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Boyce

Brentwood, TN, United States

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  • Agents of Treachery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Otto Penzler (editor), Lee Child, James Grady, and others
    • Narrated By Paul Michael, Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    For the first time ever, legendary editor Otto Penzler has handpicked some of the most respected and best-selling thriller writers working today for a riveting collection of spy fiction. From first to last, this stellar collection signals mission accomplished.

    Terry Hensley says: "Not as good as I'd hoped"
    "Ok Tales!!"
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    What did you like best about Agents of Treachery? What did you like least?

    It has several tales that really pulled me in, although I do not remember them since I have read several books since. It was about what I expect from an anthology like this. A few really good stories and the rest are ones that do not appeal to me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

    Yes...they are all accomplished very good writers. Same appeal to me and some don't, but I would buy another book by the same authors.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightlife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    When the cousin of Los Angeles underworld figure Hugo Poole is found shot to death in his Portland, Oregon, home, police find nothing at the scene of the crime except several long strands of blonde hair hinting that a second victim may have been involved. Hotel security tapes from the victim's last vacation reveal an out-of-focus picture of a young blond woman entering and leaving his room. Could she also be a murder victim?

    Barbara says: "Just what you want in a book like this..."
    "Not Perry's Best!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No way. I did not care for it at all, and I usually just quit on books like that, but I have read five other Perry books, three of which were The Butcher's Boy trilogy, and the other two were Silence and Fidelity. But I did skip more and more as the book progressed.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas Perry? Why or why not?

    I've already read FIVE of his books. He has fabulous talent, but it does not always show.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Shelly Frasier was neither excellent nor poor. Since the main character and the villain were female, a female narrator had to be the choice. She was not inspired, though. Michael Kramer has performed the other five Perry books I have heard, and Frasier does not even approach his ability. Cassandra Campbell would have been great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of a Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Tadd Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm doing background research for the partners. It's not that he isn't smart. He is. It's just that hard work, the whole legal world, isn't really his thing. Underachiever? Yes. Content? At least until the firm puts him on a case that turns his whole world upside down.

    Battman says: "It's No Andy Carpenter"
    "Don't waste your time or your money!!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one that I know!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A well written suspense novel with a talented narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He read it like he was reading a term paper. He demonstrated no performance talent whatsoever.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Absolutely none whatsoever. I will be returning this one to Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    The title and the first couple of chapters were pretty good. Then the story just fell apart. No character development. Absolutely bizarre story line. I gave up on it about half way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Widow for One Year

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    Ruth Cole is a complex, often self-contradictory character — a "difficult" woman. Her story is told in three parts, each focusing on a crucial time in her life. When we first meet her, Ruth is only four. The second window into Ruth's life opens when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career. The novel closes in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth is a 41-year-old widow and mother — and about to fall in love for the first time.

    B. Simms says: "Fabulous Story, Gets Better with Every Reading"
    "Good and Not So Good!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    The Audible.com intro notes that this is really three stories, and so it is. Connected by threads, but really three separate tales. Story #1 was enthralling. I absolutely loved the characters, the story, the suspense, the interactions. It was both sweet and erotic, and with George Guidall as the narrator (performer), I will listen to it again.

    As for the second story, not so much. I skipped often as I went through it. Even George couldn't rescue #2.

    The third story was much shorter than the first two, but everything I noted for the first story is true of the third, and I would recommend "A Widow For One Year".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (289)

    In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

    Joseph says: "Excellent historical writing"
    "Thrilling history read by a master of narration"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Wonderful development of the history of our country. Not having been much of a history student, it was deeply moving to learn how we developed in the late 1700's.


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

    Robert Fass has a superb voice for a very long read. Never got tired of his voice. Some, like Scott Brick, are for me, good for a short read. But Robert Fass is just superb.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between Good and Evil: A Master Profiler's Hunt for Society's Most Violent Predators

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Roger L. Depue, Susan Schindehette
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    In this first-person account of becoming the FBI's top serial-killer hunter and a member of a religious order in an attempt to discern the true nature of good and evil, Roger L. Depue searches for an understanding of how evil develops. Between Good and Evil is Depue's look back at a life spent apprehending criminals, especially serial killers, first as a small-town police chief, then an FBI-SWAT team member, Behavioral Sciences Unit chief, and a developer of revolutionary law enforcement programs.

    Victor says: "an autobiography more than a career retrospective"
    "Superb in every way by the Master of Profiling"
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    What made the experience of listening to Between Good and Evil the most enjoyable?

    It was the full story of the development of profiling by the FBI by the man who formed the profiling unit.


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

    What does an actor bring to a screenplay that you would not experience by just reading it yourself? This question is pretty old and it has a very obvious answer.


    Any additional comments?

    An absolutely riveting read!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (222)

    Six years ago, Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear. But now her ex-boyfriend and former business partner, Eric Fuller, is being framed for her presumed murder in an effort to smoke her out, and Till must find her before tango-dancing assassins Paul and Sylvie Turner do. With masterful plotting and unnerving psychological insight, Thomas Perry delivers another mesmerizing thrill ride.

    Js Banks says: "Longer is better"
    "Perry is such a master of suspense"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have read five Perry books. The Butcher's Boy trilogy is by far the best, but Fidelity and Silence were surely in the running. and I enjoyed both, as well. He has an incredibly fascinating way of writing tightly would suspense. Since all five books were narrated by Michael Kramer, I cannot imaging reading a Perry book narrated by anyone else. Kramer is a master. There were four major characters in Silence, two men and two women, and Kramer does all four of them masterfully, giving each a different voice. I am always amazed by how skillfully he does the opposite sex.There was as much of a story for the bad guys, a married couple, as there was for the good guys. I actually enjoyed the bad guys more than the good guys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fidelity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (387)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (96)

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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