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Gwendolyn

Enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, and who dun-it books.

JACKSON, MS, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Quest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (432)

    From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

    Andy says: "The Quest to make money"
    "Not as expected"
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    What disappointed you about The Quest?

    I was anticipating an exciting story, but the first few chapters were extremely difficult. I was totally disappointed with the characters in the story.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Sum of All Fears

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (626)

    Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?

    Ray says: "Thoughts on The Sum of All Fears"
    "The most Boring AudioBook Ever."
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    What would have made The Sum of All Fears better?

    I do not know how the film writers pull a script out of this book, but I am so disappointed in this book. Rest In Peace, but the author uses too many words to describe and define everything. It has so many scenes in this book, that it is very confusing to keep track of the characters. I bought this book because of the narrator. I Love Scott Brick. But, his foreign language characterization is too muddled. I just HATE this book. I had to skip chapters just to keep from turning off the recording. I hope I can return it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6328)
    Performance
    (5586)
    Story
    (5636)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Just Pure Boring"
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    What would have made The Stand better?

    The book would have been better without all of the valgarness and the extensive directives of each and every minute detail of characters, bugs, flies, etc. I really believed that the book would be a slight deviation from the movie, which it is. But, the author goes on and on and on and on and on for days about nothing. Some of the story lines are just unnecessary.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It will definitely not be a Stephen King book. I will just wait for the movie. At least the fluff will be removed. I must say, if I had read/listened to the book prior to the movie. I would not have watched the movie.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

    Possibly


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Stand?

    The scene with the Trash Can Man and the stupid young person. I would have also cut out the scene with the four men and the rapes of eight women. Just aweful. Also, I hate the use of the word "Nigger". Even at the time of original publication, that word was obsolete and really distasteful.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected more.

    0 of 2 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
    (6934)
    Performance
    (3302)
    Story
    (3305)

    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..."
    "Exceptional Book"
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    If you could sum up The Passage in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, captivating, and intriguing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really did not like the ending of the book. I really preferred a different ending. But the ending is encouraging me to go on and purchase the sequel.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by Lacey's, Wolgast, and Peter's love for Amy. Such a true and real experience. I am also intrigued with Alisha's loyalty to Peter and the cause.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an awesome book that captured me. I could not work or focus on anything but the book until it was finished. I sat for hours listening to this story. I would lay awake until early morning not wanting to wait until my drive to work trying to see/hear what would happen next. I was trying to wait until my next credit to get the sequel. But have decided to purchase it in a few minutes to see what happens next. I truly hope the next book is as great as this one. I loved the male narrator. Such excitement, sadness, emotions. I was truly within the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4882)
    Performance
    (2661)
    Story
    (2677)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "Not what I expected."
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    What disappointed you about Dead or Alive?

    There are too many stories that it is impossible to keep track of the multiple stories. It is very confusing for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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