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toni

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  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2578)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2283)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "Jack none Reacher is back at it again"
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    Where does Never Go Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is still the full hard charging kind I love, but the narration didn't ring true which made me wish I had bought the book and read it instead


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam, I liked her spunk


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator seemed a bit full of himself and chewed the scenery a bit. I also did not like his take on the female characters


    Any additional comments?

    I love Reacher and will continue to enjoy the series, just in print instead of this narrator's version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strega: A Burke Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Andrew Vachss’s implacable private eye has a new client, Strega. She wants Burke to find an obscene photograph and that search will take him into the ocean that flows just beneath the city, an ocean whose currents are flesh and money, the anguish of children and the pleasure of twisted adults. It is a place that Burke can visit only at the risk of his sanity and his life. But between the power of Strega and his own sense of justice, there is no turning back.

    In Strega one of our most acclaimed crime writers gives us a thriller that might have been imagined by Dante. For this is a tour of hell with no stops left out, conducted by a novelist who writes with the authority of the damned.

    “It’s wonderful. The words leap off the page. The plot is fresh. The principal character is original. The style is as clean as a haiku.” — The Washington Post Book World

    Amy says: "Didn't live up to expectations"
    "Didn't like the narrator on this one"
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    What disappointed you about Strega?

    Phil Gigante doesn't do justice to the women and children, they all sound weak and whiny, even the strong and the hard ones.


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

    It is a great story with amazing characters, I would recommend that you read it for yourself rather than listening to this narration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3888)
    Performance
    (3630)
    Story
    (3620)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Worth the wait"
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    Would you listen to Written in My Own Heart's Blood again? Why?

    These people are my family


    What did you like best about this story?

    To "catch" up on their lives


    Which scene was your favorite?

    impossible to choose one


    Any additional comments?

    Incomparable, is the only word to describe Ms Gabaldon and her cast of characters

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Cross: Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1926)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1603)

    Jane Yellowrock is back on the prowl against the children of the night. The vampire council has hired skinwalker Yellowrock to hunt and kill one of their own who has broken sacred ancient rules - but Jane quickly realizes that in a community that is thousands of years old, loyalties run deep.

    Ducky says: "GO JANE!!! GO FAITH!! AND GO KHRISTINE!!"
    "Narrator issues"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, good story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it is Jane, intriguing.


    What aspect of Khristine Hvam’s performance would you have changed?

    She inexplicably mispronounces the occasional easy word. I don't know how a person reading a story set in New Orleans can pronounce zydeco wrong. This happens a number of times with different words. It is a small thing but it irritates me so.


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

    When Jane remembers things about her past that had been lost to her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1310)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (566)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "I miss Todd McClaren"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This narrator doesn't 'have' the character. I wished for the original narrator the whole time I listened to this book. Great story, give terrific insight into Takeshi's character, but I had to switch to reading the hard copy, the narration just wasn't good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the plot was great


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    poorly read and the odd echo-ey effect on some scenes was aggravating. The reading was a bit hammy. Todd McClaren IS Takeshi, and Mr Dufris suffers greatly in comparison.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (374)

    When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

    John says: "Good book for the first in the series."
    "not so much"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Monkey's Raincoat the most enjoyable?

    I do love Crais' work


    Any additional comments?

    I did not enjoy this narrator. I don't think I will purchase anything by this one again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3355)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1840)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Slow Down"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Mr Horsley's voice is perfect for this book. He just needs to slow down a little, match the pace to the dusty heat in Lonesome Dove, savor the beautifully written words a little more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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