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  • Act of Revenge

  • A Novel
  • By: Dale Brown, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

On Easter Sunday morning, the city of Boston is struck by a widespread and coordinated series of terrorist attacks: an explosion in the T, a suicide bomber at Back Bay Police Station, and heavily armed gunmen taking hostages at the Patriot Hotel. For robotics innovator Louis Massina, aka the Puppet Master, this is far more personal than a savage act of political terrorism. Boston is his city - and one of his employees, Chelsea Goodman, is among the hostages facing certain death.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak ending

  • By Marty B on 02-08-18

Weak ending

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Lazy writing.
Books should have a clear ending with all story lines concluded.
Not resolving the Protagonist is a mistake.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,180

Introducing Wyoming's Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Dry Bones, the first in the Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix original series Longmire. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, full of memorable characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)

  • By Dataman on 09-12-12

Bad story

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-17

Why in the world why the author would not finish this bad book with Walt having Thanksgiving with Melisa is beyond the pale. Simply no imagination.
Way too much filler as well.
Performance was good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • From Sand and Ash

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,733

As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such beauty in the darkest of times <3

  • By featherlashes on 12-04-16

GREAT LISTEN!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-17

Would you listen to From Sand and Ash again? Why?

Really good story and the vocal performance was outstanding!! I highly recommend this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of From Sand and Ash?

When he found her at the end.

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the beginning when they were young.

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

Laugh, cry and think.

  • An Innocent Client

  • Joe Dillard, Book 1
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522

A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room. A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused. In this Mystery Readers International finalist for "Best Debut Mystery" criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he's tried to balance his career against his conscience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Legal Thriller!

  • By Wayne on 12-03-15

WOW! Really bad listen

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-17

What would have made An Innocent Client better?

I do not write negative reviews but this book was so bad, i felt compelled. I guess the worst part is how the main character treats his Alzheimer’s ridden Mother; absolutely terribly (my mother suffered badly from this terrible disease). This would never happen in real-life.
Additionally, the entire logic to the plot does not make sense. Here again, the decisions made by the characters would not happen in real-life. either. This is the last book of this author I will read.

What was most disappointing about Scott Pratt’s story?

How the one individual tells Angle to not accept the plea. Come on, if she accept the plea she was off on probation and the other character would have never been discovered in her duplicity...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Treating his ailing Mother like a dog.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from An Innocent Client?

Entire plot we hard to believe. Even when Joe went to the guys house to confront him and lighting a fire in the back yard...please!

Any additional comments?

BAD BAD book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • City of Thieves

  • By: David Benioff
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901

A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Tale. Great Narration.

  • By Paul on 10-24-09

Outstanding listen!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-16

One of the best that I have listen to in many many years. I highly recommend this listen/book. Awesome & great job all around. Great story!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Guilty

  • Will Robie, Book 4
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,911

Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father's case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous next installment, Robbie &Reel are back

  • By GH on 11-18-15

Bad Book

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-16

very disappointing listen. when an author has to result to rape and insease he is simply out of ideas and writing just for the monitory gains.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Insider

  • Loon Lake Mystery, Book 13
  • By: Victoria Houston
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

In the midst of a catastrophic August rainstorm, a grisly discovery shatters the serenity of a summer evening in northern Wisconsin. Moving quickly to prevent a panic among tourists, Loon Lake Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris enlists the forensic and interrogation skills of her close friend and fellow fly fisherman, the retired dentist "Doc" Osborne. Within hours of launching their investigation, they find themselves faced with a national media circus as Loon Lake becomes the focus of a murderous scenario that links the murder to the race for the U.S. Senate by a woman who is heir to a Northwoods fortune and other, less savory, family traditions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • weak story, very weak.

  • By Marty B on 11-09-15

weak story, very weak.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-15

bad story line. please please please please please please please please invest more effort into your writing.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113,896

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

did not like this book. it dragged on & on.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-15

too wordy. too much non-relavent material. I'm a guy so maybe that's what i could not relate to...

  • Bloody Jack

  • By: L.A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes it clicks

  • By Terry on 12-09-09

surprisingly good; very enjoyable. youth thought

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-14

loved it. what a nice story and Jackie was a salty dog for a young one...