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Boyce

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  • Mystery Writers of America Presents: Death Do Us Part

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben, Lee Child, R. L. Stine, and others
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar, Karen White, John Lee
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    From the Civil War-era south, to 1950's New York, to the present day's gritty cities and seemingly innocuous suburbs, the 18 stories in this anthology edited by the award-winning mystery writer Harlan Coben chart the complications - always surprising, sometimes deadly - that arise between lovers, dear friends, and even complete strangers coming together for a single, shocking encounter.

    Marsha says: "Mystery Writers of America To Death us do part"
    "Several excellent short stories"
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    Any additional comments?

    I usually expect a book of short stories to have a few excellent stories which I thoroughly enjoy and all the others in which I have no interest at all. This one was no exception. Five of the twenty stories were fascinating and the other fifteen held my attention for about three minutes each and I did not listen further. My short fuse for a good story might be unusual, but I have learned from long experience that, for me, if I'm not all in by the end of the first page, I am not going to be in at all. That does not bother me. The five excellent stories were worth the price of the book and I am well satisfied and entertained.

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  • Fidelity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (139)

    When Phil Kramer is shot dead on a deserted suburban street in the middle of the night, his wife, Emily, is left with an emptied bank account and a lot of questions. How could Phil leave her penniless? What was he going to do with the money? And, most of all, who was he if he wasn't the man she thought she married?

    Jerry Hobart has some questions of his own. It's none of his business why he was hired to kill Phil Kramer. But now that he's been ordered to take out Kramer's widow, he figures there's a bigger secret at work - and maybe a bigger payoff.

    richard says: "Thomas Perry is, quite simply, brilliant."
    "Unparalleled master of suspense!!!"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Once I started listening, I could hardly stop. I could not, however, listen before bedtime. It is a tightly crafted novel of suspense, dramatically entertaining, but not bedtime reading.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    The primary character is Emily, and Michael Kramer performs her female voice masterfully. It never even crossed my mind that this was a man narrating. He does all the voices, other females as well as the males.


    Any additional comments?

    Thomas Perry simply has no equal in crafting a tale of suspense. This is the fourth novel of his that I have read and every single one has kept me glued to the voice of Michael Kramer, who performs Perry's work in a masterful understated manner. The other three have been The Butcher's Boy trilogy.

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  • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (91)

    Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale.

    Tom says: "Something for Everyone"
    "Superb in every way!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Path Between the Seas to be better than the print version?

    I doubt I would read the print version, so yes. I have been a reader all my life, but to read something this long requires the audible version so I can fit it in during all the idle moments, such as when driving. (And this was the abridged version)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Path Between the Seas?

    This was a history and a saga. No memorable "moments", but an incredibly fascinating work of telling the story of the 45 year feat from beginning to end. Often, on books this long, I will intersperse other shorter books of a different type. Not on this one. I could hardly wait to get to it when I got in the car.


    What about Edward Hermann’s performance did you like?

    I love Hermann's voice. He is one of the top voices in the industry.


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  • Hostile Witness

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Ken Howard
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Philadelphia lawyer Victor Carl is just itching for the opportunity to sell out. Then good fortune comes knocking in the guise of William Prescott III, an attorney from one of the city's most prestigious firms. Prescott wants Victor to represent a councilman's aide who is on trial, along with his boss, for extortion, arson, and murder. And all Carl has to do is show up, shut up, and follow Prescott's lead. But it soon becomes clear that someone's setting him and his client up to take a long, hard fall.

    Boyce says: "The Victor Carl I love!!"
    "The Victor Carl I love!!"
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    What did you love best about Hostile Witness?

    I read this ten years ago in print and recently on audio. The audio version was abridged. I will not say the abridgment gutted the story because I enjoyed it, but I could surely sense some gaps. This is, so far, Lashner's best and Audible should have the unabridged version available.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hostile Witness?

    Victor Carl's style as a lawyer is fascinating and funny. Many great quips.


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

    Howard has a really good masculine smooth voice. No harshness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Past Due

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A defense attorney who lives his life in shades of gray, Victor Carl fights all the right fights for all the wrong reasons. With a failing legal practice, a dead-end love life, and a pile of unpaid traffic tickets, Victor skates on the razor's edge of legal ethics in search of the easy buck. But the one absolute in Victor's life is loyalty, especially to a client, even if he happens to be dead.

    Anthony says: "More Detective Than Legal Thriller"
    "Weak story, weakly told"
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    What disappointed you about Past Due?

    What didn't disappoint me? There was only the vaguest of plot lines. No suspense whatsoever. And I have read Lashner's Hostile Witness and loved it. I read it ten years ago in print and again a few days ago in audio. Also read Veritas and liked it. Past Due was useless.


    What was most disappointing about William Lashner’s story?

    There was no story. Barely even an attempt at a story.


    What aspect of Peter Francis James’s performance would you have changed?

    Hard to say when the material is so bad. I did not care for his voice though. Rather harsh.


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

    Boredom. I finally quit on it. It will be going back to Audible.


