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  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3336)
    Performance
    (2398)
    Story
    (2400)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Felt comfortable from page one"
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    Would you listen to First to Kill again? Why?

    Yes. In fact, it's already planned


    What other book might you compare First to Kill to and why?

    When I started reading this book, I was immediately struck by the similarity between Andrew Peterson's style and that of Lee Child of the Jack Reacher series. I started reading this one because of Dick Hill, who I really enjoy listening to, and after having gone through the Reacher series twice, I searched Dick Hill to see what other books he has read. After about 3 chapters, I started to seriously believe Lee Child was the author using a pseudonym. Too many little things started to come at me from years of reading Lee Child that I thought this was him all over again. No offense to Andrew Peterson, and I mean no disrespect to his writing style, but anyone who has read Lee Child will see what I mean. Perhaps it was Dick Hill's style of reading that added to that feeling of comfort and familiarity, but whatever the reason, I enjoyed it.


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

    Yes, all of his performances reading Lee Child's "Jack Reacher" series. I also enjoy reading books read by Len Cariou (The Harry Bosch detective series) and just recently realized he plays the matriarch on Blue Bloods, Tom Selleck's police series.


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

    Yes, but I only listen while I'm driving, so on a recent trip from Providence, RI to Princeton, NJ and back I got about 7 hours of it complete. To be honest, I sat in the driveway for an hour after I got home because I was at a part I didn't want to leave.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3756)
    Performance
    (2845)
    Story
    (2849)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Pace of this book is waaaaaaaaaaay too slow"
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    Would you try another book from Craig Johnson and/or George Guidall?

    Craig Johnson?... No. Love George Guidall. Have many books he has narrated and I'm always impressed with his presentation


    What was most disappointing about Craig Johnson’s story?

    Sorry, Folks. I've read the reviews and maybe you all work for the publisher, but this is the slowest, hardest listening audio book I have ever listened to, and I have over 250 in my library. I've returned maybe a half dozen. The main character's "Aw, Shucks" droll and pace make this fingernails-across-the-blackboard grating. The pace of the narration is so slow as to make the process unbearable. Don't know if George was directed to slow the narration down to give the character that back-woodsy, folksy, western laid-back personality, but it's just annoying. I quit it after the first hour and 20 minutes. It made me not care about the characters.... any of them. Don't care if the crime is solved and don't care who did it. For all the accolades being thrown this writer's way, I'm at a loss to understand why. Waste of a good credit.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Except for the pace of the narration, George is always a great reader.


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

    Mind-numbing boredom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (367)

    Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases - and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet. Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined - and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished....

    Larry says: "Even as pulp fiction, really a bad book"
    "Read this if you're into creating a drinking game"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan again?

    Patterson? Yes. Sullivan? No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you took a drink every time the term "High Commisar" or any location ending in "Strasser" was used, you'd be on the floor by the end of the third chapter. Pretty much the worst audio book ever, and it looks Like Patterson has so much money from the really good stuff he used to write, that now he just mails it in and it gets published. Since there are 2 authors listed, how much of this did Patterson actually write?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (423)

    Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.

    Geoffrey says: "This Book is 14 years old"
    "Not one of David's best."
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    Where does Saving Faith rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of the several hundred I've listened to, this is near the bottom


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He has the most annoying voice I've ever listened to on Audible. There is some undefined quality (and not in a good way) that grates like fingernails on a blackboard


    Any additional comments?

    All in all, It's not one of David's best works. I have read/listened to several of his books more than once. I won't be doing that with this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Jack: The Hunt For Reacher Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Diane Capri
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    It's been a while since we first met Lee Child's Jack Reacher in Killing Floor. Fifteen years and sixteen novels later, Reacher still lives off the grid, until trouble finds him, and then he does whatever it takes, much to the delight of listeners and the dismay of villains. Now someone big is looking for him. Who? And why? Hunting Jack Reacher is a dangerous business, as FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are about to find out.

    Harry Boyle says: "I maybe in the minority but I liked the concept"
    "Waste of a good credit"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing about this could have made this experience worth it


    Has Don't Know Jack turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of StorytellerProductions and Kelley Hazen ?

    Len Cariou, Dick Hill, George Guidell, Orla Cassidy


    Any additional comments?

    This was a complete waste of time and a good credit. Having read all the jack reacher books, I was originally intruigued at the concept, but quickly dismissed the thought about 3 chapters in. Why someone would want to piggy-back off a popular series and try to build onto it with confusing and completely unbelieveable plot lines is beyond me. I'm surprised Lee Child allowed the use of his characters, or even that he approved the concept (assuming he did). The purpose was to draw Reacher fans into the web and then try to keep them with a fantasy storyline using Child's characters as a backdrop. The "boss" was completely unbelieveable as was his knack for knowing exactly where his charges were and what they were doing the instant after they did it. The concept made no sense. Why send agents on an "under the radar" mission to have them ultimately solve a cae you were responsible for? Sorry. Complete waste of time and if this is a series, I won't get to episode 2.

