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  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    Overall
    (1706)
    Performance
    (1523)
    Story
    (1517)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    adrienne says: "Trouble always finds him!"
    "No Dick Hill, No Reacher"
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    I simply cannot fathom why one of my favourite audio series has been ruined by substituting a terrible narrator for the brilliant version narrated by Dick Hill. I'll get my copy of Die Trying with the original narration elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • She Is Risen: The Gun Control Case Studies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Travis Adams Irish
    • Narrated By Heidi Madagame
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    May Ivory can’t understand why her life has been so terrible lately. It seems that fate itself has turned on her.… She would be horrified to know that her problems are man-made, and May is only one of four who are being tormented.... The result of a new gun control study by the CIA. Her three visits per week to the shooting range have put May on an exclusive list of people that are being monitored for gun violence. Unfortunately, the ambitious politician who runs the program cannot afford to wait for her to go insane through natural causes, so he uses CIA agents lurking in the darkness to turn her life upside down.

    CC says: "Story Grew As If A Magic Beanstalk In My Garden"
    "Amateurish"
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    This book reads like a first novel written by a high school student, and the narration appears to be done by an amateur. Very disappointed after seeing the suspiciously high ratings.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mindfield

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By William Deverell
    • Narrated By Steve Scherf, Maggie Scherf
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    It is 20 below in Montreal, and for the first time in 25 years detective Kellen O’Reilly is going to pieces. Flashbacks frequently take him back to the psychiatric clinic of Coldhaven Manor and the terrifying experiments of Dr. Gregor Satorius.

    Marc says: "Fantastic narration for a great story"
    "This is just plain awful."
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    I am disappointed that Audible would feature this mess as something "recommended". The story is cookie-cutter and the narration is some of the worst I have ever heard. I was forced to stop after I found myself "rewinding" constantly because my mind just couldn't focus on it. Two thumbs down. I feel that the initial 5 star reviews that made me try this are more than a little misleading...

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (288)

    The entire human race balances on the razor's edge of annihilation, beset by an enemy that turns our own bodies against us, that changes normal people into psychopaths or transforms them into nightmares. To some, Doctor Margaret Montoya is a hero-a brilliant scientist who saved the human race from an alien intelligence determined to exterminate all of humanity. To others, she's a monster - a mass murderer single-handedly responsible for the worst atrocity ever to take place on American soil. All Margaret knows is that she's broken. The blood of a million deaths is on her hands.

    Shawna M says: "A Good Ending to the Series"
    "WARNING: Third book in a series!"
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    If you are interested in this book, be aware that it is in fact the third book in a series, though there is no indication of this until you start reading it and realize you're hearing a recap of previous books (MAJOR spoilers). By the time you realize you're starting with the wrong book, you've already been given all the essential plot points of Infected and Contagious, thus ruining the series before you even get started. Just a heads-up...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3339)
    Performance
    (3011)
    Story
    (3026)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Plodding and Bloated."
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    I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I did.

    While the story certainly has some worthy aspects, I found the pace to be plodding and the narrative, overall, to be rather self-indulgent.

    I feel that the same book could have been condensed into a much shorter length while still conveying all the crucial thematic elements. As it stands, it suffers from a great deal of bloat, in my opinion.

    The premise is gripping, and the author does an excellent job of getting across to the reader the idea that this bleak future, or one like it, is all too plausible. It did make me stop and think about the many things that we take for granted every day that are nearly so securely entrenched in our lives as we tend to think they are.

    However, the tendency of the POV character to describe a scene, then stop and inform the reader that it "didn't really happen like that" or that the scene was a "reconstruction", was jarring. Each time this happened I found myself pulled out of the story in a very unpleasant manner.

    I found myself fidgeting and waiting for the actual meat of the story (some kind of actual plot) to begin. Eventually I realized that there wasn't any meat to be had, and sort of resigned myself to suffering through the rest of the book in hopes that there would be some redeeming quality in the ending, especially since this seems to be an extremely well-reviewed book. In the end I was disappointed.

    The narration was good, but nothing out of the ordinary as far as I am concerned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1854)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "A Solid Read"
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    I'm a little surprised to see so many lukewarm reviews of this book. I found it to be an enjoyable read, though I'd characterize it more as a "solid" read than an exciting one. If you are looking for a book jam-packed with action, this is probably not for you. However, I found it to be absorbing enough that I'll be watching for the next book in the series. The book did seem to end rather abruptly, since there is no clear "climax" scene. My biggest complaint would be that there seems to be perhaps a little too much of the craft of writing here, and not enough of the art. There is a slight scent of "middle-book-info-dump" in the air.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (464)

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Kitty says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Boehmer?

    I would have loved to have heard this narrated by Micheal Kramer or Dick Hill or really, almost anyone else. I'm really having a hard time understanding why anyone would go to the trouble of creating a whole new recording and not put in the effort to find a competent reader. The pace is jerky, and comes off almost as an advanced automatic reader program. The dialogue is better than the narration, but this only makes the entire performance more jarring as it switches between dialogue and narration. Another reviewer used "Shattner-esque" to describe the delivery, and I thought that was absolutely spot-on.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a classic favorite for a lot of people, so it is very disappointing that a competent voice actor could not have been assigned to do the reading.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Mirror: Bridei Trilogy #1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    One bitter Midwinter's Eve, everything changes when Bridei finds a child on their doorstep - a child abandoned by the Fair Folk. It is the height of ill fortune to have truck with the Fair Folk, and all in the area counsel the babe's death. But Bridei sees an old and precious magic at work and, heedless of the danger, fights to save the child. Broichan is wary but relents, for Bridei must grow to be his own man and make his own decisions.

    Amanda says: "The Dark Mirror"
    "One of my favourite audiobooks"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys following the unfolding of a deeper storyline. The story is fully absorbing, but one caveat is that if you prefer a fast-paced book peppered with exciting battles, this one may not be for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complex relationships between the characters is what really shines in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The Dark Mirror contains some of the most memorable characters that I have encountered among the hundreds of audiobooks that I have consumed, and Michael Page gives a flawless performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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