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  • The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (298)

    In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a disappointment!"
    "What a disappointment!"
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    What would have made The Counterfeit Agent better?

    An ending. It honestly sounded as though Mr. Berenson got tired of writing, so he just stopped.


    What was most disappointing about Alex Berenson’s story?

    The ending. I've read every thing this author has written and I was eagerly looking forward to getting this audio book - it was on my pre-order list until it became available. However, I have to return it - I was just too disappointed.


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

    As far as I'm concerned Mr. Guidal could read the phone book and make it sound fascinating - he's always great and he did not disappoint, unlike the author.


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

    Yes, the most redeeming quality was the selection of the narrator. I wish Mr. Guidal could narrate all of my selections! The plot was involved, as are all of the author's novels. However, he failed to actually complete the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If, and only if, Mr. Berenson is planning to write an immediate sequel to this book, then as an author, he needs to rethink what he's doing. If a second book is forthcoming, why wasn't that stated?

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us from Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1545)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (528)

    In South America a 96-year-old man of great wealth reads a book late one night and an hour later he lies dead in his bed, the secrets of his past starkly revealed. Six months later another mystery man lies dead at the bottom of his pool in a villa in Provence. This time, however, there's a witness at the scene: Shaw, the shadowy operative from The Whole Truth who barely escapes with his life.

    B. Bozeman says: "Disappointing"
    "Wow, unbelievably great!"
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    Where does Deliver Us from Evil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's right up at the top and my Audible library has over 200 books in it!


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

    Most definitely. The book is read in just over 14 hours and I listened until it reached the end, in just two days. From the very beginning the pace was incredibly fast, the plot was nervously compelling and Mr. McLarty delivered, with, to borrow a couple of words from the author, "spot on" narration.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without giving away the ending, the final few chapters made me weep. While I can't describe that experience as a "favorite", my response simply indicates how powerfully written and read this book is.


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

    I would have loved to but my husband had to have dinner (LOL). That and a few other things prevented me from doing so, but I did finish it in just two days!


    Any additional comments?

    It is definitely one of my all time favorite books. I now have 20 books by David Baldacci in my Audible library and I have several hundred books in my home library - all of that is to say I am an avid reader and this book really stands out. Mr. Baldacci has outdone himself as has Mr. McLarty! If you enjoy fast paced, believable story lines and truly entertaining novels, do yourself a favor and add this to your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (201)

    When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect - too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.

    Audiophile says: "Long, Complex, and Good."
    "Started off great, but it didn't last."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the intrigue for the first several hours was quite good, but the author kept repeating the plot twists - so much so I was unable to keep track of what was really going on. In this case, less would definitely have been more.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeffery Deaver before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first but I'm willing to give his writing another try. However, if the same sort of thing reoccurs, then I'll be done.


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

    He's able to do quite believable voices. I will definitely find more books that he's narrated. Nice flavor and the changes seem effortless.


    Was The Broken Window worth the listening time?

    For the first several hours, then I wanted to just move forward to get it over with.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12491)
    Performance
    (4878)
    Story
    (4915)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Ken Follett is remarkable!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who enjoy reading about history in a way that makes it come alive. The author is one of my favorites and the narrator did a splendid job with this immense tome. While there are several story lines, they are flawlessly interwoven.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pillars of the Earth?

    I can't say there were just memorable moments - the entire book is memorable - however, the scenes of home life, which included descriptions of the interiors of places where people lived, were amazingly clear; the scene of the church roof collapsing was another part that was so well written I felt as though I was there.


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

    Yes - he has always performed beautifully.


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

    Because life was exceptionally hard during the 12th century, Ken Follett made me care about his characters, so when they were starving or when someone died after childbirth, or when people had to sleep on the floor, as a matter of course, I was miserable right along with them. A mark of a gifted author is to create a place and characters that become real. That happened in this book - and it happened often!


    Any additional comments?

    Do you head and heart a favor - get this book and treasure it. I have the book, the story on CD (before Audible existed) and now it's in my Audible library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (587)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Not worth it."
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    What would have made Rogue Island better?

    A story that didn't have curse words in 99% of the sentences. I curse - sometimes it's even fun, so no one reading my comments should think I'm some prude. However, this book surpassed fun cursing or mean cursing - I have to wonder if the author could have written the story with less of it. Did he think the incredible amount of swearing really enhanced the novel? I sure didn't think so.


    What could Bruce DeSilva have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less swearing and perhaps not such a convoluted story line.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Woodman and Bruce DeSilva (Introduction) ’s performance?

    The narrator may have nailed the way people in Rhode (Rogue) Island speak, but it was over the top.


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

    When I was able to follow the story line (which wasn't always) I enjoyed the plot, but as I said, the story was somewhat convoluted, which made keeping track of who was doing what somewhat challenging.


