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  • To the Hilt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Alexander Kinloch is definitely the black sheep of his noble family, choosing the precarious life of a painter over a lucrative job in his stepfather’s brewery. But when a trusted assistant disappears with millions of pounds, Alexander is reluctantly thrust into a foreign world of bankers and auditors. Brutal thugs and jealous relatives stand in his way as he labors to save the business and protect the family treasures. In the face of adversity, Alexander must defend himself and his family’s honor to the hilt.

    Barbara says: "I loved this book"
    "I loved this book"
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    What did you love best about To the Hilt?

    I love almost all of Dick Francis's books but this one touched home since I am an artist and he brought the drive of art alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    In this thrilling and absorbing new novel Jason Bourne is faced with an impossible mission. He has been hired to impersonate a high-level government minister at a political summit meeting in Qatar, shielding the minister from any assassination attempts. Suddenly, armed gunmen storm the room, killing everyone but Bourne. Their target, however, isn't the minister Bourne impersonates...it is Bourne himself.

    Barbara says: "I can't believe how lame this book comes off."
    "I can't believe how lame this book comes off."
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    What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Ascendancy?

    The narrator is terrible. A narrator can really ruin a good story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Holter Graham?

    Almost anyone. This narration is choppy, hard to follow and irritating to listen to.


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

    This book made me angry and disappointed. The story is not the best, but listening was painful. Can't you find a narrator with a sense of style and who appears to have understood the story, or at least have previewed it before attempting to perform?


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • High Stakes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Steven Scott is relatively new to horses. A successful, wealthy inventor, he takes up horse racing as a hobby - a hobby that soon brings him winner after winner under the inspired guidance of his trainer, Jody Leeds. Currently both their reputations are wrapped up in a beautiful black hurdler named Energise. But just when Steven is winning at both women and horses, he discovers deceit in his own stables. Termination of the troublemaker marks Steven for his own termination - and much sooner than he can imagine...

    James says: "Never a bad book"
    "Another Winner"
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    What did you love best about High Stakes?

    I love the toys. I love the plot twists and I always love the horse racing in Francis books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Frame

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Charles Todd is an English artist who is well known and respected for his renderings of sleek and athletic horses. What he now faces at his cousin Donald's house is also art - the art of a perfectly brutal murderer. Donald's home has been burglarized and his wife, Regina, is lying on her back dead, her face the color of cream. Donald is shattered, shocked, and a prime suspect.

    Mary A. says: "Art and Horses Combined Makes this one Intriguing"
    "I love this book"
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    Would you listen to In the Frame again? Why?

    I have already listened to it three times. I love the story and the excitement.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the art in the story


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

    Just as good. Very well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    The one and only Mrs. Emily Pollifax is a part-time CIA operative and full-time garden-clubbing grandmother from New Jersey. In this adventure, she is off to the Sicilian countryside on a daring mission to rescue John Sebastian Farrell, a former CIA comrade, who was shot while trying to track down a document that allegedly bears the signature of Julius Caesar.

    Jackie says: "Great Story-Wrong Narrator"
    "Confusion Reigns"
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    What disappointed you about Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief?

    The way this book was performed was terrible. I could barely follow the plot and I have read the book. All the different voices made this hard to follow. Too bad, it is a pretty good book.


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    I dislike this radio play style of narration. With one narrator the stories seem much more cohesive (when the reader is talented)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3886)
    Performance
    (3269)
    Story
    (3293)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "WOW"
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    If you could sum up The Innocent: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    Nonstop. Exciting, Unpredictable.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read this book and I enjoyed it even more in the audible version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4359)
    Performance
    (3318)
    Story
    (3297)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "Unbelievably superhuman"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Too much violence and too little plot but exciting


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Greaney again?

    I have but it didn't get any easier to endure the blood and guts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Odessa File

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (174)

    Frederick Forsyth's spellbinding novels are the natural outgrowth of an adventuresome career in international investigative journalism. Written in Austria and Germany during the fall of 1971, The Odessa File is based on its author's life experiences as a Reuters man reporting from London, Paris, and East Berlin in the early 1960s.

    writerly says: "good tension, great characters, engaging reading"
    "Great read, boring listen"
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    Would you recommend The Odessa File to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book but not the audio. Something important was lost in hearing rather than seeing the page.


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandstorm: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (596)

    An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means. Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Story so-so Reading"
    "This one is definitely intrigueing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sandstorm to be better than the print version?

    Have no idea.


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

    This plot was fascinating with all the combination of history, archaeology and action. The scene with the snake in the bath was really tense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    It's supposed to be a happy day at the Magic Kingdom - the teenage holographic hosts have returned. But things go very wrong when a sudden lightning storm disrupts the celebration, and Amanda's mysterious sister, Jez, disappears. The only clue is the sighting of a wild monkey in the Magic Kingdom during the storm.

    Wendy says: "Things I learned about Disney"
    "Disney Villains Beware! DHIs Rock."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Kingdom Keepers II the most enjoyable?

    I find these characters enjoyable and I can read the books to my Grandchildren. Ridley Pearson is very versatile and techno savvy.


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

    Yes I did finish it in one go. There isn't really a good stopping point with a plot that races as this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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