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PETOSKEY, MI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Board Stiff: An Elliot Lisbon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kendel Lynn
    • Narrated By Rachel Frawley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    As director of the Ballantyne Foundation on Sea Pine Island, SC, Elliott Lisbon scratches her detective itch by performing discreet inquiries for Foundation donors. Usually nothing serious until Jane Hatting, Ballantyne board chair, is accused of murder. The Ballantyne's reputation tanks, Jane's headed to a jail cell, and Elliott's sexy ex is the new lieutenant in town. Armed with moxie and her Mini Coop, Elliott uncovers a trail of blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, and investment scams. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more treacherous her investigation.

    Takeyabue says: "A strong start to a new cozy mystery series"
    "good listen, kept me interested"
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    What other book might you compare Board Stiff to and why?

    the "alphabet" mysteries. maybe the "storm" series. not the same character exactly but in that genre for the main characters attitude or personality. more up beat.not grim like the cornwell character.


    Which character – as performed by Rachel Frawley – was your favorite?

    over all good narration with them all. in my opinion its generally harder for women to do men than vice versa but this narrator pulled it off smoothly.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator did a good job with different character voices. appropriately distinct but not exaggerated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1042)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "great story, well written, well read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Red Sparrow the most enjoyable?

    this is a great book. i listen to a lot of books, don't review many but i really reccomend this one. the reader is great and the flow of the book and apparent depth of knowledge of the author is riviting. i look for reasons to get back in the car to listen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the plot is well paced and very interesting. the author had fun with the "intersections" of the characters.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    just right on.


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

    i hope there is a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    i am looking for the next book. another author i really enjoy is john sanford and i am glad he writes so prolifically, this autor is in that class

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8650)
    Performance
    (7800)
    Story
    (7804)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "as good as Sandford, Connelly, or Turow"
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    If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

    a page turner


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    hard to pick a favorite, they are all so spot on


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

    this reader is GREAT! the accents and inflection are perfect.


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

    good suspense and twists


    Any additional comments?

    really this is quite a book. i get everyone of Sanford, Connelly and Turow's books and this is one of Grishim's best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (906)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "fantastic"
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    If you could sum up Chiefs in three words, what would they be?

    gripping, compelling, realistic


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the plot twists were unexpected even for a frequent flyer like me, but actually more believable than many stories. i listen to a lot of books but i don't write many reviews. woods is one of my favorite authors and this book is GREAT. even better is the narration. i loved listening to this one. i may listen to this again just to hear it read.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Hammer???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    its weird. when Hammer introduces a book i don't think i will like his reading but once he starts he is soooo good with accents, gender changes, and appropriate inflection that i think he is in the top 3 or 4 readers.


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

    yes but my bladder is not big enough for that.


    Any additional comments?

    get this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (468)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "couldn't be better"
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    Where does The Last Lion rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    top tier


    Any additional comments?

    this is a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (733)

    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    John M says: "Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this."
    "more please!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. if you like history, if you like great historical figures, you must absorb this work.


    What other book might you compare The Second World War to and why?

    William Manchester books. both are history well told. the difference is the perspective. Manchester reports on historical figures lives in an interesting and captivating way. Churchill tells it himself. Both great.


    What about Christian Rodska???s performance did you like?

    really? i thought it was Chruchill himself.


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

    that would be stretching it a bit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1047)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "always great, when does the next book come out?"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bad Blood?

    every thing Sandford writes is terrific.


    Which character ??? as performed by Eric Conger ??? was your favorite?

    i love his characters and the dialogue is very real.


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

    the best thing about Sandfords books is the completeness of the story. it could happen. the characters think and talk like real people. the emotions are believable. the situations and twists are interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    i hate it when his books end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (356)

    Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader.

    Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.

    Jillian says: "Highly recommended"
    "burdensome to listen to"
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    What would have made River God better?

    the story was very cumbersome. i have read and listened to many of Wilbur Smith's books and generally liked all the rest but i eventually quite listening which i have only done with one other book and i have listened to.


    Has River God turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no. the genre is fine and many of Smiths other books are good.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from River God?

    this was just cumbersome writing. an example of word and metaphor over kill.


    Any additional comments?

    I've said enough.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (736)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "very entertaing and informative"
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    If you could sum up Bloody Jack in three words, what would they be?

    fast interesting real


    What other book might you compare Bloody Jack to and why?

    really a stand alone book


    Which character ??? as performed by Katherine Kellgren ??? was your favorite?

    bloody jack


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

    great story, makes you want to cheer


    Any additional comments?

    i was surprised by how much i liked the story and the reader was great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9014)
    Performance
    (3241)
    Story
    (3318)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "audible book hell, save your credit"
    Overall

    lame and unbelievable production book by an author who stretched way too far. i was trapped in audible book hell, a long car trip with this as my last book. there were some interesting historical facts and the original premise had promise but the "evil doer" was so bizarre and the "tension" situations so totally improbable that this should have been labeled sci-fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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