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  • The Heist

  • A Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,912
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,926

FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!!

  • By Amanda on 09-17-13

Not just another Stephanie Plum!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-16

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

Trying to rank a single book among all the audiobooks I've listened to so far is like trying to rank one food among all the food I've ever tasted,,,, It just depends on what you are in the mood for at any given time. This was a good one..Let's call it a great steak dinner!

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

The plot had enough twists and turns to keep my interest. Just when I was sitting back with a sigh and thinking it was all going well, some new apparent disaster loomed on the horizon to foil the plans of our heroes. Love the characters. I bought "The Heist" half fearing it would just be a slight twist on the Stephanie Plum books (don't get me wrong, I love Stephanie, Joe and Ranger... but was hoping for something a bit different) but Kate is not just another Stephanie Plum.. she's good at what she does! Nicolas is an excellent foil for her hardnosed sense of legal and moral ethics,, and his talent for the big con are amazing! There are enough hints of humor and slightly whacky characters to carry on the Evanovich tradition, but co-author Goldberg apparently has toned down the sometimes almost slapstick action and this is an excellent series on its own...worth a listen even if you are not a Plum fan!.

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

Scott Brick narrates in his usual excellent fashion.. the narrator is a large part of the enjoyment of an audiobook, and Brick never disappoints.

  • Ghost of a Dream

  • Ghostfinders, Book 3
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Toby Leonard Moore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

The Ghost Finders are investigating a haunting at the long-abandoned Haybarn Theater, which is being renovated. But work has been thrown off-schedule by the some peculiar and unnatural activities. And after the potentially world-altering recent events of their previous assignment, the team thinks that a haunted theater (aren't they all?) will be a walk in the park.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Simon

  • By Jeffrey on 09-22-12

very disappointing to a Simon R Green fan

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

What disappointed you about Ghost of a Dream?

It was the only time I have ever applied the word "boring" to one of Green's books. The dialog was repetetive, the story seemed rather dull compared to some of his other works, and I just couldn't get into it. The narrator was good, I enjoy the accents of the characters... but in this book that was about the only thing I enjoyed. I quickly tired of the heavy footsteps with nobody there and the people who turned out to be ghosts much to the surprise of the ghostfinder team (I wasn't a bit surprised).

What could Simon R. Green have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't know what would have improved the book for me... It just wasn't to my taste. I think I'll stick to other series by this author, as this is the second book of this series that has let me down in my expectations of his works. I tried this one as a "second chance" for the series... back to Eddie Drood and the infamous wild witch of the forest for me!

  • The Word of Promise Audio Bible - New King James Version, NKJV: (26) Luke

  • By: Thomas Nelson Inc.
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Hear the Bible come alive! This arresting world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before. The Word of Promise New Testament Audio Bible is a 20-hour, star-studded audio Bible production.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • International Children's Bible

  • By Erica Smith on 01-14-16

Excellent dramatization, but not NKJV

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed listening to this very much... but could not give it 5 stars overall because I was looking for something that I could read along with if I wanted to.. and while it follows the story, the wording is entirely different from the NKJV. A very enjoyable production, but if you are looking for NKJV text, look elsewhere.

  • Shadows Fall

  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

Considered by the author to be his finest work yet, this is a novel of realistic detail, heartfelt emotion, and dazzling imagination that builds a world listeners won't want to leave and spins a tale they won't want to end. In a town of amazing magicks, where the real and the imagined live side by side and the Faerie of legend know the automatons of the future, Time sees all - but even he cannot escape the prophecy of James Hart's return, which can only mean the death of Shadows Fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wild ride with Simon R. Green

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-13

A bit far out even for Simon R Green!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

Would you ever listen to anything by Simon R. Green again?

Yes, I have enjoyed his Secret Histories series featuring Eddie Drood and his golden armor very much.

Any additional comments?

Just a little too far out there even for a Green fan...I tried, but just couldn't get into the whole story line.. gave up about an hour in. Disappointing, but even Simon R Green can't bat 1000 for everyone!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond the Blue Moon

  • Forest Kingdom, Book 2
  • By: Simon R. Green
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Captains Hawk and Fisher, the only honest cops in Haven, are up to their ears in the usual Haven business when a messenger from a far away land finds them and reveals their real identities and mission - bring a killer to justice and ascend to the throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chicken Run Voices?

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-14

Disappointing sequel to a great first

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

Would you try another book from Simon R. Green and/or John Keating?

I have enjoyed a number of Simon R Green's books, and John Keating's performance perfectly fits the tongue-in-cheek characters of Green's fiction.

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

His renderings of the voices are perfect for the characters.

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

no

Any additional comments?

I loved Blue Moon Rising, and looked forward to this sequel... to be rather disappointed. Got off to a great start in the initial chapters, but soon became rather abstract and philosophical and even boring in spots. Wondering "whodunit" kept me listening, and the suspense on that was worth the wait, but overall I can't say this was a good book beginning to end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The First Confessor

  • The Legend of Magda Searus
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Kellie Fitzgerald
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311

In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but....

  • By Dianne on 01-19-13

Good story, narrator not so much

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Where does The First Confessor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Hard to rank one among many, but this is probably in the top 25%. If you've listened to Wizard's First Rule, you'll love the background on the confessors.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Magda, as the lead, overshadowed the others.. due to the story line, the others were basically "supporting actors". Showed initiative and courage in the face of dangerous situations, a good strong female lead.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I found it distracting that the narrator seemed to put periods where there should have been commas, so to speak.. narrative seemed cut up and choppy in some areas, and I had to stop to think about whether a phrase belonged at the end of the previous sentence or the beginning of the next, and sometimes it made quite a difference in the meaning. Also felt the variations between characters was sometimes not consistent.

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

no

Any additional comments?

While the story was great and made up for a lot, I actually found much of the dialogue to be repetitive and to some extent redundant. How many times is it necessary to say virtually the same thing in a conversation? Also there were several places where a sentence or phrase was repeated, as though the narrator started over at the beginning and re-read it... poor editing? But I still enjoyed it.. just too bad the performance didn't live up to the potential.

  • Princeps' Fury

  • Codex Alera, Book 5
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,967
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,980

Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord - the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike - have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, problematic recording

  • By M. Crocker on 02-04-13

continuation of a great series

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

Reviewed: 08-31-14

Where does Princeps' Fury rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book (and this series) is right up among the top picks of my audiobooks. Always an unexpected twist, drama and fantasy and a touch of romance (but not enough to make it a "chick book".)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to pick one favorite character... several great characters emerge as the stories evolve and revolve around different ones.. as the series continues, Tavi (the main character in the first book) is still central, but "supporting roles" are brought to the forefront as the action progresses from Tavi's humble origins and not exactly glorious initial personality to his development as a military leader, almost by accident, and now the action is involving the entire land of Alera.

Any additional comments?

The series is excellent. I started it because of the author, but was surprised.. this is totally unlike Jim Butcher's Dresden series. Still a fantastic listen, though. The only negative thing I have to say about it is regarding the blare of tinny-sounding trumpets between sections. I guess they are supposed to be heraldic rather than musical instruments, but they are harsh and annoying and frankly I can't see any connection between them and the story or series. But even that can't detract from the quality of the story and performance as a whole