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S. Perreten

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  • The Defense

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Former con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn gave up the law a year ago after a disastrous case, and he vowed never to step foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. The head of the Russian mob in New York City, on trial for murder, has kidnapped Eddie's 10-year-old daughter: Eddie has to take this case whether he likes it or not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a page turner!

  • By Karla on 06-25-17

OK but not great

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe

What about Adam Sims’s performance did you like?

He does great accents. His style doesn't distract from the narrative.

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

No

Any additional comments?

It's a good enough listen for the gym. YOu kind of have to suspend credibility as there are many implausible moments. The excellent reader brought it up to pretty good.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,884

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What you should know before listening...

  • By Snozzle on 07-31-16

OK but not great

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

Would you recommend Before the Fall to your friends? Why or why not?

Implausible plot with too many inconsistencies.

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

no

Any additional comments?

Really, it's a rather silly book. Better research was needed - for instance, Block Island is not 1 mile from Montauk. Not nearly. The idea was clever, but clever wears thin quickly. Well read, but not over the top fabulous. Various plot-line techniques were too obvious, so it seemed like a writing class exercise. Too often there were long descriptions which added nothing. Characters were quite well drawn - that was the big plus.

  • Dispatches from the Edge

  • By: Anderson Cooper
  • Narrated by: Anderson Cooper
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Striking, heartfelt, and utterly engrossing, Dispatches from the Edge is an unforgettable memoir that takes us behind the scenes of the cataclysmic events of our age and allows us to see them through the eyes of one of America's most trusted, fearless, and pioneering reporters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dispatches from the Inner Self

  • By W. Rodger Gantt on 11-03-06

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dispatches from the Edge?

Katrina

What three words best describe Anderson Cooper’s performance?

flat, clear, dull

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

There are too many to list

Any additional comments?

This is a fascinating little book, but the surprise is that such a superb newscaster is such a flat reader. He would be better served by a different reader. Especially compelling is his section on Katrina. This is something that every American should read, or listen to. We must make sure it never happens again that a disaster is so incredibly bungled.

  • Midnight in Broad Daylight

  • A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds
  • By: Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

After their father's death, Harry, Frank, and Pierce Fukuhara - all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest - moved to Hiroshima, their mother's ancestral home. Eager to go back to his own land - America - Harry returned in the late 1930s. Then came Pearl Harbor. Despite being sent to an internment camp, Harry dutifully volunteered to serve his country. Back in Hiroshima, his brothers, Frank and Pierce, became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history

  • By S. Perreten on 02-10-16

Interesting history

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

Any additional comments?

The reading is very amateurish, but the history and story are fascinating and make it worth suffering through the performance....though, I would caution the author not to use the word 'penchant' so often you start to wait for it. It is inexcusable to mispronounce a President's name and the reader should learn how Delano is pronounced correctly. In short, it is not great reading, and the writing is sometimes clumsy, but the story told is a valuable one.

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  • Under the Wire

  • Marie Colvin's Final Assignment
  • By: Paul Conroy
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Marie Colvin, described as "the greatest war correspondent of her generation", was killed in a rocket attack in February 2012 while reporting on the desperate suffering of civilians inside Syria's besieged Homs. Paul Conroy, who had forged a close bond with Colvin as they put their lives on the line time and time again to report from some of the world's most dangerous conflict zones, was with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A riveting read

  • By S. Perreten on 01-24-14

A riveting read

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

Reviewed: 01-24-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author

Any additional comments?

It is totally annoying that you want us to can a review to your templates. If we are going to write a review we don't need you pushing us into pigeonholes that may, or may not, suit the book, or what we have to say. These questions assume your readers have middle school mentalities, single digit IQs and can't think.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Faithful Place

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,016

New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-10

Faithful Place

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

Reviewed: 12-15-13

Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

I don't know why I could never get interested in the characters. The performance is wonderful, the dialogue is realistic. Perhaps it's because the personalities are dreary in the extreme. I found my mind wandering while I listened and I never became curious about who the murderer was.

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

Perhaps. It would need a great Director and cinematographer to breathe life into it.

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,384

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

I have to differ

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

Reviewed: 04-09-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

No, probably worse by a lot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jobs...The book is about his life.

How could the performance have been better?

Clumsy rendition with tone and emphasis that began to seem condescending and snotty.

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

no

Any additional comments?

I am surprised by the extremely unflattering picture painted of Jobs - which was exaggerated by the reading. I would have thought there would be a lot of criticism of this aspect of a really fascinating story. Perhaps if I had read the book rather than listening to it I would have had a different opinion. You could almost think Bill Gates had hired the narrator.

  • Djibouti

  • A Novel
  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Tim Cain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Dara Barr, documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game. Looking for a bigger challenge, Dara and her right-hand-man, Xavier LeBo, head to Djibouti to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships. They learn soon enough that almost no one in the Middle East is who he seems to be. The most successful pirate, driving his Mercedes around Djibouti, appears to be a good guy, but his pal, a cultured Saudi diplomat, has dubious connections.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By S. Perreten on 11-21-10

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-10

Totally implausible. You can only suspend so much credulity....then it becomes either silly or boring, or both.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Garden

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great entertainment, no bones about it...

  • By Anonymous User on 10-04-07

Beautifully read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-08

This is a highly entertaining listen and the reader does a terrific job. It's a good, old fashioned story.

  • Mayflower

  • A Story of Courage, Community, and War
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book about a little-understood time

  • By John M on 02-04-07

Reading disappoints

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-06

This is a fascinating book, read so badly it would be better to buy the print edition - which would have the advantage of maps.

The reading is done with a persistent inflection that becomes tedious to the point of stupefying. Nautical terms are mispronounced, which is really irritating. For example: Lead-line is pronounced as 'leed'. Leeward is pronounced as lee-ward rather than lew-'ard.

This is the first time a reading has spoiled an Audible book for me in almost 2 years. I really regret wasting money on it, though the book itself is superb.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful