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Minda

Wheaton, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 32 ratings
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  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Eight Days to Live: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller #10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It all begins with a painting called Guilt. Eve Duncan’s daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery. But the members of a cult know both the face and the significance behind it. They believe that Jane must die - when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price. But for now, they target those close to her - killing without mercy or conscience.

    Minda says: "Fast-paced"
    "Fast-paced"
    Overall

    PRO: Good entertainment for a long-distance drive. This thriller novel was well paced in the abridged version. CON: The accents of the different characters started to get confusing. I had a difficult time reconciling the male protagonist's high-pitched voice/accent with descriptions of his manliness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2904)
    Performance
    (1410)
    Story
    (1404)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Thrilling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We were listening during our long drive and it kept us awake, alert, and captivated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspenseful pace.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Irene Kennedy served coffee to Mark Ross.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The 4 stars for the story was for the language and the sexual content. I've been listening to the other books in the series and this story had more of the foul language and explicit sexual scenes that were disturbing than entertaining. It certainly did not add to the story. I hope the next books will not be as bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2078)
    Performance
    (1716)
    Story
    (1701)

    CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

    William says: "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    "Narration was a turn-off"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Third Option?

    The narration.


    What could Vince Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Re-do the audio book with Guidall.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Change the narrator to Guidall.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Unfortunately, I paid for this book because I ran out of credits. After listening to the American Assassin and Kill Shot, I decided to start from the beginning of the series. I was forewarned by other reviewers about the poor narration but I was hoping to prove them wrong. My husband listen to the books to keep him awake during long driving trips. But we had to turn off this book because he started to get drowsy.


    Any additional comments?

    Any future Mitch Rapp audiobook purchase much have Guidall for the narrator. I hope the powers that be will decide to redo the old audiobooks with Guidall. Otherwise, we will read them to fill in the blanks of the series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5255)
    Performance
    (2775)
    Story
    (2781)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to American Assassin again? Why?

    Some parts are so fast paced I want to make sure I didn't miss anything.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. My husband and I listen during 4-hour drives to visit college children. When we get to the campus, we'd sit in the car breathlessly waiting for the end of a chapter.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voices bring out the characters' personality


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Farthest Star: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bodie Thoene, Brock Thoene
    • Narrated By Bodie Thoene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When a nativity display on public property is torched by a former US Senator, the media spotlight falls on the forgotten small town of Leonard, Texas, and the new pastor of its only church - Adam Wells. Emboldened by the prospect of leading his tiny congregation in a nationally-televised, first amendment debate that he considers to be a “fight for the heart and soul of America,” Pastor Wells determines not to let anything or anyone, including his wife and his rebellious sixteen-year old daughter, stand in his way.

    Linda says: "Enjoyable"
    "Beyond The Farthest Star"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond the Farthest Star to be better than the print version?

    N/a


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond the Farthest Star?

    Lunchroom scene when Steven invites Ann to join him and his friends at his table. I love his steadfastness and good intentions could not be put off my Ann's gruffness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Steven took Ann to meet his horse Midnight; the explanation for how Midnight got her horrendous scars and how his mother loved the horse to healing; all the while the readers are paralleling Midnight's woundedness with Ann's.


    Who was the most memorable character of Beyond the Farthest Star and why?

    Steven. Orphaned and raised by loving grandparents who taught him how to look beyond appearances and love unconditionally his friends and now Ann.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3980)
    Performance
    (3420)
    Story
    (3398)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Disappointing ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Kill Shot in three words, what would they be?

    Action packed thriller


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Stan Hurley


    Any additional comments?

    Great development of profiles of each of the characters and I half expected one or more of them would be involved with a climactic resolution, instead of the very NEAT unceremonious ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34064)
    Performance
    (25236)
    Story
    (25579)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Suspenseful! Riveting!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Heart-rending suspense!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rue. She was so young and vulnerable and clearly the victim of her circumstance and time.


    What does Carolyn McCormick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice and how she enunciate the words to evoke a other-worldly time of history. Brought out many facets of Katniss' personality.


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

    Sci-Fi


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I are not sure we can handle the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder of Heaven: The Heaven Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    The world's worst fears have dawned. Nothing stands in the way of total destruction...except the love of one woman. Deep in the Amazon jungle a young American woman and the son of plantation owners fall madly in love. For Tanya and Shannon, life is a paradise most only dream about. But today paradise ends. The jungle has hatched more than idyllic love. It has also spawned insidious evil.

    ME says: "The Best of the Trilogy"
    "Too drawn out"
    Overall

    This is one audiobook that could be paced better in an ABRIDGED version. Otherwise, the 11+ hours had many repetitive phrases (e.g., ulcerated lip lesion caused by a bug bite, main character's strong leg muscles, etc) that did not enhance the story. Increasing the reading speed barely eased my impatience. The ending was disappointingly banal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of the Heart: Desert Spirituality and Contemporary Ministry

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Henri Nouwen
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Here is the modern classic that interweaves the solitude, silence, and prayer of the fourth- and fifth-century Egyptian Desert Fathers and Mothers with our contemporary search for an authentic spirituality.

    Minda says: "Very enlightening!"
    "Very enlightening!"
    Overall

    Will need to listen to it again, this time in my study with a pen and paper ready!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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