says: "Liked the original, moaned over the second!"
    "Loved the first Evan Smoak novel, HATED this one"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe I listened to Orphan X too recently, but this novel was far too repetitive of Orphan X. AND, I got REALLY, REALLY tired of all the melodrama over Jack, Smoak's trainer and handler. For God's sake, the man's dead, let him rest in peace rather than bringing his specter back to drag the story down. While the story line in Orphan X stretched credulity, this one is unbelievably bad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Hurwitz again?

    Maybe, but not another Evan Smoak ... perhaps I'd read one in print so I can skip over all the drama and read the story, but I don't think I'd listen to another Evan Smoak.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Brick, who I usually like, reads this as if he were a liberal psychologist ... one can just picture his wringing hands as he does the drama.


    What character would you cut from The Nowhere Man?

    Either Van Stier or Candy (think I have that right). Only purpose seems to be to increase the drama.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've recently read or listened to Orphan X, don't bother with this one (or at least buy the print edition so that you can read the real story).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Prettiest One: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Hankins
    • Narrated By Bon Shaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3649)
    Performance
    (3315)
    Story
    (3303)

    When Caitlin Sommers finds herself alone in a deserted parking lot with blood on her clothes and no memory of the past few months, it seems like one of the nightmares that have tormented her for years...but it's all too real. Desperate to learn the truth about where she's been and what has happened to her but terrified of what she may find, Caitlin embarks on a search for answers.

    qpj100 says: "Good Suspense Thriller"
    "Don't waste a credit"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    NO ONE should enjoy this book - unbelievable premise, shoddy research meaning there are a number of mistakes and poorly written. Even average narration couldn't redeem the flaws in this awful book.


    What was most disappointing about James Hankins’s story?

    Poor story development, implausible actions by characters and average narration. This was a yawner from the start.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narrator did the best possible job given poor material to work with.


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

    No. None. Absolutely none.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night School: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7777)
    Performance
    (7082)
    Story
    (7053)

    It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

    Phil says: "Disappointing"
    "Good, owrth listening to, but not the best Reacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Night School the most enjoyable?

    Jack Reacher is always focused, deliberate and listening to these books is always enjoyable (and often an outstanding listening experience). This book was just average, for a Reacher novel, which is not a criticism as the average Reacher novel is great.


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

    Dick Hill is a great narrator - captures Reacher extremely well (and far better than that clown they have in the role in the movie).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strangler Vine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By M. J. Carter
    • Narrated By Alex Wyndham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2114)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1939)

    India, 1837: William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India; Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery.

    David says: "Not quite Kipling's India"
    "Just so-so"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably would not recommend. This book is hard to listen to - story line, writing are not all that compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    recommend that you try only if you really like either the author or the narrator. Otherwise there are many more interesting and entertaining books available.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye: Harry Bosch, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13058)
    Performance
    (11939)
    Story
    (11875)

    Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Connelly Delivers Everytime"
    "The best yet"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wrong Side of Goodbye to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but this is a literary work - likely the best I've heard or read from Michael Connelly.


    What other book might you compare The Wrong Side of Goodbye to and why?

    Writing reminds me of Thomas McGuane, Ernest Hemingway, Beryl Markhame - incredibly well written.


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

    Haven't listened before, but he did a fine job with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend. Rarely give a five star rating on all counts!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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