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  • Thunder Bay: A Cork O'Connor Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

    Robert says: "WHY THE CHANGE IN NARRATOR!!!!!?"
    "Bloody Awful Narrator!!!!"
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    I listened to the first six books in this series and really enjoyed them ... the characters are all interesting and I'm absolutely in love with Henry Meloux. So I was really looking forward to the next installment.

    But the narrator in this (and apparently the next five) books is so bad that it all but threw the joy of reading this book right out the window. What a disappointment! This narrator makes just about everyone sound like a mush-mouthed moron. And the women!!! They all sound masculine. And old. And just plain ... plain! Even Jo, who is a really vital sexy woman, sounds boring and slow and soulless. And poor Sheriff Marcia ... she sounds idiotic ... like the narrator is trying to copy the female sheriff from Fargo (which is a caricature, y'all!) and failing mightily.

    In looking for my next Corc O'Connor installment, I'm going to read the next four installments in hard copy and then download the 13th book which, apparently, is back to the David Chandler ... thank you to the editing gods!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Station Eleven

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Emily St. John Mandel
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

    Stacy says: "gah!"
    "Why do end-of-the-world survivors stay in tents?"
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    There are millions and millions of empty houses, with roofs and walls, perhaps wood-burning fireplaces if you're lucky, beds to sleep in and probably sheets and blankets and towels and, and, and. Just remove all the dead bodies and Bob's your Uncle. But it never fails, books and the movies always show the few survivors squatting in miserable tents or thrown up shelters. Or in this case, gas stations and Walmarts.
    And why do they always move about? Why don't they stay in one spot, plant a garden, take over a dairy cow or domesticated chickens whose owner has died? Why the wanderlust?
    That's what I'd do. But I guess I would be a poor protagonist so no books would ever be written about me.
    This book did keep me listening to the end, but there were a lot of false leads and half-developed characters. I wish there had been fewer foci, and that the characters had more depth. I'm just getting interested in Jeavon when we move on to Kiki, and then Arthur gets a turn, then Miranda. Pick a protagonist and stick to it!

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Escaping Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (833)

    When society ceases to exist, who can you trust? After the collapse of the nation's power grid, America is under martial law - and safety is an illusion. As violence erupts around him, Morgan Carter faces one of his most difficult decisions yet: whether to stay and defend his home, or move to a more isolated area, away from the prying eyes of the government. He and his family are hesitant to leave their beloved Lake County, but with increasingly suspicious activities happening in a nearby refugee camp, all signs point towards defecting.

    Linda Likes to Learn says: "WARNING! DOES NOT END SERIES! CUT FOR PROFIT?"
    "A Good Story, if Totally Unbelievable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This review relates to the whole series ... the books were written in such a way as to impel you from one scenario to the next. There are a few ongoing problems ... a really good editing would not have gone amiss. And a vocal pause between scenes (instead of running one right into the next, leaving us to wonder which character's story we're now on) would have been very welcome.
    The characters are great ... Morgan and his family dynamic ... that's a good story right there and especially I like Thad who I'll admit I've kinda got a crush on. That said, I really don't like Sarge who was just plain boring .. and annoying to boot. I'll tell you now, Sarge, you'll never get a date with all the locker room bullshit you spew.
    And the story is just a really good read. While all the government machinations and skewed logic don't stand up to scrutiny, they nevertheless allow the reader to suspend disbelief and have a really good time.
    I do wish Book 3 had actually ended ... I take it this means Book 4 is on its way and another credit will be gone. Audible, this is definitely a case where two should be offered for the price of one!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (309)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Good story; awful narrator"
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    Story

    Whoever Susan Duerden is, she has no future as a book narrator - she reads in a monotonous and twee fashion that is more suitable to announcing the bus schedules for British Rail than reading a fast-paced and well plotted book.

    I really enjoy the 1920s-30s-40s female-centric mysteries (Maisie Dobbs; Lady Georgiana etc.) (that all seem to be written by American women BTW) and quite enjoyed the first book of the Maggie Hope series, read by a different narrator, so was looking forward to the next book. That narrator wasn`t wonderful but she wasn`t completely horrible.

    Unfortunately, despite it being a good read, full of bright characters and strong plot, the narration put me off so thoroughly that I abandoned listening to it and checked the book out of the library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (250)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Lorrie says: "No, No, No!!!!"
    "No, No, No!!!!"
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    The first Cody Hoyt book was terrific, and I was looking forward to following him through a new story, but this was a huge letdown. The primary reason is one I can't share because it would ruin it for anyone who still wants to read the book, but it was a major upset and just plain disappointing ... tell me if you don't agree. Secondary reasons are that the "bad guy" was (a) just too creepy and unpleasant and (b) got way too much focus; the backup detective was very uninteresting and had the depth of a mud puddle; the back story about Hoyt's problems with his superiors was piecemeal and had little heft. And last but far from least the ending was no ending at all, and was a complete downer. Only real plus was the narrator who was pretty good, despite the storyline. This one got a big thumb's down from me.

    12 of 12 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
    (4622)
    Performance
    (1906)
    Story
    (1907)

    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.

    Toni says: "Remarkable!"
    "Anyway ..."
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    Any additional comments?

