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John

Roswell, GA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Hades Factor: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    In the first installment of an exciting new series from Robert Ludlum, a teenage girl in Atlanta, an Army major in California, and a homeless man in Boston all die a horrible and painful sudden death from the devastating effects of an unknown virus. Join the search for the truth behind the deadly virus in this heart-stopping listen! Also available href=javascript:linkThis('/store/product.jsp','&productID=BK_AREN_000203')>abridged.

    Deb says: "Excellent"
    "Good Story Strains Belief"
    Overall

    The frequent preposterous plot devices left me saying, "Oh, come on!" However, the book is very well narrated; Paul Michael's accents and character voices are very enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Visitation

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    The small town of Antioch, Washington is a hotbed for spiritual activity. Burned-out minister Travis Jordan has been replaced by a charismatic man who looks and behaves like Christ. Suddenly, the town is abuzz with reports of miracles and religious sightings. But Travis believes the new minister is a false messiah and senses the ominous presence of pure evil.

    John says: "A Christian Novel... but still a good one!"
    "A Christian Novel... but still a good one!"
    Overall

    I am not a Christian and avoid anything labeled as a Christian novel. However, I purchased Frank Peretti's "The Visitation" and downloaded it before discovering that it was of that genre. Having already bought it, I figured I'd give it a try fully expecting to be disappointed and quitting it early on.

    I was wrong! This is a well-written and excellently read suspense novel. Not the edge-of-your-seat variety but nonetheless a truly interesting story. You don't need to believe in God and Satan to appreciate the mystery of "The Visitation". After all, I certainly don't believe in vampires, but I enjoyed "Dracula". And Peretti is not the least bit preachy. This is a good listen and I unreservedly recommend it.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1485)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (711)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
    "A Good Listen, But..."
    Overall

    Coben has written a solid, tense thriller and Brick provides his usual superb reading skills. However, Paul Copeland, the protagonist, is such a sanctimonious prig that I found my growing dislike for him to be detracting from the pleasure of the listen. By the finale, I admit, that he did bend a little, but it was too little and too late. He was a most unpleasant character. The problem is that he wasn't an anti-hero, and he certainly was no hero. He was just unlikeable.

    Nonetheless, I was captured by the plot and by Brick's timing. I couldn't wait to get back to it; the Audible version of a page-turner. I recommend it for fans of suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isolation Ward

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshua Spanogle
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Straight out of today's hospitals and labs, and tomorrow's headlines, comes a frightening, scalpel-sharp thriller from medical insider Joshua Spanogle. In an astounding debut, Spanogle takes us on an all-too-real race against time as a young doctor enters the dark side of scientific research, desperate to stop a terrifying epidemic before it is too late.

    Jacqui says: "Wish I Hadn't Wasted A Credit"
    "Abridgement is a Hack Job"
    Overall

    I generally prefer my audiobooks in their unabridged versions. This abridgement of "Isolation Ward' strongly reinforces my bias. A book is well abridged when one is unaware that it has been shortened. In this case, one is all too painfully aware of its abridged nature. It is a choppy and sloppy job. I wish I had opted for the unabridged version because the plot is interesting and the characters may well be, but you wouldn't know it from listening to this hack job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (218)

    A serial killer watches and waits. Each time, he takes two victims, preparing the first's body with all the clues the police need to find the second, who is still alive. The clock ticks, and the second one can still be saved. But the police never make it in time. The second one dies. For years, the killer has plagued the city with the same pattern, but the police never pick up on it quickly enough.

    Mina Brown says: "Captivating--it hooks you!"
    "Amateurish Plotting"
    Overall

    This did keep me coming back for more in spite of the poor research, implausible plotting, and an unimaginative ending. Gardner gets a bit wrapped up in trying to induce twists and, like many wannabe suspense writers, she ends up ruining what could have been a really good yarn. There's just no way her detectives could be that dumb! For example, they're in Richmond, VA and they need an expert botanist. Unfortunately, the nearest government expert is two hours away. These dolts, supposedly an experienced detective and an FBI novitiate, don't think to check with the local university! There are far too many plot weaknesses like this to make the book really enjoyable. I'd recommend you look elsewhere for your thrills.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Redbird Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times best-selling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

    Buford says: "Quintessential Fannie Flagg."
    "Charming!"
    Overall

    A wonderful bit of prose. My wife and I found this story to be heart warming and charming. It is reminiscent of Tom Bodet's "The End of the Road" or Andy Griffith's Mayberry. A thoroughly enjoyable small town story. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (308)

    Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it.

    Patti says: "Utopia (unabridged)"
    "Contrived Suspense"
    Overall

    One is not expecting great literature within this genre. However, as a fan of suspenseful thrillers, I do expect the author to build the suspense honestly, without resorting to the Hollywood style contrivances that Child finds necessary in this book. A good idea, and the science is okay, but the plotting is, at too many times, plodding. There are too many good thrillers to recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One God, Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam [Portable Professor]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By F.E. Peters
    • Narrated By F.E. Peters
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    The covenant that God made with the patriarch Abraham forms the basis of the three religions that today enjoy the largest followings in the world: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Despite the many common bonds among them, however, the Abrahamic religions have had an extremely complicated relationship, frequently defined by conflict, over the course of millennia of coexistence.

    David says: "No Faith Needed"
    "Thorughly Interesting and Unbiased"
    Overall

    Very objective description of the similarities and differences among the three monotheistic religions.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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