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  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4127)
    Performance
    (3543)
    Story
    (3523)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "MItch Rapp says it all"
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    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall is one of the best. I love his smooth tones and his ability to do multiple characters and distinguish them fromI others. Two small missteps which astounded me. The first, he pronounced the Seine River, one of the most famous in the world, as the SIN river.Also the word "consumant" as though it were spelled consummate. Small items, but from a man of Guidell's ability, he shoiuld know this.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, but would have love to have heard more about Rapp and less about all the other characters/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Park Avenue Tramp

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Fletcher Flora
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    During one of her blackouts, Charity McAdams Farnese walks into a downtown bar named Duo's and into the life of Joe Doyle, second-rate piano player and a man with a bum heart. Yancy the bartender knows that she's trouble, a rich girl with an itch, but Joe won't listen. All he knows is that Charity wants to love him. But Charity has a husband Oliver Alton Farnese. Oliver is a creature of habit and allows Charity her flings. But when this fling turns serious, Oliver has his own way of dealing with the situation.

    Boyce says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Park Avenue Tramp to be better than the print version?

    I have been reading all my life with my eyeballs. I have now made the discovery and transition to audio reading and never ever even bother to open a print book. I am not sure why this question is asked. There is only one answer. Yes, this book and every book.


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

    Let me reframe the question. What do the actors bring to a Broadway play that you would not experience if you just read the screenplay? Michael Kramer gave a performance based on a print book. He performed every word, every sentence and every syllable, acting several different parts, including a woman who was the primary character and he performed it flawlessly. Michael Kramer is the reason I bought the book. I know the kind of performance he delivers from other books I have heard him read. He did his same flawless work here.


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

    Yes. I was riveted. Fortunately, it is a short book (written in 1958). I listened in every spare moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it. It is a fascinating read. Park Avenue Tramp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Namedropper

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brian Freemantle
    • Narrated By David Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Harvey Jordan is no ordinary thief. A few years ago, an identity-theft scheme left him destitute, his fortune stolen and his wife gone with it. After two years in the gutter, Harvey learned who ruined him and returned the favor, stealing back his money by taking over the crook’s identity. He didn’t recover his wife, but he did find a new career.

    Boyce says: "Good Story/Excellent Narration"
    "Good Story/Excellent Narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story. Drew me in immediately, The only problem is that Harvey, the main character, is pompous, conceited and demanding, so much so that I began to tire of his ways. Harvey is British and a substantial part of the book deals with his relationships with two attorneys, one in NYC and the other in NC, and even the one in NYC is originally from NC. David Franklin does a superb job with the southern accent, the best I have ever encountered. The primary female character is also from NC gentry, and Franklin does extremely well with her voice and accent as well. Things get a little rough when three more southerners are added to the mix, requiring him to perform and differentiate between six characters from the South, each with a different version of the accent. However, had the narration not been as good as it was, I doubt I would have listened to the whole book. Harvey, also done, of course, by Franklin (British accent) was a bit of a pill in his personal relationships.

    On the whole, however, I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (612)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Riveting Legal Thriller!! Phenomenal Narration!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rosenberg has crafted a riveting legal thriller with dozens of twists and turns with no clue as to how all issues might be resolved. It drew me in from the first sentence. I was in the last twelve minutes of the book before I saw how all the issues could be drawn together perfectly, along with several surprises that I had not guessed. The three main characters are attorneys in a megafirm in LA.

    The narrator, Christopher Lane, is a story unto himself. Stunningly excellent performance. He has an amazing voice. Quite deep and smooth, and yet he performs several females, one of whom is one of the three main characters, so you hear a lot from her. I never perceived the female voices as coming from a man. He performed 8 secondary characters who had big parts, all in separately distinguishable voices. I never thought they sounded alike at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (493)

    No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

    Edmond Clement says: "A total delightr"
    "Typical Carl Hiaasen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was fairly entertaining. I read the whole book, with a bit of skipping. But I liked it enough to finish it. And I have no qualms about closing a book that does not hold my interest.


    What could Carl Hiaasen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hiaasen is Hiaasen. I read several of his books in the late 90's and got kind of tired of him. I thought the audible rendition might be better and it was...a bit. I will probably not read anymore of Hiaasen's work.


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

    George Wilson did an excellent job.


    Was Strip Tease worth the listening time?

    I would not have read it through if it were not worth the time in entertainment value.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Molly's Game: From Hollywood’s Elite, to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Molly Bloom
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twenty something petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen - she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play. Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly's game became the game for those in the know - celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires.

    Verne Backus, M.D., M.P.H. says: "Poker Princess survived and excelled"
    "Brilliant and Street Smart"
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    If you could sum up Molly's Game in three words, what would they be?

    An absolutely outstanding read. Could not put it down. Written in the first person by Molly Bloom. Personal tales in the first person can often be boring. Not this one. She started as a petrified admin asst to a brutal boss, but she recognized every opportunity and took advantage of it. Developed fantastic street smarts, built a poker game among the richest of the rich and most famous Hollywood A-Listers. Smart, aggressive, and master of handling these very big names and personalities, not a few of whom were/are card carrying sociopaths.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Campbell is an excellent narrator. Would love to hear more by her. One small idiosyncrasy. She consistently pronounces the short "a" sound as though it were "ah". So "fascinating" becomes "fahsinating". Sounds a little snooty and definitely incorrect. I noticed it more and more as the book progressed. I would certainly enjoy hearing her perform again though.


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