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Suzanne

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  • Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (387)

    Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

    betsy says: "Where's the rest?"
    "Great book!"
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    I love this story and the whole trilogy! The characters are very typical teenagers, complete with those you love to hate. The story is fun, and we lean about time travel right along with the lead character. Got a little lost in the conspiracy, but still, a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1102)

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "Great Book!"
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    This one hits it all. Great plot, characters and writing. You won't want to put it down. Still one of my all time favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (377)

    Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it.

    Patti says: "Utopia (unabridged)"
    "One of my all time favorites"
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    This is one of my all time favorite stories. I've listened to it several times, and each time I get something new from it. It's got everything: A great plot, evil bad guy, smart characters, and an amazingly thought out setting. AND it's very well written. Highly, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Switch: Tucker Wayne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (339)

    The mission seems simple enough: Extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil. But nothing is as it appears to be. A desperate call thrusts Captain Tucker Wayne and his stalwart military dog, Kane, into a frantic race to rescue the brilliant-but-deluded Abram Bukolov from a cadre of skilled assassins. Hunted and betrayed at every turn, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a horror out of the ancient past that can be weaponized to terrorize the modern world. As time rapidly runs out, the deep and intimate bond between dog and soldier will be tested to the extreme.

    Lawrence says: "A good start to a series"
    "A lot better than I expected!"
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    I resisted this for quite awhile, for, thought I love James Rollins, I really wasn't sure I was ready for one of his books with a dog for a main character. The introduction of Tucker Wayne and Kaine into the Sigma Force in an earlier books was well done, but I felt they took over too much of the story, so I wasn't sure I wanted to read this.

    However, this was terrific! Tucker became a fleshed out character in his own right, not a cardboard foil for Kaine. All in all, it was a terrific story that stood out on it's, well thought out, plotted and beautifully written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptid: The Lost Legacy of Lewis & Clark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Eric Penz
    • Narrated By Sean Schroeder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Something haunts the woods of Olympic National Park, a nightmare in hiding. Its existence has been kept secret by a conspiracy that stretches back to President Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis & Clark expedition. The truth that we have not been alone on this Earth would have forever been lost except that some species just won't die.

    Suzanne says: "Interesting, action packed, but . . . ."
    "Interesting, action packed, but . . . ."
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    I love a good, creepy, adventure yarn in the spirit of James Rollins or David Golemon, and I really thought I'd found one here. And the premise is wonderful, and the story is well laid out and moves right along.

    But . . . there is way too much expounding and lecturing in between the action sequences. It almost reaches the point of preaching about endangered species, government and the like. If it were a printed book, I'd be skipping those sections. They get old after the second time you've heard them. By the fifth, I'm done with them.

    In addition, the author tells us 'about' what is happening, rather than writing the scene. And the hyperbole gets almost laughable by the end. He also uses the same expressions over and over. For example, the puppet master who manipulates the marionette strings behind the shadows of the stage, is fine the first time (if maybe a little over the top), but by the third time it's repeated, I'm ready to move on. I get it, all right?

    And where one descriptive word would do, the author seems to think 10 would be better. For example ,the phrase 'she was lovely' would, in Penz's world, be 'She was as lovely as the sun through the fragrant pine needles on a summer's day casting dancing shadows on the bright grass'. (I kid you not). It gets pretty laughable at times.

    In addition, the author's foreshadowing is about as subtle as a sledge hammer. It's inappropriate, and adds a jarring note throughout. He made his point with describing the Cryptid. He doesn't need to go into the more personal attributes of his characters. It tends to be rather grating, and doesn't fit with the flow of his narrative. He needs to trust his readers to 'get it' without beating them over the head!

    Overall, the plot and story are great, and the pieces hold together well. If the author could cut about three hours of redundant posturing and over-the-top language out of the story, he'd have a winner. I hope to see better things of this author as he matures as a writer. So ultimately, worth listening too, but won't listen to it again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

    Cecil says: "What a sleeper - I could not finish it"
    "An okay book"
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    I want to like this book more than I did. It was very well written, and the imagery was stunning. But it was trying to be more than it should. The main story was a great action / adventure, and was terrifically done. But it was also trying to be a story of a woman discovering herself, and it didn't do this very well.

