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Quilter

Pine Island, MN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Cold Nowhere: Jonathan Stride, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Ten years ago, six-year-old Catalina Mateo hid under the porch of her family home while a knife butchered her mother and a bullet killed her father. Now a rough-sleeping orphan, Cat arrives at the house of Detective Jonathan Stride, pleading for protection. Drenched in the icy waters of Lake Superior, she claims to have narrowly escaped a cold-blooded killer. Stride's raw instinct is to protect Cat, whose late parents' case - and his personal guilt associated with it - still sends a shiver down his spine. As a result, he takes the troubled teenager under his wing.

    Quilter says: "Didn't disappoint"
    "Didn't disappoint"
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    If you could sum up The Cold Nowhere in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, captivating, suspenseful


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brian Freeman's books always grab my attention and are the kinds of stories I find it difficult to walk away from. I have to admit that being a Minnesotan I like the fact that his stories take place in Minnesota locales that I am familiar with.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Joe Barrett is probably one of my favorite narrators. His voice is so easy to listen to, soothing rather than grating. He distinguishes between different characters without over doing it.


    Any additional comments?

    It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let it go.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1230)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    Debbie says: "Not My Favorite Reacher..."
    "Slower start than I'm used to from Lee Child"
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    What made the experience of listening to Running Blind the most enjoyable?

    Jonathan McClain does an excellent job of narration! Characters are defined with different voices, but not overdone. His narration is very easy to listen to and even though the story had a somewhat slower start than usual, I didn't want to stop listening to it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Running Blind?

    When the guilty party was revealed, I don't want to say any more because I don't want to give away the plot.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan McClain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is one of my favorite narrators for all of the reasons I mentioned above.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm never disappointed with the Jack Reacher books, they keep me sucked in until the very last page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4191)
    Performance
    (3517)
    Story
    (3511)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Kept me interested throughout"
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    What made the experience of listening to Patient Zero the most enjoyable?

    There were many twists, I never really new exactly who all of the "bad guys" were. The story took place in two locations, one part told in first-person by the main character and the other part in third person. The switch in locations was handled very smoothly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Patient Zero?

    There were many memorable moments, but I wont be specific because I don't want to give any of the plot away.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene when the guilty got what they deserved.


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

    Yes, I always wanted to get back to it. I listened to part of it while working out and felt guilty because I didn't want to stop when my friends joined me.


    Any additional comments?

    I already owned the third book in the series, but decided I wanted to read them in order so I purchased this. I'm glad I did because I understand the background of the mean characters. I'm going to get the 2nd book before listening to the 3rd. Ray Porter does an excellent job with the narration. He's very easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Franette Liebow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When rookie lawyer Jessica Ford gets the call from her boss, John Davenport, the senior partner at the illustrious law firm for which she works, she can tell he is well on his way to being drunk. He needs Jess to meet First Lady Annette Cooper, for whom Davenport is a personal lawyer, at a Washington, D.C., hotel. Jess is thrilled: this high-profile assignment must mean that she's earned her boss's trust and she's on her way to bigger things. But unfortunately, bigger isn't always better.

    soliloquy says: "pursuit"
    "Book was good-narrator is another story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story had a good plot and lots of interesting twists and turns. It kept me guessing right up to the very end.The only thing that made the entire 11 hours and 40 minutes excruciating was the narration.


    What didn’t you like about Franette Liebow’s performance?

    There was nothing I liked about Franette Liebow's performance except when it ended! The entire book was read in the voice of a damsel in distress from a bad romance movie. The men were either high pitched and screechy or so overdone with the fake accent they weren't believable. I'd dreaded the romance scene that I felt was in the offing and it was even worse than I'd feared, because of those voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely read more of Karen Robards's books, but I will never again listen to anything narrated by Franette Liebow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Barkeep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    Justin Chase is the perfect barkeep, tending bar as he lives his life, in a state of Zen serenity, until Birdie Grackle, a foul-mouthed alcoholic, walks into his bar and makes a startling confession. Six years ago Justin’s life was ripped apart when he discovered his mother’s bludgeoned corpse. Now Justin’s father is serving a life sentence and Justin drowns his emotions in a pool of inner peace. But when Birdie claims he murdered Justin’s mother for cash, Justin is hurled back to the emotions, back to the past, and, most frightening of all, back to the father he tried to leave behind.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Pour me another!"
    "wasn't an i can't wait to get back to it"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I didn't feel there was 12 hours of story to the book. Lots of twists and turns, but I wish a few of the loose ends had been tied up.


    Would you recommend The Barkeep to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It just want as thrilling as many of the other books I've read/listened to.


    Did Luke Daniels do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he did different voices and was consistent with them. I've listened to others that are better.


    Was The Barkeep worth the listening time?

    For me, not really.


    18 of 27 people found this review helpful

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