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Echo

Love history, good mysteries, spiritual, in general well written books. Shy away from romance novels.

Massachusetts | Member Since 2008

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  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2583)
    Performance
    (2340)
    Story
    (2344)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Chase too long"
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    What did you like best about Pines? What did you like least?

    The best part of Pines was the ending, not because it was the end, but because that was when it made sense. The least liked part was the endless chase, after injuries that it would make a chase impossible. Got very old.


    Would you recommend Pines to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would, letting them know the plot gets better.


    Could you see Pines being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I saw that it is going to be a movie and think I may like it better as a movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Narrated By Nabeel Qureshi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (223)

    Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernatural dreams along the way. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi's inner turmoil will challenge Christians and Muslims alike.

    Timothy Pauls says: "An excellent reason for the author to narrate"
    "New Understanding of Both Faiths"
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    What about Nabeel Qureshi’s performance did you like?

    I think the author was by far the best person to read something so personal.


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

    It gave me a better understanding of the Muslim faith and how it dominates everything they think and do.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down Home Murder: Laura Fleming, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni L. P. Kelner
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (334)

    When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

    Natalie says: "My favorite cousin is a nice young boy in the KKK!"
    "Just About Every Southern Stereotype"
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    Would you try another book from Toni L. P. Kelner and/or Gayle Hendrix?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Toni L. P. Kelner again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Gayle Hendrix’s performance?

    The accent was awful.


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

    Disappointment. The book was light on story and heavy on stereotype.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9424)
    Performance
    (8488)
    Story
    (8495)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Loved it!"
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    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks of the year, not just the story, but also the performance.


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

    The story is a continuation of A Time to Kill with violence, scumbag lawyers, racism all fueled by the grasp for money. Lots of twists and interesting characters.


    What about Michael Beck’s performance did you like?

    Michel Beck's performance was one of the best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Informant: A Butcher's Boy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (516)

    Married and living in England under the name Michael Schaeffer, the assassin known as the Butcher's Boy is the target of a Mafia hit team sent to exact revenge for his deadly campaign against the Balacontano family years earlier. Schaeffer kills all three attackers, but he knows more will come and needs to find whoever sent them to end it once and for all.

    Darwyn says: "sucker for anything that's the butcher's boy"
    "Hitman Forced Out of Retirement"
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    Would you listen to The Informant again? Why?

    This book is part of the Butcher's Boy series. It is a fast hard hitting story and I would enjoy reading others like it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleeping Doll: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (385)

    Ten years ago in California, Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an entire family: husband, wife, and two children, plus one of his young male followers. He is brought to Salinas, California, to interview with Kathryn Dance after he is implicated in yet another killing. Things go terribly wrong during an interview break, and Pell escapes, intent on killing again.

    Paige says: "A decent listen"
    "Interesting twists"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It had been awhile since I had listened to a murder thriller and this was very good. A Manson-like murderer escapes from prison and brings panic and bloodshed where ever he goes. There are a lot of twists and turns that make sense and keep the reader's interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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