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Phillip

GRANT, AL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer (editor)
    • Narrated By William Dufris, Karen White, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (288)

    With this anthology, best-selling author Brad Meltzer introduces 21 original stories from today’s most prominent mystery writers. In Laura Lippman’s "Waco 1982", a young reporter stuck with a seemingly mundane assignment on lost-and-found boxes unwittingly discovers a dark crime. In Joseph Finder’s "Heirloom", a scheming neighbor frightens the new couple on the block with an unnerving tale of buried treasure. In R. L. Stine’s "High Stakes", a man on his honeymoon gets drawn into a bizarre bet involving a coffin, a bet he may pay for with his life.

    Sharon says: "Worth the Credit"
    "Not much of a mystery in these stories"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the mysteries had any mystery behind them. The stories were okay, but maybe the focus should have been on fewer but more robust stories.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Meltzer (editor) again?

    Not one of these collections.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    The narrators were okay, the stories just lacked teeth.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mystery Writers of America Presents The Mystery Box?

    I would have cut the quantity of stories in half.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf's Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed. Now, three years later, the army asks him to end his retirement and parachute into occupied Paris. A mysterious German plan called the Iron Fist threatens the D-Day invasion, and the Nazi in charge is the spy who betrayed Michael’s lover. The werewolf goes to France for king and country, hoping for a chance at bloody vengeance.

    ratna says: "A Must Listen"
    "Took some time to get into it but..."
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    I wasn't really feeling this at first and bought it strictly because Robert McCammon is one of my favorite authors. After an hour or 2 I nearly game up, but I'm glad I didn't. I would absolutely recommend this book, it is well written with great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Little Girls in Blue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Hours after throwing a third birthday party for their twins Kathy and Kelly in their Connecticut home, Margaret and Steve Frawley return home from a dinner in New York to discover the police in the house, their daughters missing, and an eight million dollar ransom note. The Frawleys meet the kidnapper's demands, but the abandoned car they're led to contains only Kelly, the body of the driver, and a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and dumped her body in the ocean.

    Kathi says: "A good story--will hold your interest throughout"
    "Had to abandon this one"
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    I lasted about 2 hours and had to abandon this one. I didn't care for the narration, the way the story jumped around, or the writing style. Instead of writing, for instance:

    He thought back to last Tuesday, when he had spent the day hanging out with friends.

    She writes like:

    He remembered last Tuesday. "I spent the day hanging out with friends and had a great time", he thought.

    I probably didn't do a very good job of explaining that, but if you listen you will understand what I mean and may find it as annoying as I did.

    Obviously I am the one-off as everyone else seemed to enjoy it, so take this for what it's worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (463)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Vintage King"
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    I loved this book. I was really disappointed when I learned that Will Patton would not be narrating this one, but I thought that David Morse did a very good job. Well worth the wait and the credit.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Accounting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Great Suspense With Great Depth of Character"
    "Awesome read."
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    This was a great listen and well worth the price. Great storyline, great characters and great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By George Ralph
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    In a desolate orphanage in what remains of post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion - and flourishes when he's supposed to die. The discovery of his unique immune system may hold the key to the long-awaited cure for cancer and AIDS - and a link to a clan of vampires.

    Kelly Howard says: "needs a different reader"
    "Good read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Children of the Night to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but I laughed when I read Kelly Howard's review after I finished it because I kept thinking Rodney Dangerfield too. I also felt that the reader didn't pause enough between chapters and scenes and it really left me unbalanced at times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a new twist on the Dracula story and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Dan Simmons is one of my new favorite authors.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "Slow beginning, but worth the wait."
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    If you could sum up Hanging Hill in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the wait. The first half hour or so frustrated me, but it all sorted itself out and it turned out to be a pretty good book. Well worth what I paid for it.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was surprising and it left me wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burn: Pure Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julianna Baggott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Casey Holloway, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    The fate of the world is more fragile than ever as Pures battle Wretches and former allies become potential enemies. Inside the Dome Patridge has taken his father's place as leader of the Pures. His intent had been to bring down the Dome from the inside with the help of the secret resistance force led by Partridge's former teacher Glassings. But from his new position of power, things don't seem quite as clear. Perhaps his father had been right.

    MM says: "Lazy ending"
    "Felt Unfinished"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it. It was a good story with great characters. Like most, I didn't particularly care for the ending as it kind of left some unanswered questions, but it was well worth the credit.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked all of them but Casey Holloway, she sounded robotic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Megan Miranda
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Nobody really believes in a curse. Until you know the people who disappear. Too much coincidence, you look for reason. Too much death, you grasp for something to blame. Carson pulled Delaney out and he died on the side of the road with her mouth pressed to his. Her air in his body. Troy. She told the cops it was suicide. Didn't matter. The lake released her and grabbed another. But when Decker's father dies in a pool of spilled water on their kitchen floor, all Decker can feel is a slow burning rage. Because he knows that Delaney knew that his dad was going to die.

    Cathy says: "Painful to listen to"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Vengeance? What did you like least?

    This story had a ton of promise, but fell well short in my opinion. The ending was decent, but the bits in the middle were extremely painful. The main character was not even remotely likeable and I kept screaming for him to suck it up. He was the "poor pitiful me" angry type that I just can't connect with at all. It's hard to like a novel if you couldn't care less about the main character. I kept wishing that the "curse" would take him out.


    Would you recommend Vengeance to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, for the reasons already stated.


    What three words best describe Therese Plummer’s voice?

    She has a good voice.


    Was Vengeance worth the listening time?

    It wasn't horrible, but it also wasn't one that I would listen to again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2531)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1778)

    New Year's Day, 1990. The Berlin Wall is coming down. The world is changing. And in a North Carolina "hot-sheets" motel, a two-star general is found dead. His briefcase is missing. Nobody knows what was in it. Within minutes Jack Reacher has his orders: Control the situation. But this situation can't be controlled.

    Corinne says: "Made me really admire Reacher"
    "Outstanding"
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    Where does The Enemy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Now one of my favorites, it has a great storyline and the narration is superb.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Enemy?

    When Reacher and his brother go to visit their mother. It was very touching and made me miss my own mother.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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