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  • The Obsidian Chamber

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,299

After a harrowing otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachussetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. Sick with grief, Pendergast's ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive - only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past. Proctor, Pendergast's longtime bodyguard, springs to action, chasing Constance's kidnapper through cities, across oceans, and into wastelands unknown....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Looking for a plot

  • By Olive on 11-23-16

A slightly different Pendergast novel

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

What made the experience of listening to The Obsidian Chamber the most enjoyable?

The most enjoyable thing in listening to this book was Rene Auberjonois narrating. I so enjoy listening to him and his portrayal of Agent Pendergast and the other characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Obsidian Chamber?

I think the most memorial moment is when Constance decides to go with her nemesis. I was truly shocked to hear these turn of events.

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

I have listened to all of the narrator's performances and this is as good as all the rest. Rene Auberjonois seems to have a specific talent for this character.

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

Do not believe everything you see...

Any additional comments?

This was a fill-in book. It concluded "Crimson Shore" but in an unexpected way. I would have liked more of story with the police lieutenant or more background on Longstreet. I liked the book but not as much as I have loved the others.

  • Hold Tight

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,225

Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill they can't help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam's computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

Meanwhile, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death...and he wasn't alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Maria on 06-25-08

The book keeps you in the grip.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

Where does Hold Tight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think Hold Tight is one of the best novels I have listened to in a while. I would have given the story five stars, but the part of the child wanting to do damage to the people who hurt her bothered me a bit. I will say this is a type of book that should be read by eleventh graders with adult supervision as it has great insight into how parents should or could be guardians of their children.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, the plot did keep me on the edge of my seat and the ending sent me into a tailspin. It was something I never expected.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

I think Mike was my favorite character. Scott Brick read this book superbly.

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

Oh yeah, did I ever. I may have to listen to again during the winter months when there is time for just sitting and listening.

Any additional comments?

I would consider this book a must read...or listen.

  • Plantation Shudders

  • A Cajun Country Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Ellen Byron
  • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

It's the end of the summer and prodigal daughter Maggie Crozat has returned home to her family's plantation-turned-bed-and-breakfast in Louisiana. The Crozats have an inn full of guests for the local food festival. But when the elderly couple keels over dead within minutes of each other - one from very unnatural causes - Maggie and her family suddenly become suspects in a murder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Nicole Gant on 10-30-15

It is a better read than an audio book.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

Would you listen to Plantation Shudders again? Why?

No, I would not listen to Plantation Shudders again. I think these types of books would be better read by a man and a woman because the woman doing the men's parts was just awful to my ear.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ellen Byron? Why or why not?

No, I do not think I will try another book from Ellen Byron because I have a feeling they are going to follow very much the same pattern.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Meredith Mitchell?

No, I will not listen to another book narrated by Meredith Mitchell. I did not like her accent in this book. Perhaps if she read something without characters she would be a better narrator.

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

There were not moments in the book that particularly moved me.

  • Miracle Cure

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 791

They’re one of the country’s most telegenic couples: beloved TV journalist Sara Lowell and New York’s hottest basketball star, Michael Silverman. Their family and social connections tie them to the highest echelons of the political, medical, and sports worlds - threads that will tangle them up in one of the most controversial and deadly issues of our time. In a clinic on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a divisive and devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This is an old book

  • By Mary on 09-29-11

A very interesting book

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

If you could sum up Miracle Cure in three words, what would they be?

If I could sum up Miracle Cure in three words, those words would be, "Very Scary Book".

What was one of the most memorable moments of Miracle Cure?

The most memorable moment in the book was when it was known Michael did not have the disease he was diagnosed with in the end.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

The character I enjoyed - as performed by Scott Brick - was Harvey. He played/read him as a complete, well I do not to give it away, but listen to the book and you will understand what I mean.

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

I think the most moving moment in the book was when the baby is born, but I will not say more as it would be a spoiler.

Any additional comments?

As good as I found this book, I also found it upsetting because I think there may be some truth that is part of the plot.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,013
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,038
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,988

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

What is not to like about Harry Potter

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

Where does Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is in a class of its own. Jim Dale makes these books so enjoyable and even though I have read this book about three time, it was a pleasure to listen to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

In this book my favorite character is Ron Weasley. Ron is so brave while being so frightened that he just makes me laugh.

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

I listened to Jim Dale narrate The Sorcerer's Stone and thought there is someone who really understands what it means to read Harry Potter aloud. His voice characterizations are superb...he has picked up many of the movie characters inflections, which makes the reader think there is more than one reader.

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

Since this book is a film that is a difficult question...

Any additional comments?

Everyone who has the opportunity should listen to these books. Even if you have read them, just for the sheer enjoyment.

