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Anne

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  • The Silkworm: Cormoran Strike, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (279)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

    Anne says: "Another great mystery with Cormoran Strike."
    "Another great mystery with Cormoran Strike."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Silkworm the most enjoyable?

    The mystery is very well developed with unexpected twists. The setting in a writers and publishers milieu was very interesting. I love the flowing style of writing and the oftentimes moving emotions of the protagonist. Will he ever learn to deal with the damage done to him by his freakish ex and the in his mind, reoccurring scene were the IED explodes?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Cormoran Strike handles his cases and him being a veteran. The development of his assistant Robin also adds to the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The surprising ending and disclosure of the murder.


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

    I wanted to but couldn't since it was a 17.16 hrs listen.


    Any additional comments?

    When can I read #3 ?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3099)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1809)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Good story but awful narration"
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    Although I always like stories with ships and amazing adventures some parts in the book were missing credibility especially in the lines of command. I was also expecting more dialogue on the engineering level when the problems start hitting the fan. It was like some parts were missing.
    Scott Brick did a great job on Ender's Game but this time his voice was too slow and dramatic. I turned up the speed a notch and that made it just bearable.
    I am going to wait for another good Pendergast installment and that delicious voice of Rene de Auberjonois.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3313)
    Performance
    (2536)
    Story
    (2541)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    David says: "Superb in so many ways"
    "Incredible and horrific"
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    Would you listen to Endurance again? Why?

    Yes, the journey is one of the highlights of exploring our planet. It is interesting, gripping, horrific and emotional. It is also very well narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fastpaced adventure at its best. This is the story based on journals of and interviews with all crew involved, not Shackleton only. I have read Shackleton's personal account many years ago, also very good and interesting, but a different era and a very different style. One cannot compare.


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

    Yes. Normally I like a steady, composed voice but in this narration he really dragged me into the story in another way. Fastpaced, on edge, enthousiasm, emotions, it was all there. Especially when Shackleton, Worsley and Crean try to reach South Georgia in a small boat. Incredible, one lives the scene! Mr Prebble has a great voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Two years living on blubber.


    Any additional comments?

    Chapeau for the author Alfred Lansing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (570)

    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Janels says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
    "Good short story"
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    Would you listen to Extraction again? Why?

    Yes. It gives, as in the other Pendergast books, a detailed description of atmosphere and setting; the things I like in a story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An interesting and somewhat gory alternative to the tooth fairy. And it has Pendergast in it.


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

    He always brings an erie atmosphere to the Pendergast stories. The voices of Pendergast and Constance are really well performed and grasp your attention. I truly appreciate his narration.


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

    No, not really. The scene where young Pendergast is in the Dufour house with his father is a bit scary though. And Pendergast having been a real bully to his younger brother and realizing it later was remarkable.


    Any additional comments?

    Truly recommend this story. Pay for it, spend no credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3437)
    Performance
    (3065)
    Story
    (3088)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "Too long"
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Julia Whelan?

    Maybe.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Roberts again?

    No, I'll try an e-book instead.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan’s performances?

    No.


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

    The extreme long dialogues about girley stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved The Witness!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (527)

    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
    "Defender of the realm"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Enjoyed this audiobook so much.. So many events and details I had not heard of: the politics, the war strategies, life in GB during the bombings and Churchills wit, insights, some blind spots and his incredible journeys. I could not stop listening. Sometimes the writing is very poetic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The incredible first two war years, the battles and the strategies. Also the communications with FDR and Stalin.


    Have you listened to any of Clive Chafer and Paul Reid ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but very well read by Clive Chafer.


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

    Impossible to do over 52 hours, but I read it for days on end.


    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful book. I am ready to start reading the previous two volumes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • High Noon

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (722)

    Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations.

    Charlotte says: "Couldn't get enough!!!"
    "Not for me."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More layers and a few more unexpected turns in the story.


    Has High Noon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Did Susan Ericksen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not always clear, like the 'phone' conversations. She has done better.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from High Noon?

    In general the long inner monologues of the Phoebe character.


    Any additional comments?

    Although not my favourite it was hard to put it down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2691)
    Performance
    (2300)
    Story
    (2293)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Daniel says: "10 reasons to skip this Reacher book"
    "Excellent listen."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Wanted Man the most enjoyable?

    The developing story. You've got no idea were it is heading. Building the tension is done well. I do not agree with listners who say it is only about a car ride and not much going on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher, the feeling for justice, the dry humour, the yes or no Q&A and following violence.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    The broken nose part was done so well I had a hard time understanding it, it was fun.


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

    As always. Child's books disrupt life.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the development of the shooting scene in part 2 before the building is entered very moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3686)
    Performance
    (3061)
    Story
    (3068)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Susan says: "Better than previous Reacher adventures"
    "Violent but funny throughout"
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    If you could sum up The Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Superb, thrilling and touching.


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

    none.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Reacher. But the Elizabeth Deveraux character was done very well too. I like the slow narrating by Hill a lot.


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

    I fell off my chair laughing reading the freight train passages. Absolutely hilarious. A completely new way of adult entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second Reacher novel after Gone Tomorrow which is also very recommendable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1008)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Quite a few cliffhangers..."
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    Would you listen to The Charm School again? Why?

    One year from now I could be reading it again, but I am not sure if the same tense expectations when the story develops will be there.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I could not put the book down while listening to it, so It was kind of a relief that the book ended, the final chapters were quite a nerveracking experience.


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

    Always giving a special depth to the characters. Great narrator.


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

    Yes indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining but violent spy story. However, I did not care about the "teachings" about Russian culture, througout the book, that story could have been told in a different style because it slowed down the story. The Lisa character started to annoy because of that. And why on earth does a sensible tough girl working abroad change into a naive person who starts fantasizing, halfway through the book, about introducing the hero to her parents, meeting his parents and even marrying the poor sod after terrible ordeals at the end. Beats me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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