    Frankly I had a hard time reconciling Eve as the woman at the beginning of the book, with the strong woman who bested the top terrorist. Yes, suspension of belief is necessary for something like this, but this was a bit over the top.

    And although the imagery and writing style were beautiful, they really didn't work with the violence and action taking place in the story.

    Although the book was interesting, it's the second of this author that I've tried, and I probably won't try another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under a Graveyard Sky: Black Tide Rising, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (515)

    Zombies are real. And we made them. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? The Smith family is, with the help of a few marines. When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia, and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope.

    Aerindel says: "Interesting beginning that goes nowhere."
    "Got really old, really fast"
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    I made it through only part of this. It was interesting, with a great premise, and a great start. Then, two problems became very clear.

    First, the author tried to do too much. He was not only detailing the Zombie 'virus', the science behind it, AND get into the personalities and characters of too many people. And generally, he didn't do any of it well.

    Secondly, the characters were cartoon, cardboard cutouts of people. They were all too 'quippy'. A 13 year old, mercenary wanna-be, named Faith, of all things, who could handle weapons better than the boys, was cute at first, then just got annoying. That was one example.

    I made it through the first half. Not quite sure what the author planned to accomplish in the second half, much less the next book. So, essentially, very little plot except 'shoot em up Zombies'. After 7.5 hours, I still had absolutely no idea where he was trying to go with this.

    I love satire and farce as much as the next person, but this just got really, really old. My recommendation? Don't bother!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (774)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Slow start, great ending"
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    This is a long book, in a very, very long series. I almost didn't continue after the first couple of chapters, but I'm glad I did. It grew on me. The slow beginning is necessary in order to set up the Safehold world. I enjoyed the story as it began to grow, and introduce the plot.

    It's a slow moving book, with a lot of moving parts to keep track of, but it is mesmerizing, with a lot of detail. I did get a bit tired of the technical aspects of weapons and trooper movements, but overall, the characters are likable (or hate-able, as the case may be), and very clear which are heroes, and which are villians.

    Definitely worth finishing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Technothriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (389)

    When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.

    Nathan says: "Awesome!"
    "Interesting and different"
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    A very unique story. Even at the end, we are never certain exactly what Bub is, but we do know he doesn't bode well for this world. There was real subtly in the plot, and I was kept guessing. I liked the writing, and the way this was approached.

    That said, I almost quit midway and returned this, as the violence ended up being gross and disturbing. The description by the author was almost gleeful as he was clearly trying to upset the reader. Not normally squeamish, this was more than I needed, and certainly was not helpful to the story.

    The plot on it's own was more than enough. The overkill on the violence almost ruined the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 6th Extinction: Sigma Force, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (270)

    A remote military research station sends out a frantic distress call, ending with a chilling final command: Kill us all! Personnel from the neighboring base rush in to discover everyone already dead - and not just the scientists, but every living thing for 50 square miles is annihilated: every animal, plant, and insect, even bacteria. The land is entirely sterile - and the blight is spreading. To halt the inevitable, Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma must unravel a threat that rises out of the distant past.

    Craig says: "Third Rollins book in a row diminished by Narrator"
    "Great story, irritating narrator"
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    The story is terrific. It's back to James Rollins normal standards, whereas his last couple had faltered somewhat. The new narrator is probably just fine for other books, but a little to over the top for this story, and detracts rather than adds to the action. I find myself constantly pulled out of the action by his voice, or his accent. His women's voices aren't great, and considering a great many of the major characters in this story are women, it can be gateing. Same goes for accents.

    Listen to the sample. The narrator will either drive you crazy, or won't bother you at all. Just make sure you know before you purchase.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10659)
    Performance
    (9638)
    Story
    (9724)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Really enjoyed this"
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    I expected to read a formulaic version of Brown's 'Da Vinci Code', and in a lot of ways, this was. But the opening scenes with Langdon not knowing who he was added a whole new dimension. Over used plot device? Well, yes. But very well done, and used to good effect. Brown's standard treasure hunt plot was in evidence, but it was enjoyable, slickly done, and a terrific listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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