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ftmgal

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  • Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (170)

    Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. Alex's need for vengeance was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge - raising his children without their mother. Years later, Alex has left the FBI and set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life finally feels like it's in order. Then his former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. Now Cross must go on the hunt for the most cunning killer he has ever faced....

    Sherry says: "Great read!"
    "Only for true Alex Cross fans"
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    I had stopped reading Patterson years ago since he seemed to sell his name to the highest bidder to put on their books. But I had enjoyed the early Alex Cross novels, so I thought I'd give this a try. What a disappointment. This is one long advertisement for the Mercedes Crossover. (Another type of sale!) Not a great story. Also, I was confused by the two voice narration. They certainly were ok, but I really didn't see the point of having two, especially since they were fairly similar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished: The Profiler, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Heiter
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Eighteen years ago, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine's best friend Cassie Byers disappeared, the third in a series of unsolved abductions. Only a macabre nursery rhyme was left at the scene, a nursery rhyme that claimed Evelyn was also an intended victim. Now, after all these years of silence, another girl has gone missing in South Carolina, and the Nursery Rhyme Killer is taking credit. But is Cassie's abductor really back, or is there a copycat at work?

    ftmgal says: "Enjoyable, good listen"
    "Enjoyable, good listen"
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    Small quibbles about Evelyn continuing to go into dangerous situations without backup, etc. but premise was unique enough to hold my interest. The veteran local cop was rather heavy handed, but he had a reason for the obvious chip on his shoulder trying to live up to his father's history. Likable partner and boyfriend, not the same men. Boss was a caricature but played minor role.

    I liked the narrator. I'm not sure why but I could only listen at 1.25 speed rather than my usual 1.5 speed. Not a complaint, just an observation.

    Have already bought the next book and look forward to getting to it in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Justice: Tom Gray, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alan McDermott
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    When ex-soldier Tom Gray loses his wife and child to a career criminal, it seems life can’t get much worse. But when the killer is let off with time served on remand, Gray knows there is something fundamentally wrong with the justice system. Engaging the help of his ex-SAS buddies, he kidnaps five repeat offenders and asks the public to vote on their fate: Should they be allowed to continue their criminal ways with inadequate punishment, or has Britain had enough?

    ann says: "Great concept! Great story!"
    "Really inventive, original plot"
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    I would have done given 5 stars but was a bit disappointed in the ending. Obviously, he was laying ground for a sequel but I would have liked to know a bit about what happened to some of the other characters. I see there are at least 3 sequels and I will definitely buy the 2nd. I do tend to rate lower than many so I'm sure book has lots of 5 stars.

    The narrator's voice was fine but I didn't pick up on distinctions when he was speaking as Tom Gray, the MI5 guy, Mansour, or even Sally. It must be hard when story is told by different people, but with no change in voice or tone, it sometimes took a minute to figure out who was telling the story at any given time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    Hercule Poirot's quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified - but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman?

    Amazon Customer says: "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing Baby"
    "Perfect Poirot!"
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    I really felt like Christie herself could have written this. There is something so smooth about the writing. It felt very comfortable and almost felt comforting. And the narrator was spot on.

    In this, Poirot is retired and takes a room pretty near his regular home to just be by himself and recharge the little grey cells. None of the usual characters were around him but he meets up with a policeman and works with him on three murders in the same hotel, in different rooms, but at about the same time.

    Story itself wasn't outstanding, and the policeman was emotionally troubled and seemed rather dense. But that gave the author a good excuse to explain everything very clearly. I assume he would recur in future stories, and hopefully be quicker on the uptake.

    But there was just something very comfortable about watching Poirot work, and interact in a society that just wasn't made for him, that make this an especially enjoyable listen. I find some books are enhanced by audio, some are better off read. This definitely was made for audio.

    Christie estate chose well with this author and narrator. Kudos to both.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (355)

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Lauren says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Never Fails to Deliver"
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    This is the fourth book I've listened to from this author and have enjoyed all of them. I keep coming back for more and plan to eventually listen to them all. (So little time, so many books!) I'm not an "easy" rater, and take the time to rate only those books I really like, or occasionally, dislike. But these are comfortable, well-paced, well written, and include flawed but credible characters. Violence is not terribly graphic in this one.

