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Frannie

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  • Stalked

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Lieutenant Jonathan Stride knows his partner, Maggie Bei, is in trouble when she reports a deadly crime on a bitter winter night. She's obviously hiding a terrible secret, and her silence only feeds suspicion. But Maggie isn't the only one keeping secrets in Duluth. A seductive young woman has disappeared, leaving behind a stash of lurid fantasies and a cryptic message: "I know who it is."

    Lisa says: "Really enjoyed this book"
    "Really Below Par"
    Overall

    Although the basis of the story is workable and could have been interesting, this writer has produced characters that are just plain boring; his descriptions are meandering and meaningless.

    To make matters worse, this narrator is the absolute worst I've ever heard. Honestly, some of his character voices made me either laugh or cringe in shock. I kid you not; the reading was absolutely horrible. I haven't yet checked to see if he's read other books, but if we're lucky, this was a one time thing.

    I gave this book 2 stars, but only because the plot had possibilities. Not because it was successful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    "FANTASTIC READ"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Shadow Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10. For sure!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, it was Edgar J Watson; unless you want to use his birth name... Edgar A Watson. He would have made a psychiatrist cry. This man was so complex, it's impossible to explain him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending. It actually did make me cry.


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

    Yes, but way too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (386)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "A Must Read!"
    Overall

    I found the plethora of what one reviewer deemed "50-cent words" and the excersions into character development to be extremely refreshing. It's to the author's credit that he didn't dumb it down for the masses, but instead took advantage of the colorful & complex language at his disposal. Taken in context, most meanings aren't that hard to figure out. This may have been the first book I purchased by Burke, but it surely won't be the last. And kudos to Will Patton, the narrator...perfection!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (523)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "Acceptable, but so-so"
    Overall

    This is one of those mediocre books, but not so much because of the story, but the narrator. The storyline was acceptable enough, I guess, even though I agree with a previous reviewer that the ending came together a tad too predictable and neat. The narrator's interpretation was way too sugary for my taste, stretching his inflections to the point of irritation. I don't think he got the 'mystery/thriller' idea. George Guidall he is not.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (596)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Fantastic but what else would you exect?"
    Overall

    With Fyodor Dostoevsky as the author and George Guidall as the narrator, you would expect excellence and that's exactly what you get. I put this off because of the length, but it's worth every second. Don't overlook this one. A timeless classic; a timeless narrator.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2985)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1475)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "It's a 'Gotta Listen'"
    Overall

    I'm not one for CIA spy stories involving foreign connections, assasination attempts, etc. But in looking for a new author and in spite of the description, I bought it anyway and am I glad I did. Start to finish it's completely worth every minute spent listening. Do yourself a favor...buy this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1549)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (321)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "Very Stinky"
    Overall

    This story has monkeys in it...and I'm fairly sure that one of them helped him write this book. Having more pride than his famous co-author, the monkey must have demanded that his name be left off the credits. I wish my name was off the list of people who bought it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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