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Greg C

Discovery Bay, California | Member Since 2013

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  • Deep Water

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    In Deep Water, set in the small town of Little Wesley, Vic and Melinda Meller's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic tries to win her back by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder - one that soon comes true.

    Paul says: "One of Her Best"
    "Another can't miss from Patricia Highsmith"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    while the story is from 1957, it still seems contemporary.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deep Water?

    The different levels of deceit by the characters was fascinating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (267)

    As the clock ticks closer and closer to the final Partial expiration date, humans and Partials stand on the brink of war. Caught in the middle, thousands of miles apart, are Samm and Kira: Samm, who is trapped on the far side of the continent beyond the vast toxic wasteland of the American Midwest; and Kira, now in the hands of Dr. Morgan, who is hell-bent on saving what's left of the Partials, even if she has to destroy Kira to do it.

    Milkwrapper says: "A Disappointing Finish To A Decent Series"
    "Pretty good for the most part"
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    Would you try another book from Dan Wells and/or Julia Whelan?

    Author is setting up for a book 4, I would bet. AFAIAC, Julia saves the story with her excellent narration. I am ok with the ending


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

    I like many of the characters. author does a good job defining them. The story is a good one. I liked the part of the human outpost near Denver. I felt it provided some relief to the dreadful circumstances. Some will find the end of the world themes sort of depressing. The characters heroically battle their way thru it.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    I think she is great. I would think the many male voices she has to mimic, can be difficult.


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

    it would be a very long movie. I doubt it will ever happen.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually skipped some chapters in the very long middle part- the dialogue got silly and predictable. Sort of like little kids arguing sometimes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Don't Want to Kill You: John Cleaver Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    John Cleaver has called a demon - literally called it on the phone - and challenged it to a fight. He has faced two of the monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he's done running; he's taking the fight to them. But as he wades through his town's darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, the human is always the mouse.

    Lisa says: "LOVED IT... but is this the last?"
    "Great series. sort of like Dexter + 6 feet Under"
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    What made the experience of listening to I Don't Want to Kill You the most enjoyable?

    The characters are interesting and well developed. Author does a great job in getting us to care about the characters. story line is very cool


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (303)

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Lauren says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Very tense story,no let up"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Got past 2 hours listening and gave it up. Some characters just jump into the mix with no setting. The story of a kidnapped girl has to be handled carefully, IMO.


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

    sad,intense story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Between the Stars: The Saga of Shadows, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another.

    Trip Williams says: "Crank It Up Again!"
    "A must listen for fans of the Saga"
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    If you could sum up The Dark Between the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    want part 2


    What other book might you compare The Dark Between the Stars to and why?

    Prior Saga series


    Any additional comments?

    it is a fascinating, multi character SF opera. some parts seem slow but I still enjoyed K.J. Andersons work

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (433)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "Somewhat drawn out child abduction story"
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    What did you like best about Blue Monday? What did you like least?

    I think child abduction is a difficult topic. Its difficult to read about children suffering. The plot takes far too long to develop. The last hour seems to be rushed to tidy up all the loose ends. I like the Dr Frieda Klein character. realistic portrait of a psychiatrist. The Ukrainian handyman seems to be lightweight , sort of a mildly humorous insert to all the tension in this story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    it should have faster pacing. Some of the characters are superfluous.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ending and the Doctors pivotal role is entertaining


    Was Blue Monday worth the listening time?

    not my favorite. the topic is difficult IMO. I wanted to give the story a good listen since the author(s) are excellent. In retrospect, I would not have bought it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me When I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    There are two sides to Holly Krauss. One is successful and happily married, and the other takes walks on the wild side and makes reckless mistakes. When those two sides collide, her world spirals out of control. She thinks that she is being stalked and that threats lurk around every corner. Are her fears due to paranoia or is the danger real? The people closest to her soon run out of patience and there may be no one to catch her when she falls.

    Greg C says: "Another ' must listen ' story by Nicci French"
    "Another ' must listen ' story by Nicci French"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Catch Me When I Fall to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the characters , their development and how the authors present them, as if we are listening to them, inside their heads


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    Ms Flosnik is excellent. Fantastic work on various character voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to give this story a 4.5. It is not as fantastic as Secret Smile. Still, Catch Me is highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Game: Victor the Assassin Series, #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (307)

    Victor the assassin is living a solitary, peaceful life in Iceland when he's drawn into a job for an unidentified Swiss broker. Having passed the test, he's introduced to a group of mercenaries and killers who are tasked to perform the ultimate assassination.In this group, Victor meets someone from his past, someone who recruited him to the life he now knows-someone he thought was dead. And when he wants out, it's too late-his former mentor has other plans for him...

    John says: "1 Review for 3 books in series"
    "A great #3 book and performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Game the most enjoyable?

    Tom Wood is an excellent author. His main character , with his social flaws is somehow sympathetic a/l/a Dexter. Rob Shapiro does his usual fabulous job with voices/narration


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

    Rob is the perfect narrator. A great job of all of Tom wood's books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3350)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1131)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Not a happy story."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    really needed more ' sci fi ' and working the interesting sci fi themes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    legal crime drama


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    narrator could not rescue this story


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

    some interesting sci fi themes.


    Any additional comments?

    characters were sort of depressing. did not enjoy reading about all their strife and suffering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter's Final Cut: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    Mayhem. You won't find this story on television. Hollywood gets more than it bargained for when television's hottest star arrives at the Miami Police Department and develops an intense, professional interest in a camera-shy blood spatter analyst named Dexter Morgan. Mega-star Robert Chase is famous for losing himself in his characters. When he and a group of actors descend on the Miami Police Department for "research", Chase becomes fixated on Dexter Morgan, the blood spatter analyst with a sweet tooth for doughnuts and a seemingly average life.

    Jeannie says: "Stumble, stumble, fall..."
    "Absolutely Jeff Lindsay's Best Work"
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    Where does Dexter's Final Cut rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    + 11. I am 3 hours into this audio book and it is great.


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

    I haven't finished it yet but the story is terrific and its building.


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

    Jeff is a terrific narrator and brings a unique voice to each character. Don't miss it.


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

    Jeff's understated wit and/or Dexter's sardonic/sarcastic remarks are very funny.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Dexter and Jeff's Dexter books, this purchase is a no brainer ! It delivers !

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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