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Martin

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    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in-line skating in New York City's Central Park. Within 24 hours of his surgery, he dies.

    Martin says: "A bit too predictable"
    "A bit too predictable"
    Overall

    As with previous Cook novels, this one is full of well developed characters and has a fast-paced and interesting story line. The only complaint is that the plot was way too predictable and I could see the climax coming during the second or third hour of this 14+ hour audio book. Although there were a few twists and turns along the way, the storyline and ending were predictable enough to leave me feeling generally dissapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (495)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Starts slow but worth the effort"
    Overall

    As with many of Archer's books, Prisoner starts slowly, despite a brutal and improbable homicide in the first few pages. It seemed difficult at first to identify or sympathize with the lead characters, but this gradually turned around and before I knew it, the book was quite a 'page turner'. With an evolving and highly ingenious plot, this book is well worth the effort. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Line in the Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gerald Seymour
    • Narrated By Anthony Head
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In a village on the Suffolk coast, Frank Perry waits for his past to arrive. He believed it would never catch up with him, that he was safe. A decade before, he spied for the government on the Iranian chemical and biological weapons installations. He had privileged access and his information damaged their killing capacity for years. Now, Iran will have its revenge and has dispatched its most deadly assassin to fulfill the task.

    Ellen says: "Well written, timely thriller with a message"
    "An exciting read with rich characters"
    Overall

    This audio book isn't necessarily one of the easiest to listen to, but it was worth the effort. Character development was exceptional, so much so that it was possible to identify with even the terrorist who is the focal point of the story. At times the book seems to get bogged down in minutia, and an abridged version might be better for some. All in all, a great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Force Recon Collection II

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By James V. Smith
    • Narrated By Thomas Penny
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    They are known as Team Midnight, an elite force trained to disappear behind enemy lines, to wreak havoc where an enemy least expects it. Their job is simple, hide in the shadows, kill without hesitation, and complete the mission at all costs. They are America's secret warriors.

    Martin says: "Not much depth here"
    "Not much depth here"
    Overall

    Lots of authentic detail are a plus, but predictable plots, weak character development, and contrived story lines between the main character and his girlfriend get old after the first of the three stories. Force Recon Collection I wasn't much better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Force Recon Collection I

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James V. Smith
    • Narrated By Thomas Penny
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    They are known as Team Midnight, an elite force trained to disappear behind enemy lines, to wreak havoc where an enemy least expects it. Their job is simple, hide in the shadows, kill without hesitation, and complete the mission at all costs. They are America's secret warriors.

    Martin says: "Heard one, you've heard them all"
    "Heard one, you've heard them all"
    Overall

    One of these short stories is a quick entertaining listen, but after two, they become predictable and at times contrived. Rich in detail but short in character development, this audiobook didn't hold my interest past the first 15 minutes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Return: A Novel of Human Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Buzz Aldrin, John Barnes
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    When a Shuttle accident kills a world-famous basketball player, former astronaut Scott Blackstone is out of a job. Worse, he and his "Citizen Observer" program are vilified in the media and he's being sued for a billion dollars. His ex-wife agrees to take the case and it begins to appear that the "accident" might not have been an accident at all.

    Martin says: "A fast-paced, superb adventure"
    "A fast-paced, superb adventure"
    Overall

    There are very few books (audio or otherwise) that fall into the category of 'can't put down' for me. This was one. It moves quickly, is believable, has entertaining and likeable characters, and is just plain a great story. Aldrin and Barnes have created a contemporary United States that I wish I lived in.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Conviction

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Fifty-nine days. That's how long Rennell Price has to live after spending 15 years on death row for the horrifying sexual assault and murder of a girl whose body was found floating in San Francisco Bay. But attorney Terri Paget has dedicated her life to fighting for people like Rennell Price. This time, Terri has a client she believes may actually be innocent, which means that an unpunished killer may still be free.

    N. Richardson says: "The Nature of"
    "Wish I'd bought the abridged version...."
    Overall

    This title isn't one of Patterson's best, but still worth a listen. A well written but predictable story line. My only gripe is that it just seems to go on and on. I almost always choose unabridged versions, some much longer than this title, but this one seemed to drag and at times plod toward the inevitable conclusion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero Game

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (143)

    Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

    Rodney says: "Great political novel"
    "Everything a good audio book should be"
    Overall

    Generally fast paced, interesting plot shifts, good character development and an insider's knowledge of congressional politics makes this an exciting read. A mid-course shift in the first person narrative is a new one to me!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Ann Coulter, "pundit extraordinaire," takes a hard look at modern political discourse. Refreshingly honest, unerringly timely, Coulter lashes into liberals and demonstrates how the media obfuscates the issues, belittles the right and praises the left. Her outspoken manner has made her one of the most fascinating women in politics, according to George magazine. Don't miss C-SPAN's Booknotes: Ann Coulter's Slander.

    Amazon Customer says: "Liberals Should Listen to the Book"
    "Rantings by a deranged right winger"
    Overall

    There is not only something definitely wrong with Ann Coulter, there must be something wrong with the tens of thousands of rabid right-wingers who swallow this tripe. Save your money and time and spend it on a more balanced treatment of the American political scene.

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    In a stunning follow-up to her number one best seller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today's war on terrorism.

    Mark says: "A bizarre phenomenon"
    "Queen of the Right-Wing Liars"
    Overall

    Most reasonably intelligent people won?t be able to stomach more than an hour of this book. Coulter stoops to new levels of name-calling and slander of anyone who doesn?t agree with her particular vision of America. She and her kind represent the real threat to the American way of life. Others of you who are made sick by this women?s lies would appreciate the detailed analysis of this book done by Al Franken in his most recent book ?Lying Liars??. I?d suggest that some of her blockhead right-wing supporters listen to Franken?s chapter on Ann Coulter before they parrot her distortions and lies.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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