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  • Connections in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel

  • In Death, Book 48
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads - and they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering - whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support. Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together. He’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! For once, nothing about Eve's childhood!

  • By M on 02-06-19

Love the Performance; Story Not Up to Robb Par

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

How good is the performer/narrator? Originally I bought the print version of the book and so missed her performance I bought the audio version. Her Peabody character is simply wonderful.

The book? Decent but not as good as the other books in the series. This one centers around the good of Roarke/Dallas against the forces of evil personified as two gangs. The evil characters are simply one dimensional and completely predictable in their actions and reactions. With that negative out of the way, I will admit that I will purchase the next in the series.

  • Reset

  • By: Brian Andrews
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,266

Deep in the Afghan mountains, Sergeant Michael Pitcher discovers an object with powers that defy explanation. After interacting with it, he suffers a traumatic seizure and is flown home for evaluation. Cleared by the doctors, Michael goes home to his relieved wife, Josie. But he’s a changed man. The once-loving husband is now coldly withdrawn. When a team of scientists connected to Sergeant Pitcher vanishes without a trace, CIA agent Dean Ninemeyer comes to him for insight - only to find that the recovering soldier has also disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never see it coming

  • By Angela M Bacon on 05-02-18

An Eco Thriller Worthy of Being Called a Thriller

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Well written, good characterizations, a great Planet of the Apes twist. While I loved the twist, it is inconsistent with much of the action. But, that is nit-picking. I enjoyed the ride and recommend it.

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  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,396

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Great Characters, Excellent Plot Not for Everyone

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I haven't read any reviews but I will bet my bottom dollar that the word "gritty" is used dozens of times. If you are easily offended by four letter words and racial slurs, stay away from the book. But, if you want a damn good story with really excellent characterizations, give this book a try. If you aren't squeamish you will enjoy this offbeat book. My only negative is that I still don't understand the symbiotic relationship of the two main characters. I would love to talk with the author and get into his head on their relationship.

  • Infinity Born

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Corey Gagne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

When DARPA's billion-dollar program to create artificial superintelligence is sabotaged, US operative Cameron Carr is tasked with finding the culprit. He's been on high-stakes missions before, but this time the stakes are nothing less than the future of humanity. Because the race to evolve a superintelligent computer is on, and power players around the world will stop at nothing to get there first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent ScoFi Mystery Thriller...

  • By shelley on 08-14-17

On So Many Levels Just a Waste

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

This book takes science "fact" to a whole new level of absurd. Without giving away the plot, the action takes place in the near future where a technological super-scientist perfects -- well -- virtually everything. He creates, of all things, immortality along the way. The only thing that I found entertaining in this book were the unintentionally funny metaphors. Some books are page turners; this might be a page burner. With apologies to the author, don't bother.

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  • Camino Island

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,592

Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them, and a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for - all in one long summer on Camino Island.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not happy

  • By William on 06-08-17

Enjoyed it -- sort of

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

My credulity was strained in so many ways from the heist, to the choice of the undercover agent, to the transport of the manuscripts. But, overall, if someone tells me that a new book has the flow and twists of Camino Island I would likely read it/listen to it. I think what made me finish the book was the performance which was first rate.

  • Most Dangerous Place

  • A Jack Swyteck Novel
  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

It begins at the airport, where Jack is waiting to meet his old high school buddy, Keith Ingraham, a high-powered banker based in Hong Kong, coming to Miami for his young daughter's surgery. But their long-awaited reunion is abruptly derailed when the police arrest Keith's wife, Isabelle, in the terminal, accusing her of conspiring to kill the man who raped her in college. Jack quickly agrees to represent Isa but soon discovers that to see justice done, he must separate truth from lies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grippando puts the suspense in the courtroom.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-24-18

A Flawed But Enjoyable "Read"

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

This is one of those books which could have been great instead of just being very good. The book tells an intriguing story which carefully builds the suspense from a difficult case for Jack to an almost impossible one. What mitigates against this book are several major factual and legal errors which are glaring. I am a lawyer but I asked my wife (a non-lawyer) to read the book and she came away with the same factual and legal problems that I saw. I really do not want to give away the book but the issues relate to the pretrial disclosures, a pivotal deposition and just plain inconsistent chronologies. The mistakes made the “willing suspension of disbelief” very difficult. Having said all of that, I still recommend the book and the performance. Both are top drawer.

