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  • Paranoia

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,365

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant surprise

  • By Jim on 02-09-04

outdated and boring tech thriller. I gave up.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Would you try another book from Joseph Finder and/or Scott Brick?

The narrator is great. Not sure if Joseph Finder likes douchey guys but I didn't like the main character or actually any of the characters

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure. I feel burned from this one.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

He had enthusiasm and energy. I would have given up earlier.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom, and a sense of great relief that I don't work in the tech world. I couldn't even figure out what city they were supposed to be in- I thought it was manhattan but why would you drive to a bar? So confused.

Any additional comments?

Ugh. I chose this because it popped up on reader's favorites. I guess if you are not familiar with mobile technology from the last 10 years it might be interesting.

  • Family Jewels

  • A Stone Barrington Novel, Book 37
  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

Stone Barrington's newest client seems to be a magnet for trouble. A poised lady of considerable wealth, she's looking for help discouraging the attentions of a tenacious gentleman. But no sooner does Stone fend off the party in question than his client becomes involved in two lethal crimes.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By Mary on 04-17-16

Ghost written nonsense for the elderly

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I could enjoy listening to Tony Roberts read the phone book. This is a close second. I like the comfort and familiarity of Stuart Woods' Stone Barrington books. I don't mind the shopping at Ralph Lauren, Sea Island Cotton Shirts, description of cars, etc. I am baffled by the enthusiasm for: buffet dinners, adjustable beds, eating in bed and dumb new addition of a dog named Bob who goes to restaurants. NO NO NO.

What do you think your next listen will be?

10% Happier

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

It is almost exactly like the other books, except the plot was quite boring. I forgot I had 15 minutes left on the book. Eh.

Any additional comments?

Time for a new ghost writer.

  • Run Before the Wind

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Rick Holmes, John Keating
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Will Lee ran from a life of Southern wealth and privilege to spend a peaceful summer on the coast of Ireland. But there is no peace in this beautiful, troubled land … Restless and dissatisfied, Will dreams of shipbuilding and sailing on crystal-blue waters. Then an explosion of senseless violence drags the young American drifter into a lethal game of terror and revenge. Now Will Lee must run for his life from a bloody past that is not his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frequent Listner

  • By Rick on 04-07-13

Great plot, well narrated, very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

What did you love best about Run Before the Wind?

nice character development, great narration.

What did you like best about this story?

I am very interested in England/ Ireland cultural tension from the 60's and 70's and found it fascinating.

What does Rick Holmes and John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

local accents.

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

I was sad when it ended. I ordered chiefs thinking it would be a prequel of the same excellent quality (no)

Any additional comments?

I usually find boating and sailing details boring but the narration was great and it didn't bother me.

  • Chiefs

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472

In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!

  • By karen on 09-17-13

unlistenable: drunk uncle saliva sounds

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

What would have made Chiefs better?

A narrator that did not sound drunk or like he had some sort of saliva issue.

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

HORRIBLE. I got about 10 minutes in. I've never ever attempted to listen to such a poor narrator. Mouth smacking, obvious saliva sounds. The narrator sounds like he's about to nod off sometimes. I should have listened to an audio sample, but other audio Stuart Woods books have been quite good. Have you seen "drunk uncle" on SNL? That's what the narrator sounds like, with a side of Carl Kassel (I like Carl Kassel but he is getting older and has that wet mouth issue as well) I don't understand the point of reading so slowly with strangely placed pauses.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I could not listen to it.

What character would you cut from Chiefs?

The narrator

Any additional comments?

I've listened to most of the Stuart Woods books, they are great if you want to be distracted while driving/ doing laundry/ running/ etc. I chose to turn this book off and concentrate on sitting in rush hour in silence.

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  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 688

Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another disappointing sequel.

  • By Alison on 04-20-14

lisping brit children whining

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

Reviewed: 11-13-13

Would you try another book from Helen Fielding and/or Samantha Bond?

I've read other Helen Fielding books and enjoyed them. This book has a lot of children whining and dull action (non stop agonizing over nits). Samantha bond does a good job with the characters. The children's dialogue is excruciating, but I suspect that's how it was written.

Has Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy turned you off from other books in this genre?

What is this genre? Is there a specific genre that classifies too much dialogue from horrible lisping children? Then yes. I was expecting a smart and entertaining story from Helen Fielding. I still have hope.

What three words best describe Samantha Bond’s performance?

lots of characters

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy?

I would have demanded a re-write. To be fair, I'm about 3/4 through the book and find myself listening to stories about recycling on NPR instead of endless ranting about nits, texting, dieting and those horrible children. I don't have kids, but listening to this book makes me feel like I have some in the back seat when I'm stuck in traffic. It's very satisfying to turn the audible book off.

Any additional comments?

I need a new book as soon as possible!

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Ex

  • By: Harley Jane Kozak
  • Narrated by: Deanna Hurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122

When David Zetrakis, the producer of a popular soap opera, is found shot to death, Wollie Shelley finds herself caught up in the murder. Zetrakis was one of the many Mr. Wrongs in Wollie's career as a serial dater, and her friend Joey has emerged as the media's prime suspect. A hot-tempered celebrity who had dated Zetrakis and was fired from his show some years ago, Joey has inherited a million-dollar Klimt painting from him. But Joey is not the only potential suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Shay J. on 09-27-07

good pacing and solid entertainment

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

Reviewed: 05-27-12

If you could sum up Dead Ex in three words, what would they be?

entertaining, funny, satisfying

What did you like best about this story?

it kept my attention, it had great visuals, the characters were kooky, it made me want to do laundry or drive to work or continue on the stair machine (my audio book activities)

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

She has a great voice. I am a fast reader, I would have finished this book in a day on an airplane. I enjoyed her reading.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

the gods are everywhere

Any additional comments?

I picked this because someone said there are books you want at an airport when you are stuck, and this is definitely in that category. It's fun. I want a book to distract me from something like the stair machine or traffic. This does a great job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful