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  • Power Play: An FBI Thriller, Book 18

  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Renee Raudman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, has returned to Washington, her job in jeopardy. Her fiancé, George McCallum, Viscount Lockenby, has died in a car accident, and mysterious rumors that she's responsible begin to surface: she broke off the engagement and, heartbroken, he killed himself. Then someone tries to force her off the M-2 outside London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been a 5 star

  • By Darlene on 07-13-14

A Good Book to Read

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

What made the experience of listening to Power Play: FBI Thriller, Book 18 the most enjoyable?

The male reader, MacLeod Andrews did a very good job. The female reader, Renee Raudman, was very distracting to me. She hisses her "s's". I would have enjoyed the audio a lot more if another woman had read it. I will be more careful not to buy books read by her.
The story was very good.

  • Long Time Coming

  • By: Edie Claire
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

Years and distance kept the memories at bay. But back at home, the past is ready and waiting to haunt her... Eighteen years have passed since Joy's childhood best friend, Jenny, met her death in a tragic car accident just a few days after their senior prom. A broken Joy left their small Kentucky hometown shortly after - determined never to come back. But when her father's illness forces her to return, she realizes that neither time nor distance have truly healed her troubled soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story

  • By Angel Mom on 02-20-16

Annoying heroine

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

Reviewed: 05-22-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A teenager.

What could Edie Claire have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I found Joy extremely self-engrossed and annoying. For a veterinarian, she was very immature and judgmental. She would get an idea, think about it shortly, decide it was true and then start accusing like she knew for an absolute fact it was fact.

Did Gabrielle de Cuir do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

yes - she was fine

What character would you cut from Long Time Coming?

Joy

Any additional comments?

I would never trust my pet with someone so unstable and over-reacting.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Already Gone

  • By: John Rector
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112

Jake Reese is a writing teacher at an American university. He lives in a small brick Tudor close to campus with his art-buyer wife, Diane. His life is quiet - ordinary even. And he likes it that way. But it wasn’t always quiet. Jake’s distant past was a life on the streets, inflicting damage and suffering on more people than he can count. And now someone from his past, it seems, has come looking for him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My time is already gone!

  • By T.D. on 07-11-12

Didn't like protagonists

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

Reviewed: 04-14-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story was okay but the lead protagonists, Diane and Jake, were not likeable to me. Especially Jack, who argues about everything, rarely listens to advice and in the end, he does a cruel thing to someone who had loved him. This was my first Jon Rector book so I don't know if this is a pattern with his lead characters.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have written Jake without so much egotism and surety of himself. I also didn't understand how he could be so obsessed with Diane, a very selfish person with poor judgment.

What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

Mr. Hillgartner did a good job narrating.

Could you see Already Gone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No - it is quite involved and perhaps, a bit confusing for some.

  • The Sins of the Mother

  • A Novel
  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 573

Every woman makes choices. And no one has made more difficult choices than Olivia Grayson. The enormously successful businesswoman missed out on much of her children’s lives while she built her legendary home-furnishings empire. In Danielle Steel’s character-rich novel, Olivia faces the past, tries to balance the present and make amends where due, while still running her vastly successful business. As a way of making up to them for time lost, Olivia spends months each year planning a holiday that everyone in her family will enjoy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Jan on 12-08-12

Needs to enrich vocabulary

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

Reviewed: 03-12-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Danielle Steel does not use words well. She uses the same old expressions in every book, usually over and over. Example: "It meant the world to him/her...." Her characterizations are also shallow. She writes in superlatives about character traits and appearances. I know she sells a lot of books, but she could improve her literary skills in my opinion. I read many books a month, and her presentation is weaker than many authors. I will admit that her stories can be very interesting, in spite of these distractions.

If you’ve listened to books by Danielle Steel before, how does this one compare?

Fine

Do you think The Sins of the Mother needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,514
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,547

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Wonderful historical book about Austrailia

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

I did not order the whispersync because I listened to the sample and I thought the narrator was quite poor at his craft. His delivery was too slow and monotone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Isabel -

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bombshell

  • An FBI Thriller, Book 17
  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals. While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey has been found naked and unconscious, lying in a pool of blood, after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers - so to whom does it belong? Griffin must protect Delsey, but from whom?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Ann on 12-02-13

Enjoyed book!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Bombshell the most enjoyable?

Paul Costanza did an excellent job as one of the narrators but Renee Raudmans voice was very annoying because she has a hissing sound to her "S's" I would have preferred if Mr. Costanza had read the entire book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ’s performances?

If Ms. Raudman would stop hissing, I would be happy to listen to both of them. This problem was especially obvious when the consonant "S' was at the end of a word.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful