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  • Hell on Wheels

  • Black Knights Inc., Book 1
  • By: Julie Ann Walker
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 323

Ex-Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool - and his distance - which makes him one hell of a sniper. It's also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she's his best friend's baby sister ... and totally off limits. Ali's never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley - or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she's in trouble. First, something happened to her brother, and now she's become the target of a nasty organization.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Narrator-Good Story.

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-05-12

OMG!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

Any additional comments?

Female lead character was whiney and inept...male lead was filled with adolescent angst. Terrible narrator made all voices sound either like Cookie Monster, a pompous caracature butler, or a child who had inhaled from a helium balloon. Waste of a credit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Playing with Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Will Damron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,434

The first time violinist Julia Ansdell picked up the "Incendio Waltz" in a darkened antique shop in Rome, she knew it was a strikingly unusual composition. The minor key and complex feverish arpeggios have a life of their own. But when she plays the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her small daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. When she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a heart-stoppingly dark secret....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat off-key

  • By Janice on 11-16-15

Well worth a credit!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Any additional comments?

Three words can sum up this book: "COMPELLING, POIGNANT, and ENCHANTING". The musical interludes enhanced the storyline. The narrators were excellent. My only criticism would be that the character development of the husband was weak. Although not a fan of the Rizzoli & Isles series, I have found Tess Gerritsen's other books very enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Die for Me

  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground. Despite years of unearthing things long buried, nothing can prepare Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with chilling precision. The victims buried there haunt her. But the killer isn't done yet. He is cold and calculating, the master of a twisted game. Even with Vito and Sophie hot on his trail, he will not stop.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry, Karen

  • By Kelley on 12-19-08

narration very distracting

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

Any additional comments?

The narrator's attempts to differentiate the characters by creating voices was just dreadful!
This was very distracting and undermined my enjoyment of the book. It is hard to take a character seriously when the voice sounds like it was done by pinching the nose or inhaling helium.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spilled Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

A taut thriller about two rural Minnesota towns locked in a deadly feud - and a teenage girl caught in the crossfire. In affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company’s carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation’s president, is found shot dead - and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By cristina on 07-28-13

A New Favorite Author!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-13

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

His narration rachets up the intensity as the story emerges.

Any additional comments?

Must read ALL his other books...soon. Wonderful story teller. Excellent plot development. Tied all the threads together in the end without being predictable. I liked the emphasis on character and ethics in the face of a very difficult set of circumstances. Even the "bad guys" had moments of opportunity for insight and redemption and even the "good guys" had crucial temptations with which to wrangle. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • If Not for the Dawn

  • By: Dane St. John
  • Narrated by: David DeBoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106

AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, a drug that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake. A colorful cast of characters begin to take the drug, which if not taken properly will have hazardous consequences. But each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating... you'll stay up late listening!

  • By Maika on 06-17-13

A Cautionary Tale

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

Reviewed: 07-09-13

What didn’t you like about David DeBoy’s performance?

droning pace. Might well have been narration of a turtle race.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

Intriquing premise. Well researched. Character development very shallow. Characters not likeable. Author tried to tell too many stories. Became quite preachy in section about research scientist. Ending suggests this could be a continuing saga....PLEASE no sequels for this one!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Jewels of Paradise

  • By: Donna Leon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 99

Caterina Pellegrini is a native Venetian, and like so many of them, she’s had to leave home to pursue her career elsewhere, mostly abroad. With a doctorate in baroque opera from Vienna, she lands in Birmingham, England, as a research fellow and assistant professor. Birmingham, however, is no Venice, so when she gets word of a position back home, Caterina jumps at the opportunity. The job is an unusual one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A "mystery" of a different sort, . .

  • By Ruth on 10-14-12

A modern morality tale.

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

Reviewed: 10-20-12

What made the experience of listening to The Jewels of Paradise the most enjoyable?

Although the pace was slow, the unfolding tale was engaging, character development was excellent, and the setting was well painted.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

The fluent accent added a sense of reality to the cultural setting. The melodious tone of the narrator was hypnotic. Several times I found that I had to replay a portion because I had been too engrossed in the " music" to attend properly to the words.

Any additional comments?

Not typical of the mysteries/thrillers I usually read but all in all a nice change of pace. I enjoyed the book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Patient

  • By: Michael Palmer
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

His name is ARTIE, a miracle of bio-engineering that is about to transform the field of neurosurgery. Dr. Jessie Copeland knows him better than anyone else at Eastern Mass Medical Center- and knows it's too soon to be using the tiny robot on a living patient's brain. But, Jessie's department chief is too busy to worry about such ethics. And neither of them has any idea that ARTIE will attract a patient from their worst nightmares.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two different books

  • By G W. on 06-24-18

Palmer never fails to please!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

What did you like about this audiobook?

Story flows well...medical procedures are accurately described without forays into irrelevant details just to fill space. Characters are well developed and believable. Tension is intense and sustained.

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

Palmer always spins his tales in the context of thought provoking ethical issues...this one is no exception. The race to launch newly developed technology ahead of competitors, the pressure to secure scarce funding, and the ever present drive to feed the ego combine to create this tale of medical hubris and human desperation for a cure.

Do you have any additional comments?

If Michael Palmer wrote it...I recommend you read it!