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Aleeta R. Hall

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  • 13 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 138 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • The Naked Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Once they were boyhood best friends, playing in the woods near their homes, pretending to be soldiers surviving behind enemy lines. Grownup, they belonged to Delta Force and later worked as protectors for the world's best security company. Now their lives have taken drastically different paths, pitting them against one another, forcing them to play their boyhood game again, this time to learn who dies.

    Aleeta R. Hall says: "Mediocre, at best"
    "Mediocre, at best"
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    Would you try another book from David Morrell and/or Dick Hill?

    I dunno - maybe - this was my first book by Morrell.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Childhood rivalries and adult retribution. The action was too over the top! Almost too far fetched.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This was not Dick Hill's best reading. Usually, he does a bang up job. And I've listened to many of his narratives...but this one was odd. His voice slurred often and the accents he tried were wrong. The female voices were "off". Maybe he was as bored with the story as I was.


    Do you think The Naked Edge needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope! Didn't much enjoy the characters....so I don't feel the need for a sequel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1234)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Fantastic!"
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    Where does The Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is right up there at the top.


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

    Any of the books by Andrew Peterson (read by Dick Hill) or Robert Crais' book Suspect.


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

    You can't get a better narrator than Scott Brick - right next to Dick Hill.


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

    I am only 2 hours into the book and I been at both extremes - laughter and crying. This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster and toss you out at the end wanting more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Melanie Ewbank
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (295)

    Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs - or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the US government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties.

    Red Apple Reader says: "Suzanne Brockmann hits another out of ballpark!"
    "Disappointed"
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    What was most disappointing about Suzanne Brockmann’s story?

    The vulgar language. The characters kept getting worse and worse. An occasional bad word is acceptable - continuous sentences of ugly words -- NOT!


    Any additional comments?

    This story motivated me to move on to the next book in my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Way Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (792)

    In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

    Noe says: "A very special novel that will inspire you."
    "An oldie but a goodie!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Way Station the most enjoyable?

    The characters were engaging. Once I began listening I had a hard time putting the earbud down. I've even spent time thinking about the story when I'm busy doing other things. In my opinion that is what a great book is all about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Way Station?

    When the deaf/mute girl healed the butterfly.


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

    Yes - and it left me wanting more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3261)
    Performance
    (2967)
    Story
    (2977)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Too Similar to the Hunger Games"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is far too similar to the Hunger Games. The story line drug through a very boring spot during the castle/house medieval period. The lead character lost his appeal when he couldn't make decisions and the story line simply wallowed about. This left me wondering if I'm going to finish listening and not too interested in picking up the next one in line.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonflight: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1369)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1043)

    On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

    Suzanne says: "Anne Fan...Still"
    "Love the Dragonriders!"
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    Would you listen to Dragonflight again? Why?

    I love Anne McCaffrey's stories. I have the whole series in hardback books. I have read and re-read them many times.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed in this recording. The performance was good and I am a fan of Dick Hill. However, the recording sounded like it had another track underneath it as I could hear a shadow voice behind the main sound track. Also, about mid-way of Part 1 the story flipped back and repeated itself for one scene. Don't know why this happened or why the sound track seems flawed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment: Frontlines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1295)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Took Me A While"
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    Would you try another book from Marko Kloos and/or Luke Daniels?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Terms of Enlistment to your friends? Why or why not?

    The first part of the audio book was all about military training and scenarios....I felt it took too long to find the "story". The second part is where the story actually begins and I enjoyed ever bit of the excitement and adventure. The books ends with a good opening for another book.


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

    No - I enjoyed this first experience. The narrator did a fine job - even with the female voices.


    Do you think Terms of Enlistment needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes - I want to know what happens to the characters from where the book left them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (790)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Fair Story - Too Long"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - probably not. The basic story was good, but it took far too long to get to the conclusion. Too much time was spent on describing clothing :-(


    Has Strangers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Mr Hill did a great job. Regardless of the length of the reading he never lost his momentum and he kept the characters separate and realistic.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaids Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Graham Roberts
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (416)

    The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

    Barbara says: "Not for the squeamish"
    "Another - Not So Much"
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    What was most disappointing about Val McDermid’s story?

    The story line disintegrated into a porno/sex thing. I'm not fond of British mysteries to begin with and this story just didn't work for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was good enough for the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Got to the "yuck" part and just quit listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1426)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1236)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Fail"
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    What would have made Snow White Must Die better?

    Just my opinion...but this story was a fail.


    Has Snow White Must Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Fass?

    No


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

    Not really. Took too long to get going...lost my interest quickly.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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