    Any additional comments?

    The author should try again. Next time, use curse words sparingly and see what happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Line

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By E. C. Diskin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Abby Donovan’s decade-long dream of partnership at her prestigious Chicago law firm is just months from fruition. But it’s all about to change because of one misstep. One step onto a late-night train headed in the wrong direction. Headed into Chicago’s west side, where gangs and violence and drugs fill the streets. In this engaging debut, E.C. Diskin, a former Chicago attorney, takes us on a fast-paced thrill ride with a believable and flawed heroine. Listeners will relate to her, fear for her, and get a glimpse inside Chicago’s best and worst.

    Amazon Customer says: "Horrid narration"
    "Horrid narration"
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    Would you try another book from E. C. Diskin and/or Jeff Cummings?

    From the publisher's summary I WANTED to read this book, especially since I grew up in Chicago. Very unfortunately the narrator was really the worst I have ever heard (and my collection of audio books is in the hundreds), so, regardless of how good the story may have been, I wasn't able to enjoy it. After approximately an hour of ear assault I was forced to stop.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. C. Diskin again?

    I would consider another book by this author ONLY IF THE NARRATOR WAS DIFFERENT.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His ability to do different voices was a joke. He REALLY messed up the main character - she is from the south and the narrator had trouble doing a woman, let alone one with a southern accent. It wasn't even funny - it was just BAD. Because there was a fair amount she had to "say", the narrator had to do her voice a lot and he simply couldn't. Someone should have stopped him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Green Line?

    I couldn't say because I was stuck - hearing the narrator was truly an audible assault.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not listen to anything narrated by Jeff Cummings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2426)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (466)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Josh says: "Fun, Predictable Fluff"
    "Wow, Wow and I mean WOW!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Prisoner of Birth the most enjoyable?

    The best part of my listening experience was hearing the narrator - his ability to switch voices was flawless.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I would have liked to have given the story 5 stars, BUT, there were too many plot twists - too many ups and downs. The story would have been great and would still have been compelling had there not been so many unexpected events.


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

    Nope, after collecting a few hundred books from Audible, I haven't heard Mr. Allam before I heard him read A Prisoner at Birth. You can believe I will be looking for him when I do my next search for a good book!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not just a moment, but throughout the entire book, I was moved by the strength and depth of the love shared between Beth and Danny.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to more books by this author and read by the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avenger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. In the fog of that horrible place, the killer, too, has vanished. In a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time the CIA must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.

    James says: "MASTERFULL"
    "Didn't want this book to end!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Avenger to be better than the print version?

    Not sure - don't have the print version, but I thoroughly enjoyed Eric Conger's narration.


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

    The author wove several stories together, causing more depth than if just one plot was in play. Because of this, all elements worked together to create a greater than usual thriller.


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

    Yes, I've listened to several. He definitely has a gift.


    Any additional comments?

    I've got a few hundred audio books in my library and it is very rare that at any point I think, "I don't want this book to end." This was definitely one of those books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Supremacy

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (356)

    This time the stakes are higher than ever. For someone else has taken on the Bourne identity, a ruthless killer who must be stopped or the world will pay a devastating price. To succeed, the real Jason Bourne must maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of international espionage, an exotic world filled with CIA plots, turncoat agents, and ever-shifting alliances, all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and the answers to his own fragmented past.

    Bill Kloss says: "Wish I could give it 10 Stars!!!"
    "Far Too Complicated"
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    What would have made The Bourne Supremacy better?

    Not sure what could make this story better except maybe cutting it in half. I really enjoy long stories and do not read books with simplistic plots. However, this book was beyond difficult to follow - too many characters and too many subplots. Nothing was as it seemed, so it felt as though it should have been in the fantasy category. Disappointing.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Ludlum’s story?

    It was entirely too long becasue the author created too many characters and subplots.


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

    There have been an occasion or two when I've selected a book because Scott has been the narrator! Scott could read a phone book and make it sound great. He always turns in a terrific performance.


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

    Major disappointment. So much so that I'm returning this book. No sense in keeping it since I will NEVER listen to it again!


    Any additional comments?

    Unless your mind resides in the rabbit hole, don't bother with this tome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2976)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1165)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "One of the Best!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Camel Club the most enjoyable?

    The suspense, the characters, and plot twists and the ending.


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

    Most of the time. Not knowing how a certain part would turn out or how the good guys were going to get out of a desperate situation, or wondering who was a sleeper bad guy and who wasn't.


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

    I really enjoyed his delivery of the woman who is from Poland - hard to hear such a voice in one's head!


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

    Not much in the way of humor. The characters, while rich in much of their development, didn't cause me to cry.


    Any additional comments?

    All said, it was terrific!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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