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  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Tammy says: "Not his best"
    "Another whiney woman story for Jack Reacher"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I LOVE the Jack Reacher books, love them. However this story is boring, flat, and the characters are annoying. The main "victim" Carmen enlists zero sympathy, she comes off as weak and manipulative. Reacher's female protagonist is supposed to be a sharp lawyer but crumbles into a panicky, whiny, indecisive babbling annoyance the second there is any action.

    Has Echo Burning turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I think so.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Dick sounds like he's an old man that just ran up a hill then sat down to record and audio book - out of breathe. ALL his women end up being whiny (sorry to keep repeating that word, but he delivers flat female characters) to the point you hope they just get taken out. "Reeeeeeeeeeecher, whyyyyyyyyyyyy? We'll get huuuuuuuuuuuurt!" Ugh.

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

    Reacher's deductive reveal is always great.

    Any additional comments?

    I hope the next few books are better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Whiney Teenage Girl Drama"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I think teenagers and immature adults would like this.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance enhanced the whiney quality of the story. She moans her way through the book - which is all in Tris' thoughts. Probably suits the character perfectly, I found it grating.

    Was Divergent worth the listening time?


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of the story and this futuristic world is actually quite interesting. The main female lead however overrides this intrigue. It would be like experiencing the Matrix through the eyes of Snookie. Maybe I'm guilty of expecting too much. Reading so many good reviews on here had me waiting for a total different experience xx

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Matthew Corbett is getting annoying"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    While I am a big fan of this series - as the books move along the main character, Matthew Corbett, is becoming almost distractingly annoying. His arrogance mixed with brazen stupid choices one after another are starting to get in the way of my enjoyment of the story. With each edition the narrator's misguided hero-complex is irritating.

    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Edoardo Ballerni's performance in this entire series is one of the BEST parts of the listening experience. Wonderful voice, excellent characters. He really brings the book to life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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