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Sheila

Changed my thoughts on this book since I've realized it's part one of a trilogy; story = 4 stars.Wish Audible made this clear on their site.

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  • Privileged Information

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Alan Gregory is a clinical psychologist with a thriving practice in Boulder, Colorado. His life begins to unravel when one of his female patients is found in an apparent suicide and the local paper begins printing accusations from an unnamed source of sexual impropriety between the woman and Dr. Gregory. He launches a psychological and personal quest for the truth that rapidly intensifies when more of his patients die untimely deaths, and Gregory suspects not only that the deaths are related but that another one of his patients may be somehow involved. Lacking facts but roused by suspicion and troubled by seemingly random acts of terror around him, Gregory starts to fear for the safety of the people he loves. The question of the inviolability of confidential disclosures made to Gregory by his patients - privileged information - becomes crucial as the psychologist pursues an unsettling romance with Lauren Crowder, a lovely deputy district attorney investigating one of the deaths. Bound to silence, Gregory follows the psychological tracks of someone he fears may be a cunning and disturbed killer, while turning to his enigmatic but supportive partner, Diane Estevez, for counsel, and to his tart-tongued female urologist neighbor for support. The sinister, surprising drama unfolds against Boulder's Rocky Mountain backdrop, in the arresting natural beauty of Aspen, and in the midst of a baroque Halloween costume party in downtown Boulder. Finally, in a lonely mountain lodge enshrouded in menace, the story comes to its breathtaking climax.

    Paula says: "Psychological Thriller. . . and More!"
    "Maybe the Next Book(s) in the Series are Better"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Stephen White and/or Dick Hill?

    I'm not moved to buy another book by Stephen White, this is his first book in the series and since there are 19 more books, I'm going to assume some body liked them. I like Dick Hill but I don't think this was is best performance; yes I would try another book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen White again?

    I bought this book which is book 1 in the series, and the 2nd book at the same time, at some point I'll listen to the 2nd book, but if it doesn't improve I want listen to anything else.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    He's done better


    What character would you cut from Privileged Information?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Psychologist Alan Gregory is the dumbest educated character I've come across. I figured out what was happening way ahead of him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Road: Smokey Dalton, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (169)

    Private Investigator Smokey Dalton works for Memphis, Tennessee’s black community. He has almost no interaction with the white hierarchy, even though they exist only blocks away. So he’s surprised the day a white woman walks into his Beale Street office. Laura Hathaway has sought him out because he’s a beneficiary in her mother’s will, and Laura wants to know why. So does Smokey. He’s never heard of the Hathaways, but his search will take him on a journey that will change everything he’s ever known.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enjoyable and informative read."
    "Easy Rawlins is That You?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The character Smokey Dalton would make better use of his education and intelligent, the explanation given by the author as to his current station in life doesn't ring true


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It needed to remind me less of Walter Mosley's character Easy Rawlins, at times it seemed I could finish Smokey's sentences.


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

    Mirron Willis is one of the best narrators I've listened to, he has a great voice and knows how to bring characters to life


    Did A Dangerous Road inspire you to do anything?

    I actually researched the author


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to listen to the 2nd book in the series for closure, but doubt I'll listen to any others

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1054)

    Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

    General Zod says: "I'm Hooked!!!"
    "The Weakest of the Trilogy"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Wayward the most enjoyable?

    The characters


    If you’ve listened to books by Blake Crouch before, how does this one compare?

    I thought this book served too much as a bridge between books 1 and 3 and didn't do enough to stand on its own


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (997)
    Story
    (1000)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    Shelley says: "Enjoyed, But Too Many Holes..."
    "Loved the Closure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Last Town?

    I loved the way it wrapped up the trilogy, I found it very satisfying


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Town?

    Hard to say without giving too much away


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I would buy a new trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switchblade: An Original Story

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (366)

    An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant. Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Good for a short Short Story by a Favorite Author"
    "I'll Wait for the Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Switchblade? What did you like least?

    Harry Bosch and Harry Bosch.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

    The story was flat and the characters dull.


    Did Switchblade inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to wait for a complete book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (356)

    When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash, he is told that Lena - the gorgeous blonde woman who was on the back of his bike - doesn't exist. The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her? Convinced that Lena is as real as he is, Rob teams up with Rebecca Lewis - a London-based PI who has a mysterious connection to Laura - to follow the clues. He learns that even a close-knit community like the Isle of Man can hide dangerous secrets that will not stay safe forever.

    Dave says: "Intriguing twists and turns"
    "Liked the Plot But...."
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Don't know who would enjoy it more.


    What could Chris Ewan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The pace of the book needed to be picked up, at times it was boring.


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Wager: The Heaven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (183)

    Kent Anthony is a brilliant software engineer who is cashing in on a brilliant career. He's finally living the idyllic life, far from thoughts of theft and murder and other kinds of horrible criminal behavior. He's left his past far behind.... or so he thinks. This story will bring you face to face with a hidden world more real than most people ever realize; a world where the unseen is more powerful than anything seen.

    GrandmaG says: "Climbing the ladder of success. What's at the top?"
    "Loved the Journey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Heaven's Wager again? Why?

    Maybe, but I'm not usually driven to listen to a past read. I am going to complete the trilogy.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gregory – was your favorite?

    Kent Anthony


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

    No it wasn't, but I did make it a priority.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the journey of Kent Anthony's growth but it was his Mother-In-law's faith that moved me the most.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4673)
    Performance
    (4164)
    Story
    (4166)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Hooked!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Suspect?

    Suspect pulled me in immediately, I listened to a free chapter and had to buy it. I loved the relationship between Scott and Maggie (a dog) and how they needed each other so much.


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

    No, this is the first one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunters: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (395)

    Two brutal murders and millions of missing dollars in the growing UN/Iraq oil-for-food scandal have led Castillo and his team to an estancia in Uruguay, where the man they seek is murdered right before their eyes. Who is responsible? Most likely, the people higher up in the dirty-money chain - those willing to risk anything to keep their secrets from being revealed.

    Thomas says: "Excellent, but must read in sequence"
    "Enjoyed It"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would spend a little less time reintroducing the characters in this series


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to books by other authors that were also narrated by Dick Hill and think he has excellent range, I can always distinguish his characters without any problems.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, this is what I call a popcorn movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Treatment

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    In Silent Treatment, best-selling author Dr. Michael Palmer crosses the line between medicine and murder with a heart-pounding thriller guaranteed to satisfy fans of medical suspense.

    When his wife mysteriously dies the night before she is scheduled for surgery, Dr. Harry Corbett realizes a killer is moving through the wards of Good Samaritan Hospital - a killer so sophisticated and silent that he can only be a doctor.

    Cynthia says: "A cautionary tale for healthcare reform"
    "Could Have Used a Good Editor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Michael Palmer’s story?

    The story was too unbelievable, and too long.


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s voice?

    Good


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

    Amusement, I laughed at places that wasn't intended to be funny.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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