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M.A.

NYS | Member Since 2003

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  • Bombproof

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Sami Macbeth is not a master criminal. He's not even a minor one. He's not a jewel thief. He's not a safe-cracker. He's not an expert in explosives. Sami plays guitar and wants to be a rock god but keeps getting side-tracked by unforeseen circumstances. Fifty-four hours ago Sami was released from prison. Thirty-six hours ago he slept with the woman of his dreams at the Savoy. An hour ago his train blew up. Now he's carrying a rucksack through London's West End and has turned himself into the most wanted terrorist in the country.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Abobsolutely Stunning! I Was Up All Night!"
    "You won't know..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well & subtly narrated.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You only think you know!


    Any additional comments?

    Once you get engaged you'll be hooked until the very last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (393)

    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..."
    "Off beat."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bellwether to be better than the print version?

    Well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An ironic look at human behavior. Amusing snippets about fads & the craziness of real people present & past.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Heron

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adam Brookes
    • Narrated By Jason Isaacs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Set in China, and ripped from today's headlines, comes a pulse-pounding debut that reinvents the spy thriller for the 21st century. A lone man, Peanut, escapes a labor camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China. Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British; now Peanut must disappear on Beijing's surveillance-blanketed streets. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via crusading journalist Philip Mangan, offering military secrets in return for extraction.

    M.A. says: "A "read"."
    "A "read"."
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about Night Heron?

    Rings true. Involving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character of "Peanut" is ripe for a sequel. Hard to leave behind at the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The tech premise is interesting. One suspects not too far beyond reality.

    I'd Love to see this made into a series by HBO. Would work. But "read" it first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (3654)
    Performance
    (3193)
    Story
    (3230)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Be prepared..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    ...for a wild ride. When you think you know where you are you're probably not!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon reflects Hemingway's belief that bullfighting was more than mere sport. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual, and "the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick."

    Charles says: "A Long Trip Through Bull Fighting"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The only well written part of the book is the final chapter in which Hemingway writes of his memories of Spain. Otherwise reads like a poor series of newspaper reports about bull fighting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2005)
    Performance
    (1263)
    Story
    (1270)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Interesting premise, poor execution."
    Overall
    Performance
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    The premise, of time traveling historians visiting WWII England, is good. The author provides more than enough interesting detail about life during WWII, and too much intrusive time travel tropes that are not needed to carry the story. In fact it is hard to find a story or to follow it. Which is unfortunate given the great material the writer had to work with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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