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Kirk

Actually not Deborah, but Donald. My wife opened the Amazon account and suddenly my Audible account became hers. I'm a basic 63 year old type guy who runs a lot and listnes to books as I run. It was a dark and stormy night ... but I still did 5 miles.

Anderson, IN, United States

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  • The Servants of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

    Marg224 says: "Different spin"
    "Feels like an early book...oh! It is!"
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    I REALLY like Dean Koontz I think of him in two ways: the EARLY, and the LATER. He has developed into an author who writes a great story, fun characters, and with snatches of brilliant thought. Odd Thomas;Life expectancy;From the Corner of His Eye are great books.

    It's my own fault for not researching, but sometimes books on audible give the impression they are newer books. I'd love to see the original date published in a more prominent clear place.

    This story simply feels under developed. If Koontz were to re-write the same plot today it could be a brilliant story.

    Originally it was written in 1984 under a pseudo name.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (673)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Wonderful Book, but life ain't so grand."
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    The thing about this book is that it's hard to tell you why it is so good -- without telling you too much. Very well planned story, performed well, and the characters... The characters! Lisa Gardner has this mystifying ability to put you in the mind of the characters. If you only think about their actions it's hard to decide who is hero, villain, good, or bad. But she takes you down the road of their thoughts, their past -- and there is compassion for people who could be a villain in another book. It's odd, compelling -- and such an interesting story.

    I agree completely with the review that suggested reading/ hearing "Say Goodbye" first. Another great, if painful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashback

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    When Sheriff Paul Davidson proposes marriage to Anna Pigeon, he doesn't get the reaction a man might hope for. Intrepid park ranger Anna runs all the way to the furthest scrape of American ground not found in Alaska or Hawaii. How's that for a no? Anna takes a new post as temporary supervisory ranger in Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles off Key West. Dry Tortugas is the site of the former prison for Lincoln conspirators during and after the Civil War.

    LB in Dallas says: "Back story is boring!!"
    "2 Stories, One Great Book"
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    I have come to completely enjoy the Anna Pigeon series. She is hero, smart, impulsive, full of flaws and makes a great character. Barbara Rosenblat IS Anna Pigeon -- the perfect voice.

    There are two different storylines in this book and both had my full attention. Whichever storyline -- I wanted to hear more and wanted to get back to the other storyline.

    The characters are as important as the plot, and this was the best of her other books. And the other good books were excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (254)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "Murder, a good mystery, and the past always lives"
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    First, really nice plot line. I wanted to know what happened next. That is always a good sign isn't it?

    Lot's of people seemed to dislike Newbern's reading. It gave the feeling of people who carried a cloud with them. You can decide for yourself if that is exactly true - or not. If true, then his reading was fine.

    What influences us most in this journey of life? It just might be all that we carry that has gone before. The past always lives... That is as important as the challenge we face today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2609)
    Performance
    (2158)
    Story
    (2151)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "As the song goes..."Almost Heaven, West Virginia""
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    First, I write few reviews, generally only if I like a book. I don’t enjoy complaining about an author or reader. So I don’t. You can sense the “but…” coming.

    But … I wonder if Baldacci ever visited WV? If he did he apparently felt condescending to the state. It seemed like an elitist’s attitude toward WV. I don’t live there, but travel to WV a lot. The ‘feel’ of this book about the people of WV is that they live dull depressing lives under a dark cloud of coal dust. He gives the impression it is a gray state with no joy. It is the few rich and almost enslaved common people…

    When I visit, I have found people of joy and beauty, and who have grace, common sense, and are intelligent.

    A stereotypical hero and an unfair stereotype of the people of WV.

    Baldacci has done better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (804)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Rive of Doubt was a Journey of Discovery"
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    Theodore Roosevelt was a president that I always liked and was never really sure why.

    This story of his last great adventure was totally unknown to me. The story itself is gripping. Millard used the story to flash backward and forward in history to give snapshots of Roosevelt and other characters in this story. The snapshots were almost always interesting and gave a better understanding of the characters.

    It was one of the best listens of the last five years for me.

    The positive: the story!! It's powerful in telling. Amazing in the sense this could be the story of a man who was president. Enlightening in helping me understand how people of the period and of different cultures think. All of this done in a very engrossing story.

    Any cons? Well, sometimes I wondered if the dramatic moments might be a tad overstated and at the same time thought perhaps not. In a few sections I thought the author gave me too much side information -- but that may reflect more on me than the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10465)
    Performance
    (9504)
    Story
    (9521)

    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!!"
    "14 is a 15!"
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    I listen as I run, and I can simply say that I put extra miles in the week I listened to this story. It was a fun plot with characters I came to know and enjoy (Porter did a fine job of narration).

    Was the story believable? Well, only if I suspend reality. Did I learn lessons for life? Thankfully not at all.

    But what fun in a completely impossible adventure that 'everyday' (strange but everyday) people find themselves in. The plot was new and fresh, it was not easy to predict, well written, and just the right tone of real in an unreal plot.

    So if you take it for what it is -- a fun listen -- I think you'll discover 14 is a 15.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1731)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1069)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"
    "Conon Doyle would have wished . . ."
    Overall

    By the end of this book I was convinced Ms. King's understanding of Holmes is what Conan Doyle would have attempted had he known the great detective would become so popular. In fact, I think he would have aspired to rise up to this quality. The character development, plot line, and understanding of the period was brilliant. It was an interesting journey surrounding an excellent plot. I am looking forward to the second in this series.

    Holmes is not the Holmes of Watson's view. Though he is. Just as different friends see you differently.

    Ms King brought new life to this old friend. Mary Russell is a great character, and a new friend. She is not perfect. And in all the appropriate ways.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Book of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    Former FBI Special Agent Will Piper solved and survived the "Doomsday Killer" case, and his reward was a forced early retirement. But the shattering truths he learned about the government's most covert operations won't let him rest and now he's on the trail of a mysterious volume that's been lost for six centuries.

    Brian says: "Must Read!"
    "More ..."
    Overall

    This book is more .. more of the great writing from his first book. (Secret of the Seventh Son). Read it first!
    This book is more, picks of the story from the first book.
    This book is more - it continues mystery, brings in historical characters, moves seamlessly through time - and has a great story line.
    This book is more of the same from Cooper. That happens to be very good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Secret of the Seventh Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Glenn Cooper
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (371)

    Nine people have been slain in New York City, nine strangers with nothing in common - the apparent victims of a frighteningly elusive serial killer. Only one thing links the dead: postcards they received, mailed from Las Vegas, announcing the day they would die.

    Rebecca says: "An Ear Burner"
    "The best Secret"
    Overall

    The best secret is when you find a new author that is interesting, clever, out of the box, and has real skill. I hurried through this one so I could get his next book. (It continues the theme, listen to this first.)

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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