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Anne Harris

Lady H

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  • NYPD Red 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (316)

    When NYPD Red arrives at a crime scene, everyone takes notice. Known as the protectors of the rich, famous, and connected, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in only for New York City's most high-profile crimes. And Detective Zach Jordan is the best of the best, a brilliant and relentless pursuer of justice. He puts professionalism above all, ignoring his feelings for his partner, Detective Kylie MacDonald, the woman who broke his heart when they first met in the academy.

    Richard Delman says: "When I want to watch TV..."
    "Red hot story"
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    Where does NYPD Red 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of the better ones.


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

    There were a number of surprising plot twists but not farfetched. The surprises totally fit in with the story and seemed plausible.


    What does Edoardo Ballerini and Jay Snyder bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked the voice characterizations which helped define the personalities just a little bit more.


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

    No extreme reactions


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the plot development and the ending which was neatly tied up without seeming contrived. However, I really disliked the fact that yet another woman is the victim.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    The story of Tzu Hsi is the story of the last empress in China. In this audiobook, Pearl S. Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rules during a time of intense turbulence. Tzu Hsi was born into one of the lowly ranks of the Imperial dynasty. According to custom, she moved to the Forbidden City at the age of 17 to become one of hundreds of concubines. But her singular beauty and powers of manipulation quickly moved her into the position of Second Consort.

    Paul says: "China - a new look"
    "Lovely bit of historical fiction."
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    What did you love best about Imperial Woman?

    I like the way the characters are so sharply drawn. You know what their motives are and why they are driven to act the way they do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way the main character grew and developed into the woman she ultimately became. The character's insights into her own motivations carried the momentum of the story along.


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

    I thought the performance was okay. It wasn't great but it didn't detract from the story. I'm just not sure she added that much to it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Pearl Buck or stories about China, you'll enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4538)
    Performance
    (1832)
    Story
    (1833)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Tell me how it ends!"
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    If you could sum up The Lion's Game in three words, what would they be?

    What a story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clearly the main character, John Corey, is definitely likeable and fascinating. Do I think I would want to work with someone with such a smart mouth all the time? No but I'm not working with him, I'm just reading about him. He's smart, insightful, irreverent and funny but he's also driven by deeply held personal beliefs. He lives and fights for people even while he disdains so many of them and their foibles.


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

    To my best recollection, this is the first Scott Brick performance I've listened to but I will look for other books he's narrated. He is absolutely top-notch in his performance of this book.


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

    The whole book was gripping but I can't pinpoint any particular moments that affected me more than others. This book is definitely more than the sum of its parts!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this book and then buy the The Lion! You won't regret it!

    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?!!"
    "Now THAT'S a story!"
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    Where does The Lion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been one of the most gripping,exciting books I've listened to. Definitely read The Lion's Game first because this gives you the history of the characters and their story. The book can be a little uncomfortable, what with being perched on the edge of your seat but it is one good tale!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lion?

    Nothing quite like the ending for drama, tension and pure adrenaline! I really liked the fact that John Corey was not some pure hero with the most noble ideals fighting terrorists but was a character full of flaws, shortcomings and attitude. Do I think there are law enforcement people like him out there? I don't know but I certainly hope so. John Corey's insights into his own mind and motives are among the most memorable elements of this book.


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

    Scott Brick must be John Corey in a parallel universe because he brought the character to life! It felt like listening to the main character tell the story in person. He really captured the essence of John Corey. A great performance.


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

    Yes and no...I hated to put it down but sometimes you need a break from the building tension. Would I want this on a long flight? You betcha! I usually listen to my audiobooks in my car and sometimes I hated to see the driveway. I'm lucky I didn't just drive to Florida in order to finish the book!


    Any additional comments?

    This book did an amazing job of getting you into the terrorist's mind and helping you understand why some of them act the way they do. I'm not the least bit sympathetic to their efforts but Nelson deMille did craft a carefully nuanced character and not just a cartoon villain. He was believable and scary, very, very scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6599)
    Performance
    (5836)
    Story
    (5889)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "A standout book and performance!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this tale of good versus evil. It's a classic theme told in such a compelling way. The characters are so well developed and the story is absolutely riveting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    I really enjoyed the story of the return to Denver. Both of the characters had grown and changed so much but their respect and friendship was made even more meaningful by their shared trials and travels.


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

    He did such a great job voicing the characters. Each character was distinctive and easily identifiable. He added a depth to the characters' personalities that wasn't limited to the written word. He was a very effective, very capable narrator and I would like to listen to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read this book before a couple of times; obviously it's a favorite over the years and I've seen the movie which is also very good but being able to just turn on this audiobook while I'm traveling made for a great day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7861)
    Performance
    (7477)
    Story
    (7486)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Out of this world wonderful"
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    What did you love best about The Martian?

    I loved the emphasis on science and the concept that science isn't just for nerds and lab geeks but can be put to everyday use.


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

    This book is in a class all its own!


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    He brought the characters to life. You really found yourself believing that it was the astronaut himself relating this story. His narration was absolutely spot on and was possibly the best narration I've ever heard. He made already likeable characters seem completely real. An amazing performance that truly enhanced the enjoyment of this great science story.


    Any additional comments?

    I kind of had buyer's remorse after selecting this audiobook. I mean, come on, a daily log? How interesting could that possibly be? Pretty darn interesting! This was one of those books I hated to have end but couldn't wait to find out how it ended. I want more books by this talented writer, please! Tell him I said so!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Denise Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (119)

    At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

    CBlox says: "Important story of this secret city"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to someone else who is enjoying it as much as I did!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book explained a whole new aspect about the making of the atomic bombs. It was a fascinating, personal, historical accounting of the people involved in the making of the bomb and the site where the bomb was constructed.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    I just liked the narrator's emphasis and overall performance.


    Any additional comments?

    This book gave a wonderful insight into the minds of the many people who worked on developing the bomb, people who really had no clue what they were participating in except for the fact that their work would help end the war and bring our boys back home. It gave me a deeper appreciation for the civilian contributions to the war effort. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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