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Chris

Hillsborough, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 23 reviews
  • 72 ratings
  • 204 titles in library
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  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1927)
    Story
    (1922)

    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....

    Donna says: "STILL IN PROCESS OF LISTENING TO IT, BUT....."
    "Narrator kills this one"
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    Truthfully, I'm not sure if this is a good story or not - given how popular this series is, it's probably not bad, but I couldn't get very far with this narrator. If all he had to do was read text, no dialogue, then it maybe could pass as moderately ok. When the dialogue kicks in, I almost cringe at his interpretation of the characters' voices (oddly, Jack Reacher's isn't terrible). Bad, bad, bad! Jonathan McClain goes on my "automatic pass on this book" list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outside the Lines: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amy Hatvany
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton, Corey Brill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    When Eden was 10 years old she found her father, David, bleeding on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Twenty years later, Eden runs a successful catering company and dreams of opening a restaurant. Since childhood, she has heard from her father only rarely, just enough to know that he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness.

    Chris says: "Bad Narrator Spoils Yet Another Audio Experience"
    "Bad Narrator Spoils Yet Another Audio Experience"
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    I didn't get very far into this to be able to rate the story itself. Candace Thaxton was too distracting - speed up, slow down, speed up again, all in one sentence. Returning this one. (but I LOVED Hatvany's "Safe With Me" - I'm not giving up on this writer, just Candace Thaxton)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe with Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Amy Hatvany
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski, Rebekkah Ross, Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The screech of tires brought Hannah Scott’s world as she knew it to a devastating end. A year after she signed the papers to donate her daughter’s organs, Hannah is still reeling with grief when she unexpectedly stumbles into the life of the Bell family, whose fifteen-year-old daughter, Maddie, survived only because Hannah’s daughter had died. Mesmerized by this fragile connection to her own daughter and afraid to reveal who she actually is, Hannah develops a surprising friendship with Maddie’s mother, Olivia.

    Chris says: "Riveting Hatvany"
    "Riveting Hatvany"
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    Loved this story - at times it moved me to tears, and at other times made me want hit him (listen and you'll find out who!). The 3 narrators were perfect, especially Rebekkah Ross. This is my first Amy Hatvany, and I'm looking forward to trying more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Thoughtful and meaningful novel / an unusual novel"
    "Slow start, but it grew on me"
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    It took a while to get into this story, but as I got to know Ove better it dawned on me that this is a really sweet story. I laughed aloud a few times, and was deeply touched some, too. Narration is good - just the right amount of gruffness for Ove, and the accents and inflections of the other characters were well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1059)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "One of Silva's best"
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    Riveting story, great narration. Seems a bit faster-paced for a Gabriel novel, which makes it that much more thrilling. Many of the same characters from The English Girl appear here, and play more involved roles. Really love this series, and this one is top-notch.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bank of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Suspenseful, compelling, and utterly believable, The Bank of Fear is unparalleled spy fiction in the best tradition of Graham Greene and John le Carré—a twisting tale of the ruthless greed and money laundering behind today’s headlines.

    Chris says: "Outdated"
    "Outdated"
    Overall
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    Set in the early 90's, this isn't old enough to be historical, but old enough to make me impatient. ("...he was even known to take a cellular phone with him to the movies..."). Also, 95% of the books I've listened to that were narrated by George Guidall have been great, but once in a blue moon he reads in a sort of slower, prissy style, and this is one of those. Maybe I've been spoiled by more modern spy thrillers (such as the unsurpassable Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series). I might have loved it if I'd listened to it when it was new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gates of the Alamo

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen Harrigan
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Edmund McGowan is a gifted naturalist whose life’s work is threatened by war. Mary Mott is a widowed innkeeper forced to rely on her own resources for survival. Mary’s 16-year-old son, Terrell, is a young man about to experience his first taste of love. Sprinkling in real-life figures such as James Bowie and Davy Crockett - Harrigan gives a human face to a true American legend. Told from the perspective of the Mexican attackers as well as the American defenders, this New York Times best seller recreates a time and a place where honor and gallant death shaped generations of people.

    Chris says: "Could have been shorter, but still a good story"
    "Could have been shorter, but still a good story"
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    This would have rated "riveting", if it was maybe two downloads instead of three. Good characters; interesting to have "real" ones, such as Bowie and Santa Anna. Bogged down at times; some scenes were just longer than they needed to be. Still a good enough story to stick with it, and George Guidall's narration was great, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3374)
    Performance
    (2460)
    Story
    (2454)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Solid Zombie Entertainment"
    Overall
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    I've been a fan of Zombie Lit forever, and this ranks right up with the best. No new angles really; the usual order of walking dead and survival, but it's very well written. Fast paced and believable, and Jay Snyder is pitch-perfect. Looking forward to the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murphy's Law

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (714)

    Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, under cover of a false identity, for the anonymous shores of late 19th-century America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

    Jan says: "Cream Puff Read"
    "Interesting enough"
    Overall
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    Story is simple and straightforward; a nice glimpse into early 1900's New York, especially for newly arrived immigrants. Nicola Barber is good as the main character, Molly, and various children's voices. Her way of reading male character's voices, especially American accents, and certain older women, borders on cringe-worthy. Still, I like the story and care about the characters well enough to stick with it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Making Toast: A Family Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Narrated By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (169)

    When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren.

    Diana - Audible says: "A little gem of a book"
    "Touching Memoir"
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    Moving account of a family's tragic loss of a beloved daughter. Mr. Rosenblatt's calm, even narration of what had to have been an incredibly painful experience was remarkable. His writing style is both simple and gracious. He chronicles events after his daughter's sudden death: how he and his wife stepped right in and smoothly as they could helped their grief-stricken son-in-law cope with life and their 3 small children. He speaks freely of his and his family's pain, help from wonderful people in their lives, and also stories and events from his children's early lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    A man is making a crude leather mask with slits for eyes and mouth, and an iron spike fixed in the middle of the forehead. It is a 'death mask', once used by Icelandic farmers to slaughter calves. He has revenge in mind. Meanwhile, with Detective Erlendur absent, his baseball-loving colleague Sigurdur Óli is in the spotlight. A school reunion has left Sigurdur Óli dissatisfied with life in the police force. Iceland is enjoying an economic boom and young tycoons are busy partying with the international jet set.

    Leonard says: "Pleasantly Surprised."
    "Another hit for this series"
    Overall
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    Wasn't sure I'd like this one as it doesn't feature Erlendur, one of my favorite literary characters, but was pleasantly surprised. Sigurdur Oli turns out to have a lot more depth than previously portrayed. I like his no-nonsense, straightforward style, with a streak of compassion where it counts. As usual, lots of interesting, sometimes desperate characters, a plot that methodically moves along, with some unexpected turns. Great narration by George Guidall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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