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Gloria

Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Protect and Defend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1368)

    The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

    Warren says: "Best book I've listened to this year"
    "Mitch Rapp is the Man!"
    Overall

    Anyone who enjoys the counter-terrorism story will enjoy every one of Vince Flynn's books. Flynn's protagonist, Mitch Rapp, is Jack Bauer times two. Every time Mitch takes out his trusty silenced pistol and lets the bad guy have it right between the eyes, one's heart swells with satisfaction at the justice of it all. Those of us who would never sanction such behavior in real life, can rejoice at the "40 million dollar federal killing machine" just wiping out the terrorists with a steely eye and steady hand. He's saving the world and we suffer no guilt whatever. The good part is that Flynn lets you know what Rapp is thinking and why he does what he does. You get to know Rapp the man, as well as Rapp the assassin. You'll love these books.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3093)
    Performance
    (2520)
    Story
    (2490)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "I Love Harrry Bosch!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Drop to be better than the print version?

    Depending upon the reader, I enjoy listening to books rather than reading them. Len Cariou is the perfect voice for the Bosch series, and his dramatization skills make the books very enjoyable. Harry is like a real person to me because I have listened to all of the Bosch books and Harry has been brought to life.


    What other book might you compare The Drop to and why?

    I am a thriller/mystery buff and I choose books by author. The Drop is a very good book and no one will be disappointed to buy any one of Michael Connelly's series.


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

    Len Cariou brings Harry Bosch to life. His skill in differentiating voices, reading as though people are having a real conversation, and doing all of it with clear diction without pretension, makes him a superior actor/reader. He's great.


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

    Well, I try to listen as long as I can, but I want the book to last so I limit my listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion, the reader can make or break a book, even a really good book. (Example: I love the Vince Flynn books. The producers ruined a couple of Flynn's books by having an amateur, flat-delivery reader do the job. Bah!) Usually, if I find a new author that seems promising, I buy the Kindle production first. I do this to test new authors through the Kindle read. If I like the book, I want to share it with my husband, so, I listen to the sample reading of the book, and if the reader suits my idea of what the book should sound like, then I order away! Once I find a good author, and the reader does a good job, then I order that author's series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1841)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1099)

    A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis - the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

    Stevon says: "good story"
    "I love ever one of John Sanford's books."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Buried Prey the most enjoyable?

    This is typical Sandford: engrossing, sometimes funny, mostly intriguing, and a socko ending. Lucas Davenport is the most terrific protagonist of the genre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dialogue between Lucas Davenport and his fellow policemen.


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

    Ferrone IS the voice of Lucas. He IS Lucas. You gotta love it!!


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope John Sandford continues to turn out the Prey series for as long as he can write and for as long as I can read..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enquiry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    To a jockey, losing his license is the equivalent of being struck off, or disbarred, or cashiered. When steeplechase rider Kelly Hughes lost his license his first feelings were of bewilderment and disbelief, for he was not guilty of the charges. Nor, to the best of his knowledge, was the trainer he had ridden for, who lost his livelihood as well. When his first stunned state of shock subsided, Kelly began to wonder why he had been framed, who had done it, and how it had been achieved.

    Marilyn says: "A great yarn"
    "Another Great Dick Francis Book."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Enquiry to be better than the print version?

    I cannot compare. These are two different uses/methods for reading a book. When I am alone I like to read the narration on my Kindle, but when my husband and I are sitting in the living room, we like to bring up the audio version so that we can enjoy the book together.


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

    I rarely feel as though I am on the edge of my seat while reading, but I do find that I read faster and faster when the book has me in its grip.


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

    I've listened to all of them. Britton is great whatever he reads.


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

    No; but I enjoyed it very much.


    Any additional comments?

    I have written reviews of Francis' books before, and I always say that one cannot go wrong buying one of his books. They are all very, very good books. I have enjoyed every one of them, all of them, always.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    At an annual party to celebrate the success of the racing season, everything seemed to be running well to form, including the need for more champagne. Then a runaway horsebox ploughed into the marquee. A witness to the terrible death and destruction, wine merchant Tony Beach knows it is just one of those tragic accidents. But when his expert advice is called into play over sub-standard alcohol in a local night club, connections start to click, and another person dies, horribly.

    Nina says: "Another winner for this ex-jockey"
    "You Can't Go Wrong With a Dick Francis Book"
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    If you could sum up Proof in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting and fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist is an ordinary man just trying to do the best he can. This depiction allows the reader to relate to his troubles, and to root for his eventual triumph..


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

    I have bought and listened to ALL of Dick Francis' books. Tony Britton is a great reader with the skill of differentiating the characters' voices, thus clarifying who's saying what. He's a terrific reader; and I love the English accent!


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't go wrong buying a Dick Francis book. Every one of his stories is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (514)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "All of Crais' books are great. Can't go wrong."
    Overall
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    We love Cole and Pike and read everything Crais writes about their adventures. Now that Crais has decided to headline Pike in the latest books, we would only wish he would "humanize" Pike a little more. Cole is funny, self-deprecating, compassionate, but Cole can be ruthless, too. He's a well-rounded character. Pike seems to be a little too cold, removed, not as entertaining. Not to say that the book is not great; it is. I'd just like Pike to get a girlfirend or something that makes him more human.
    Read the book. It's very entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1388)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Terrible narrator"
    Overall
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    This is a terrific book, as are all Vince Flynn books, but the narrator, Ken Kilban, hasn't a clue as to how to interpret the author's charactors so as to give us the sounds approriate to the story.
    It is so disappointing. I read the book and enjoyed it enormously, then I waited a long time for the unabridged audio version to come out (I do not buy abridged books), and then the whole book was ruined by a rotten reader.
    Kilban has been chosen to read "Executive Power" too. Bah! This means that I will not buy that one. What were the producers thinking? Don't they interview and listen to a reader before they hire him or her to do the book? Vince Flynn should be insulted by what the producers of this audio version have done to his great book.
    Fooey!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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