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Spartan Reader

COLDWATER, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 54 reviews
  • 262 ratings
  • 499 titles in library
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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (915)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen again? Why?

    Yes! The book is well written and a great narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen to and why?

    :Lock Doors" with the same Mary Russel


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

    She has a great voice and sharp British articulation. Jenny can change voices for different people.


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

    No cry or Laugh but just great story line starting from the beginning when Mary bet Holmes


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sandstorm: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (658)

    An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means. Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Story so-so Reading"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Too much detail distract from story! I don't need to know the colors in the ships state room! Story dragged !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (109)

    Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband, Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He's chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common - nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son, Liam, are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target.

    Kate says: "Good Story; annoying narration"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Best of the series! Great storyline and outstanding narration! This series has been interesting and enjoyable !
    I would highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassin: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (300)

    As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin - shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range - kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze.

    Ross says: "Great story, timeline a bit confusing"
    "Outstanding Isaac Bell Audiobook"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Assassin again? Why?

    Yes! It is the best of the Isaac Bell Series. Well written and read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Isaac Bell and the twins.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When it became clear who was the Assassin and the closing conflict


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

    Very hard to put down. This is a great book when you have the time to do it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series. I have loved all the Isaac Bell Series. Great history woven into the storyline.
    Great book!!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Plague

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Abel
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    In the remote, frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean, the high-powered and technically advanced submarine U.S.S. Montana is in peril. Adrift and in flames, the boat - and the entire crew - could be lost. The only team close enough to get to them in time is led by Marine doctor and bio-terror expert Joe Rush.

    Matthew says: "I think I feel a fever coming on...."
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a very well written medical, ethical and military mystery!
    A must read! Five start book and five star narrator!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (742)

    The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

    karen says: "The purgatory of group therapy"
    "First and last"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the first book by Gregg Hurwitz and the last. This was a most wordy and boring book! Scott Brick did a great job carrying the storyline! He could not save this book and poor storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (434)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King garners widespread acclaim for her suspenseful novels rich with historical detail. Set in the vibrant Paris Jazz Age, The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.

    B. says: "Brilliant evocation of Paris in 1929"
    "Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    All we did was wonder around Paris or shall I say lost in Paris! This author has written better but the last for me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7705)
    Performance
    (5563)
    Story
    (5544)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is the most wordy book I have ever listen to in the last year.


    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Too much BS about getting arrested, booked and questioned. Boring story line.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator has little vocal variety.


    What character would you cut from Killing Floor?

    Lee Child I am done........


    Any additional comments?

    I will never download a Lee Child audiobook again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Flagged: Black Flagged, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    A graduate of the Department of Defense's experimental Black Flag program, Daniel Petrovich carries a secret he'd rather keep buried. A secret his government has hidden in the deepest vaults of the Pentagon. Someone is trying to raise Black Flag from the dead, and drag Petrovich back into the poisonous life he abandoned. Someone who knows his darkest secrets.

    John says: "Really enjoyed it"
    "Too Slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Steven Konkoly and/or Joseph Morton?

    No! I felt the pace of this book was too slow and could not get through the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Konkoly again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Joseph Morton’s performance?

    Difficult to listen to. No vocal variety. Boring voice, Too fast


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

    Stopped half way through the book.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (964)

    G.Monie says: "Top 3 out of his 23 Davenport Novels"
    "Too Wordy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wants to be bored to death. Too wordy, has a very slow pace.


    What could John Sandford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Shorten the story so it does not drag. Good story but pace too slow.


    What three words best describe Richard Ferrone’s voice?

    Very good voice and good vocal variety


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None I can think of., Sorry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cinderella Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    In a first-time collaboration, "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark partners with best-selling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.

    Jean says: "Engrossing"
    "Another Hit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Cinderella Murder?

    It was a well written story with great characters and a well written plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The weaving of the story line and the unfolding mystery. Well written and a great story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Near the end when the parts coming together to solve the mystery.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No However, Jan Maxwell has a great voice and adds so much to the Audiobook.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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