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Vaughn

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  • The Race: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (698)

    It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates - an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost - and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.

    Clint says: "Up, Up, Josephine..."
    "Early flight at it's best"
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    Would you listen to The Race again? Why?

    I am a huge fan of Dirk Pitt, but with the Isaac Bell series, I have a new favorite Cussler character. The race is set during the early days of flight, when anybody daring enough was free to fly. The description of a cross-country air race during this time gives you a window into how people strove to push the limits of flight.


    What did you like best about this story?

    While the story revolves around the air race, it is a typical Cussler mystery with twists and turns. Isaac Bell is as brave and cunning as Dirk Pitt. If you like the Pitt series, then this is an excellent change. You get the same fantastical events, but instead of ships, subs, and sunken treasure, you get primitive planes, early automobiles, and trains.


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

    Scott Brick is a pro at these books. I always enjoy his work. When I see his name, I know the narration will be top quality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky You: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Edward Asner
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Grange, Florida, is famous for its miracles - the weeping fiberglass Madonna, the Road-Stain Jesus, the stigmata man. And now it has JoLayne Lucks, unlikely winner of the state lottery. Unfortunately, JoLayne's winning ticket isn't the only one. The other belongs to Bodean Gazzer and his raunchy sidekick, Chub, who believe they're entitled to the whole $28 million jackpot. And they need it quickly, to start their own underground militia before NATO troops invade America. But JoLayne Lucks has her own plans for the Lotto money - an Eden-like forest in Grange must be saved from strip-malling.

    Elisabeth says: "Not My favorite Hiasson Audiobook."
    "Great characters, great story, and quite funny too"
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    Where does Lucky You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Carl Hiaasen. His books always have colorful characters that make for a funny adventure. The characters are often simple minded people trying to make the score of their life, but every step of the way they find a way to make the adventure more interesting and funny.


    What other book might you compare Lucky You to and why?

    It's like an Elmore Leonard novel set in Florida. The comparison is based on the dialog style of writing.


    What about Edward Asner’s performance did you like?

    Asner does a pretty good job. I've listened to other Hiaasen novels that had better narration, but Asner's reading doesn't detract from the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've never experienced Hiaasen, you may want to select an earlier book like Tourist Season, Double Whammy or Lucky Dog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2924)
    Performance
    (2568)
    Story
    (2591)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think this could have been made into a 4 or 5 star book. I couldn't finish it. It was long, tedious, and difficult to continue. The story was very slow in developing.


    What could J. K. Rowling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She should have added some wizards, teenagers, and a boarding school. Trying to move from adolescent fantasy to adult fiction doesn't work for her.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (626)

    A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

    Blackmac says: "quick easy listen"
    "A refreshing twist on a detective story"
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    What did you love best about The Chase?

    I've read and listened to a lot of Clive Cussler's works. I'm a huge Dirk Pitt fan. With Isaac Bell we get a glimpse of what Drik Pitt might have been if he came of age 100 years ago. The series takes you from coast to coast, but while the books are fast paced and full of twists, Bell has to travel by train for cross-country trips.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Chase is a good foundation for the Isaac Bell series. I recommend reading them in order because just like Cussler's other books, these build on each other as well.


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

    I loved getting a glimpse into life 100 years ago. So many of the conveniences we take for granted weren't even enjoyed by the most wealthy individuals of the day. As with any Cussler book, he describes the means of transportation in great detail so you get a real of being in the train or early automobile.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undertaker's Widow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Eric Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Judge Richard Quinn is young, idealistic, and honest to a fault. That's why he's handed the most sensational homicide case in Oregon history. Locked in a race for the U.S. Senate, Ellen Crease gunned down the intruder who murdered her wealthy husband. In a single, brutal instant she became a widow, a victim, and a hero. Yet disturbing questions remain. What secrets did the man who started his fortune running mortuaries keep that might have cost him his life?

    John B. Zerkel says: "Worst Narration I have EVER heard.."
    "Read the book, forget the audio"
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    What didn’t you like about Eric Dawe’s performance?

    Mr. Dawe read in such a monotonous tone that I could not finish listening. I read this book in 1998 when it was first released and it made me an instant fan of Phillip Margolin. I have either read or listened to all of his books as a result of reading this book. I decided to go back and listen to the book since it has been 15 years since I read it. I have listened to over 100 books through Audible and this is the first time I can remember where I stopped listening because of the narrator. I was seriously disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very entertaining book and well worth the read, but I couldn't listen to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • U Is for Undertow: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (395)

    It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is 27, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories.

    BSquared67 says: "A brilliant departure from the familiar"
    "As always, an enjoyable listen."
    Overall

    Sue Grafton's alphabet mystery series continues to provide good stories. This time Kinsey has to explore a side of her rarely seen in previous novels, but it rounds her out as a person. Judy Kaye is the voice of Kinsey Millhone. If you enjoyed A-T, you'll enjoy U. The down side is that there is only 5 books left in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fletch Won

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory Mcdonald
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    As a fledgling reporter, Fletch is doing more flailing than anything else. That, and floating around from department to department, trying to figure out where he fits in. His managing editor's got him pegged for the society pages, but the kind of society Fletch gets involved with is anything but polite.

    Deborah says: "Quirky and Interesting"
    "I wish there were more Fletch Novels"
    Overall

    If you enjoyed the previous Fletch Novel, you’ll probably like this one too. In this prequel, MacDonald showed the origins of Erwin Flecher’s journalism career. His attempts to scoop the story are great, but some of his sarcastic attempts at humor fall flat. I read the Fletch novels several years ago and was disappointed that it took so long for another one to come along.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (464)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    teresa says: "no wonder it was on sale"
    "Not a typical Grisham novel"
    Overall

    As I listened to The Appeal, it struck me how different it was from the typical Grisham novel. I was also amazed at how familiar the story sounded. It was not until after the I finished the story that I learned that Grisham used my home state as the foundation for the story. Of course it was loosely based on the 2004 West Virginia Supreme Court election. In that election, a coal executive spent millions of dollars through a group called "And for the Sake of the Kids" in an effort defeat a sitting justice. Of course Grisham added some suspense and evil characters on both sides of the election that hopefully didn’t exist in West Virginia, but I found the ending to be a bit disappointing. I miss Grisham's earlier work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3146)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (940)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "The amazing thing, it's a true story"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is quite long, but it covers years. I’m glad I read the book before watching the movie. The movie glossed over the actual struggles in the war, particularly Wilson’s attempts to have a weapon developed that could shoot down the helicopters. The story not only gives a glimpse at the way a third world country could defeat the mighty Soviet Union, it showed the inner workings of Congress and the ability of one man to work the system for a cause in which he truly believed. I found the background story of Wilson’s discussions with
    Tip O’Neal involving John Mertha, and O’Neal providing Wilson with the committee assignment that he needed to fund this war, and of course a seat on the Kennedy Center’s Board. A poor bachelor in D.C. needs a place to take dates. I also found the story of Gust Avrakotos to be quite compelling. Without Gust in the right post with the C.I.A. at the right time, Wilson never would have succeeded. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2083)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (513)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    This is Michael Crichton at the top of his game. Whether you agree with the political overtones in the book or not, it does cause you to think about the issues, and just how far some are willing to go to make their points. This is by far his best work over the last 2-4 books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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