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Chesapeake, VA, USA


  • The Fund

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Wes DeMott
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley

    Peter Jamison is an aerospace engineer who wanted nothing more than to save his contract for a tactical weapons system. But together with his girlfriend, attorney Melissa Corley, he uncovered a crime of corruption, power and violence, a crime that has drawn him into a deadly game he cannot win. And now the stakes are going up. The FBI and the White House are determined to silence him, someone has captured Melissa, and Peter knows the time has come to fight back. Any way he can.

    John says: "Simplistic"

    Let me first say that I would have no idea how to write a novel as well as the author did. That said, I found this novel to be a somewhat engaging thriller, but with very two dimensional, unbelievable characters.

    The initial premise of the novel is pretty far-fetched. A government contractor who employs a hit man to do away with anyone who is seen to be a threat to the company. However, there doesn't seem to be any suspicion around all of these people who are disappearing until our hero arrives on the set.

    Most of the male characters had essentially the same personality, value system, and mode of behavior. For the most part, everyone is Rambo.

    The protagonist has outrageous luck. Despite vast odds against him, many mortal wounds, and loss of just about all his blood, he still triumphs and has the energy for making love. Yet for all his resolve to to right the situation, when someone to whom he is close turns out to be the real villain, he just paves the way for that person to continue.

    Everyone seems to be having epiphanies, even those you would expect are actually anti-social.

    Nevertheless, the plot was involving if you could manage to suspend your sensibilities long enough.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"

    This one has it all! Told from the viewpoint of an alien parasite, I documents her epiphany about her kind. Characters are convincingly developed as she develops a liking then a love for her host and human friends and associates.

    There are adventure, romance, and thrills here and the tale is totally involving. Highly recommend this great listen.

    John Beale

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"

    Stephen King is 100% on his game in DUMA KEY. The Perse makes an excellent metaphor for the drag of the dark side as his characters are skillfully developed. Full of twists and turns, the plot kept it all very interesting and stimulating.

    John B.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's a story tailor-made for the nightly news: Dylan Meserve and Michaela Brand, young lovers and fellow acting students, vanish on the way home from a rehearsal. Three days later, the two of them are found in the remote mountains of Malibu, battered and terrified after a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a sadistic abductor.

    Barbara says: "Good but not great..."

    This was an enjoyable mystery with many twists and unexpected turns to make it fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Fearful State"

    I sometimes find the narration of an audio distracting. This was transparent and easily understood. Well done accents added to the realism without making the narrator instrusive.

    Crystalizing for me an idea that had been nagging irritatingly at my consciousness, the premise felt like a weclome resolution. With each daily news cast we get new "important information" designed to make us afraid. Why do we tune in daily for another dose? Are we addicted to bad news? I thought his premise to be valid.

    The presentation of the facts about global warming and climate change, however, was a bit one sided. Not enough is realy known about climate for anyone to be sure and there is convincing evidence on both sides of that question. Seems that some error on the side of caution would be warranted.

    Neverhteless, I found this an expremely enjoyable book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Amazon Customer says: "Why all the bad reviews?"
    "A good listen"

    Excellent, as are most of Grishams novels. Engaging and suspensful throughout. Nice character development, as well.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    The first in a mesmerizing four-book original series, Prodigal Son is a brilliant re-imagining and updating of the classic Frankenstein story that only Dean Koontz could conceive. Two hundred years old, the "monster", Deucalion, is a monster no more. Literate and intelligent, he arrives in modern-day New Orleans, where he will join forces with a street-smart police detective and her partner on the trail of a macabre serial killer.

    John D. Grote says: "CSI -Transylvania"
    "Quite good, as usual"

    An interesting and involving story with some very suspenseful moments, embellished with Koonts remarkable descriptive powers. The narration, however, was distracting at first: overdramatic and with the tone of someone giving a political speech; all characters speaking in the same voice and inflection. But, as the story progresses, it gets better or maybe I got more used to it. I felt dissappointed when I realized I would have to wait for the next part of the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Black Creek Crossing

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Saul
    • Narrated By Lee Meriwether

    For most of her young life, 13-year-old Angel Sullivan has been on the outside looking in, enduring the taunts of cruel schoolmates and the angry abuse of a bitter father. Then Angel's family moves to the quaint town of Roundtree, Massachusetts, where a charming home is available, a promising job awaits Angel's unemployed father, and most of all, the chance to make a new start beckons to the shy, hopeful teenager.

    Irene says: "Twist of Fate"
    "Black Creek Uncrossed"

    Interesting story, rather poorly done. John Saul's writing always seems childish on tone to me, not just because he is writing about children, but the narrative has that characteristic. This book is no exception.

    It may be because of the abridgement, but characters don't grow, but jerk between one personality set and another.

    The ending defies logic. There is nothing in these childrens' rather nebulous characters that would lead them to that action.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Plot Twists"

    Very nicely written with surprizing plot twists and revelations throughout. I found the narration distracting at first, because the narrator has a strange inflection when reading questions. It was odd to hear each character use the same quaint inflection. As the story became more involved, however, it was less bothersome. More diffentiation in the characters speaking would have made the story less confusing.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Robert Forster

    Jesse Stone has a problem. Actually, several problems: dead bodies turning up, and no clues. Investigating a serial killer in an affluent suburban town is difficult, and dangerous, and with the added pressures from the media, the heat is turned up on Jesse. He's spending too much time with the bottle - and with his ex-wife - neither of which helps him, or the case. And the harder these forces push against him, the more Jesse retreats into himself, convinced that it's up to him alone to stop the killing.

    Bram says: "Most dispassionate narration, predictable plot"

    The story line was involving, despite the poor dialog. I expected much better from Robert Forster as a reader. Every character spoke with the same tone, inflection, and voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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