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Spartan Reader

COLDWATER, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • Cross My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Tom Wopat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (490)

    Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

    Susan says: "Cheap Trick - Shame on Mr. Patterson"
    "Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Cross My Heart better?

    Better story line. Goes on and on about family. Very thin story line. Cookie cutter book.


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Diverse story


    How could the performance have been better?

    Speaker was good


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

    It ended without and ending. Now wait an buy toe follow up book.


    Any additional comments?

    Time to develop better storyline and not cookie cutter books. Alex Cross in over and done.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Intercept: A Jeremy Fisk Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dick Wolf
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (190)

    Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet flying over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer of this being just the work of another lone terrorist. Fisk suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another scheme has been set in motion.

    Katherine says: "Page turner"
    "Outstanding Audio Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Intercept in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Mystery Audiobook


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

    Yes! Excellent character development. Never know who the Terrorist was until 80 percent of the book was read, Multi levels of deception and mystery. Excellent storyline with layers to think about and digest. Plot gives you lots to think about in to day's world.


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

    What a wonderful book read by a great narrator. Varies voices and easy to listen vocal tones.


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

    When the true terrorist was exposed and caught.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story teller from TV turned book author. Great job.!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Myth: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    September 1861: All is not as it seems. With these cryptic words, a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln. And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold, Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge: save thousands of American lives, or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever?

    USA Buyer says: "No Plot"
    "No Plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was a bunch or words and not true story line. Waste of time. Steve Berry's books are following the same formula. No good.


    What could Steve Berry have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get a plot, develop characters with real action.


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

    Scott is great and he carried the book. He is the best. I am shocked he took the job.


    What character would you cut from The Lincoln Myth?

    The plot


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live to See Tomorrow: Catherine Ling, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the unforgiving streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of 14, already having accumulated more insight and secrets than the most seasoned professionals in her world. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: Her son, Luke, and her mentor, Hu Chang.

    USA Buyer says: "Pointless"
    "Pointless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Have an actual plot rather than a rant on getting into Katherine's pants


    Has Live to See Tomorrow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Horrible


    What didn’t you like about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?

    Great


    What character would you cut from Live to See Tomorrow?

    Iris the writer


    Any additional comments?

    Should send this back. Horrible storyline unless I totally missed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Catcher: Nick Baron, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James R. Hannibal
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Over ten years ago, Air Force major Nick Baron was part of a failed special ops mission that left a B-2 stealth bomber at the bottom of the Persian Gulf. Now, leading his men - the Triple Seven Chase team - Baron must find the bomber and dispose of it for good before any unfriendly nation can steal the onboard technology for its own purposes. But as the team embarks on its mission, there are greater dangers waiting.

    JL says: "Fun book"
    "Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Shadow Catcher?

    The story line in lame! Drags on and poor story development. End of the line for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

    Horrible. Voice was odd if not weird


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

    Very disappointed


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KnockOut: FBI Thriller #13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    Seven-year-old Autumn Backman has a gift: she can communicate telepathically with others. Not everyone, mind you, but with a select few with whom she shares a special kinship. When Autumn and her mother, Joanna, take her father's ashes to be buried in the family plot in Brickers Bowl, Georgia, she witnesses a horrifying sight: her grandmother and two uncles, burying a pile of dead bodies in the middle of the night.

    Lehua says: "Predictable all the way"
    "Less Than Stellar"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Too wordy, poor character development, Slow pace and boring


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Coulter again?

    Yes! Only one more to listen to and will have listen to them all.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes! He may have saved to story.


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

    Bored!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (59)

    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?

    ALLEN says: "Grisham Continues to Excel"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    What a well written book. Great character development and story line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    The ending as he brought all the pieces together. I could not turn off my iTouch. Listened from start to finish. WOW


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

    Great. New to me but liked him very much!


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

    Yes the ending was emotional


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great writing, great narration and fantastic ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got You Under My Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    In this suspenseful audiobook from the number-one New York Times best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark, a Manhattan ER doctor is brazenly murdered in front of his young son in a city playground. Five years later, his killer is still at large. Meanwhile his widow, Laurie Moran, is now an award-winning TV producer. Still haunted by her husband's murder, she has been raising their son alone. Laurie and her TV crew have just received the green light to produce a new cold-case series.

    USA Buyer says: "Paimful to listen to!"
    "Paimful to listen to!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less charcter development. Over and over


    What could Mary Higgins Clark have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Find another style, getting to be cookie cutter books!


    What about Jan Maxwell’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding. She was the only reason I finished the book.


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Think twice before you buy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (244)

    Not far from Washington, D.C., in a wooded area of Northern Virginia, a small house at the end of a gravel road serves a secret purpose. With its sophisticated security apparatus and hidden miniaturized cameras, it is being used by the FBI to interview one of the most important witnesses the agency has ever had, a young woman with an incredible story to tell. But a few people know about the secret meeting. And for them, a violent drama is about to begin.

    ABC says: "Missleading"
    "Pointless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Saving Faith?

    I have listened to this book for two hours and there is not story line. Endless and meaningless dialog.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Yes! He is the best but missed big time on this audio book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Kramer’s performances?

    Horrible. No vocal variety. Too much breath after ever sentence. The most horrible reader ever. Never again will I buy an audiobook with him as reader.


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

    Anger Waste of money


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Private L.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (390)

    Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists, and just all-around good people. When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth.

    USA Buyer says: "Excellent Audio Book"
    "Excellent Audio Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Private L.A. to be better than the print version?

    Love the narrator. Have not read the print version. Why would I ???


    What did you like best about this story?

    Moving plots surrounding the main plot. Keeps your interest and attention. Excellent plots making up a great story. Alex Cross books have run their course. They are not cookie cutter books. Private Series is fresh. Great character with unique personalities.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    John is strong and focused.


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

    Team support and friendship.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and great series. Keep it going.....................

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear... She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work....

    USA Buyer says: "Not up to par!"
    "Not up to par!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story line. Horrible story. Too wordy. Sick book. I cant believe people rated this higher than 2 let alone 5.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Preston and Lincoln Child


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator was excellent. The story was not entertaining and more than dark.


    What character would you cut from Fear Nothing?

    The whole book. Write something and hope the name of the author will sell the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Want my money or credit back/

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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