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Rick Gmail

Santa Monica, CA, US | Member Since 2007

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  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (630)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "Truly a new favorite!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Fifth Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    What a ride - a terrific continuation of Meltzer's previous release. It was great getting back in touch immediately with the characters. As one who is also interested in presidential history, I found the integrated realism of events that surrounded key presidents, Lincoln most prominently, but others as well, very intriguing. It inspired many search and Wiki inquiries to determine any reality in Brad's basis for some of the plot twists. Truly couldn't put it down - made my commute longer by design. Highly recommended.


    What did you like best about this story?

    plot twists, deep basis for story lines, plenty of surprises


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

    Scott's a favorite - as many have said, he could read the phone book and it would be a must-listen


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was pleasantly surprised and inspired to learn more all along the read


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hour Game

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2250)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1060)

    A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

    Kevin says: "Disappointed."
    "Kept me guessing..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This would have been a great television series, even over multiple seasons. Quality consistent with the author and performance. Can't believe I missed this one and feel fortunate to have found it. Top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in a Band: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Gordon
    • Narrated By Kim Gordon
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (338)

    Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth, fashion icon, and role model for a generation of women, now tells her story - a memoir of life as an artist, of music, marriage, motherhood, independence, and as one of the first women of rock and roll, written with the lyricism and haunting beauty of Patti Smith's Just Kids.

    Devona Matthews says: "Great book!"
    "Insight to an era"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While author/reader was key to the experience, emotion to the story was removed for a more literal, level read of the highs and lows of a life and era central to art and music of the times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23453)
    Performance
    (19499)
    Story
    (19483)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Captivating and Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Wild ride, twists, turns and enjoyable throughout. Really liked the three readers. Will be looking for more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12609)
    Performance
    (10820)
    Story
    (10845)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Better than Vol 1"
    Overall
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    More interesting, even some mystery, when compared to Fifty Shades. Worthy follow up. Enjoyable and sets up final chapter. Next?

    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
    (3364)
    Performance
    (3046)
    Story
    (3066)

    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"
    "A treat of a ride"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having no idea where this was headed, it was engaging and a must-continue as I went along for King's ride.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4771)
    Performance
    (4074)
    Story
    (4077)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Engaging Mystery/Legal Combo"
    Overall
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    Story

    Very classic Grisham-like tale that keeps you listening beyond your typical window of commuting or otherwise. Tackles family, legal systems, police investigations and the mind set during each phase. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (548)

    Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

    W. Perry Hall says: "I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You"
    "More reality than science fiction, 60 years later"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fahrenheit 451 to be better than the print version?

    Yes - It renews the current nature of this classic.
    This was an amazing experience - Couldn't stop listening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No question - Guy Montag is solid with sensitivity and depth. Clarisse gives the story direction that further rounds out Guy as the lead.


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

    Tim Robbin's performance was terrific - beyond any of my expectations! It made this an instant classic all over again. I have not heard any of his others but now he, as a narrator, has my attention.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was riveted unlike anything I expected. As my headline states, How is it possible for a book from the early 50's to be so on target with where we are today? When originally read, it leaned science fiction. Now, it's far more the reality of our current technological times.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant. A Must Listen!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (479)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    Mel says: "Buzz-z-z-z-z-z-z"
    "Grisham-Like in the best way"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I found the "experience" of the story and Scott Brick's narrative compelling and addicting to keep me engaged and wanting more.


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

    I didn't see it coming - which I like - and I let the story take me there in a very effective way


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

    Scott Brick is consistent to say the least - It certainly compliments the story when someone of his caliber is at the helm of the read


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

    I think we've all felt frustration, even helplessness, when circumstances spin out of control. There were plenty of these moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (784)
    Story
    (781)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    russell says: "He did it again"
    "Rob Lowe is a "proven" author"
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    Where does Love Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my second experience with a Rob Lowe authored and read selection and I'm pleased to say "Love Life" was on par with his autobiography - a personal, reflective, often humorous, and in this case, family-focused read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rob, of course. Yet, not in the way many of us can fully define depending on the era we became familiar with him. I was taken into his characters as well as the public and private person keeping me engaged as the stories are told.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The missteps that failed to lead to roles and opportunities he would have easily entertained had he had the chance.


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

    Keeping it in Perspective


    Any additional comments?

    Read it!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2224)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1966)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Wow! Refreshing Surprise!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Missing You the most enjoyable?

    This was a total discovery - from the writing, the author and the narrator. It's been a long time since I wasn't able to stop...


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

    The pacing was terrific - the narration equally - many moments when I was unable to stop as I needed to know more about the next twist.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    Everything - I probably gravitated to Scott Brick more often than not in the past but January will now be another top favorite.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A nice mix of emotion, mystery and twisted behavior. Compelling combinations


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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