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Manakin Sabot, VA, US | Member Since 2004

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  • The Millionaires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.

    Glenn says: "EASILY as good as Grisham"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall

    I found the constant infighting between the brothers a pain to listen to. I almost abandoned it a few hours in for this reason, but stuck with it. I can't really recommend it though.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (470)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Wonderful writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm a huge Greg Iles fan and was not disappointed - except by the fact that this is one volume of a trilogy, and I have to wait for the rest!

    I saw a number of comments of people disappointed with the reader - not sure why, I thought he was fine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (358)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "Don't waste your credit or time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Butcher's Boy?

    Most disappointing is that the book does NOT resolve in a traditional ending - evidently have to listen/read the next two books.

    Worse, the plot is plodding and many aspects are simply not believable.


    What was most disappointing about Thomas Perry’s story?

    It was not the "complete" story! And I didn't like it enough to buy the other 2 books, much less spend the time listening.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kramer’s performances?

    It was OK.


    Any additional comments?

    Really a disappointment given some of the highly positive reviews. Michael Connolly's long intro also made the book sound like a true gem - maybe that set the bar to high as someone else noted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2415)
    Performance
    (1505)
    Story
    (1498)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Jim says: "An unsurpassed thrill ride"
    "Simply awful (and I've always been a big fan)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Dick Hill?

    This book was so over the top, so far fetched, so awful, that I doubt I will read another in this series for a very long time.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Nasally; unpleasant. Really, really hated the way he intones "thoughts", sounds like he's underwater or talking through a tin can. Just awful. Whoever produced and directed probably deserves the blame more than the narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Reliquary?

    The entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been a huge fan of the series, and I can put up with a bit of fantasy, but this was absolutely ludicrous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 9th Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (599)
    Story
    (610)

    On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal? Or could it just have been a crime of opportunity?

    Sires says: "Not Fond of Narrator, Characters Sterotypical"
    "Not one of T Hoag's finer efforts!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The 9th Girl?

    The book was incredibly boring, especially in the beginning. Long, lengthy descriptions, "pages and pages" that did not advance the plot at all. Might have worked better reading as a book so I could skip pages - hard to do with a "book on tape".


    Any additional comments?

    I almost bailed on this book numerous times. Ultimately the last quarter of the book was pretty good.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Target: FBI Thriller #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Sharon Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (207)

    Hoping to escape unwanted celebrity in the aftermath of a notorious incident, Ramsey Hunt settles in the Rockies, determined to bury himself in the safety of a solitary existence. But his isolation is shattered when he stumbles upon a small girl unconscious in the high-altitude forest. When strangers pursue Ramsey to his private meadow in an attempt to kill him and the girl, he's mystified that anyone would wish her harm.

    Constance says: "The Target"
    "One of the worst audible books I've ever "read""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is looking for a light romance with a little bit of danger and mystery


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Coulter’s story?

    The story was completely lame, unbelievable, and worst, BORING


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sharon Williams’s performances?

    The reader is OK, the book is terrible


    What character would you cut from The Target?

    The kid.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm shocked this got 4*. I can finish almost any book, but not this one. Lame, trite, boring, and way to much dialogue from a five year old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last to Die: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (895)

    For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at 14, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn - until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is one part of a killer’s mission.

    Kathryn says: "My inner voice said..' Are you sure you want to?'"
    "Disapointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love Tess Gerritsen's series but this one was just not believable - and boring - and relied too much on earlier book (which I had read, but others may not have).


    Was Last to Die worth the listening time?

    Sad to say, not really. And I love her books!! I guess I would recommend buying it, but not having high expectations.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Hostage: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (394)

    Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more is the man to whom the President turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now. An American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband is murdered before her eyes.

    Kevin says: "Another Tasty Griffin Confection"
    "I tried to like it, but waste of time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As soon as I started listening, I realized this was the second book in a series - the CONSTANT references to the first book - which I had not read - were really, really annoying.

    I got over that. What else was really annoying? The story did not resolve. I won't say more because I don't want to be a spoiler, but that really is a problem for me.

    Lastly - and just as annoying - while it may have worked in a "book", this did not work in an audible book. The last chapter - should have been all action - about 10 minutes of one of the characters preparing a meal (how he made the sauce, temperature of the beef).

    Sorry, give this one a pass.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2676)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2210)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Exceptionally disappointing (and preachy)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have always loved David Baldacci, and really looked forward to this book.

    It was a huge disappointment.

    The story line was not remotely believable (and I am usually pretty easy going on this score). The characters were not believable. I didn't like the quasi dramatization (the occasional use of sound, eg gunfire). Worst of all was the preachy tone - anti mining, anti smoking. I do understand that surface mining = bad environmentally, but I don't need to be preached about it when I'm "reading" a book for pleasure. And the smoking lectures were a real turn off to this non-smoker who hates smoking.

    I'm down to the last few chapters, and honestly, I don't care how it turns out or if he gets the "bad guys". I may not finish it, and this after devoting 10 painful hours already.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (162)

    Dick Francis is the author of dozens of best-selling mysteries set at the racetrack, involving jockeys, horses, and the glamorous world of horseracing. The most delightful aspect of his stories is that one need know nothing about horses and racing to enjoy them thoroughly.

    Paula Beck says: "Delightful!"
    "Incredibly boring!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have been a huge Dick Francis fan my entire life and was really looking forward to this. I barely made it through, the plot was narrow and boring (not to mention not believable).

    DF should stick to horses.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2910)
    Performance
    (1644)
    Story
    (1645)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "A real disappointment"
    Overall

    I'm a big Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child fan, as well as a fan of Scott Bricker, but I found the plot line totally unbelievable - and unlike some other unbelievable plot lines of this Duo, I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I almost abandoned the story numerous times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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