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Gloria Guard

Gloria

Philly | Member Since 2012

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  • Killer Heat

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    It's August in New York, and the only thing that's hotter than the pavement is Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper's professional and personal life. Just as she's claiming an especially gratifying victory in a rape case, she gets the call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutality of the murder is disturbing enough, but when a second body, beaten and disposed of in exactly same manner, is found off the Belt Parkway, the city's top brass want the killer found fast.

    L. Neumar says: "Disliked"
    "Not worth the money"
    Overall

    the plot of this novel is convoluted. The characters are not fleshed out enough to distinguish one from another. the NARRATOR is AWFUL. She keeps the same tone, pitch and pronunciation for each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "Depressing but well written WWII book"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Alphabet House? What did you like least?

    well written, good character development


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    least interesting is that it covers 10+ months of a person in captivity... excruciating but very powerful


    Do you think The Alphabet House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The last few chapters seemed very deus ex machina


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Pilot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Gandt
    • Narrated By Thomas Block
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (499)

    A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

    Matthew says: "Gives a whole new meaning to Snakes on a Plane!"
    "Just misses being a thriller"
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    What would have made The President's Pilot better?

    the author attempted to be Tom Clancy including very long, very detailed, very boring descriptions of long distance flight (including every button the pilots pushed). The intricate details just got to be too much very quickly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Ken Follet.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was a bit marble-mouthed but definitely tried to keep the listener listening


    What character would you cut from The President's Pilot?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Last Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Alison Fraser
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Ali Reynolds is finally getting married to her longtime love B. Simpson. They wanted a simple Christmas Eve wedding, but nothing is ever simple with Ali. Even as a motley crew of her friends—Leland Brooks, Sister Anselm, and others—descend on Vegas, the bride-to-be finds herself juggling last-minute wedding plans and a mystery in the form of a stray miniature dachshund. Ali’s grandson rescues the little dog, but Ali’s not in the market for a new pet right before her honeymoon, and leaves no stone unturned in hunting for the dog’s owner.

    Jean says: "Entrancing"
    "Big disappointment from this author"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about A Last Goodbye? What did you like least?

    I thought it would be a mystery from this author. Instead it is a melodramatic story about a woman and a dog


    Would you ever listen to anything by J.A. Jance again?

    Yes, because I know this author does write good mysteries


    What does Alison Fraser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    nothing much


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1201)
    Performance
    (1070)
    Story
    (1067)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Sharon says: "Louise, what were you thinking?"
    "Pulling my hair out, one strand at a time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Louise Penny and/or Ralph Cosham?

    I have listened to many Louise Penny and have found them to be an easy listen with a cozy feel. This one is soooo cozy that it is really difficult to follow. A real snoozer and definitely not worth the effort


    Would you ever listen to anything by Louise Penny again?

    No


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

    No, her other books set the scene in the little Canadian village quite nicely, and described the characters well too. I wonder if adding this guy Ralph is the problem. I never thought that L Penny's books could get sleepier but this one did. Her other novels did entertain.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (1812)
    Story
    (1817)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Mel says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Nice Narration, interesting plot"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Heft?

    Rank it solidly in good novels


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arthur Oh
    The professor who is a recluse and morbidly obese and his latina housekeeper


    Any additional comments?

    really liked the relationship between Arthur and Yolanda

    1 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
    (4086)
    Performance
    (3450)
    Story
    (3445)

    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 ...."
    "Baldacci is copying Lee Child !!"
    Overall
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    What would have made Zero Day better?

    Baldacci's protagonist is exactly like a softer Reacher. He somehow knows the time of day all the time, armed services, very tall and very strong, walks into small town and saves the day.

    To make matters worse, the plot must have been written by a computer. Boy goes to small town, meets girl (cop), investigates strange murders, digs deeper, more murders, some heroics thrown in for laughs, discovers an absolutely unrealistic situation and then disarms a nuclear weapon with his girlfriend the cop.

    I stopped listening. What a waste of my time.

    I have read lots of baldacci. I always enjoyed them. Good characters, good plots. He has fallen off a cliff.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Man Standing

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (1490)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (476)

    With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

    Chad says: "Great book"
    "Baldacci fails on this one"
    Overall

    Baldacci is too clever for himself and the reader with this one. The book starts out leaving the reader totally confused -- one does not know who, what, when, why, where, and the facts take forever to surface. By the time they do surface and the reader starts to figure out what's going on, the character names are confusing and the entire book gets blanketed by unnecessary fog. Too "precious". I like most of his work. This one was just plain annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7493)
    Performance
    (3823)
    Story
    (3827)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "This is Science Fiction"
    Overall

    I thought it was a novel when I read the description. I really abhor science fiction and felt like I was fooled into purchasing this book. Hated it, stopped reading after it was clear.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky at Cards: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    On the mend after getting run out of Chicago, professional cardsharp Bill Maynard is hungry for some action...but not nearly as hungry as Joyce Rogers, the tantalizing wife of Bill's latest mark. Together they hatch an ingenious scheme to get rid of her husband. But in life as in poker, the other player sometimes has an ace up his sleeve.

    Michael says: "Pulp Noir"
    "Another Terrific Lawrence Block"
    Overall

    Tried and true, Lawrence Block delivers one of his basic hard boiled stories that entertains and keeps one listening.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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