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Laurel

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  • Battle of the Ampere: Michael Vey, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (316)

    The hair-raising action continues for Michael Vey in this charged third installment of the #1 New York Times best-selling series. In the third book of the electrifying Michael Vey series, Michael and his friends must continue to fight the Elgen and try to disrupt their plans to rule the world.

    Courtney Worrell says: "Excellent book, awful narration"
    "Disappointed in the Narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    When a series has a good narrator, it is just not wise to change. The narrator for the first two books was just GREAT. I felt he was Michael Vey, his voice was just perfect, he struck the right note—youth coming of age. Very, very, very disappointed in the new narrator. While he has good alternate voices, his main delivery is flat and uninteresting. The book is worth reading, but the narration rather spoiled it for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Vey, because he is has a good character.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

    The first narrator who read books one and two.


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3977)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2397)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Unsatisfied Potential"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A positive likeable story. I have read only one other Dean Koontz book, The Watchers, and it was both marvelous at times, and sunk to the depths of disgusting at other times. In that book, I ended up skipping over the perverted parts because the good parts were so engagingly excellent. I could not find enough good in Lightning, so I just quit well before the finish.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunt for Jade Dragon: Michael Vey, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein's - and Ostin’s. But Hatch gets to her first, and the Elgen are holding her prisoner in their Taiwan Starxource plant. Now the Voice wants Michael and the Electroclan to go to Taiwan and free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children.

    Allison says: "Ugh. Terrible narration scars a great story!"
    "A Worthwhile Read"
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    Any additional comments?

    The narration was better on this 4th installment than it was on the 3rd, but it does not beat Fred B. in the first two books. Also this book, while I found it worthwhile to read, just does not draw me in with a creative imaginative story as the first of the series did. Yet it is refreshing and entirely enjoyable to read a book where positive principles are woven throughout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (524)

    Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

    Charles says: "The Lone Naysayer..."
    "Interesting Tid-Bits, But A Little Too Slow"
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    Would you try another book from Connie Willis and/or Kate Reading?

    I'm not sure. I like more action. Something that captures your interest and keeps feeding it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Listening to the lack of personal responsibility in the character Flip and that Sandra put up with it was grating on me.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting tid-bits about fads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Our Yesterdays

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Terrill
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (436)

    "You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She's tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present - imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called "the doctor" while war rages outside.

    Tango says: "Should be classified as Sci-Fi"
    "Romance and Sci Fi"
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    Would you listen to All Our Yesterdays again? Why?

    I will listen again. The book was hugely entertaining. I like a little romance in the books I read, it makes the characters more engaging and likable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense.


    What about Meredith Mitchell’s performance did you like?

    Great narration. I don't think I have heard her before, but I hope to again.


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

    The interactions between the characters in the last scenes of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Below!: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eugene B. Fluckey
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

    This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen.

    Jean says: "Riveting"
    "Superb Submarine Action Story!"
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    Would you listen to Thunder Below! again? Why?

    Absolutely I will listen again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Admiral Fluckey who had the guts and instincts to plunge ahead with his ideas for making submarine warfare more effective. War is horrible, but rescuing POWs and defending one's country is not!


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

    No, not that I recollect.


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

    Yes, but I did not. I wanted to draw out the tale, return to it again and again, knowing that it would whisk me away to another place and time whenever I had an opportunity to go on reading—that is, listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen's Fool

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward's protector, who brings her to court as a "holy fool" for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth.

    Teddy says: "Pitch Perfect Narration With a Great Story"
    "The Best Philippa Gregory Book I Have Read"
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    What did you love best about The Queen's Fool?

    The story flowed and really kept my interest. Some of Philippa Gregory's books were a little unsatisfying to me because I did not feel they proceeded to a tidy ending. The characters in this book were very engaging, I enjoyed the historical fiction--although it seemed as if the attitudes of the queens may have been at least partly accurate--it allowed another viewpoint on the old Elizabeth vs. her sister Mary which is usually presented one-sided. Hanna was especially appealing, because she was portrayed as looking for the best in others. This book had a lovely ending.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (548)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (473)

    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!"
    "A Mildly Interesting Fizzle"
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    Would you try another book from Dana Stabenow and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    Not another Dana Stabenow book. The action, for the most part, was just bland. But the narration by Marguerite Gavin was really excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was great, but as far as the story goes, this book deserves a pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julius Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (260)

    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

    David says: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars"
    "Brilliant"
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    Would you listen to Julius Caesar again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen again and again. The multiple voices carried this story along to its end in a most interesting and entertaining manner. I enjoyed hearing all the many phrases, so used down the centuries that almost all of us are well familiar with them.


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

    I did listen to it in one sitting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1450)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1157)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Dismal"
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    Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

    Not at this point.


    Has Falling Glass turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The story began so dismally I did not want to read it in its entirety.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Rising: Alex Hunter, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (155)

    A sudden burst of radiation is detected beneath the desert in Iran. Alex Hunter – code name Arcadian – and his highly trained incursion team are dropped into the ruins of Persepolis. All they find is an empty underground facility – nothing to explain the gamma spike. It is as if a black hole has swept everything away.... Israel is threatening nuclear war. And someone, or something, is draining the fluids from the bodies of Iranian soldiers in the desert.

    M. Wilson says: "Author flattens plot"
    "No Spark, No Excitement"
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    Has Dark Rising turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not finished the book, not sure if I will spend the time because there are some good books in my Library waiting for me. In my opinion, the author does not have strong writing skills, but his first book was exciting enough to forgive and forget the writing style. This book just does not deliver the excitement, but it might near the end...yet I am asking myself is slogging through the main body worth it?. I will definitely try the next installment, hoping for better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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