13 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Crimson Shore

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,759

A seemingly straightforward private case turns out to be much more complicated - and sinister - than Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast ever could have anticipated. Pendergast, together with his ward, Constance Greene, travels to the quaint seaside village of Exmouth, Massachusetts, to investigate the theft of a priceless wine collection. But inside the wine cellar, they find something considerably more disturbing: a bricked-up niche that once held a crumbling skeleton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • They Jumped the Shark!

  • By Nan Holt on 11-15-15

Another Pendergast cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Crimson Shore to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version as yet, so I cannot say which is better but as I love to listen to the narrator, I would think I like the audio book best.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think in this book, my favorite character was Constance. She is learning the world and I'm not sure she is going to like it very much.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't describe my favorite scene because it would run the book for others reading this review...let's just say that it scared me to death.

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

I wish I could have listen to it in all one sitting. Perhaps I will listen to again while wrapping presents for anything I may have missed.

Any additional comments?

This is a Prendergast must read/listen book...bravo Mr. Preston and Mr. Child

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sick

  • A Project Eden Thriller
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,743

Daniel Ash wakes after midnight to the cry of his daughter. Just a bad dream, he thinks. She's had them before. Yet he can't help but worry when she cries out again as he pads down the hallway. Stepping through her doorway, he expects to find her sitting up in bed, frightened by a nightmare. But the nightmare is his. It's real. And it's just beginning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyably addictive story!

  • By Amanda on 12-03-13

Worry if you are SICK!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

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

I do not think the audio was better than the print version but I enjoyed listening to Macleod Andrews reading it.

What other book might you compare Sick to and why?

I think I would compare this book to the "Andromeda Strain" only because of way everyone first got SICK. After that, I think this book is pretty much its own story.

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

I enjoyed listening to him read as I stated earlier but his telling now makes me want to listen to the entire series.

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

Actually, the very beginning when Captain Ash finds his daughter so ill and his wife, well I don't want to give away the story, do I?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Exit 9

  • A Project Eden Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

Before, it was just a test, a little demonstration to see if the virus worked. It did, and so much better than its creators could have ever hoped. But the testing phase is over. It’s time for Project Eden to take the next step. If its members have their way, humanity is about to get a reboot. It’s up to Daniel Ash and the others in the outnumbered resistance to keep the Project from severely downsizing mankind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok Series, very listenable

  • By Robert on 06-07-15

What a great sequel!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

What made the experience of listening to Exit 9 the most enjoyable?

I had read and listened to the first book, "Sick" and was spellbound by it and was overwhelmed by "Exit". I liked the story, the reader and the 'edge of your seat' feeling. In fact, I liked it so much I purchased the entire series to read.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I was kept in suspense because all the characters were at some point or another in jeopardy but didn't escape by a quirk. The whole thing worked

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

Mr. Andrews didn't play voices or make light of the reading. He read it in such a way that I felt he actually was there and the story was real. Even though I read the rest of the series, I would eventually like to listen to Mr. Andrews read all the other books.

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

"Is Project Eden deciding your fate?"

Any additional comments?

For goodness sakes, listen and read this series. It will knock your socks off!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • CAROLINE

  • Rakes & Rebels: The Beauvisage Family, Book 2
  • By: Cynthia Wright
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

The year is 1783, and rakish Alexandre Beauvisage is returning from the Revolutionary War when he discovers Caroline, unconscious in the Connecticut woods. Dressed as a boy, she has no memory of her past. Against his better judgment, he takes the lovely foundling with him to his home in Philadelphia and finds his life increasingly complicated as the fiery attraction between them builds and Caro's dangerous past reaches out to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweeping love story follows US War of Independence

  • By @LollyRussell on 07-04-15

Good book but poor reader

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Where does Caroline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would probably rank this towards the bottom of the list. I am not sure I would listen to this again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was hard to choose a favorite character. Emily Beresford did not do the characterizations of the characters well so I would have to say Grand'Mere was my favorite even though she is a minor character.

What didn’t you like about Emily Beresford’s performance?

Ms. Beresford made Caroline sound like a 12 year old child instead of a 18 or 19 year old. Her performance of Alex was laughable. I am sure she would do well reading children's stories but not a romance novel.

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

No, I had to have a break every so often.

Any additional comments?

I will have to give serious thought to purchasing the rest of the Wright books. They may not translate into an audio book very well.

  • Two Graves

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,031

After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster

  • By GH on 12-13-12

A Fantastic Book

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

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

I would recommend the series as this book cannot really stand alone. Pendergast is a very complex character and in this story, I believe, there has to be some background to support the entire story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Two Graves?

I do not want to give away the plot but Pendergast finds out the psychopath in the family really shocked me.

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

I have listened to several Pendergast novels and he is by far THE Pendergast character. He has portrayed him just as I would imagine this character would be like in real life. Every reader has put a Southern accent for Pendergast, naturally, but Rene Auberjonois I think has the character set to a T.

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

Yes, the moment was when Pendergast finds out about the nameless boy...anymore and the story is given away.