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Barbara

Tulsa, Oklahoma | Member Since 2009

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  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (1711)
    Story
    (1728)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Worst narrator I've ever heard"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Honestly, the narrator is so bad that it's just annoying to listen to this book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Adam Mitzner before, how does this one compare?

    Never before -- and never again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David LeDoux’s performances?

    No.


    Was A Conflict of Interest worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Paul Batista
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Paul Batista, one of the country's foremost defense lawyers, has written the ultimate legal thriller with murder in its heart. When Tom Perini, a legendary Heisman Trophy winner turned criminal lawyer, is found brutally murdered in Central Park, his widow, Julie, not only must unravel the mysteries of her husband's secret double life, but survive long enough to discover the truth. A thriller and courtroom drama of corruption and greed so authentic it reads like tomorrow's headlines.

    Barbara says: "Stupid and boring"
    "Stupid and boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might suit someone who wants to read something akin to a cheap romance novel.


    What was most disappointing about Paul Batista’s story?

    It fell down with a big thud at the end. No suspense.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader made it worse.


    What character would you cut from Death's Witness?

    All of them.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8790)
    Performance
    (7928)
    Story
    (7934)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Good read; classic Grisham, first-rate narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is the best I've heard on Audible. His voice is pleasing and he knows how to include inflections at the appropriate times. The book is suspenseful and the characters are well-crafted. Grisham has strayed from his core skills in past books. It's good to see that he's back!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2512)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1132)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Hell's Corner?

    Very little plot, slow pacing


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Gotten a plot and some action


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Anyone


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    This book drags and drags, and you keep waiting for something interestingi to happen and it just doesn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (629)

    Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey’s train wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn’t who she claimed to be.

    kelly says: "Intricate plot, well read - really surprised!"
    "The narrator brings this book to life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Shelter again? Why?

    Outstanding narration! He brings the lead character to life. The book is suspenseful and well-written, with an engaging cast of charcters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shelter?

    The characters are wonderful.


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

    No.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Suspenseful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2934)
    Performance
    (1664)
    Story
    (1667)

    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 book, but narrator ruins it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Ice Limit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is as good an adventure book as most.


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

    Not really. At times it did -- near the end of the book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's sing-song, melodramatic voice with inappropriate inflection ruins the experience.


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

    Where ego meets ice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Name of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets.

    Ronda Snyder says: "A good example..."
    "Sappy, boring, poorly read"
    Overall

    This is so sloooowwww that I fell asleep listening to it. It is boring, and the characters are people I didn't care about. On top of that, the legal aspects of the book are unrealistic. Forget this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Hampton Sides
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (191)

    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
    "Uninteresting, and poorly narrated"
    Overall

    This book is way too tedious to hold one's attention, including too many details. The narration is very distracting, because the reader's phrasing is awkward, with pauses where they don't belong, and monotonous inflection. The writer chases many rabbit trails that have nothing to do with the stalking of Martin Luther King or the hunt for his assassin.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Move to Strike

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sydney Bauer
    • Narrated By Bill Ten Eyck
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Doctor Jeffrey Logan, daytime TV's most loved psychologist, has a top-rating talk show seen around the world – and his picture-perfect life is completed by his talented lawyer wife, Stephanie Tyler, their 16-year-old daughter Chelsea, and 13-year-old J. T. But this image of domestic bliss is shattered when Stephanie is killed instantly by a bullet from a big-game rifle in the family's pristine Beacon Hill kitchen.

    Steven says: "Disappointing - dont bother"
    "Bad prose, comic-book plot, unbelievable character"
    Overall

    This would qualify for the Bulwer-Lytton bad prose contest. Really, it's the worst book I've ever listened to. The narrator is terrible, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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