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Rio

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  • Hannibal Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (214)

    Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

    Terry says: "Needs Professional Voice"
    "Total disappointment"
    Overall

    An explanation of why Hannibal became a cannibal pricked the minds of all readers of Thomas Harris. However, this book was a major disappointment. Why did Mr. Harris deem it necessary to read his novel? The fact that he can string a sentence together does not have the natural progression of also being able to narrate those sentences. The book was not by any means stellar, but his reading took it from mediocre to abysmal. I felt cheated by the story, and although the premise was intriguing, listening to Mr. Harris read was absolutely painful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2279)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2061)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Excellent book - horrible narrator"
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    Where does All the Light We Cannot See rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is not my top choice because of the narrator. The breaks that he takes for dramatic emphasis made me want to chuck it all and get a print copy. I had trouble finishing it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Zach Appelman?

    Anyone! I could have read it better!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (600)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Joan says: "Time to Give Baldacci a Break"
    "Unbelievably, this is his best yet!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Escape the most enjoyable?

    The Escape captures today's headlines and turns them into a thrill ride from the opening chapter. John Puller is an honorable man who's first duty is to his country. He has seen battle and has scars to prove it, but all skirmishes up to this point are mere practice when he encounters one of the most diabolical adversaries of his career. The Escape is a one-sitting listen, that cannot be turned off, and having read all David Baldacci novels, this one is so exciting, it left me stunned. The book is extremely well thought out, and all pieces fit, creating a reading experience that has no equal.


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

    The Pentagon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, the Pentagon. 'Nuff said!


    Any additional comments?

    For an exciting read from beginning to end, I highly recommend The Escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3373)
    Performance
    (2983)
    Story
    (2975)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Ted says: "Luxury Vehicle… Does It All"
    "Gripping and well executed"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Where does The Gods of Guilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    To me, nothing could top the Lincoln Lawyer. Was I ever wrong! This book grabs and doesn't let go, and Michael Connelly belongs in the pantheon of great writers. Exceptional storyline, believable characters, and the culmination of a tale that could reside in the headlines. This book is number one on my list, and it will take a novel with real guts to pull it down to number two.


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

    The plot is a thread in a web of incidents that holds the reader spellbound. Sounds trite but in this case, spellbound is the only way to describe it.


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

    Peter Giles is an exceptional reader who truly understands his script. This allows him to voice the material in such a believable manner, making the characters real, tangible, and visible. I could see the incredulity in Mickey Haller's face, the streetwise looks of Earl Briggs, and the sinister countenance of James Marco. Mr. Giles is an excellent narrator.


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

    Absolutely, and I'd have given myself a resounding head slap if I'd missed a word if I'd had the occasion to doze. Stayed up waaaay past my bedtime to hear the end and I don't regret a minute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (159)

    In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark - until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.

    Lora says: "The Ridge--I Loved It!"
    "The Ridge is excellent!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ridge the most enjoyable?

    This one is a real page turner. The Ridge starts slowly, almost lazily, giving each character flesh and personality, then allows the reader to see into the minds of each. The other impact that I felt when reading, was that it is so visual. One can see the deep woods surrounding the town; the beauty of the cats at the preserve; and the omnipresent lighthouse.

    Kevin Kimball is revealed to be a man of intelligence, great honor, and fortitude, and he does not waver. His is a lonely life, but he attends to duty in the face of all odds. He is truly the strong, silent savior of his town from the beginning to the very last, nail biting end.

