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Liz

USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 24 reviews
  • 171 ratings
  • 526 titles in library
  • 195 purchased in 2014
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  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1654)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (898)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Irritating Narrator"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Charm School the most enjoyable?

    Demille is a good story teller. One of those who can entice you to listen to anything. That is why I enjoyed the book.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    What I can only call a snarky, smart aleck lilt to his reading, especially in the end of every sentence. I see other reviewers agree and one referred to it as a New Jersey characteristic. I have to say it lives in pompous immature adults in Texas as well.Even the main Russian character in the book sometimes spoke like that. By the end it was truly, truly irritating.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (538)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    David Walker says: "Back in 3 Pines"
    "Lost on the way home."
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    What would have made The Long Way Home better?

    Nothing about this book I like. If this were a first book by an unknown author it would be a flop. Penny's diehard fans will rate it high; their prerogative. I've read all her previous books but am objective about her writing. The narrator makes the boring, depressing book even more boring and depressing. I'm sorry I bought this and grateful for Audible's return policy. It's going back. This one is for someone who wants to contemplate his navel. Pure drivel.I guess I visited Three Pines one time too many.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4569)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1860)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "The romance tag on this isn't true, lol."
    Overall
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    Overall, the story is good, especially the part about the terrorist himself and how he travels around performing his deeds. The main character is a bit irritating, not the kind of guy I'd want to spend much time with, constant wisecracks, etc.

    The narrator does the main character part (the wise-cracking cop) really well. Almost too well. Conversations get a bit confusing because the voices are all about the same and you can't tell who said what unless the author has written in "he said, she said".

    There is nothing called romance in this book. There is some banter, some sex and an engagement but no romance, I promise you. This may be a SPOILER, but the main guy sends his current girlfriend an email that says "We have to talk" meaning to break up with her since he's sleeping with someone else, but they NEVER DO TALK and he gets engaged, etc. with no more mention of her. Just threw that woman away, I guess.

    So, I suppose you could say I enjoyed the "tale" but never warmed up to the main character. In fact, most of the law enforcement people I know hate those sort of irritating co-workers such as John Corey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everybody Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    In Everybody Dies, Matt is finally leading a comfortable, almost respectable life - until he helps an unlikely friend uncover a nameless enemy. The Big Apple seems to be mellowing now that the crime rate is down and gentrification is sweeping the old neighborhoods. But when a hoodlum buddy from the past asks Matt to investigate the murders of two employees, the spruced-up sidewalks seem as mean as ever.

    Rich says: "Excellent"
    "Ruined by the NARRATOR!"
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    I have read every Matthew Scudder book prior to this one and loved them all. Lawrence Block knows NYC and he knows his character. This series is character driven. You keep reading because you come to relate to the character and you want to know what happens next in his life.

    This narrator makes Scudder sound like a doddering old drunk working on his 10th bourbon and trying to keep his face from hitting the bar when he passes out. He does NOT sound like the man who lives with the beautiful, sexy Elaine, or who can talk his way in and out of so many situations. He sounds BORING, befuddled and banal. He puts me to sleep.

    And when I first heard Mark Hammer's version of TJ, I almost cried. This smart, savy, cool street kid, struggling to make himself better, sounds like a dumb white-boy cartoon version of a young, hip, black man. It's disgraceful.

    I am NOT finishing this download, but I AM racing to buy the book and go back to reading the Matthew Scudder I know and love.

    I gave this a 3 star Overall and Story because I KNOW Lawrence Block writes great books and couldn't stand to rate him any lower. If I had listened to this never having read the previous books in the series, I would have thought it was all 1 star drivel!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2918)
    Performance
    (1719)
    Story
    (1726)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "EXCEPTIONAL Book with a SUPERB Narrator!"
    Overall
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    This book is unlike any other I've read in my 63 years. The first four chapters had a lot of cruelty in them, but I hung on because the storytelling is so excellent and I could tell there was a point being made, and the NARRATOR is unbelievable. I cannot imagine anyone else doing all these accents and emotions, of men, women and children, so fantastically well!

