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Lisa D. Lingham

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  • The Enemy: Victor the Assassin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    Victor, a former assassin-for-hire, has joined forces with a CIA special unit. His first assignment: Three strangers. Three hits. Fast and clean. Victor's a natural for this.It should have been simple. But with each hit Victor is plunged deeper into an unimaginable conspiracy where no one, least of all the people he knows, can be trusted.With the stakes growing higher by the minute, Victor realizes he's been forced into playing a game he never expected. Because he's the next target. And there's no way out.

    David says: "I want to be killed by Victor!"
    "Love this series!"
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    The author's attention to detail is the most enjoyable aspect of this series. The assassin doesn't just pick up a gun and shoot. We learn the type of gun, type of ammo, characteristics of both and the reasons for using both. If you're not into that level of detail, this book isn't for you. I also love the details of the counterespionage Victor uses at all times.

    The narrator was flawless given the multiple accents required although Victor sounded a little flip at times which goes against my perception of a lethal assassin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4942)
    Performance
    (4626)
    Story
    (4635)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Awesome"
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    I never start with performance but it is as if King wrote this book to have Will Patton read it. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this and conversely, I can't imagine listening to another Will Patton performance without thinking about Mr. Mercedes. That said, I just came off a disappointing book and needed a winner. I took a chance on good old Mr. Dark Tower and I am so glad I did.
    The book is heartbreaking at times yet I found the disturbed killer's inner dialogue to be hilarious at times, which made me somewhat unsettled about my own sense of humor. But hey, at least I didn't write it. Right?
    It's a decent whodunit with multiple likeable characters. But the best part is that in typical King style, there are no predictable outcomes. He goes to great lengths to get us to like the characters, but history teaches us that there are no sacred cows in a King novel. We are left to hold our breath until the last.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2638)
    Performance
    (2340)
    Story
    (2333)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "Horrendous"
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    I don't mean to be a hater but this was my first and last Baldacci novel. I had just finished the Victor the Assassin series and wanted to continue the secret-agent-thriller-vibe. What a mistake. Compared to Tom Woods' novels, this book was full of predictable "twists" and "turns". The main characters seem to never, ever make a mistake. They never lose a fight or a gun battle. No opponent ever connects with a shot. Why even continue with the story after the first chapter when you know the outcome is set in stone? I like my heroes to make a mistake once in a while.
    But the absolute worst part of this book is the performance. So when a key Korean character is supposedly speaking to other characters in Korean, the female narrator speaks in English with a THICK KOREAN ACCENT! What purpose does this serve? The character is supposed to be communicating to another character on a one to one basis. What does it matter how she sounds? We know she's Korean. Is it really necessary to have a thick Korean accent?? Later in the book, there are multiple Korean "accent" speakers which adds to the hilarity. And these voices are haphazardly spliced together with the main narrator's lines. Every listener knows these are just a bunch of disjointed voices spliced together in separate studios. My only wonder is how in the world I got through the whole thing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Professionals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Owen Laukkanen
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (214)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise - quick, efficient, low risk - works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them - the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback.

    Sharron says: "Painful"
    "Preposterous"
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    Even the very premise of the book- that 4 college grads can turn into a band of kidnappers because of a bleak job market, is absurd. This might work for an episode of Law and Order but it is definitely not novel material.

    Even the police side of the story is amateurish, with case-breaking leads falling right into the cops' laps at every turn using minimal effort. There seemed to always be a witness with a fantastic memory or picture-perfect surveillance tapes at the ready. And the romance angle was even more absurd, which just added to the comedy.

    The most hilarious part was the beautiful, rich Princeton co-ed who wants to join the gang because she is bored. Oh yeah, and her dad just happens to have his own jet!

    I found myself laughing at the "twists and turns" because you could see them coming from a mile away. I listened to this book as often as I could not because I enjoyed it but because I just wanted to get it over with. I kept hoping there was some plot twist that would swoop in and save this book but it never came.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commanger
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to previously censored testimony.

    Linda Lou says: "INCREDIBLE! WELL-RESEARCHED, COMPLETE & UNBIASED!"
    "Tremendous Detail"
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    It is naïve to think we understand what it was like to fight in World War II. However, the author does a wonderful job of blending a global view of the conflict along with explicit details of the horrors of war and what it was like to be on the front lines and beyond. I learned a great deal from this book that I had not previously known about the war. I would definitely recommend it. The performance of the narrator was flawless.

    My only criticism is that, at times I felt as if the book should be renamed "How African Americans Won the War". While it is noteworthy to point out the contributions and misconceptions of African Americans in WWII, the author seems to overdo it in my opinion while glossing over the contributions of other ethnic groups such as Japanese Americans.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6959)
    Performance
    (6338)
    Story
    (6347)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Took a Chance"
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    I'm glad I took a chance on this one based on reviews. A well thought out mystery with an interesting main character. Perhaps a series in the works? I enjoyed the pace of the book. I felt like there was enough tiime to get to know all the characters fully. The performance was impressive considering all of the various accents used throughout.
    I had no idea of the author's true identity when I downloaded this book. Perhaps it would have kept me away and that would have been a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2732)
    Performance
    (2326)
    Story
    (2312)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Don't waste your time"
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    From Scott Brick's melodramatics to the plodding storyline to the laughable twist that tries to tie the book together, this book was just not for me. I kept waiting and waiting for the story to take off but it never did. By that time I had so much time invested that I just wanted to see how it ended. I should've stopped after the first hour.

    Perhaps it was a hangover from the brilliance of Ghostman which I listened to before this book and thoroughly enjoyed. I found myself rewinding parts of this book not because I wanted to relive a moment, but because my mind had wandered and I lost the story. And why would the author name the wife Annabel and the daughter Katherine? Not a big deal but one of those annoyances that took me half the book to get straight.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4210)
    Performance
    (3750)
    Story
    (3746)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Unique angle to crime solving, using a dog."
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    My first Robert Crais book and I enjoyed the dog-angle to the story. It was a unique way to solve a mystery. I actually learned some things about my own dog and why she behaves the way she does. The narrator's pace and voices were good. I only wish the main crime the book revolves around wasn't so cliche. Armored car heist? Really?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    Charlie Howard isn’t only a part-time crime writer and part-time thief; he’s also a magician. For his next trick, he’ll relieve Josh Masters, the famous illusionist vying for the affections of Charlie’s friend Victoria, of $60,000 in casino chips stashed in his hotel safe. Revenge would be sweet - if there weren’t a dead redhead floating in Masters’ bathtub and if Masters hadn’t just disappeared in a puff of smoke after cheating at roulette. Convinced that Charlie was in on the scam, the casino’s owners give him an impossible mission....

    Shuz Girl says: "Good Thief and good book"
    "Fun Story"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas?

    I enjoyed the main character's sharp wit and sarcasm throughout the story despite the things that were happening to him.


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

    I love Simon Vance's style. Also enjoyed Safe House by Chris Ewan. His pace is good without feeling rushed. He performs women's voices well without sounding forced. He is a little weak when doing American accented characters.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a fun story, not a masterpiece.I enjoyed the twists and turns and how all the loose ends come together at the end. I would read another book in this series because the main character is so likable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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