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Debora

Pittsburgh, PA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (1670)
    Story
    (1684)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Ted says: "Twistier Than A Twizzler"
    "Really pulls you in"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a gripping and complicated story that keeps you wondering until the very end. By drawing parallels between the various characters and their actions, questions of right an wrong, personal responsibility, and justice are brought forward. Very engaging.

    The lower rating for performance is due to acoustic shifts in the audio. It's a technical problem, rather than an issue with the narrartor (who is actually quite good). The problems aren't sufficient to interfere with the story, though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Badwater: The Forensic Geology Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Toni K. Dwiggins
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Forensic geologists Cassie Oldfield and Walter Shaws embark on a perilous hunt - tracking a terrorist who has stolen radioactive material that is hotter than the desert in August. He threatens to release it in America's most fragile national park, Death Valley. But first he must stop the geologists who are closing in. As the hunt turns dangerous, Cassie and Walter will need grit along with their field skills to survive this case. For they are up against more than pure human malice.

    Kevin says: "If you like series 'Bones', you'll like Badwater"
    "Marginal"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First of all, this book had possibly the worst narration ever. The speaker's cadence was choppy and unnatural. Character voices were overdone and cartoonish. It was painful to listen too. And she mispronounced 'chalcedony' for goodness sake - if you're going to read a book based on geology, at least get the mineral names right.

    The was compounded by the author's strange style of writing, with many short and incomplete sentences. The overall story was a bit on the implausible side, but I guess OK for the genre.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Airtight

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Judge Daniel Brennan is only days away from achieving a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals bench when he's brutally stabbed to death in his garage. An army of media and law enforcement descend on the case, and thousands of tips pour in from the public. When one tip leads New Jersey policeman Luke Somers to Steven Gallagher, things quickly go wrong, but Luke is instantly glorified for solving the case. But to one man, Luke is no hero. Chris Gallagher raised his brother, Steven, almost single-handedly, and, certain that Steven is innocent, he won't rest until he sets the record straight.

    Rajesh says: "Why is this not in David Rosenfelt style?"
    "Enjoyed the story.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    ...but found the ending disturbing. It's just another piece of how our society has lost track of the difference between justice and revenge.
    The overall storyline, though, was absorbing and made for a great who-dunnit.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (694)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Surprisingly entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was a little apprehensive about reading a book written from the dog's point of view, but Quinn acutally pulls it off without seeming gimmicky. He manages to evoke the personality of a big ol' dog, happy with everything, convinced his owner is the smartest guy in the world, slightly confused about the details. He loves everyone who gives him a pat or a treat, and quickly forgets about any problems.

    I've read the whole series now, and they always put me in a good mood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End Is Now

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rob Stennett
    • Narrated By S. A. Rogers, Rebecca Rogers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Two weeks from tomorrow, at precisely 6:11 in the morning, the rapture or apocalypse or Armageddon or whatever else it is you’d prefer to call it, is going to occur. But only in Goodland, Kansas. The Hendersons are caught in the middle as the town—and the family—divides between belief and unbelief in this satirical and illuminating apocalyptic novel.

    Debora says: "What would happen if..."
    "What would happen if..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What would happen if half your town was convinced that the world would end in a couple of days? That's pretty much what is happening to the town of Goodland. It's not a pretty picture, but I think there's a good chance that this story is what would happen. Not heavily intellectual, but a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nano

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    Pia Grazdani, the embattled medical student from Death Benefit, decides to take a year off from her medical studies and escape New York City. Intrigued by the promise of the burgeoning field of medical technology and the chance to clear her head, Pia takes a job at Nano, LLC, a lavishly funded, security-conscious nanotechnology insititute in the picturesque foothills of the Rockies. Nano, LLC is ahead of the curve in the competitive world of molecular manufacturing, including the construction of microbivores, tiny nano-robots with the ability to gobble up viruses and bacteria. But the corporate campus is a place of secrets.

    Gerald says: "First time review"
    "Implausible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The longer the book goes on, the more implausible the storyline becomes. The characters and their motivations just don't make sense. We're ultimatly expected to believe that the heartless CEO is so overcome by lust for the young scientist that it interferes with his business decisions.

    The ending is abrupt and unsatisfying. It appears to be an opening for a sequel.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (496)

    Through Dale Carnegie's seven-million-copy best seller, recently revised, millions of people have been helped to overcome the worry habit. Dale Carnegie offers a set of practical formulas you can put to work today, formulas that will last a lifetime!

    C. Mitchell says: "Excellent Read"
    "Completely mindless tripe"
    Overall

    This book shows a remarkable lack of understanding of the complexity of emotions and confidence. The entire message boils down to "don't worry, be happy" and offers only the most obvious of suggestions for dealing with problems. He makes the assumption with only minor training and a pep talk, anyone can go out and remake his/her life. Clearly, if it were this easy, we'd all be rich and successful already.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful

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