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  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,006

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I truly love the Jack Reacher novels. I always look forward to the next installment every year. This particular book left me a little disappointed. Not enough Reacher in it and the two main story lines were quite predictable. But I'll keep on reading the series. However, I want to express my great displeasure at choosing Scott Brick for the narration. I understand that Dick Hill has retired - he's entitled, but Scott Brick is my least favorite of all narrators. His droning tone puts me to sleep and I forget that I'm listening to a book. Of all the good narrators out there (and I have listened to thousands of books), why was that one selected? This is not the voice of Jack Reacher. Please Audible, switch to another narrator for the next novel. I go out of my way to avoid books narrated by Brick.

38 of 59 people found this review helpful

  • The Switch

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Steven Kearney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files. When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stupid, Frustrated, Disapointed

  • By Scott on 06-28-17

Could be better

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Any additional comments?

I always look forward to Finder's books but this one has a lot of holes. Assumptions are made and events go unexplained. Some actions and characters are a little unbelievable (and a bit of a caricature). Could be a good story if it was more "padded". I'll give Finder some points for his After 911 description of our world - scary. The narrator performance was great, as always. Will keep on buying Finder's books but I expect a little more next time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Magyk

  • Septimus Heap, Book One
  • By: Angie Sage
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982

Who is Septimus Heap? A lost child? An ordinary hero? A powerful wizard? The Magyk begins here. The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads listeners on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen

  • By Emiko on 08-10-09

Not Harry Potter but good series

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this series. Very well written and quite imaginative. Maybe more suited to a younger audience (8-12) than Harry Potter but not "babyish" either. Good vocabulary and endearing characters.

  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London. When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart wrenching, thrilling and darkly mysterious!

  • By Andreas Hofmeyr on 04-30-17

Another excellent Philip Pullman series!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

Any additional comments?

Although historical novels are not usually my forte, this series is lively, interesting, full of well-developed and likable characters and, of course, well written. It's promoted as a "young adults" series but it really isn't. Not for the younger kids for sure as the stories are quite gritty and do not always end well. Philip Pullman has a knack for original writing. Love him!

  • The Golden Compass

  • His Dark Materials, Book 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,954

When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrific Book

  • By Arnold C. Macdonald on 01-28-04

One of my favorite series of all time!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-15

Any additional comments?

I come back to this series every few years. I love the originality of it. Well written, well narrated but, most of all, different in a good way. Recommended to everyone (kids and adults) who love a good story outside the box.

  • Betrayed

  • Rosato & DiNunzio, Book 2
  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Maria Bello
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380

Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that's more personal than ever. Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy's beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play. The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fastpaced & fun

  • By Beerloversguides on 11-04-15

Not really worth it

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Any additional comments?

I have read all the other books in the series and this one is not up to par. Too much commiseration and an implausible behavior by the main character. Just plain boring and disappointing. I used to look forward to this author's new releases but the last few were not good (except for the two books that she wrote with her daughter - those are a lot of fun to listen to).

  • Revival

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: David Morse
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,794
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,799

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One Listener's *Meh* is Another's Listener's *Wow*

  • By Mel on 01-01-15

A very good read!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

Any additional comments?

It may not be a monster story à la Cujo but I quite enjoyed this book. I think that Stephen King is, above all, a master storyteller and I really felt like I went on a journey with him. Not disappointed in the least.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heaven's Keep

  • A Cork O'Connor Mystery
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Every married couple knows you don't go to bed angry. The corollary, Cork O'Connor realizes, is that you also don't say goodbye when you're mad. When the charter plane Jo O'Connor is on crashes over the mountains in Wyoming in an early winter storm, Cork deeply regrets the heated argument he had with his wife just before she left. An intense search is launched, but bad weather and the steep terrain hinder the efforts and soon the search is abandoned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best so far!

  • By John Morgan on 10-21-16

A series that stays fresh

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

Reviewed: 10-16-14

Any additional comments?

I am really enjoying this series. It's not the best written books I've ever read but they're good enough. What I find interesting is the way the author keeps reinventing the series. It's not always completely believable but, again, it's good enough. The author takes you on an interesting adventure in every installment and always includes the People living nearby in his stories. Refreshing. The narrator was changed along the way, not for the better but acceptable if not inspired. I recommend this series; it certainly isn't stagnant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • Virgil Flowers, Book 7
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012

In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flowers for Sanford

  • By FRITZ STOOP on 12-08-13

Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-13

Any additional comments?

I've read all of Sandford's novels and I'm particularly fond of the Flowers series but not this one. Too many half-developed characters and an implausible story that never grabs you. Good narration though and quite funny at times. I still love you Virgil but leave the international intrigues to Jason Bourne. Minnesota is where the fun is.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Never Go Back

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,030

Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Tired Series

  • By Michele Kellett on 02-19-14

Most anticipated series always

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

Reviewed: 09-08-13

If you could sum up Never Go Back in three words, what would they be?

Great book. Consistent with the character development and the rest of the series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Reacher is of course my favorite character. He's smart, down to earth and resourceful. What's not to like? He's impossibly self-confident but it works for him.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I think that Dick Hill is a fine narrator and he's definitely at his best with the Jack Reacher series. He is THE voice of Jack Reacher.

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

I always laugh when I listen to a Jack Reacher story. You can't help it - it's full of humour. My biggest reaction though is: What, already over? I have to wait another year now for a new story? Sigh...

Any additional comments?

I listen to a lot of audiobooks and the Jack Reacher series is always the most anticipated one. Even after 18 books, the character doesn't get old or repetitive. His character is developing nicely and I always learn something new about him. Every year, I feel like I meet an old friend again for a bit of a journey and I'm always sad to say goodbye!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful