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Sally

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  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (1482)
    Story
    (1479)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "wasted money"
    Overall

    I can't believe I am rating a Vince Flynn novel as one star but here it is. How sad. I have purchased this novel in paper but I hate to read, then I purchased it in an abridged format, YUK, and despite the reviews I was excited to get the entire thing read to me. NOT. This narrator is really bad. I can handle the narrative parts but when he does voices Mitch sounds like a whining 16 year old kid, Kennedy and all women sound the same, like old ladies. It is so bad it overpowers the excellence of this book. If this is your first audible purchase do not judge audible by this terrible production, it is rare to be this bad. To audible, either issue refunds or get this redone and offer to replace this fiasco. To Simon and Shuster audio, shame on you. This is really inexcusable.

    59 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mildred Armstrong Kalish
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    As foreclosure fragments her family, five-year-old Mildred and her three siblings find refuge with her grandparents enjoying a modest retirement. When the "little heathens" flush the seniors and their child-rearing skills out of retirement, the grandparents deploy tough but loving bedtime schedules, Bible and prayer routines, and plenty of character-building chores. Having no electricity or indoor plumbing and with little heat or money on the farm, Mildred learns to find joy in the priceless blessings of life.

    Susan says: "Makes you appreciate today's living"
    "Check other listing for this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For some reason there are two listings for this book, one at the regular price and one at the 5$ price. I have not finished this book, only 3 more hours to go. I am finding it boring and slow. I am not interested in recipes when they are read step by step, other folks are. There is no story, no drama, just a memoir, as advertised. Anyway, just wanted to point out the need to check all the reviews for this book. Maybe they'll consolidate them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (894)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Should have had 5 stars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Scott brick is one of my least favorite narrators because he over-emotes overlaying his interpretations on the authors words. I suppose all narrators do this but his way of reading with affect is very distracting to me, in fact, twice in this book I laughed out loud at his interpretation at a place that didn't warrant it. The result was I feel he changed one character from a strong competent person into a clingy needy female. The story is phenomenal, a wonderful experience. I cannot but wonder how many stars I would give it (10) with a reader I liked better. Sorry. But I can still recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (258)

    For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

    alexis says: "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
    "Thank you, Mr. Hill"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was in the 9th grade when JFK was assassinated and watched every second of tv coverage. Still the Jackie we saw was one-dimensional. Thanks to this book I now have a much greater appreciation of this amazing woman. Talented, smart, funny, and strong. Thanks Mr. Hill for giving me a greater appreciation of who she was.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3696)
    Performance
    (3095)
    Story
    (3119)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Don't like performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Male voice is ok, at least it doesn't detract from the book. Female voice is not good, although I have listened to the before I still do not like the two voice format especially when she is so poor. Her voice does detract from the book. The book is enjoyable and I don't usually like this author. All in all not bad but not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Tuesday Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (120)

    On the morning of September 11, 2001, two men meet in a smoky stairwell of the World Trade Center. One is Eric Michaels, a driven financial manager from Los Angeles who has been busy climbing the corporate ladder, often at the expense of his wife and young son. The other is Jake Bryan, a New York City fireman devoted to his wife and daughter. In the midst of the crisis, Eric falls on the stairs and Jake stops to help him up. The two men freeze momentarily, stunned by the uncanny resemblance between them.

    ANN says: "What a concept!"
    "warning, very religious"
    Overall

    I just reread the blurb about this book to see if I missed the religious aspect of it. I usually avoid books like that since, for me it distracts from the story line. Well, the story line of this book is God, everything else is secondary. Audible should at least note this somewhere. The high point were the narrators, they did a great job. If you don't mind the hard sell religion you'll probably enjoy it, for me, not so much :(

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26198)
    Performance
    (20011)
    Story
    (20088)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "not worth 2 credits"
    Overall

    I would give it 4 stars if I didn't feel I had overpaid for it. Granted it is long but it is not so outstanding that I will buy any more of the series UNLESS they become 1 credit or maybe a sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (722)

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "don't waste your money"
    Overall

    This is a poorly crafted, confusing story with such poor character development that at the end I really didn't care about any of them. To top it off, the narrator is not my favorite. Sorry but this will be my last purchase from this author and I will think twice about this narrator.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    In K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain, Viesturs explores the remarkable history of the mountain and of those who have attempted to conquer it. At the same time he probes K2's most memorable sagas in an attempt to illustrate the lessons learned by confronting the fundamental questions raised by mountaineering - questions of risk, ambition, loyalty to one's teammates, self-sacrifice, and the price of glory.

    Bradley says: "Good book"
    "redundant"
    Overall

    Bummer. There are so many outstanding K2 stories that EV does not have to retell so much of what he already said in Shortcuts. His saga pales in comparison to say Julie Tullis or Wanda among others. Bottom line, you won't hear anything new in this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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