    When the focus is on the bad guy, Asad Khalil, this is a darned good read ... suspenseful and well plotted. And when John Corey is actually working, it maintains its high level of intrigue. But I got so tired of John Corey the smartass ... if I had to hear one more intro word "anyway ..." after some (what probably was meant as pithy but usually was self-serving, ignorant and lame) aside, I was going to pack it in. Towards the final third of the book, the action really kicks in and it does get interesting. Scott Brick, usually not my favourite narrator, does a good job with this story. He seems to suit DeMille well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6975)
    Performance
    (6186)
    Story
    (6247)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Finally!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would, for the simple reason that I like my friends, and I like to talk with them, and I want them to share their reactions to this read with me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stu Redman is my hero ... he reminds me a great deal of my father - not flashy or glib, just a good, solid man, ready to do the right thing because it is the right thing.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Again, Stu ... although Grover Gardner didn't capture the laconic sexiness of Gary Sinese in the TV version, he did get to the decency of the guy. Overall however, I would have preferred Stephen Weber as the narrator ... he blew me away with his narration of "It", and I think he has the "King" cadence down better than Gardner. But I'll take what I can get!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Extreme? Laugh? Cry? Is that the point? I did laugh (Glen's reaction to his attempt at painting), and maybe cried a bit (poor Nick!), but mostly I just experienced this book. My first expectation, as when I first read the book back in the 80s, was one of "c'mon, impress me". And I was impressed.To give a sense of the beauty of The Stand, its last section, with Stu and Tom making their way back from the apolcalypse to Boulder, is one of the finest "road" stories I've ever read. Truly stirring and evocative ... I've never forgotten it, and have gone back to read it over and over again.THIS IS THE BEAUTY OF STEPHEN KING. He's not extreme except in concept. He doesn't pounce, he sneaks up on you. He's like the frog in the water ... no throwing into the boil, just a slow warm up until you're completely accepting! He truly is a genius.


    Any additional comments?

    A little story about The Stand ... this was my first King book. A dear friend was raving about it, but I had always pooh-poohed King ... the schlockmeister, the popular scaremonger. I was above it all. But he talked me into it. So I went to the bookstore, stood in front of the "K" section in fiction, picked up "The Stand", and started to read the introduction. And the first words of Stephen King that I ever read were to the effect of "Now gentle reader, I know that you're standing before the Ks in the fiction section of your bookstore, wondering if you should shell out your money ...". From that day to this, I have read every single word he has ever published. Essentially, he had me at hello.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4881)
    Performance
    (3597)
    Story
    (3623)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Best Narrator Possible!"
    Overall

    Bravo to the two Stephens, King and Weber. Stephen Weber is, in my mind, now the official "Voice of King".
    Despite my ongoing love affair with Stephen King's writings, I have never been a big fan of his audio books because the narration has always been a bit off. Even when King reads his own stuff, it's obviously a reader reading.
    But Weber is simply fantastic narrating "It"! He doesn't so much read the text as he tells the story ... I feel like we're all sitting around a camp fire and he's telling this really engrossing (albeit long!) ghost story that more than succeeds in scaring us all to quivering lumps of jelly!
    Now if he would just sit down with a copy of "The Stand", and let us hear it the way we have always read it for ourselves ... clasping the covers in a death grip, turning each page with trepidation, and getting to know the intimate workings of terrific cast of characters in an out-of-this-world world.

    76 of 80 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (732)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    Lorrie says: "A question about further Clavell books."
    "A question about further Clavell books."
    Overall

    I'm no Japanese scholar, and I don't speak a foreign language, so I didn't have the same criticisms of this reading as several of the other reviewers. I'll admit, I groaned when I first heard David Chase's narration, because he reminded me of so many university professors I had had, who, in trying to sound cool, sounded merely flat and dry. But I'd paid big bucks for this book, so I persevered, and I'm glad I did. This reader if he doesn't grow on you, at least doesn't get worse as he goes on.

    And the book ... well the book is nothing short of fabulous! The characters, the setting, the action ... this was the shortest long book I've ever listened to. I listen to my iPod when I'm out for my daily walk, and I wound up walking for miles because I couldn't "put it down".

    I would be interested to hear if anyone who has read Clavell's other historical works (with the exception of King Rat which I read many years ago) could compare them to Shogun. Are they worth another 25 hours of my time?

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2137)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (753)

    Former naval doctor Peter Crane is summoned to a remote oil platform in the North Atlantic to help diagnose a bizarre medical condition. But when he arrives, Crane learns that the real trouble lies far below on "Deep Storm", a stunningly advanced science-research facility built two miles beneath the surface on the ocean floor. The top-secret structure has been designed for one purpose: to excavate a recently discovered undersea site that may hold the answers to an ancient mystery.

    Tom says: "Must Read"
    "Loose Ends"
    Overall

    I usually love reading SciFi technothriller-type books, but this one left me cold. I had so little visual impression, there was no "Wow!" factor, and what should have been fantastical, "Abyss"-like, descriptions were as flat and shallow as a mud puddle. As well, the characters had no sparkle, and even the lead character was uninteresting. Everybody (save the whacko bad guy) seemed to have zero personal motivation for being where they were. A couple of characters were thrown in for spice, but they wound up being jarring anachronisms, rather than sly commentators on the scene. A major disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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