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P Carnell

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103
REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
15

  • Great North Road

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (927)

    A century from now, thanks to a technology allowing instantaneous travel across light-years, humanity has solved its energy shortages, cleaned up the environment, and created far-flung colony worlds. The keys to this empire belong to the powerful North family - composed of successive generations of clones. Yet these clones are not identical. For one thing, genetic errors have crept in with each generation. For another, the original three clone "brothers" have gone their separate ways, and the branches of the family are now friendly rivals more than allies. Or maybe not so friendly....

    Flapjack says: "Get the Timeline and Cast of Characters"
    "Enough is too much"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    An intricate story told in foreshadow and flashback, advancing the narrative ever so slightly over so very long in clock time of listening. The three stars is because of the abuse of my patience. The story is very good, the reader is amazingly flexible - all those different characters. I can't believe such an imaginative and capable author could not have crafted a more tolerable and less tedious length.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Currency

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By L Todd Wood
    • Narrated By Michael Sears
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In Currency, Wood has pulled off a first novel that captures the listener with a pause-registering adventure, while it addresses head-on the most pressing and intense global economic, military and political issues of our very challenging current times. Wood's real world experience on both Wall Street and at the center of the US Military Special Operations world, combine with his love of history and command of current global issues, to create a story that is as intense and gripping as it is timely.

    Ahava Deutsche says: "Must Read - fast-paced and gripping"
    "It's not good"
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    A cautionary tale about allowing foreign nations to finance western government deficit spending. Oh, and there's a brief history of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr woven as background. There isn't enough story to call it a novel. The narration sounded as if English was not native to the performer. The rhythm is choppy and the melody of sentences is wrong. The words were pronounced correctly, but the overall effect was unpleasant. If this had been the first audio book I had listened to, it would have been my last.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2482)
    Performance
    (2213)
    Story
    (2194)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "Shadow puppets"
    Overall
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    Story

    The characters are silhouettes cavorting against a dim background and storyline. The action bursts (unbelievably) rather than builds. The ending is miraculous and mercifully short.

    The narrator delivers each syllable as if he were narrating a film noir.

    The title says it all for me - I never will waste my time with author or narrator again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "Satisfying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The premise is fascinating, the characters are fairly well drawn, the plot moves along quickly. Best of all, the story has an ending. The puzzle has a reasonable solution and the emotional conflict is somewhat resolved. It's all good. If only the editors would remove the umpteenth recap, the book could be a third shorter and nearly perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intercept: A Jeremy Fisk Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dick Wolf
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (209)

    Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet flying over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer of this being just the work of another lone terrorist. Fisk suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another scheme has been set in motion.

    Katherine says: "Page turner"
    "Nah....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Our hero's ability to divine criminal intent from scanty circumstance is just too jarring. Time after time, you will find yourself shaking your head in disbelief. So, the intrigue becomes tedious; the action becomes mime. Let this one pass.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (849)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "Whodunit at the beach"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The young, inexperienced sidekick of the oh-so-noble, heroic-yet-vulnerable investigator tells the story so that you feel like you are sitting in a beachside cafe listening to this engaging young man. The characters are distinctly drawn within the narrative and by an outstanding reading performance. The action is clear. Identifying the villain is not easy. This was a very entertaining summer read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wings of Fire: Ian Rutledge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    When reclusive war poet Olivia Marlowe and her half-brother, Nicholas Cheney, die together in their ancestral home on the Cornish coast, it looks like suicide. The grieving relatives gather together to discuss the fate of Barcombe Hall, when another shocking death occurs. Inspector Rutledge, who is still shell-shocked from his experiences in the Great War, is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate. Rutledge is soon convinced that the answers to this baffling case lie within the family’s secret history.

    Mike says: "Both History and Mystery"
    "Comfortable whodunit"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Wings of Fire?

    The people, side situations, and landscapes described are like visiting your great aunt in her small village. You are never touched by the environs, but are content to watch for hours.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for excitement, keep looking. But, if you are looking for soporific narration and a straightforward plot that tolerates lengthy naps, you have it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (525)

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Yawn...."
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    What disappointed you about Guilt?

    The moves from 3 rd person narration to first person narration were jarring...but I persevered. The circumstances surrounding, the facts of, and the procedures following the finding of the bodies were just dull. Nothing to inspire either the reader or the listener. I returned it after struggling through 16 chapters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2802)
    Performance
    (1696)
    Story
    (1706)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "Memorable"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Very happy we took the time to listen to this one. Excellent vehicle for a truly memorable performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Throw

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Gilbert
    • Narrated By Andrew Timothy
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Morrissey, head of London's Regional Crime Squad, is trying to bring down a financial empire which is involved with organised crime and drug smuggling. He enlists the help of a Welshman and his pretty ex-girlfriend to aid him in the 'Snakes and Ladders' operation.Michael Francis Gilbert (1912- 2006) is recognized as one of the most versatile British mystery writers. He was a lawyer in London for many years and at one point had Raymond Chandler as his client. He wrote almost every sort of mystery and thriller.

    Marina says: "One of the best Brits, and one of his best books"
    "Thought about turning it back"
    Overall
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    There are only so many books a person has time for and so many that are better than this one. It isn't awful, it just isn't worth the time. The composition leans more heavily toward screenplay than most and the reader does not make much distinction between characters. If the sound of the reader turning the pages bothers you, skip this one.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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