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Skeptical consumer

East coast, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1545)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (317)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "Simply Awful"
    Overall

    I could not finish listening to this innane novel, even after waiting an interminable time for it to get interesting. I finally gave up, chalked up my loss and moved on. So much for best selling authors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Louis Bayard
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Dr. Hector Carpentier leads a very quiet life, until he meets legendary police officer Vidocq, who has used his mastery of disguise and surveillance and his extensive knowledge of the Parisian underworld to capture some of the most notorious and elusive criminals.

    Booksmith says: "Truly Engaging and Clever"
    "GREAT read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Tower to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Simon Vance is extraordinary in his performance. I felt as though I was watching a play.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Tower?

    I don't wish to spoil it for the reader.


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

    see above. He is fantastic. I've 'read' dozens of books now over the years, if not hundred or so and can put Vance in a category with George Guidall.


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

    Have to think about that


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy period mysteries, you'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plague Ship: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jack Du Brul, Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (272)

    Clive Cussler returns with a new novel in his New York Times best-selling Oregon Files, as Captain Juan Cabrillo and the motley crew of his high-tech spy ship take on their most extraordinary - and lethal - mission yet. Captain Juan Cabrillo finds a derelict cruise ship full of hundreds of corpses - the victims of the Responsivists, a group attempting to control the world's population by means of a deadly virus.

    Jean says: "Action packed suspense"
    "Good plot horrible narrator"
    Overall

    Loved the plot and writing but am a "anti-Brick" listener. He impresses me as a caricature of the actor Cary Grant when he was type cast as a gangster in his early movies. EVERYTHING spoken by Brick is spoken with a type of overly important inflection that is at best, annoying. At worst, had me talking to my iPhone.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (584)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "Premature Publication Syndrome"
    Overall

    I couldn't agree more with the critical reviews posted here. The author, though talented in many respects, needs a better publisher or help with unresolved story line issues.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8021)
    Performance
    (4727)
    Story
    (4714)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "unreadable"
    Overall

    I enjoy Follett's writing but couldn't get past two hours worth of listening, tops. It was painful.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5369)
    Performance
    (2880)
    Story
    (2888)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Tremendous"
    Overall

    The only problem with this book is that it ended as soon as it did! The combination of Flynn and Guidall is unbeatable. In latter pages I was literally crying from laughter at one of the character's (who is a character) behavior. The writing and performance are superb! Let's have another!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2978)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1216)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "tedious"
    Overall

    I enjoy the author. Having said that, his persistent use of adolescent sarcasm reminds you of a failed comedian who is clueless as to why he has failed. This well known narrator also uses such a tedious style of interpreting the main character that you want to blow your own brains out by the end of the book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (491)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "good story, narrator needs help"
    Overall

    I am a fan of the author. He does us no favor however to use this narrator. It was difficult to get past his amateurish performance to immerse myself into the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2499)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (980)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Beyond Tedious"
    Overall

    I was hoping to be entertained by an intellegent mystery novel written by a renouned author. This book was impossible to get through, I had to quit in frustration. The storyline was beyond tedious with a main charater that only rose to the rank of an adolescent whose unfunny and inappropriate humor reminded me of an outsider of the high school "cool kids" that is unendingly acting out silly humorless banter to feel better about himself. Instead of feeling sympathy, this character elicited constant annoyance and the wish that the plot, when it wasn't endlessly repetitive, would hold my interest. It didn't.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wandering Hill: Volume 2 of The Berrybender Narratives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Larry McMurtry continues the story of Tasmin Berrybender and her family in the Wild West of the 1830s. This is the point in time when mountain men and trappers like Jim Bridger and Kit Carson, though still alive, are already legendary figures, and when the clash between the Indian tribes and the encroaching white Americans is about to turn into tragedy.

    Skeptical consumer says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    This installment is even better than the first, Sin Killer. The combination of McMurtry's writing and Molina's versitile performance makes for great listening. It is truly like "watching" a wonderful play when listening to this book. I am not one to go on with superlatives, but this production was outstanding.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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