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Elle

Easy to Please

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  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (937)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Not my favorite Virgil Flowers book"
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    Perhaps it was the improbable storyline, or maybe my inability to connect with any of the characters besides that effin Flowers (I looked forward to his calls to Davenport), but my mind wandered a lot throughout this listen.
    Conger's narration was great, as usual, but even he sounded bored in a couple places.
    I think I'll keep my expectations in check awaiting Lucas and Virgil's next big adventure.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1081)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "How did I get this so wrong?"
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    I've been an Audible member since 2007 and this is the first book I simply could not finish. Let me clarify: I tried listening to this book 3 times since I bought it this morning and I could not get through the first hour. I know this narrator and thought I could count on his performance. His narration is not good at all; it's as if he has one note that he sings faster or slower, louder or softer, but consistently without feeling. I like a subtle, understated performance as much as the next reader, but this is just dull. As for the content, the characters are hard to believe and difficult to feel anything for, positive or negative. The plot, at least the first 50 minutes, is just a puzzle to me. It's as if I'm waiting for something important to be revealed, but not interested enough to care.

    Maybe there's a reason Audible is showing only 2 reviews and charging $1.99 for this book. Maybe I was just due to run into a book I disliked enough to toss. I purchased this audiobook along with the Kindle edition for the Whispersync experience and don't want either of them taking up space in my libraries.

    2 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • National Security

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (121)

    When terrorism goes viral, one man goes ballistic. They can strike anytime, anywhere. A public landmark. A suburban shopping mall. And now, the human body itself. Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. They are prepared to die. To spread their disease. To annihilate millions. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, it needs a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn.

    John says: "Excellent!"
    "Not a page-turner"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is one of those you quickly forget. Well-narrated, but the storytelling was just thin in many places. And I really don't like the obvious setting-you-up-for-the sequel in the epilogue--a really good book leaves a reader eager to read the author's next work because of the connection made with the characters, not because of an author's tossed-in device suggesting the story may not be completely told.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marc Cameron? Why or why not?

    This isn't an author who left me wanting to read more.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Weiner is an experienced narrator who rarely misses a step.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1121)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Seems like old times"
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    What did you love best about Silken Prey?

    There were just enough characters in this book to give you some to like and some to dislike.


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

    I liked how the past of some of the characters was exposed a bit early in the story to give me something to guess about.


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

    I've listened to a lot of Richard Ferrone's books and he always brings his unique best to a book. I love Lucas Davenport and simply cannot imagine another narrator for this character.


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

    Fortunately I was either driving or waiting most of the day and yes, I listened to the great ending as I was headed to bed.


    Any additional comments?

    This Lucas Davenport book takes me back to Sandford's earliest work, which I feel was most entertaining. This is a great summer read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2419)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2047)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "OK book, but no more sound effects for me"
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    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    I read all of Baldacci's books and always enjoy Ron McLarty's narration (Orlagh-not so much). As a long time Audible listener, I rarely listen to a sample; I read the book's reviews and decide on that. Going forward, however, I will listen to samples before purchasing because the sound effects in this book were too distracting to finish. A couple times I paused the book, pulled out my earbud and looked around, thinking the noise was something going on around me. I will borrow my friend's hard copy to finish the story; and I won't listen to another Audible book with sound effects.


    What aspect of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have preferred McLarty narrating the entire book.


    Was The Forgotten worth the listening time?

    No, only the second time in many years I didn't finish an Audible book. Not the story and not Ron McClarty's narration, but the the distracting sound effects.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4279)
    Performance
    (3681)
    Story
    (3660)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
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    Would you try another book from Vince Flynn and/or George Guidall?

    Haven't missed one Flynn and certainly wouldn't miss any read by the great George Guidall.


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

    Perhaps I was inattentative, but knowing Mitch Rapp and all the other characters, I was unaware this book was retrospective, which made following Rapp's trust issues confusing. But I liked the plot and thought it made for some great 'bad guys'.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    I enjoy any character in the Rapp series, but particularly like George reading as the gruff Stan.


    Any additional comments?

    This is another Flynn book worth a listen.

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5631)
    Performance
    (3118)
    Story
    (3127)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Flynn doesn't disappoint"
    Overall

    Vince Flynn continues to entertain with his series, and I will never tire of hearing George Guidall narrations.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3539)
    Performance
    (1255)
    Story
    (1260)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Freedom from mediocrity"
    Overall

    This book is mediocre--the plot, the writing, the characters. Some PR firm, however, obviously has done a fantastic job!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caught

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (319)

    Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.

    Linda says: "It's Coben at his best!!"
    "It's Harlan Coben-gonna love it, right?"
    Overall

    If you're saving a credit, really looking forward
    to a great listen....well, me too. Then I tried for nearly an hour to listen to this dreadful narration, but had to hang it up. What may be great material is lost in this ridiculous, totally distracting, whining reading. What a bummer.

    35 of 42 people found this review helpful

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