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Karen

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Swansea, MA | Member Since 2010

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  • Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (419)

    In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "A quick heads up!"
    "Couldn't Get Into it.."
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    What disappointed you about Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery?

    I seriously had no interest in finishing the book. I usually make myself finish, but I just couldn't. The main character is a man and the woman does a poor job trying to sound like a man....for some reason this really bugged me...sorry.


    Has Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yep - will never purchase another


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader


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

    Nothing - couldn't stand it


    Any additional comments?

    Wasted a credit on this for sure....don't bother

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andrew Britton
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Tensions between Pakistan and India are at an all-time high. To complicate matters, 12 American climbers have disappeared in the snow-capped peaks of Pakistan's Hindu Kush range. The president is demanding answers, but neither government is supplying them. In the wake of an unprecedented attack, Ryan Kealey's operation goes into high gear.

    Kathryn says: "Best to skip this one"
    "Not Sure I Like the Author's Portrayal of Women"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok, not my best listen, not the worst.


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

    It was ok, a bit slow at times, too much explanation of what people were wearing when it had no real impact on the story and just seemed to fill space with some details that just weren't worth knowing.


    What didn’t you like about J. Charles’s performance?

    I didn't like his performance - Christopher Lane does a much better job. I found the J. Charles didn't hold my attention as well, I had to rewind and listen to several parts as my mind wandered away from his narration.


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

    Sure, I do like the main character for the most part. I enjoy getting to know them and watch them mature and change.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel this author does a good job of plot writing, but I take issue with how he portrays women in his books, we aren't all nuts. I feel that he makes the women seem trite and in this one a bit crazy and too emotional at times. I would like to see him portray a strong and confident woman in a role with the main character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (532)

    Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. He finds a prominent Swiss banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter tells him that her father's French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during WWII, have been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the wartime misdeeds, he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

    Oxi says: "I'm hooked..."
    "Good Story, But Slow"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story, but sometimes too much explanation and I would lose the momentum of the action. The reader is ok, but again slow.......


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

    Understanding the intriguing plot was fun, because of excessive explanations I tended to lose interest at times and would have to replay a segment as I just knew I missed something.


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    Read a bit more upbeat


    Was The English Assassin worth the listening time?

    Could have been a bit shorter.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (698)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Snoodely says: "Reluctant Assassin"
    "Story was Ok - slow to move"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Get another narrator, I know many people like George Guidall but he sounds like he has a mouth full of saliva all the time and he can be difficult to understand.....don't think I can listen to this series - too much spit!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    Someone with a clearer voice and younger. I find that many of these books I like are read by him and I just can't get through another series with him reading.


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

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like this series may be good from other reviews I've read but as I stated before I can't get through the series with this narrator, it is to laborious for me to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (1489)
    Story
    (1487)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "ACK!!! Terrible Narration...."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Separation of Power to be better than the print version?

    Really enjoying the Mitch Rapp Series, but this narrator was so hard to listen to that it really has ruined the story. He makes everyone sound so whiny and miserable. It is awful, the story is good but no more of this narrator. I struggle with George Guidall, but I'll take him back over this now.....


    What other book might you compare Separation of Power to and why?

    Hard to tell as the narration was so poorly done the story didn't come through as well as it could have...


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ken Kilban?

    I liked Nick Sullivan, but after this narration I would even go back to George Guidall gladly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The narration makes it tough to listen to for very long....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2581)
    Performance
    (2142)
    Story
    (2150)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Great Listen, Good Suspense"
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    If you could sum up Transfer of Power in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, intriguing, quick


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Transfer of Power?

    I don't focus on one moment of a book like this there were many.


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

    No, but I like him. He is clear when he reads, maybe some of his intonations are a bit over the top (like the Dallas King character) but as many people like George Guidal I found Nick Sullivan's voice to be very clear, Guidal sounds like he has marbles in his mouth to me and I can listen to him but get frustrated when I have to replay as I can't hear whim as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Good and quick listen -

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of the Union

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (802)

    The most unlikely terrorist enemy of all now holds a knife against the country’s throat. With both diplomatic and conventional military options swept from the table, the president calls upon Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath to disable a brilliantly orchestrated conspiracy intended to bring the United States to its knees. Teamed with beautiful Russian Intelligence agent Alexandra Ivanova and a highly trained CIA paramilitary detachment, Harvath embarks on an adrenaline-fueled search that spans the world.

    Tomas says: "Thrilling!"
    "Reader Was Too Big a Change For Me"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of State of the Union?

    It was an ok book, hard to listen to the reader.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    I really didn't like the reader, couldn't listen to him on my jambox, he sounded like he had marbles in his mouth and then on my computer, changing the EQ to spoken voice it was a bit better, he just wasn't the right reader for me. I've read other people love him, count me out. I am enjoying the series, but have to suffer through 3 more of Guidall's performance to stay on track - ack what an awful reader for these books.


    Any additional comments?

    Other than why they used this guy as the reader - it was ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Conditions: A Dr. Alan Gregory Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    When an emergency call brings Dr. Alan Gregory to an ICU, he finds 15-year-old Merritt Strait recovering from a suicide attempt. Her stepsister, Chaney, already lies near death - after her managed care provider turned down an experimental treatment that could save her life. When a wealthy executive with the family's HMO is shot to death, Alan discovers shocking evidence linking Merritt to his killing. As time runs out, he searches for answers and discovers the truth about a family that will stop at nothing to save one of its own.

    Snoodely says: "This book kept me up all night!"
    "Good Story but Reader was tough"
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    What did you love best about Critical Conditions?

    I have enjoyed all the Alan Gregory Mysteries, but in this one the reader, Dick Hill, read the female teen's voice so low and I really had trouble hearing those parts and they were key to the story. I tried turning the volume up and down but it was always a bit difficult to hear when he was doing her voice.....


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He made it hard to hear the teen girl's voice.....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Sarai: A Novel (In the Company of Killers)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies, Kate Reinders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (146)

    Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.

    laura says: "I LOVED being in their company"
    "Surprisingly Good Read"
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    If you could sum up Killing Sarai in three words, what would they be?

    Good suspense and characters.


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

    Yes, wondering what Victor would do next with Sarai - would her save her or kill her...good suspense.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Bel Davies and Kate Reinders ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No -


    Any additional comments?

    This book grabbed me right away and kept me entertained. Is it excellent prose, no, but a good action and intrigue book - kept me going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Irreparable Harm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Melissa F. Miller
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    There's a smartphone app capable of crashing a commercial jet. And it's for sale to the highest bidder.... Attorney Sasha McCandless is closing in on the prize: After eight years of long hours, she's about to make partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up. Then a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard. She gears up for the inevitable civil lawsuits. But, as Sasha digs into the case, she learns the crash was no accident.

    Witchiepoo Jane (WTF) says: "Meh...just not my cuppa."
    "Ok Story, Really Disliked the Reader"
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    What did you like best about Irreparable Harm? What did you like least?

    Not too much


    Would you recommend Irreparable Harm to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this to friends, the reader was just awful and the story was trite. I found that I had figured most of it out not long into the story, so not captivating.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a different reader with more inflection in the voice


    Could you see Irreparable Harm being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not a good one...


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book and the main character was likable but just had a horrible time with the reader.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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