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  • The Escape

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,706

John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Agonizing

  • By Bobby on 01-15-15

Good Listen, Too Many Coincidences, But Worth It

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

Reviewed: 12-27-14

First the book: The story is completely far-fetched. But, that's okay. If you have read Mr. Baldacci before, then you know to expect the many unlikely coincidences he loves [like Robert just "happened" to have secreted a make-up kit before he is sentenced to life in prison in an escape proof prison (which of course is the location of the escape)]. Having said that, if you like Baldacci you will enjoy the book. Yeah, the male characters are a bit one dimensional, but again worth it. Now the performances: Either narrator standing alone is decent to good, but alternating voices is just distracting as are the gratuitous sound-effects of guns being fired and wheels squealing. Obviously, I am in the minority, but I just do not like to hear two narrators and the sound-effects detract from the overall impact of the experience.

  • Exile

  • By: Richard North Patterson
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

David Wolfe is an ambitious former homicide prosecutor who is planning to run for Congress. A political dinner for the Israeli Prime Minister is hosted by his current girlfriend, Carole Shorr, a liberal supporter of both the Palestinian and Israeli causes. But when David receives a call from Hana Ashawi, a Palestinian woman who was David's classmate at Harvard Law School, he is rattled. Hana was more than a peer - she was his lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deep, RIVETING END. NEEDS to be a movie.

  • By mystyle49 on 12-31-16

Sadly Predictable Story Sharply Defined Characters

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

Reviewed: 12-27-14

The story is as old as the campfire. Romeo and Juliet in the person of Hanna and David, a Palestinian and a Jew each carrying his or her own ethnic and religious baggage. Mr. Patterson pulls at us to understand the plight of the Palestinians while tipping his cap to the two thousand years of pogroms directed at the Jews. In the end the characters are extraordinarily sharply drawn and completely realized. Without giving away too much, the denouement is never really in doubt and sadly predictable. I enjoyed the characterizations in the first half of the book, though David was a bit of cliché. You will see the end coming from the very publisher's blurb. Still the writing was excellent. I am on the fence whether I would recommend it.

  • The Eye of God

  • A Sigma Force Novel, Book 9
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149

In the wilds of Mongolia, a research satellite has crashed, triggering an explosive search for its valuable cargo: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy...and a shocking image of the eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin. At the Vatican, a package arrives containing two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA evidence reveals that both came from the same body: the long-dead Mongol king Genghis Khan.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Newest Sigma Force is a little off

  • By Patricia on 07-06-13

An Absolute Mess

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

Reviewed: 08-13-13

Normally, I enjoy Mr. Rollins for what he is -- a good and believable storyteller. It is the adjective that fails miserably in this story. Usually I can suspend disbelief with the best of them. Heck, I enjoy science fiction, fantasy, historical novels and just about every genre there is. But this book just never works for me. You can only pile too many impossible events together until the whole story dissolves into an unintentional black comedy. I will note one scene (spoiler alert) to illustrate my point. Two Sigma operatives join forces with an underworld assassin and a Chinese Triad to raid a North Korean Prison Camp. Huh? I got the feeling that Mr. Rollins was never sure whether he was writing sci-fi, adventure or history. In the end, it just does not work.

  • The Innocent: A Novel

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,917

Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disliked all the Sound Effects.

  • By Stan on 07-16-14

Marvelous Mystery. Narration Nyet.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-12

Chekov once wrote: "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there." Baldacci follows Chekov’s advice to the letter. Every character, every plot twist (and there are many) and every adjective is a foreshadowing of things to come. And, in a sense, I just gave away the shocking ending. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. It is by no means a perfect book, being too over the top to be considered great. But the careful crafting of a detailed and complex mystery is so good that it should keep you in giddy suspense for the most of the book, at least until Chekov’s words resonate. Now my complaints: the sound effects are, at best distracting, and at worst, mood killers. Moreover, the male and female performances just do not work for me.

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