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  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Art Peck says: "Book was good"
    "Skip the abridged version."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I couldn't recommend the abridged version because of the weak narration; charactervoices are sometimes indistinguishable and his French accent is nonexistent.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Vince Flynn? Why or why not?

    Yes. Great story lines and strong protagonist.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Armand Schultz’s performances?


    Was Kill Shot worth the listening time?

    Not this version...couldn't make it past 16 chapters; it was painful. I'll try the unabridged version.

    Any additional comments?

    I think reviews of listeners is important for prospective buyers; I know it is for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Newbern

    Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles - the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery. Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America. But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money - an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling.

    Taree says: "Made me want to play the lottery"
    "Lucky? Who?"
    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or George Newbern?

    Yes, but with a different narrator. Loved the humor.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amber - a voice of reason in an strained plot.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was painful. Only the content kept me going past the first chapter. Sounds like this was his first read and needs to listen to Scott Brick to see how a professional performer does it.

    Could you see Lucky You being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    Any additional comments?

    The Week book review moved me to listen to this book. I will stop taking views from The Week seriously. The producer of the Audible book should review his/her notes as to
    why this narrator was hired....and learn from their mistake.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer? The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn't want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong's opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway - his father is dying - Harry's buried instincts begin to take over. Then a female MP is discovered brutally murdered.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply Fantastic! A great buy!"
    "Jo Nesbo still on his game. Robin Sachs is superb"
    If you could sum up The Leopard in three words, what would they be?

    Epic crime novel.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Nesbo's insight into the workings of the criminal mind are accurate as any seasoned law enforcement officer can attest.

    Which character – as performed by Robin Sachs – was your favorite?

    Sachs had all the characters nailed. I thought it was a flawless performance.

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

    Harry Hole's bleak landscape contains an intimate knowledge of death and dying.

    Any additional comments?

    I had some difficulty with the Norwegian character's names, but this is small price for the payoff by the end of journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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