    This entire book is an epic of justice and injustice , humor and grief. It's filled with life! The Greatest Book I've ever encountered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trackers

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seegers (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    A "Muslim" attack in Cape Town? Too far-fetched. It can't be true. So why is the Presidential Intelligence Agency so desperate to intercept a shipment? Why is the CIA bringing in its big guns? And why, if it's only a rumor, is it having such violent consequences - on the life of Milla Strachan, a former housewife who just wanted to live a little dangerously; Lemmer, a freelance bodyguard turned reluctant smuggler; and former cop Mat Joubert, who's working on his first case as a private eye?

    Liz says: "Pay Attention"
    "Pay Attention"
    Overall
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    Story

    Deon Meyer is a genius. Simon Vance becomes each character for whom he speaks. The two together create a compelling listening experience.

    Meyer has brought some characters from his previous books and entangled them in an intricate, fascinating plot consisting of several tales in one. You have to hang on to them all until the very end when they come together and you say "AHHHH", in satisfaction.

    Besides all that, Meyer somehow makes you care about each character, each plot within "the plot". I don't see how Meyer can top this one, but I believe I thought that before about him. Obviously he has what it takes.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (922)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "Misery in Three Pines"
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    Good grief! What a group of whiny, whimpering people! Every one of them misunderstands every other one of them and no one gets or gives a second chance. These people are all full of angst and spend all their time over analyzing every last word and blink of the eye. This author creates such weak, ineffectual men, I can't imagine what the men in her life are like. No one remotely connected with criminal justice, in any country, can identify with this version of Canada's Finest. The writing sytle repeats itself in almost every page, every paragraph, every sentence. (That's an example. You'll find sentences constructed like that over and over and over and....) Not much joy in these pages.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5661)
    Performance
    (4830)
    Story
    (4825)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Jim Butcher is GREAT! no matter who narrates."
    Overall

    Yes, I loved Marsters as Harry Dresden.
    Yes, I'm upset that there is a change in narrators.

    But DON'T MISS THIS AUDIO BOOK because of that. I'm at Chapter 3 and Glover is doing a wonderful job. If we'd never had Marsters we'd be singing Glover's praises. Really.

    And I love Butcher's version of the AFTERLIFE. So will you. If you don't run off and pout about the change in narrators.

    GREAT LISTEN so far. . .

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Six Suspects

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Seven years ago, Vivek Rai murdered Ruby Gill in a restaurant in New Delhi because she refused to serve him a drink. Now Vivek Rai is dead, killed at a party he had thrown to celebrate his acquittal. Six of the guests are discovered with guns in their possession and are taken in for questioning. Who are these six, and what were they doing that night?

    Janet says: "Fresh and engaging, but ya gotta be in the mood"
    "Funny or Silly?"
    Overall

    This book will teach you the difference between funny and silly, the later definitely being the best description of the book.


    In the chapter called Mail Order Bride, a character is thrilled to have "a white American" teaching his call center employees how to "talk American". The narrator of this book desperately needed a Texan to teach him how to "talk Texan". I don't know what he was speaking but if he tries it in Texas, he's in trouble.

    I'd dearly love to know what the good people of India think of this book and wonder about their opinion of the ridiculous spoken word uttered by the narrator, purported to be "Indian". Perhaps it was meant to be funny, but it slipped into silly and sappy. It's good there is a disclaimer in the front of the book stating that although Mr. Swarup works for the Indian government, the views in the book are not that of said government, or there would be an international scandal, for sure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Frankie Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.

    Johnnie Walker says: "A new favorite author"
    "Awful."
    Overall

    This is my first Don Winslow Book. I've tried five different times to listen to it. Can't get more than two hours into it. It's boring. The ganster/hitman/main character talks like an old lady. He rambles on about nothing and constantly reminisces and beats you to death with minutiae like my 87 year old mother.

    I don't even CARE what happens to him.

    I wasted a credit. Don't make the same mistake.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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