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  • Identical

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    Identical, based loosely on the myth of Castor and Pollux, is the story of identical twins, Paul and Cass Giannis, and the complex relationships between their family and their former neighbors, the Kronons. The audiobook focuses principally on events in 2008, when Paul is a candidate for Mayor of Kindle County, and Cass is released from the penitentiary, 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon.

    Jacqueline says: "Courtroom Drama Takes a Back Seat"
    "a dissappointment"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    As someone who who has heard or read Scott Turows' other novels, I was expecting a better story. The narration was poorly done and did not seem to mesh with the story. The narrator of previous books did a much better job. The story itself had a fair plot, but was not up to Turow standards. I was easy to figure the various twists and switches that were supposed to keep the reader spellbound but did not.


    Has Identical turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Turow should stick to his former cast and and formula; it is a winner.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Henry Leyva?

    Any one of the other narrators who have read Turows' other books.


    What character would you cut from Identical?

    Evans' girlfriend. She adds nothing to the story, and not because of her sexual orientation.


    Any additional comments?

    i would like to return it, but have recently returned another book I did not like, and do not want to make this a practice.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15447)
    Performance
    (12764)
    Story
    (13403)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "a woman's fantasy story"
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    The story is pure fantasy with a predictable ending. The standard formula of rich troubled man meets poor but attractive woman. She is inexperienced and honorable and he initiates her to lust. I purchased it because of the book reviews. One must suspend reality while reading/listening to the book. This is not literature but rather entertaining, if one can overlook the unrealism.







    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Vienna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (327)

    Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

    Leonard says: "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    "bringing WW ll criminals to justice"
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    What disappointed you about A Death in Vienna?

    The Art world which featured so prominently in previously was absent in this novel.


    What could Daniel Silva have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Added more suspense. The end was very predictable


    What character would you cut from A Death in Vienna?

    the war criminal was not very believable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1156)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "another excellent novel by Silva"
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrative about the world of art restoration is interesting and informative, set inside a well managed story. It is an education for the reader, who like myself knows little about that world.

    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
    (762)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (681)

    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..."
    "a good story,well written"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this book is the first Silva novel I have heard. It has an excellent story line with lots of turns and subplots.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heist?

    The old woman who tells of the future is in this and other Silva books.


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

    I have heard George Guidall's readings previously and always like the low key of his readings


    Any additional comments?

    I have discovered that one can choose any of the series without missing out on the whole story line. I plan to listen to the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prodigal Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    With a will of steel, Polish immigrant Florentyna Rosnovski is indeed Abel's daughter. She shares with her father a love of America, his ideals, and his dream for the future. But she wants more to be the first female president. Golden boy Richard Kane was born into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful, handsome, and determined to carve his own path in the world - and to build a future with the woman he loves. With Florentyna's ultimate goal only a heartbeat away, both are about to discover the shattering price of power as a titanic battle of betrayal and deception.

    Simone says: "Not Enough Meat"
    "Jeffrey Archer delivers"
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    What did you love best about The Prodigal Daughter?

    good story line and characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    the governesses death was touching


    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading Archers books for 15 years and will continue to read as long as new books come available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    Stone Barrington hasn't heard from his cousin, Dick Stone, in years, though he has fond memories of a teenage summer spent at his house in Maine. But then the CIA's Lance Cabot interrupts an otherwise pleasant meal at Elaine's with the news of Dick's death, apparently by his own hand. It seems that Dick Stone, a quiet family man who doubled as a CIA agent, methodically executed his wife, daughter, and then himself...or did he?

    B. Lingerfelt says: "As always with Woods, it's more the journey"
    "one of the better n the series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, there are twists and turns that keep the reader interested. The ending left me a little let down. This is one of the earlier in the series and the overall story seems fresh.


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

    Mr. Roberts is a very lively narrator. His many voices seem true to life and add interest


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (472)

    The City of Angels has more than its share of psychopaths, and no one recognizes that more acutely than the brilliant psychologist and police consultant Dr. Alex Delaware. Despite that, Constance Sykes, a sophisticated, successful physician, hardly seems like someone Alex needs to fear. Then, at the behest of the court, he becomes embroiled in a bizarre child custody dispute initiated by Connie against her sister and begins to realize that there is much about the siblings he has failed to comprehend.

    Amazon Customer says: "good"
    "Kellerman does it again."
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    Would you listen to Killer again? Why?

    You bet, Kellerman always delivers a good story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Robin was more involved this time, although she did not sound like the Robin of previous stories, I liked her


    Any additional comments?

    Alex is the quintessential therapist, albeit with a dangerous penchant for getting himself into tight spots. I trust Kellerman to bring him thru so can enjoy the suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    Dennis says: "Just Shoot Me"
    "too confusing"
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    What would have made Just One Look better?

    Skipping back and forth between reviewers was jarring. Luke Daniels had better lines to read than Angela Dawe, but she did not read particularly well.
    The Author should have developed the characters better at the beginning to hold the listener interest.





























    Would you recommend Just One Look to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I would not. Find another Harlan Coben


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

    The story line was fairly good, but the author should have fleshed out Jack so that we could morn him. i generally like Harlen Coben books. I will probably try another Coben in the future. this one just did nto measure up


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (479)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "excellent, hard to put down"
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    If you could sum up Innocent in three words, what would they be?

    A must read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Innocent?

    When the prosecutor showed up at the prison to let Rusty know he was going to be released.


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

    absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Turow writes as one who knows the human heart in all it's various forms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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