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TEDDET

Skaneateles, NY USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Zoo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (415)

    All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

    TEDDET says: "Love Patterson, but this was just SILLY"
    "Love Patterson, but this was just SILLY"
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    I love Patterson's books, and I've loved his cooperative endeavors with other authors as well. Still, this book seemed a bit preposterous and silly -- and this is from an avid reader of fantasy and sci-fi! The performance was very good, and the book had a decent flow and suspenseful feel. Heck, I didn't even mind the ending. Nevertheless, this seemed to be one of those "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" type of things that I just couldn't quite take seriously enough to enjoy, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't meant to be comical. I'll certainly read the NEXT Patterson book, hoping for more.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1154)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Blown away"
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    I had read the other Nathan McBride books and enjoyed them, so I figured that "Option to Kill" would be just as enjoyable. Alas, I was wrong. I was already a Dick Hill fan from his narrations of Lee Child's books, but I have to say: the Peterson-Hill combination here is nothing short of exceptional! Suspenseful to the point of hand-wringing and nail-biting, this third book in the series is clearly the best yet. Nathan McBride's tough-guy with good morals character is beautifully written (and well-performed), and the introduction of a young kidnapped damsel-in-distress is a great addition. Highly recommended!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (522)

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    "Perfectly written and well performed."
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    Yes, this is one of Patterson's best. Continuing the Detective Bennett series with rich family characters and a great detective-and-his-nanny romantic tension, Patterson gets it done perfectly as he describes a Mexican drug boss' do-anything and kill-anyone mentality. The book lacks an ending, instead leaving us hanging off the cliff to see how it will resolve, and I don't mind this at all... I'll happily pick up the next in this excellent series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11543)
    Performance
    (10489)
    Story
    (10510)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "An Unexpectedly Great Read"
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    I don't give 5-star reviews lightly, but I thoroughly enjoyed this original work by Peter Clines. Good character development and a very imaginative plot make this one to recommend!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1645)
    Story
    (1652)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Harlan Coben and Scott Brick? A perfect match!"
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    Yes, I've always been a fan of Scott Brick's style. Perhaps it's not for everyone, but I love that each "reading" is a "performance." The story is a who-done-it with lost love, a psycho-killer Ken & Barbie (almost the evil-comic relief of the story), and real people with real flaws. I read several audiobooks a week and found this to be one of my recent favorites. Great plot and a great performance!

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (662)

    The Dalai Lama, at his most compassionate and outspoken, here elaborates and deepens his vision for the nonreligious way. Transcending the mere "religion wars", he outlines a system of secular ethics that gives tolerant respect to religion, those that ground ethics in a belief in God and an afterlife, and those that understand good actions as leading to better states of existence in future lives. And yet, with the highest level of spiritual and intellectual authority, the Dalai Lama makes a claim for what he calls a third way.

    TEDDET says: "An Easy and Informative Listen"
    "An Easy and Informative Listen"
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    This book was given to me as a gift, and I was at first reluctant to pick it up. Once I started digging in, however, I found it memorizing and captivating. The Dalai Lama starts with a basic vocabulary of ethics and morality that starts with our physical sensory input and goes to our enjoyment (or not) of the inputs. From these building blocks, he then goes into how one's moods, innate character, and emotions form our perceptions and projections of everything around us. He contends that in the course of the world, we are but mere blips in the timeline of humanity, so we must use the time well, recognizing that we're connected to everyone else, and learning to expand our compassion and generosity. Finally, the last part of the book walks thru some meditation techniques that allow the reader to build their connectedness and compassion. Recommended!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (107)

    Cassie Wright, porn priestess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With 600 men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr. 72, Mr. 137, and Mr. 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room. This wild, lethally funny, and thoroughly researched novel brings the huge yet underacknowledged presence of pornography in contemporary life into the realm of literary fiction at last. Who else but Chuck Palahniuk would dare do such a thing? Who else could do it so well, so unflinchingly, and with such an incendiary (you might say) climax?

    Dean says: "It is worth the read."
    "Provacative title, but a flacid plot."
    Overall

    So perhaps you're looking for something risque? A thriller that involves forbidden content much like the movie "8mm" that with Nicolas Cage? If so, this isn't it. Guys stand around the waiting area of a porn studio talking about nonsense, and that's basically the plot. Oh yeah.... there's a death, but it's barely instrumental to the plot. Move on to another audiobook if you can.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Mark

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jason Pinter
    • Narrated By Noah Plener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    "I moved to New York City a month ago to become the best journalist the world had ever seen. To find the greatest stories never told. And now here I am, Henry Parker, 24 years old and weary beyond rational thought, a bullet one trigger-pull from ending my life."

    Malle says: "Great audiobook!"
    "My first Pinter book and I'm hooked!"
    Overall

    Non-stop action with great characters. I'm a fan of the thriller genre (Ludlum, King, Patterson), and I'm very excited to have found another favorite author! A newbie reporter wrongly accused of being a cop-killer and then chased across the country with a pretty girl... it sounds (almost) cliche, but it feels new and wonderfully done!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1148)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Carol says: "Horrible Narration Take 2"
    "Good, but Fans Must Have an Open Mind"
    Overall

    I've listened to all of the previous audiobooks in this series, enjoying them immensely! This book differs in that the new narrator says things a bit differently than the all previous books in the series. It takes some getting used to, but you eventually get accustomed to hearing "ley lines" pronounced as "lee lines," "Piscary" pronounced as "PISS-car-ee," and (my favorite/most-annoying) "Takata" pronounced as "TAH-ka-tah."

    The narrator's unfamiliarity with how previous versions were pronounced seems more of a production issue than a narrator issue. The narrator is by no means "bad"... I find her quite easy to listen to, in fact. But the audiobook producers and Kim Harrison herself should have coordinated to make a consistent story.

    By the way, the story is still top-notch and incredibly suspenseful!! A great Kim Harrison work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Great suspense & science"
    Overall

    I was pleasantly surprised with Blasphemy. The science behind the particle accelerator descriptions and the religious twist behind the discoveries combined to make the perfect mix. An easy listen that was hard to put down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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