    Usual protagonist, Joseph O'Loughlin Ph.D., is an important, but supporting character in this outing. O'Loughlin has Parkinson's disease so has to use his skills as a psychologist rather than fists. In this outing, he is helping police inspector Ruiz recover memory of a traumatic encounter which included being shot. Ruiz has been haunted by a child abduction three years earlier, for which someone has already been convicted, without a body being recovered. Now a ransom is demanded, alleging child is still alive, throwing into question the whole history of the case. Ruiz is not popular with his peers and he must deal with those issues as well as finding a solution to the abduction and probable killing.

    I usually listen at 1.25 speed, but this narrator holds up well at even 1.5 speed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (357)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

    Kitty says: "A Visit to Another Era"
    "Samuel L Jackson is the Best"
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    1950s Harlem wouldn't be every body's cup of tea. Having said that, I really enjoyed it. The characters are so well described and the story, although farfetched and somewhat farcical, kept my interest. But mostly, it's the characters that are so interesting. Although there are a lot of them, I didn't have any trouble keeping track of who was who. Fair amount of violence, but quick and not terribly graphic. And you can't beat Jackson's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (804)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "Great insider look at 2008. I loved it."
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    Narrator had a nice voice BUT!! If you're reading fiction, it's fine for the narrator to pronounce given names as he/she wishes. But when you're dealing with real places (Kissimmee) and public figures (Malia Obama, Senator Bayh, (I forgot the name he botched in Part 1), it is totally unprofessional and disrespectful to not find out the proper way to pronounce a name properly. I doubt I would listen to another book narrated by him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4647)
    Performance
    (3557)
    Story
    (3565)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "As Good Now As It Was 50 Years Ago"
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    Of all the books I read in my late teens, only a few stayed with me. Alas Babylon was the one I most remembered. I bought it on Audible, not sure if I could bear listening to it again. Would it be less now, or would it still have the same powerful effect on me, and did I want to experience that again? I finally listened and yes, it is still powerful, thought-provoking, and haunting. But I'm glad I reread it. So many of the mystery/thriller/adventure stories that I read will be gone from the world in a snap. Alas Babylon will still be powerful, thought-provoking, and relevant in another 50 years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (373)

    The "Big Three" are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars. Except...there's a new killer on the loose. And his handiwork bears a disturbing resemblance to some of the finer points practiced by the Big Three, details that never even made the papers.

    Charlotte says: "Top drawer entertainment - as usual!"
    "Another Good Outing for Lucas Davenport"
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    What can I say about John Sandford and Lucas Davenport. They're the best. I knocked the story down one star, only because it was really fantastical. But that didn't stop me listening and enjoying the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2677)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2292)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Best Yet from this Author"
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    I've read her first two books, fine but not exceptional. This one is! An interesting look at partnerships; husband/wife, detectives, sisters, old friends, siblings, mother/son. She shows the personal tragedy resulting from the overbuilding, and ultimately, the financial crash in Ireland. Also, she writes a realistic look at a family's struggle with a sibling with serious mental problems. I really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet: Agatha Raisin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    In the delightful Cotswold village of Carsely, the air is heady with romance. Agatha Raisin is convinced that the new vet has taken a shine to her. But before she can get anywhere, handsome Dr. Paul Bladen is accidentally killed while attending to Lord Pendlebury’s horse. So was it really an accident? All the evidence points that way, but the circumstances are decidedly suspicious....

    wookie's mom says: "Ya Gotta Love Aggie"
    "If You're In the Mood for a Fun Cozy"
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    When I want a light read to offset heavy reads, I turn to a number of favorite cozy characters, including Agatha Raisin. I don't read them in order, because wherever I reenter Agatha's life, I know it will be fun and easy to catch up. The story wasn't my favorite, the villain being a bit far-fetched, but I always enjoy irascible Agatha trying to lure James Lacey into her web.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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