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shelley

youngsville, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Jet V: Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Jet V - Legacy is the fifth installment in the best-selling JET series, which follows the saga of the Mossad's deadliest ex-operative, who faked her own death to escape her past. In this novel, Jet is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep the ones she loves, and the world, safe.

    shelley says: "Good but first 4 were better"
    "Good but first 4 were better"
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    What does Braden Wright bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Braden Wright did a great narration as with previous Jet books.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book but not my favorite in the series. The previous 4 books all developed the character of Jet much more and had her and who ever she was involved with front and center. In this book there are more underdeveloped antagonists and I'm not sure if it was me or the book but I found myself rewinding and relistening. There seemed to be more jumping around and although Jet saves the world her character seems to be downplayed. Her "friend" Matt is off to other parts being stalked by who knows who, I don't think there was resolution to his conflicts. This book moved right along and having listened to the previous four books I did have relationships down but would have been totally lost otherwise. Good series but hoping that Jet VI will be up to the standards I expect from Russell Blake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold Dark Place

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In a secluded farm house in the Pacific Northwest, a family has been slaughtered – and a teenage son has disappeared. Single mother and cop, Emily Kenyon spearheads a dark hunt for a killer. But Emily's teenage daughter Jenna is one step ahead of her...are planted in...Jenna knows the boy suspected of murdering his family and wants to help him – perhaps too much

    shelley says: "A Cold Dark Place deserves better reviews"
    "A Cold Dark Place deserves better reviews"
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    Where does A Cold Dark Place rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With over 500 audiobooks in my library it would be difficult to place this one. Not at the very top or bottom but somewhere in the middle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Emily Kenyon


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

    Kevin Foley did a great job with this especially since the main character is a woman.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has gotten some poor and mediocre reviews on both Audible and Amazon and I'm not sure why. I actually listened for some of the discrepancies mentioned (blonde hair/brown), only to hear that the girl colored her hair out of a bottle. If people would listen the story may have unfolded with a little more fluidity. I thought this was a really good fast paced book, well written, believable and completed with talented narration. This is worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Time for Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

    S. Johnston says: "I truy enjoyed this book!"
    "No Time for Goodbye gets 5*s all around"
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    Where does No Time for Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have so many books in my library I have a hard time rating them on order but I would say it falls in the top half.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of this book is that it's conclusion is so far off from what you think it's going to be. Good plot with some really good twists and high tension.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Christopher Lane did a great job on all


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

    Not extreme but melancholy. Linwood Barclay tends to put these zingers in at the very end and the last maybe 4 - 5 minutes get you every time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good listen. I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The first part of the book starts out with the disappearance of a family minus the daughter. Her life is spent looking for them and wondering why they just up and moved with out her. I thought it was a little hokey but then as people started to get involved in the hunt for the family they started getting murdered and then it just kept getting better and better with one heck of a conclusion that will knock your socks off. It's worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Jen says: "Best Bad Guys EVER!"
    "Those Who Wish Me Dead - Wish it was Longer"
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    What did you love best about Those Who Wish Me Dead?

    This was a really good fast paced adventure packed story. I would have like if it were a little longer. Characters were pretty fleshed out, enough for the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I liked Hannah the best. Her story came out little by little through out the book. As a subplot this was superb.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to spoil this for anyone but I think the scene that touched me the most was towards the end when Hannah sat with Nick on the mountain watching the fire.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The ending was not what I had expected. The brothers were GREAT the way they played off of each other, a some are not who they seem to be. I don't want to say too much but in my "opinion" this was certainly worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Skin Collector: Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (244)

    The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector - the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago - Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.

    shelley says: "Excellent! 2 Old Nemesis plus 1 and a Cliffhanger"
    "Excellent! 2 Old Nemesis plus 1 and a Cliffhanger"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This book is so well written, it's right up there with The Bone Collector and The Cold Moon which are my two favorite Rhyme books. This book brings the shadow of the Bone Collector back and actual conflict between Rhyme and the Watch Maker which is outstanding. The end if this book is one heck of a cliffhanger setting the listener up for the next in the series which I'm sure will be just as good.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Oh yes. Deaver leaves clues all over the place but they are so randomly placed and innocuous that you don't realize they are even clues until Rhyme unearths and points them out as clues. The story is told in a very methodical well thought out way, very complex but none the less easy to follow.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing at all wrong with Edoardo Ballerini's performance. I thought he did a great job. Good inflections and character changes with out over dramatizing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. Of all of Jeffrey Deaver's books this one rates right at the top!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Stolen Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Montanari
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Luther Wade grew up in Cold River, a warehouse for the criminally insane. Two decades ago the hospital closed it doors forever, but Luther never left. He wanders the catacombs beneath the city, channeling the violent dreams of Eduard Kross, Europe's most prolific serial killer of the 20th century. A two-year-old girl is found wandering the streets of Philadelphia in the middle of the night by detectives Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano. She does not speak, but she may hold the key to solving a string of murders committed in and around Priory Park.

