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Boyce

Brentwood, TN, United States

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  • 28 reviews
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  • 31 purchased in 2014
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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
    (42)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    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.

    Boyce says: "Ok Tales!!"
    "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.


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  • 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.

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  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (450)

    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.


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  • Strip Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (420)

    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.


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  • 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
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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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  • Hideaway

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Michael Hanson, Carol Cowan
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    He was clinically dead after the accident - but was miraculously revived. Now Hatch Harrison and his wife approach each day with a new appreciation for life. But something terrible has come back with Hatch from the other side.

    Annette says: "First Knootz"
    "You either Like Koontz or you don't"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another author. I should have known better. I have read a number of Koontz novels in the past. But that was before I became a fan of audiobooks. Reading him in print, I used to skip vast portions of his syllabic gushing. Koontz, unfortunately, does not know the meaning of "efficient and concise use of the English language". I have just read one-third of this book and we have just covered the automobile accident and the airlift to the hospital. And I have skipped through, at the very least, one-third of that. He probably has a wonderful ending, but I cannot endure the trip with Koontz.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan – was your favorite?

    Hanson and Cowan both did a fabulous job. Of the two, I preferred Carol Cowan. She has a marvelous voice. Michael Hanson gets a bit too involved in enunciating Koontz with dramatic flare. Whereas, Carol Cowan tones Koontz down, Michael Hanson seems to add to Koontz's grammatical circus. I think he would be great with another author.


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

    Despair


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweepers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    In 1969, a Navy SEAL, a trained assassin on a confidential mission, is dropped off in the Vietnam jungle. Days later, a U.S. gunboat returns to pick him up, but the boat's young captain panics under fire and leaves the SEAL behind. Twenty years later, that young captain is now a Pentagon admiral as the SEAL returns to Washington, D.C.

    Aaron says: "Amazing Story, Very Gripping"
    "Deutermann's Best!!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Sweepers?

    I read Sweepers about ten years ago, followed by several other Deutermann books. Now that I am an audiobook fan, I went back to Sweepers because the plot has remained fresh in my mind over the years, and I wanted to hear Dick Hill read it. Great story, very believable. Love the way Deutermann, with a Navy career behind him, talks about the machinations of military protocol so knowledgeably. The sweeper is an erie character.

    In my opinion, this is Deutermann's best, but that may be because it just appeals me. I was in Vietnam, so I could really identify with the whole situation involving the sweeper (not that I did anything like that). I have enjoyed his other books that I have read also, and just finished Zero Option on audio, which is also excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Can't Have You:: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm.

    your mom says: "Disturbingly Gripping"
    "Typical true crime"
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    What disappointed you about If I Can't Have You:?

    The authors' writing skills, or lack thereof. The authors deluged the reader with incessant detail. It was like reading a police report, in which every detail must be recorded. Every word, every expression, every breath were recorded and passed off as authorship. It got very boring very quickly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It will not be true crime. Probably a mystery.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laural Merlington and Kevin Pierce ?

    Actually the narrators were pretty good. However, I will note that narrators should be careful what they narrate.


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

    Frustration at the authors. The description of the book sounded very good and could have been good. The story is interesting. It is the inept telling of the story that makes it sound banal.


    Any additional comments?

    I am thankful for Audible's generous policy on returns.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Derailed

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Siegel
    • Narrated By Gregory Harrison
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Every day Charles Schine rides the 8:43 into New York City to do the job he has done for over a decade...until the day he is late for his regular train, and sits down across from the woman of his dreams. He is about to discover that once you leave the straight and narrow, getting back on track is the most perilous journey of all. And for Charles, that journey - of lies, terror, and deception - has just begun.

    J says: "its just ok"
    "Dark, very dark!!"
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    Would you listen to Derailed again? Why?

    This is the second time that I listened to it. The first time was about 8 years ago. Really a good read. Major suspenseful twist that I never saw coming the first time. One of the reasons I reread it was because I kept thinking about that twist and I wanted to listen again to how it was developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The big twist mentioned above.


    Who was the most memorable character of Derailed and why?

    Charles. The story was told from his perspective. Gregory Harrison is an excellent narrator. Did a fabulous job.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah....I also saw the movie about ten years ago. Guess I really like the story. Oh...Jennifer Aniston starred as Lucinda, so I was seeing her as I listened to the book. Made it even better. I think it is one of her best movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (260)

    Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures.

    karen says: "Nothing like a classic....."
    "Superb in every way!!!"
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    If you could sum up A Kiss Before Dying in three words, what would they be?

    Cunning sociopathic murderer


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

    Yes...I could not put it down. It is a very tightly woven, detailed murder mystery with a huge surprise that took me completely by surprise, so much so that I had to stop reading and work through what I had just read to figure out what had happened. The vocabulary is wonderful and specifically descriptive. I will read it again.


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

    This is the first Hantman performance for me, but my next selection will be a performance by him. His voice is perfect. He performs female voices every bit as well as he does male voices. His pacing is perfect. His voice is a pleasure to hear.


    Any additional comments?

    Set, and written, in the 1950's, it was a welcome return to the days of my adolescence. I really enjoyed that aspect of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Poison: A Female Serial Killer's Deadly Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By M. William Phelps
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In Northampton, Massachusetts, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Kristen Gilbert was known as a hardworking, dedicated nurse - so why were her patients dying? So many emergencies and sudden deaths occurred while Kristen made her rounds on Ward C that her colleagues jokingly called her the "Angel of Death".

    heather says: "Men are naive"
    "Awful!!!"
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    What disappointed you about Perfect Poison?

    I confess to not being a true crime fan. However, I read "A Cold Blooded Business" recently, and really enjoyed it. True crime, different author, different narrator. Mr. Phelps is no doubt an excellent investigator of true crime. His detail was incredible. Unfortunately, he could have cut the detail by 50% and had a good book. The excessive detail was a big negative. When I started skipping from chapter to chapter, reading just the first paragraph and STILL could follow the story quite well....then you know you have too much detail.The book has 95 chapters. NINETY-FIVE...yes!!! And each chapter starts with the complete physical location and entire day and date. I am concurrently reading "Empire of Liberty", a FOUR VOLUME history of the US from 1789 to 1815 and all four volumes have a total of 35 chapters.Then there is the narrator. In a word, J. Charles is inept. He should never be employed again as a narrator. I, most assuredly, will never again pick up a book he narrates. His voice ranges from loud and deep to so low and deep that he cannot be understood. I was listening in my car, streaming over my speakers and thought that perhaps I did not have the bass/treble properly adjusted. But before I changed it, I flipped over to Empire of Liberty, narrated by Robert Fass. Mr Fass was perfectly clear, every syllable was clearly pronounced and clearly understood.I will note, however, that Mr. Nelson, no matter how poor a job I think he did, must not share all the blame for the poor quality of the narration. Whoever chose a male to narrate must bear at least 50% of the blame. Most of the primary characters in this book are FEMALE. The primary character is female. Every single nurse who spoke, save one, was female. Conversations took place between females. WHY was a male chosen to narrate? There were many characters and the best choice would have been a male and a female, but if only one was going to be used, then it, unequivocally, should have been a female.So...what disappointed me about Perfect Poison? In a word, everything, except for the fact that it was a great tale, poorly told and poorly performed, but still a great tale, and I wanted to know what happened.


    Has Perfect Poison turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am not a great fan of it anyway, but other true crime that I have read has been pretty well done. I will probably carefully select other true crime.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Half the detail and a skilled narrator would have done wonders for the book.


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

    As noted above, it was really a great tale.


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