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Gregory

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  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (588)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Jane says: "Felt like things had been done before."
    "Good Spy Novel"
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    I like spy novels and I enjoyed the intrigue and writing style of Daniel Silva. I thought the narration was excellent. The novel kept my interest even though I found the plot a bit predictable. I intend to listen to more books by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (187)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "One of the Best"
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    A wonderful American literary classic told from the perspective of childhood innocence and fears. Set during the depression in Maycomb County Alabama in the face of Southern 1930s prejudices. A priceless story about growing up in the south and the law. Wonderful characters and so well written. Sissy Spacek's narration brings Harper Lee’s book to life. For those who have only seen the movie, you will appreciate the brilliance of the 1963 movie adaptation and understand why it won 3 Academy Awards. Gregory Peck so completely embodied the moral turpitude of Atticus Finch that I will forever see him when I think of Atticus. Each of the characters felt like old friends. This is one of the best audio books I have purchased.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (820)

    For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?

    And now, New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, best-selling Hollows series.

    m says: "A Must Have, for The Hollows Fans!"
    "A Great collection of short stories"
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    The collection contains 11 short stories. Some are offshoots and back stories to the Hollows series. Some are stand alone. I have read all The Hollow’s books and found that I very much enjoyed spending more time with some of the characters. Most who look into this book will have been drawn to it because they are Hollow fans, but I truly think a reader would enjoy the stories even if you have never read the Hollows series. I would predict that soon after that same reader would be hooked on the series. Marguerite Gavin is a great narrator and makes listening to the books very enjoyable. Kim Harrison embodies her writing with good plots, exciting stories, some romance and great characters. This holds true throughout this anthology.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (294)

    Now Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history.

    Steven says: "great book, horrible audio"
    "Great Spy Series"
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    If you have not read or listened to the first four books in the series, start at the beginning. This is book five. I am a big fan of the Gabriel Allon series. They are great spy novels, with outstanding action and intrigue. While the narrator does not completely ruin the book, I would say that his narration does not add to the story. Mr. Barry reminds me of listening to NPS news cast. Narration is very monotone and boring. Guerin Barry does not compare to the narration of the previous books by John Lee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivors Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. Carson Black
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (86)

    Detective Tess McCrae investigates a grisly crime scene in the ghost town of Credo, Arizona. The evidence suggests a cartel drug hit. But Tess, with a nearly faultless photographic memory, sees what others might miss: This is no drug killing. Someone went to gruesome lengths to cover their tracks. The killer’s trail leads from Tucson to California - from anti-government squatters to the heights of wealthy society. As Tess follows the trail of gore and betrayal, perfect and indelible in her memory, she uncovers far more than one man’s murder and solves much more than one isolated crime.

    Amazon Customer says: "Survivor's club barely surviving"
    "Lacking"
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    Found the writing choppy and disconnected, in need of a strong editor. Never really identified with the characters and while the book centers around the female detective’s memory, in the end, that does not seem to play a significant role in the outcome. Narration was ok. Ending kind of just fizzles out. Not worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (570)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "Very Good Legal Drama"
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    Translated from Italian, the author provides a great view of Italy’s criminal legal process which is very different than ours. Also, the reader must remember that the story was set in about the year 2000, before the world determined that only DNA offers conclusive proof of a crime. The story is well written and the main character well developed and likable. The narration was very good with just a bit of Italy mixed in so the reader does not forget the story was taking place overseas. If you like legal stories, this one is worth a look. I will likely listen to others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1498)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "THE HOLLOWS SERIES HAS CONTINUALLY IMPROVED"
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    I found the earlier books just ok earning about 3 stars, enough to keep my interest but not great. The series started frustrated me with the decisions the characters were making. Just enough to keep my interest. As the series has progressed, I have come to enjoy the story line more and more. Rachael’s sarcastic no bullshit rebellious attitude makes her great protagonist. Jenks is just great and his personality is perfect. I have learned to enjoy Al and Trent. This book lets you spend more time with Biz and learn more about gargoyles. Marguerite Gavin has a great voice and her narration is perfect for these stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2888)
    Performance
    (2751)
    Story
    (2733)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Harry is Back!"
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    I stumbled onto Storm Front four years ago and was immediately hooked. Since devouring the first dozen books, I have waited with the rest of Butcher’s readers in anticipation of the next book in the series. After the last few books, I was not sure where the series could go, but Jim has done it without losing the feel of the characters or this series.

    Skin Game includes some of my favorite characters including Murphy, Michael and Butters. You even get a chance to spend some time with Mouse.

    Marsters is an amazing narrator and as always he does a fantastic job capturing the sarcastic nature that makes Harry one of my favorite characters in fiction.

    Jim ends this book with some very interesting avenues for Harry’s next adventure. Now all can do is wait, and maybe go back and listen to the last few books again. A must buy If you enjoy Dresden.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3992)
    Performance
    (3565)
    Story
    (3561)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Nice read"
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    LAPD Cop Story with a dog. Maggie is not just any police dog but a former Marine. Both her handler, Officer James and Maggie are haunted by their past and find each other. Good story that will keep your interest especially if you like animals. Macleod Andrews did a excellent job narrating. Story keeps your interest. Hope Robert Crais turns this into a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1833)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1053)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Fun easy reads"
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    I have enjoyed Kim Harrison’s first 5 Hollows books very much. They are not complex or deep but exciting and fun with a good mix of magic, sex and suspense. Typically solid 3.5 stars. The story retains that rating.

    Had Gigi Bermingham narrated the first book, Dead Witch Walking, I would likely not have read the second book. Not sure if it was arrogance or ignorance. Arrogance to choose not to listen to previous books because she wanted to put her own stamp on the series, or ignorance in a belief that what was done before did not matter. I am not sure what other reasons would drive her to mispronounce names of key characters.

    Jenks is one of my favorite characters, but her rendition of his voice had me wishing for him to go away. There were points where the narrator even slipped in a fake New York accent. Bottom line, Gigi’s narration ruined the book for me. I am very glad to see that Marguerite Gavin has been retained in the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1433)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (923)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "From Australia to Europe"
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    I found the Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk different, but both outstanding (5 Star) books. The narration continues to be outstanding and although I liked Solomon's Song very much, I did not enjoy it to the same degree as I did the first two novels.

    As is his style, Mr. Courtenay did not shy away from the darkness that exists in the actions of man, and he carried that into his descriptions of WWI and Gallipoli. I do not share the sentiment that the author demonstrated any particular anti-war sentiment in the writing of the novel. The history concerning WWI and Gallipoli, the motivations behind the war, and the tactics employed during the execution of the War are simply facts. A career military officer will be among the first to echo the profound waste and stupidity demonstrated by Nations and military leaders during that conflict.

    What rang very true to me was the description of the bonds established by those in combat. My one criticism about the end of this series was that it left me dissatisfied. Not so much with what happened, but what the author does not address. Overall, the book is very good (4 Stars) and a worthy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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