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  • Vanish: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (247)

    A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Body Double.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, but...."
    "Great story, but...."
    Overall

    I think the reader was channelling Fran Drescher when she decided what a Bostonian should sound like. What were the producers thinking?

    If you can ignore the accent then the story is worthwhile.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (2483)
    Story
    (2498)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Don't know if it was the story or the narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    Scott Brick has the whiny, urgent, at-the-end-of-my-rope voice down pat. It perfectly fit this overly long and unbelievable story. By the end of the book I was thoroughly sick of Jake, and hoped that when he found Natalie she'd permanently put him out of his misery. Meh...


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    David Colacci


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3000)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1237)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "Let me summarize"
    Overall

    First 10 chapters: exciting
    Next 36 chapters: really really boring, coupled with more than the usual snarky John Corey commentary, a recipe for tediousness...
    Last few chapters: A crack ATTF officer being an idiot.

    Plus, the usually superb Scott Brick being not superb.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Walking Shadow: A Spenser Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Daniel Parker
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Spenser is investigating the Port City Theater Company, where the director claims he's being stalked. When an actor is shot dead during a performance, all clues lead to the local Chinese Mafia, whose roots run deep in this drab waterfront city. With Hawk and ex mobster Vinnie assisting, Spenser eventually triumphs in one of his most compelling adventures.

    Amazon Customer says: "If I could give this no stars"
    "If I could give this no stars"
    Overall

    I would. The narrator is every bit as bad as everyone else claims. Lispy, and he sounds like he might be 11 or 12 years old.

    He's not Spenser, not Hawk and not even particularly good. Do yourself a favor and buy the book, then pray they put Joe Mantegna back to work on the next one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5148)
    Performance
    (2929)
    Story
    (2968)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "This author needed a better editor!"
    Overall

    I listened to the whole thing, although I figured most of it out well before the end. And I guess I cared enough about the characters to want to know what happened.

    But, this is a mishmash of a whole lot of things, Dickens characters, a "serialized" format, Victorian/Edwardian meandering and wordy stories, books within books (Eliza's fairy tales). In the end I had the feeling that the author didn't know what she wanted this book to be when it grew up.

    If you have lots of time, are looking for a leisurely, slow-paced story, with lots of words, this is the novel for you. If you're more the action/instant gratification type, check for an abridged version.

    11 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Villa of Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Hewson
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In Rome's crowded Campo dei Fiori, a woman rushes up to two carabinieri lounging in their sunglasses and uniforms, insisting that her 16-year-old daughter has just been abducted. Detective Nic Costa sees the scene unfold and intervenes. Because Costa knows what the two officers don't: that in the morgue at Rome's police headquarters, a forensic pathologist is examining the strange, mummified corpse of another girl, whose disappearance and death bear haunting similarities.

    Vincent says: "Italian accents"
    "If you can get past the cheesy accents"
    Overall

    ...then this book is a pretty good mystery. Why they chose to do the main characters (all Italian) with REALLY bad Italian accented English is beyond me, maybe because there were one or two English speaking characters?

    I do plan to keep up with the series, but will probably read the rest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Company: An Alaska Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sue Henry
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Famed Alaskan "musher" Jessie Arnold thinks she's finally put her dark past behind her. But the excavations on her new cabin unearth a decades-old skeleton entombed in a crumbling basement wall, along with a butterfly pendant necklace worn by the alleged victim of a brutal serial slayer who preyed on area women 20 years earlier.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not one of the best"
    "Not one of the best"
    Overall

    of Sue Henry's mysteries, but it was made doubly disappointing by the narrator, whose voice was grating and pronunciation stilted. Listen to a sample before you download to see if her voice is as unpleasant to you as it was to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7907)
    Performance
    (3075)
    Story
    (3133)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Is there an abridged version available?"
    Overall

    The story was entertaining, but I think the author was being paid by the word...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • High Country Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Publishers Weekly declares that the "leaves of autumn are in full splendor, and so is Maron's talent in her 10th Deborah Knott adventure". Judge Knott is finally ready to marry her long-time friend Deputy Sheriff Dwight Bryant and settle down...or is she? She jumps at a chance to fill in for a judge in the high country of North Carolina. But ugly murder haunts the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

    Kathleen Hobel says: "Love It!"
    "Where'd they find this narrator?"
    Overall

    Her voice is grating, really annoying. The phrasing is choppy, filled with confusing pauses. Very often it sounds as if she's reading this for the first time. This was my first audio recording of the Deborah Knott series, and if she's going to continue to narrate them, I'm going back to the books.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3327)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1321)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Do yourself a BIG favor"
    Overall

    Go for the abridged version. As one reviewer said, this was an 8 hour book stretched to 32. The story is not interesting enough and the characters not engaging or sympathetic enough to warrant this much of your time, unless, of course, you have nothing better to do like 19th century ladies and gentlemen of leisure.

    The end is a really not worth wading through all those pages. It sort of just finishes, in a vague sort of way.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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