    lauren says: "Really, really awesome."
    "Good book-would have been better with Scott Brick"
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I don't know what is going on with some of my favorite authors these days. They come up with a winning author/narrator combination and then they switch narrators. All of Montanari's previous books have been narrated by Scott Brick who I thought performed them perfectly, Why the change to someone else?


    Any additional comments?

    This was really a good book. Richard Montanari's Bryne/Balzano team is always an exciting roller coaster of a book. From page one the listener or reader is on the edge waiting to find out "who done it". This book however gives one final shock at the end. When I thought the book was finished and was listening to the epilogue wrap everything up the last line in the book BLEW ME AWAY!!!! I had to go back and listen again, I could not believe what I was hearing. I will not spoil this for anyone and don't get me wrong, the rest of the book is good but this was GREAT!!! It's worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    Shortly after Army lawyer Sean Drummond starts working for the Office of Special Projects, a CIA cell which handles the most dangerous threats, the White House Chief of Staff is found brutally murdered. A note left by the killer promises more victims, including the President.

    William says: "The President's Assassin--A Killer Read!"
    "I wish Brian Haig would write more..."
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Oh yes! I was hooked within the first 5 minutes. It starts with a murder and Sean Drummond arrives on the scene in a hush hush role with a keen eye for evidence and a sharp sarcastic sense of humor that actually had me laughing and rewinding so I could hear what was written again. The plot was excellent and I LOVED the delivery of money. With out spoiling the outcome I will say that mental image that was drawn with Drummond stripping down to his underwear and refusing to loose them was priceless.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott Brick performed ALL the characters perfectly.


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

    I has a hard time putting it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wish ALL of Brian Haig's unabridged books were available on Audible. I also wish he was more prolific. This is such a good author. I've either read or listened to everything he's written, I want more. I don't want to sound goofy but he truly paints a story with his words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (471)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Hill says: "Outstanding"
    "Good not Great"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ready to Kill the most enjoyable?

    I really like the Nathan McBride books. I thought this one was good but, not as good as the past three.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready to Kill?

    With out spoiling the ending I will say the final scene with Nathan and Raven in the mine was a very touching moment. Nathan has more then one revelation.


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

    Dick Hill is wonderful. If it were not for his narrating this book it might have only gotten 3 stars.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think the characters in this book had as much substance. The two main characters could have been anyone. I thought the previous books built on each other but could also be listened to out of order or as stand alone books. With this one, it didn't seem to me to build on the previous books but felt just a little short of an independent novel. Still enjoyable but I did expect just a little more.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (385)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "WHERE IS DICK HILL????"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator! I am having such a hard time listening to this. I think I would be better off reading it. Story is great but I am having such a hard time enjoying this because of the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is the worst narrator I have ever listened to. After listening to all of the previous with Dick Hill who is wonderful, I am so disappointed. His inflections and candece is just wrong and no southern accent.


    Any additional comments?

    Who picks the narrator? They should be forced to listen to this!

    33 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (695)

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    P. Shuart says: "Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++"
    "Where the heck did the movie come from?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bourne Identity the most enjoyable?

    This was such a good book I LOVED it! The Bourne movies are great and I was reluctant to purchase the books because I thought they would be redundant. Maybe a little more fleshed out but boy was I mistaken! The two stories bare some similarities but that's where it ends. This book it Action Packed from beginning to end. There are a lot of characters but I did not think it was difficult to keep up with them. I cannot wait to finish the remaining Ludlum/Bourne books. Not sure if I will listen to the post Ludlum but will probably at least try one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Silly question! Jason Bourne I would hope.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is one of my Favorite narrators. I would be happy listening to him read the phone book!


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

    I think that's already been done.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. If you've seen the movie don't look for it the book, forget everything you think you know about Jason Bourne or you will be disappointed. If you do decide to get this you are in for a Very Enjoyable listening experience. This is Robert Ludlum at his best. Certainly worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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