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Mario

upland, CA, USA

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  • Pop Goes the Weasel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (206)

    The latest from the author of When the Wind Blows and Kiss the Girls reveals Patterson at the peak of his power and is easily his most dynamic and compelling psychological thriller to date. Here is a chilling villain, a love story of great tenderness, and a plot of relentless suspense and heart-pounding pace.

    Mario says: "So So Book-ahhhhhh"
    "So So Book-ahhhhhh"
    Overall

    I thought the plot was good and characters were interesting. I didn't think this is one of his best. My main complaint was the narrator. I had a hard time listening because he finished his sentences was a annoying ahhhhhhh. Good book-ahhhhhhh. Bad narrator-ahhhhhh. I recommend it if you can put up with the ahhhhhs.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Conspiracy Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Rob Kahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    When his brief, passionate romance with nurse Jocelyn Banks is cut short by her kidnapping and brutal murder, Dr. Jeremy Carrier is left emotionally devastated, haunted by his lover's grisly demise and warily eyed by police still seeking a prime suspect in the unsolved slaying. To escape the pain, he buries himself in his work as staff psychologist at City Central Hospital, only to be drawn deeper into a waking nightmare when more women turn up murdered in the same gruesome fashion as Jocelyn Banks.

    Eric says: "Interesting"
    "well done"
    Overall

    This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it very much. I was impressed the narrator pronounced the medical terms so well. My only beef was that the character did some things that seemed pretty unbelievable but overall a great book. I'll read more of Kellerman.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5377)
    Performance
    (2241)
    Story
    (2256)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "lotsa lotsa lotsa"
    Overall

    Lotsa vulgarity. Lotsa obsenity. Lotsa blasphemy. Lotsa nonsensical dribble. Lotsa disjointed verbal diarrhea. Lotsa filler. Lotsa time wasted listening to it. Perhaps the worst book I've ever tried to listen to. I fell asleep a couple of hours and didn't miss much!

    4 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (201)

    Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries.

    Venice says: "So Exciting! Like watching a film!"
    "Something to crow about!"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful suspense filled thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Characters were interesting and well developed. Plot was fascinating. Can't wait to read more of his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11004)
    Performance
    (6197)
    Story
    (6246)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "PI is NOT 3.14"
    Overall

    I am amazed so many found this book "magical". I found it replete with newage bombastic pontifications of philosophic pomposity coupled with supercilious boring repetition which leads me to think he was paid by the word! It was as if he regurgitated everything he could think of about everything he talked about. Next time I read "stick it out and you will be rewarded in the end", I will rather listen to my gut feelings...don't waste your time. PI is not 3.14 but a 1.0! The only good thing about this book was that it ended and that was a long tedious time coming.

    8 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Body of Lies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan matches wits with a killer who challenges her skill, tests her courage, and threatens her family. From Iris Johansen, best selling author of The Search, comes this fast-paced and terrifying psychological thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the absolute limit - and beyond.

    Mario says: "No lie, it is a stinko-PU"
    "No lie, it is a stinko-PU"
    Overall

    On a scale of bad to worse this nearly tops the list. Boring characters and a plot that just stopped! I felt robbed of the time I wasted listening to it. My mind wandered as I listened and it didn't seem to matter.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (40)

    Best selling author James Patterson has written a love story! Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope. Browse more Patterson.

    Ella says: "A good"
    "Isn't it Lucky!"
    Overall

    I enjoy reading mysteries and detective novels. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors and I have read several of his books. As I began to listen to Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas my first impression was, "what is a mystery writer doing writing a "girly" book?" But as I listened I was struck by his ability to write with simplicity, fluidity, and a deep heartfelt sincerity as he wrote a mother?s heart for her precious child. He wrote with a depth of love and with a fullness of life that I could only wish I had been able to communicate to my kids when they were young. I have not been so moved emotionally since I read Tilly by Peretti. I picked up Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas thinking it was another detective story. It wasn't! Isn't it lucky!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Full Speed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Exciting romp features a corrupt minister, a gang of mobsters on the loose, a hound dog called Fleas, a wisecracking computer genius, and lots of love in the fast lane.

    Amy says: "Corny beyond belief... don't bother..."
    "dumb and dumber"
    Overall

    The only thing dumber than an anthropormorphic computer named Muffin that whines and dribbles is the terrible voice given it by the reader. Complete waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes to Ashes

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Melissa Leo
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In a wooded Minneapolis park, a killer performs his profane ritual. He arranges the body to his satisfaction, pours the accelerant, and lights the match. The newspapers have dubbed him the Cremator. Kate Conlan, former FBI agent, faces the most difficult role of her life, for she is the only woman who can stop the Cremator...and she's the one woman he wants next.

    Mario says: "Trash"
    "Trash"
    Overall

    If you are seeking an author who is irreverent, vulgar, obsessed with sex and uses foul language that would make a sailor blush then this is the book for you. Couple this with a weak plot and you've got trash. This is the second of her books I quit reading in the middle of it due to disgust. I'll not read any more of her works. I only rated it 1 because I wasn't sure if a zero was possible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (136)

    The man most hated by the LAPD - a black lawyer who has made his name by bringing lawsuits alleging racism and brutality by police officers - has been found murdered on the eve of a high-profile trial. The list of suspects includes half the police force. And Harry Bosch is the detective chosen to head the investigation. The political dangers of the case are huge. If it's not investigated fairly, the public outcry could make the Rodney King riots look tame. But a full investigation will take Bosch into the ugliest corners of law enforcement.

    Mario says: "Angels Flight-INaudible!"
    "Angels Flight-INaudible!"
    Overall

    Too bad such a good book was read so poorly. Burt's attempts to whisper is a low course voice and the way he fades away make this book INaudible. I could barely understand him while listening in my car.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful

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