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Randolph

DeRidder, LA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (357)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "Need to buy three books to know full story"
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    What disappointed you about The Butcher's Boy?

    The reader is not too good but the biggest problem the book leaves you hanging without an ending. It takes the full series to make one story line. They should have made this into one long book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It does not have an ending.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Kramer’s performance?

    Poor


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

    Anger at the book company asking us to believe we purchased a book instead of 1/3 book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am torn between purchasing the third part to make a complaint and knowing what eventually happens.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Finisher

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordinary on the other side.

    John Hopkins says: "An original great from Baldacci!"
    "Not Typical for David Baldacci"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I tried to listen to this book several times and after the third attempt I gave up. More than 1 hour spent and still I see nothing that seems like Baldacci in the least. I will not fight to complete this book. It serves no value to typical Baldacci readers.


    Has The Finisher turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not sure what the genre is on this book.


    What three words best describe Nicola Barber’s voice?

    Reader's voice was good.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure what to say except this was a real surprise that it had David Baldacci's name on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8365)
    Performance
    (7548)
    Story
    (7543)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham back to his best."
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Grisham has a great storyline along with some of the earlier characters from earlier books. Add a great reader and you have a wonderful read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters I have read in early books are back.


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

    Michael Beck is among the top five readers in my opinion. Great voice control and often you get to thinking there are multiple readers.


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

    This book took a couple of days to complete due to interruptions at work but I enjoyed the anticipation of getting back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Enemies Foreign and Domestic

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matthew Bracken
    • Narrated By Mike Kemp
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (123)

    The story begins on opening day of the NFL season, when bullets begin to rain down upon the upper deck of a packed football stadium. A panic stampede ensues, leading to mass casualties. The alleged sniper is found holding a smoking assault rifle, and is killed by a police marksman. One week later, Congress bans the private possession of all semi-automatic assault rifles. Gun owners are given one week to turn in their semi-automatic rifles, or face a five year mandatory sentence.

    B. Lambert says: "Great story if you can get past the performance"
    "Great book with a full potential for present day"
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    What did you love best about Enemies Foreign and Domestic?

    Everything in this book is potentially real for today. I have found it difficult to put down. My wife listened first and found she was so angry with the dirty actions of our government. Our government could easily step over the line at any time. If you feel the constitution is valuable, read how some may attempt to discredit it in order to get selfish demands met.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Potentially possible for today.


    What three words best describe Mike Kemp’s voice?

    Difficult to hear when he attempts to change from one speaker to another. One voice for all.


    If you could take any character from Enemies Foreign and Domestic out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (510)

    Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

    Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

    Ed says: "Will hold your interest till the end"
    "Not typical Harlan Coben"
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    What disappointed you about Hold Tight?

    The story drags terribly in the beginning and it became a chore to complete. It seemed like they the main characters lost the ability to be rational beyond what is believable.


    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have the teenage boy act like a teenager instead of masking everything to where everyone in the book is irrational.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending was the best but unbelievable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hold Tight?

    No one would run into a dead end alley without more care than was displayed.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth the money is correct but what is so bad is actually completing the book knowing it would never get better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (799)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "BORING"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I did not consider it a book to offer anyone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jo Nesbo again?

    The book had no interesting themes and about 1 hour into it I still did not know what it was about. If Jo Nesbo writes this way on other books other people must enjoy something in it. Not me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    No Idea!


    What character would you cut from The Bat?

    The book was impossible for me to get into. I have no idea who to cut.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible book and a wast of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2029)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1703)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "Not able to hold interest"
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    What disappointed you about The Panther?

    The book is very boring. I tried to listen several times but found the book with nothing to keep me going. I listened to two and a half hours but know nothing about the book. I have most of Nelson Demille"s books and enjoyed them. All I can say about this book is how John Corey comes across as a self centered jerk.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    Yes


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

    Scott Brick is a good reader but this books offers little to assist Scott.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I think the writer is low on new ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn on a Distant Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (291)

    Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have settled into their life together at the edge of the New-York wilderness in the winter of 1794. But soon after Elizabeth gives birth to healthy twins, Nathaniel learns that his father has been arrested in British Canada. Forced to leave Hidden Wolf Mountain to help his father in Montreal, Nathaniel himself is imprisoned and in danger of being hanged as a spy.

    Wendy says: "A real Treat"
    "Great Book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dawn on a Distant Shore to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book but doubt it could be better than the performance given here. I completely enjoyed the book but thought the price was too high.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the thought that others can have a mind of thier own as well as the men.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talkeetna Twines: Alaska Wilderness Survival, Mystery and Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Suzanne Bassette
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    A normal Alaskan life is suddenly shattered by violence. Rebecca Milton's reaction to run as quickly and as far as she can leads her deep into the sub-arctic mountains of Central Alaska. Now she must depend on her own survival skills as she faces the extremes of Mother Nature, as well as the rocky road of emotional recovery, but she is not alone.

    Randolph says: "Great idea for a book."
    "Great idea for a book."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Talkeetna Twines to be better than the print version?

    I could imagine the problems associated with hiding and yet the need to survive. Surviving includes the ability to feel value in one's own life and value in others. Listening allowed my mind an opportunity to review my thoughts as well as those by the author.


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

    I enjoyed the mental pictures developed while listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great value for the money. I will listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lake in the Clouds

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (259)

    It is the spring of 1802, and the village of Paradise is still reeling from the typhoid epidemic of the previous summer. Elizabeth and Nathaniel Bonner have lost their two-year-old son, Hannah's half brother Robbie, but they struggle on as always: the men in the forests, the twins Lily and Daniel in Elizabeth's school, and Hannah as a doctor in training, apprenticed to Richard Todd. Hannah is descended from healers on both sides and her reputation as a skilled healer in her own right is growing.

    Arno says: "Love the book but Audible's prices are too high."
    "Excellent follow-up book"
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    What did you love best about Lake in the Clouds?

    The book has great characters and is well read. I do not like the price. It is too expensive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly liked the way Elizabeth's dog reappeared after so long.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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