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jackie

LAS VEGAS, NV, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (971)

    Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

    jb says: "Superb New Volume in Silva's Gabriel Allon Series"
    "FANTASTIC!"
    Overall

    I look forward to Daniel Silva's novels. I love Gabriel and the crew. I thought the narration was terrific. I don't know what these people are talking about. I thought this was his best book ever.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    Dennis says: "Just Shoot Me"
    "take this back please!"
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    What disappointed you about Just One Look?

    Starts with a male narrator then goes to the worst female narrator I've EVER heard. It's like she's from another era. I can't get past her voice. Going to ask to return it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (488)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "great female reader"
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    What did you love best about On What Grounds?

    The Story was very good but I'm taking the time to write a review because normally I don't like female narrators. However, Ribeca Gibel is the best I have ever heard! If I see her name again as a narrator I'll check out that book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Best female narrator I've heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1505)
    Story
    (1514)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Had everything!!!!"
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    If you could sum up Missing You in three words, what would they be?

    A real pageturner


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kat. She is a really good heroine.


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

    Super narrator.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was one of the more entertaining books I've read in a long time. It was good storytelling and I didn't have to become a philosophizer to enjoy it lol.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17257)
    Performance
    (15367)
    Story
    (15410)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Unsatisfying"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Yes because she writes well. It's just that this concept would put two people in asylums in real life, and one behind bars at least.


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

    No. It began to get very frustrating.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    None


    Could you see Gone Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, with a different ending. The level of "Sickness" on a psychological level was really disturbing. It wasn't really believable that any man would stay and also that any woman could get away with this.


    Any additional comments?

    I understand it on a deeper level, but…It gives me a hopeless feeling about the state of humanity. Also, really, if you looked into her past you would realize that the vindictive things she pulled before would tend to make anyone but the dumbest police investigators suspicious. So there were plenty flaws in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (865)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Virgil rocks"
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    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    Virgil


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Front?

    So many.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to pinpoint.


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

    Virgil's sense of humor is always something to look forward to.


    Any additional comments?

    Ma is awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Soundtrack of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Clive Davis
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Clive Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    In this star-studded autobiography, Clive Davis shares a personal, candid look into his remarkable life and the last 50 years of popular music as only a true insider can. In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis. His career has spanned more than 40 years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keyes, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

    Andy says: "great story and sensational narration...a #1 hit!"
    "Full of himself."
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    What would have made The Soundtrack of My Life better?

    If someone else would have read it for him so it didn't come off so self-serving.


    What could Clive Davis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have bragged so much.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ?

    I don't know.


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

    Yes. It showed what you can become when your ego runs rampant


    Any additional comments?

    Wish he would go away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (497)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "Not the usual Harry Hole :-("
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. He should have written a Harry Hole book!


    If you’ve listened to books by Jo Nesbø before, how does this one compare?

    Harry Hole was missing in action most of the time.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Okay.


    Could you see Police being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Not this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised at this book. I think he just wrote it as a filler for the money. It's like he didn't take the time. If he's going to put the Harry Hole brand on it, then let him write a Harry Hole novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ari Shavit
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

    Jan Ziff says: "Great book - unbearable narration"
    "Wonderful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Promised Land the most enjoyable?

    The easy way the explanation of the history of Zionism and the State of Israel came into being.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Promised Land?

    How the Jews took a desert and grew roses in it. Yes, there were other people in that land, but nothing was being done there. It was basically a wasteland, but this author doesn't say that. He has tremendous respect for the Palestinians.


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

    His voice. He has so much personal history in just who he is. After all, his Great Grandfather was one of the founders of the Zionist movement so to speak and he has so much empathy for what is going on in Israel. It's such a balanced view.


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

    Yes. It made me feel "Bitter sweet."


    Any additional comments?

    Probably the best book I've read about Israel and the Palestinian situation. It was an amazing experience.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6728)
    Performance
    (6121)
    Story
    (6130)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Would make a good series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I liked the characters and the plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The whole book was good.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Very good!


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

    Neither. Just right.


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I wish it were an on going series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1914)
    Story
    (1933)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "I like the Gray Man Novels"
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    If you could sum up Dead Eye in three words, what would they be?

    Gray man rocks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Eye?

    Gray man getting out of situations.


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

    Comparable.


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

    Don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    In a way, they made Gray man come off a little stupid about some things in this one but still, I suspended my imagination and hope in the next one he will be more on point :-)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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