    This is a ghost story, but not one that can be totally labeled as such. It is not quite like any that I have read, mainly because of the way that it is told. Upon completion, I was filled with a tinge of sadness, but the end is a matter of just the way it had to end. I cannot give any hints about this story, because to do so would be unjust to the reader who has not read this book, but I must say, you will not be disappointed. The Ridge is one of the best books I have read in some time, and now, I am hoping that a movie is made. This one really needs to be on film.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2265)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (881)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This book is killer excellent! I have read and loved all of the James Lee Burke novels featuring Dave Robicheaux, and really didn't think it could get any better. But...this book is fabulous! Burke's poetic, flowing, writing style pulls the reader into the world of southern Louisiana, in a story that is absolutely riveting. No one can turn a phrase like James Lee Burke because he makes all the characters - bad guys and good - three dimensional and alive. The rain becomes a character in a James Lee Burke novel! Each character can be visualized; their flaws and foibles apparent and real. Dave has been the tarnished hero in all Burke novels, but here, he shines, and his humanity is unquestionable. Loved this book, and yes, it may very well be the best Dave Robicheaux to date, but I hope that it is not the last!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13682)
    Performance
    (6071)
    Story
    (6151)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Hauntingly beautiful"
    Overall

    Water for Elephants is a haunting novel, filled with so much life. Though the characters are old, the story is fresh and new. I loved this book and when it ended, I was genuinely sad. I wanted the story to go and on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1069)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Bad"
    Overall

    I want five hours of my life back, and I think Joe Hill owes them to me! The lost hours were spent slogging through his pretentious book, Horns. What a monumental waste of good reading time!
    This book is apologetically pompous. I cannot understand any of the rave reviews, except that no one wants to admit that he/she didn't enjoy reading it. It's like the Emperor's New Clothes. Those who wanted to appear smart - lied, and stated that they saw clothes. Those who were honest said, 'what clothes?'
    I didn't get this book, and I'm not ashamed to say so. Wait...I must rephrase that. I got it, but it stunk so badly, it was ridiculous! Horns wants one to examine personal faith, reasoning, and the reality of one's life, but it does it in such a clumsy manner, that it really doesn't merit deep examination. The book is shallow; a transparent desire for the dollar. It reminds me of another money-grab: Congo, by Michael Creighton. Heart-Shaped Box did so well, Mr. Hill decided to hit the suckers upside the head one more time. Did it too early, though. Creighton wrote Congo well into his career. Maybe he needed a new Mercedes or something, and decided to tap the ATMs known as his readers. Hill is pretty new in his career, and a book this pitiful is a real gamble.
    Joe should read more of his father's books. Stephen King is best known for writing horror, but to me, he is the best at simply writing. I read very little horror, not my favorite genre, but the beauty of King is that his writing is complete, and he never leaves untied strings. His denouement always leaves you satisfied. Understand - a few unanswered questions in a novel provoke thought for a reader, but the unanswered, heavily veiled unanswered questions found in the trite pap Horns, invokes a gag reflex.
    I am infinitely sorry that I bought Horns, but from now on, all Joe Hill books must come from the library. Then...I may lose a few hours, but at least my money will still be in my wallet!

    9 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2066)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (478)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    RJT says: "And the ending?"
    "One of the worst books EVER!"
    Overall

    One of the worst books I have read for the past ten or twenty years. He really let me down and I could care less if he decides to write what the remainder of the world calls the greatest novel in history. I for one, will not buy it. I don't think I would stoop to renting it from the library. What a lousy ending and the entire "novel" was one step from driving me into a comatose state. I continued to listen because I was certain it had to get better. It never did. Think of this book as an ax murderer. It murdered any desire that I will ever again have to subject myself to long-winded, boring, John Grisham drivel!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23681)
    Performance
    (10268)
    Story
    (10349)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Mesmerizing"
    Overall

    This book offers more intrigue and mystery than any other. It is spellbinding, and I truly wish there were more superlatives to describe it, but there are none. But I must say that it ranks in the top five of books that I have read during my lifetime, and for me, that is high praise. Mr. Larsson's death was a blow to the literary world, and I will be on pins and needles until his next book is published here in the US.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2488)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (523)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This novel demanded willful suspension of disbelief, but it was one of the best I have read in quite some time. Dumas would tip his hat to such a excellent homage to his book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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