    One of the single most annoying aspects for the listener is having the reader try to be a man with every male line. I'm smart enough to know when a male character is uttering lines. I don't need the reader to pretend to be a man as she's reading. She made the male FBI agent so annoying with her voice, I tuned her out after a while. Listen to George Guidell read the Mitch Rapp series, or Dick Hill read the Reacher series or Orla Cassidy read the King & Maxwell series and you won;t haer them changing their voices to be somebody else. While reading the Kim character, she was fine. She should have stayed with that.

    I was desperate for a new book to listen to, so I took it. I'm not that desperate anymore.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2657)
    Performance
    (2376)
    Story
    (2356)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "Not Lee's Best Stuff"
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    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Dissapointing


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

    Dick Hill is always great. I've bought books I wouldn't consider reading simply because he was the narrator.


    Do you think Never Go Back needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not necessarily. Just another in the series


    Any additional comments?

    This was not one the best. The build up to the relationship with Turner from the other book was handled well, and it worked out okay, but the plot of this episode was a little bland. Reacher is usually the one to dispatch the bad guys, and this time they did it to themselves. That was a really weak ending. The characters of Romeo and Juliet were never built up as his nemesis' were in the other editions. They were kept too much in the background, so you never really cared about them one way or the other. Every other book, the enemy was expanded upon to the point where you had real visceral emotions for them. Here.... nothing. The entire story line was way too bland and not very exciting. I could put this one down and go back to it at my leisure without going thru withdrawal symptoms because I stayed away from it too long. Okay overall, but not memorable enough to re-read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2619)
    Performance
    (2191)
    Story
    (2212)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Change the name "John Puller" to "Jack Reacher""
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    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Once again, having used a credit to download this book, I thought I'd try Baldacci one more time. Maybe I was a little too harsh in my criticism of his first Puller series.

    Guess what? I wasn't. I'm guessing the only reason Lee Child's publishers haven't filed copyright infringement litigation against him is because they've never read the stuff. This story is no different. Change the name from "Puller" to "Reacher" and you've got another in Child's series. This time the town is named "Paradise" as opposed to "Hope" and "Dispair" in Child's "Nothing to Lose" and the plot line is so very similar to Robert Crais' "Voodoo River" of the Elvis Cole series. This time the human trafficking takes place on a deserted section of a sulpher smelling beach rather than an abandoned canal in the Louisiana bayou.

    The female cop character/love/lust interest, only this time she's the only one who's the bad guy. In the Reacher series, she was the only one who was good.

    The most annoying (to me) over and above the flagrant resemblance to someone else's work is the need of the producers to add sound effects to the book. Why? My imagination is active enough to discern the sounds of gunshots in my head or the sinking of a knife into flesh or bodies dropping to the ground. I don't need the dramatic pause punctuated with music. I don't need music at all. I don't need male and female readers either. I don't need to hear a female voice to know a female is talking, and although Orlagh Cassidy is good, all her female characters sound the same. One good reader like Dick Hill or Len Cariou can transform the written words into pictures in your head, and you don't need the sound effects to add additional drama.

    Once bitten twice shy. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    Shame on me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3166)
    Performance
    (2648)
    Story
    (2646)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Almost a carbon copy of the "Jack Reacher" series"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    After the first chapter, I had to make sure I hadn't loaded a Lee Child novel by mistake. John Puller... Jack Reacher... both elite army Army MP investigators.... both big... both with brothers.... both with fathers in military. In Zero Day, the plot line was so similar to a compilation of Reacher novels I started to get confused. The attractive local female police officer who is the only one Puller/Reacher trusts, and are attracted to. The rich family that owns the town with the surly family sons and daughters. The bad guy turns out to be from one of the co-operating investigative agencies; the "hands tied" by the upper brass keeping Puller/Reacher from finding out what they need to know.

    Overall, the lines didn't just converge between these two series, they got obliterated. Don't get me wrong, it was an entertaining read that made a 12 hour round trip drive easier to deal with, but it was basically pablum for the brain, forgettable the instant the book ended with no need for contemplation or further thought. The readers were effective and I especially liked Orlagh Cassidy's interpretation of the many female characters she portrayed. Fortunately, the book was bought using credits, so I can't bemoan the loss of money poorly spent.

    Had I not read the entire list of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, I might have found this book more captivating, and, perhaps even looking forward to another, but the plot lines, characters, descriptions and dialogue were so similar, it was like watching a sequel that never quite lives up to the original.


    Did Zero Day inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It inspired me to not buy Book 2


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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