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  • Hunter

  • A Thriller
  • By: Robert Bidinotto
  • Narrated by: Conor Hall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 875

From its first moments, Hunter takes you on a nonstop thrill ride: from the top floor of the CIA, to the marbled corridors of Capitol Hill...from the posh hotels of downtown Washington, to the city's mean, violent streets. It introduces a colorful new hero for our time - and a dazzling heroine every bit his equal. A spy mystery...a crime thriller...a passionate romance: Hunter is a genre-bending novel unlike any you've read. Deviously plotted, filled with vivid characters, and propelled at a breakneck pace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent crime thriller

  • By Susan on 04-27-16

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not this author

What didn’t you like about Conor Hall’s performance?

The voices were very good. I might try a book with this reader again.

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

Disappointed. I love a good domestic thriller! I kept waiting for "the nonstop thrill ride," Maybe I'm listening to too much Reacher, Rapp,Orphan X. The pacing in this story is absolutely glacial...Unless it's the constant beating of "prisons coddle inmates and release thugs to re-commit even more heinous crimes than they were sent in for," against my eardrums. Ok, I get it. Lets move on with the story! I finally gave up halfway. Returning this title.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Magic

  • By: Patricia Wrede
  • Narrated by: Nicole Greevy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. While the kingdom’s noblemen squabble, on their borders an ancient enemy, the Lithmern, raises an army. As the head of the Noble House of Brenn attempts to organize an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her 20th birthday. She is a remarkable woman: quick-witted, beautiful, and handy with a throwing knife. But on the next night, she passes through a dark corridor on her way to the banquet hall, and never emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have kidnapped the princess.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Execution is Key

  • By Brandon on 09-04-13

Horrible Narrator!!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not the audio version with this narrator.. Maybe print version.. I enjoy Patricia C. Wrede's books.

How could the performance have been better?

Different Narrator

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Trickster's Queen

  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Trini Alvarado
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 757

The native people of the Copper Isles, the raka, know that the ancient prophecy handed down by their trickster god is on the brink of coming to pass. But what they don't know is that all their hopes rest on the slender shoulders of Aly Homewood, formerly Alianne of Pirate's Swoop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • entrancing!

  • By Jia on 10-28-07

Sorry to see it end

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

Reviewed: 05-19-14

What did you love best about Trickster's Queen?

Tamora pierce does a wonderful job of world building, From slave to spymaster, Trini Alvarado once again brings this world to life.

What about Trini Alvarado’s performance did you like?

She completely inhabits this series.

Any additional comments?

Great YA book, and wonderful stories for those of us that are young at heart!

  • The Baby Boom

  • How It Got That Way, and It Wasn’t My Fault, and I’ll Never Do It Again
  • By: P. J. O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62

P.J. O’Rourke began writing funny things in 1960s underground newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world’s only trouble spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other "Holidays in Hell” in more than 40 countries.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is not about the baby boom

  • By Joel on 03-14-14

"Meh"

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

Reviewed: 05-19-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe the print version... Love PJ O'Rourke's work, He really should be the narrator...

Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

Love Dick Hill! Just not this book...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Die Trying

  • Jack Reacher, Book 2
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,415

When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Reading the Series: Skip This One

  • By Eric J. Toll on 11-05-13

"You don't know Jack"...

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

Reviewed: 04-20-14

What did you like best about Die Trying? What did you like least?

Sometimes you just need some senseless violence, and Reacher fits the bill. This is the only book/series where I enjoyed the movie version better than the book....

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes-

  • Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 361

A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Horse Lover's Book-- An Enchanting Fantasy

  • By Ruth on 01-05-13

Don't waste the credit

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

Reviewed: 01-04-13

Would you try another book from Jim Bernheimer and/or Christine Padovan?

Yes by the author. None by the narrator.

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

Don't know,. Couldn't finish the book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I'm not a particularly picky listener, usually if the story is good I can "soldier on." Not so with this book.
It seemed that she wasn't familiar with the material prior to performing. Accents in wrong places, terrible supporting character voices, stilted narration.

Did Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1 inspire you to do anything?

Rip out my ear buds and bang my head against the wall.

Any additional comments?

Too bad, I think this is a pretty good YA story, no Mary Sue's. Will look for print version.

1 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Factotum: The Foundling's Tale, Part Three

  • By: D. M. Cornish
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Rossamnd Bookchild stands accused of not truly being a human at all, but of being a monster. Even the protection of Europe, the Branden Rose the most feared and renowned monster-hunter in all the Half-Continent might not be enough to save him. Powerful forces move against them both, intent on capturing Rossamnd whose existence some believe may hold the secret to perpetual youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have good news!

  • By Kate on 03-10-17

Happy, Sad, Thankful..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-10

Happy to finally hear the third installment of this wonderful series.
Sad when it ended. (Which, by the way, ended exactly as it should).
Thankful that I stumbled on to such a great author!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ill Wind

  • Weather Warden, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 361

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life.... Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good fun and fast listening

  • By Yuriko on 02-21-11

Only 10 hours?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-10

I'm about 1/2 way thru this book and it feels like 10 years...
I enjoyed Ms. Caines Morganville Vampire series, and was looking forward to more of her writing.
This book didn't deliver. For a woman in peril story, the pacing and narration is very slow.
Do we really care if the heroine looks like Prince threw up on her?

3 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Foundling

  • Monster Blood Tattoo, Book One
  • By: D.M. Cornish
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Set in the realm of the Half-Continent, a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols, the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy presents a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions, and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl's name, who is about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters - and people, who may be worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • D.M. Cornish....A New Star?

  • By Zreea on 05-01-12

Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-10

Such a wonderful gem! All 3 books are worth your listening credits, and this, the first book, doesn't disappoint. If you are tired of listening to "my pretty pony/puppy/fairy" with your kids, then this is the book for all of you! D.M. Cornish has created an entirely believable world, populated with utterly believable characters.

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny

  • Nightside, Book 10
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

Things were going so well for P.I. John Taylor, that it was only a matter of time before everything hit the fan. Walker, the powerful, ever-present, never to-be-trusted agent who runs the Nightside on behalf of The Authorities, is dying. And he wants John to be his successor-a job that comes with more baggage, and more enemies, than anyone can possibly imagine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please Sir....

  • By Patti on 10-30-10

Please Sir....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-10

May I have some more? Marc Vietor Rocks this series!
This is not the book to start with, though each in the series can stand alone, they really are better read in order... Dark, funny, excellent world building!
Can't wait to see what's in store for John Taylor now that "Walker" is gone... or is he?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful