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  • The Book Case: A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (583)

    "The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

    Christina says: "They never disappoint"
    "Too short"
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    If you could sum up The Book Case in three words, what would they be?

    3 words hmmmm.

    Better if longer.


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

    Yes and no. There wasn't enough time to get to the edge of my seat before I fell off.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Book Case and why?

    John Corey of course.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick read wonderfully as he always does. You never have any doubt about what character is speaking. He is as much an actor as he is a reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illusion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Frank Peretti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (294)

    Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for 40 years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the19-year-old she was in 1970.

    tracy says: "Peretti is one of kind"
    "Walking through eternity"
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    What did you love best about Illusion?

    The faith shared by the protagonists. The love of two souls that become one as they experience their lives together. The suspense that I felt as the story unfolded.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is always the toughest part of writing a review, because when I really enjoy a book I like all of the characters. However, Dean came alive for me. Perhaps because the reader is also the author. Dean is "his" character, and so he is really writing about how he believes he might respond to being caught up in such circumstances. Dean is a caring, strong and God loving man who reminded me a great deal of my own dear husband.


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

    No.
    No one else could have brought this book to life as did the author!


    If you could take any character from Illusion out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mandy. I would like her to tell me some of what she was feeling. Those things that the book left to my own imagination. Although, I suspect since it is really my imagination I would be asking about, I might already know what she would say.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Peretti's performance was superb. If he had chosen to do so, he could have had a wonderful and successful career performing and recording audiobooks. Aren't we all blessed that he was born before that this would have been an option. As much as I loved listening to him, losing such an talented author would be sad indeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1529)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1161)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Christian says: "Audio quality quite poor"
    "Wish it wasn't over"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


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

    The plot built well as we got to know the characters as people. There were twists and turns that were not always predicable as in less skillful plots. I won't ruin the story by going further than that.


    What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

    He did not do a wonderful job at the beginning of the book which seemed to be monotone, but later he did a good job at allowing you to recognize each character at the sound of his voice. However, there were still some characters that sounded too similar to recognize.


    Any additional comments?

    I know this is an old book about a cold war which we believed was over. Even if not for the most frequent episode in out tangled relationship with Russia, this book would be riveting as a historical novel. Research was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2625)
    Performance
    (1907)
    Story
    (1900)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Can't stop listening"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Plum Island to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read in print.


    What other book might you compare Plum Island to and why?

    You might also enjoy Clancy's books.


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

    Scott Brick is a true star. He can make almost anything he reads come to life.


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

    Yes, but it would have been impossible because of the length. I did listen over a few days.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book I read in the "John Corey" was "After Dark.. I have had to go back and listen to them all from there. Now I will move on to the next and the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Deception: A Cotton Malone Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (383)

    Cotton Malone and his 15-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown - an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

    Carol says: "First Book Mr Berry fell flat on."
    "Popular, why?"
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    Would you try another book from Steve Berry and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick is the only reason I listened to this book until the end. He never fails to enthrall the listener, which was difficult in this audiobook. I found that the book had promising elements, but rambled on in a way that was difficult to follow at best. I dislike the character, Cotton Malone. Maybe its just his idiotic name, but I don't think so.


    Has The King's Deception turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not in this genre. I love suspense books and thrillers.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    It was only Scott Brick that involved me at all. I was not pleased with any character in the book although Mr. Brick was able to make each one real.


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

    Disappointment. It really wasn't worth all these hours of my time.


    Any additional comments?

    I really tried to like the character "Cotton Malone." I am well aware of his popularity, but it was a no go for me. I even went so far as to listen to another book in the series. My overall opinion? I will not waste my time with this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol [Blackstone Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    "Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding," says Ebenezer Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life: overnight! Many know this story but few have experienced the true marvel of the tale.

    Jefferson says: "More Funny, Scary & Moving than the Movie Versions"
    "The original Scrooge."
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    If you could sum up A Christmas Carol [Blackstone Version] in three words, what would they be?

    I love the movies with Alistair Sim from the 1950s and George C Scott from the 1980s. It was time to hear the actual writings of Dickens and those movies were quite close. This recorded version was a delight to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scrooge of course. He is the protagonist who is redeemed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one with Marley when he first comes home and into his room. I have to add a 2nd. The scene where he awakens on Christmas AM.


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

    When Scrooge talked to Crachet the day after Christmas.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader was good and had enough of an accent to make you aware that this was placed in London, but not enough to make it difficult to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirage: The Oregon Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (672)

    In October 1943, a U.S. destroyer sailed out of Philadelphia and supposedly vanished, the result of a Navy experiment with electromagnetic radiation. The story was considered a hoax - but now Juan Cabrillo and his Oregon colleagues aren't so sure. There is talk of a new weapon soon to be auctioned, something very dangerous to America's interests, and the rumors link it to the great inventor Nikola Tesla, who was working with the Navy when he died in 1943. Was he responsible for the experiment? Are his notes in the hands of enemies?

    Matthew says: "Hey, where did my ship go???"
    "Cussler rules"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if that friend liked rather extreme thrillers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Personally, the only series of books that I really love is the Oregon and NUMA. The others just don't appeal to me. Maybe because I love the ocean.


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

    Many. Mr. Brick is by far the best reader I have ever listened to, and I have listened to many. I don't know how he manages to perform so well in so many audiobooks, but if I am unsure of whether I want a title his name as performer of the story often causes me to make a choice in favor of buying it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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