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  • The Collectibles

  • The Collectibles Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James J. Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,858
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,853

"Do what the other fella can't. Be what the other fella ain't. And then help the other fella." Joe Hart has never let go of his uncle's words. An orphan from the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, Joe leaves his humble beginnings and goes on to distinguish himself, first as a navy submarine commander, then as an attorney unequaled in his field. But Joe's world crashes with an unexpected tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a MUST READ!

  • By shelley on 05-10-16

Preachy & predictable

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

nothing

What was most disappointing about James J. Kaufman’s story?

He made his point in the first 15 minutes and then kept hammering it home for the next 9.5 hours.

What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

Voice is hard to listen to...gravelly and without much expression.

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

disappointment...and then annoyance that I actually listened to the whole thing....

Any additional comments?

can't imagine reading the other two books in this trilogy.....

  • Six Years

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,919
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,146

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!

  • By GH on 03-20-13

What's happened to you, Scott?

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

Reviewed: 05-25-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know who would like this book...

What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Prof. Fisher is v. one-dimensional...he so "in love" it's hard to believe he can put on his sox in the morning, nevermind take on a gang of mobsters. He has 3 shallow "emotions": love, fear, anger. Natalie is so undeveloped it's hard to see what there is about her that keeps Prof. Fisher thinking of her every day for 6 years. This sounds more like sickness than love....

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I thought that i could listen to Scott Brick read a dictionary and be enthralled...but this book proved otherwise. He sounded like he was on the verge of tears for 12 hours; it was exhausting to listen to him. True, he didn't have much to work with...why did he even want to read this book???

What character would you cut from Six Years?

Professor Fisher

Any additional comments?

If this had been a real book i would have thrown it in the trash. Only the long work commute kept me listening--barely.

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  • The Rule of Nine

  • A Paul Madriani Novel
  • By: Steve Martini
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

The Old Weatherman dreams of a plan that could be his swansong, an attack to drive a stake through the heart of the right wing establishment and bury it for good. Now he’s found the money, the ideal weapon, and the professional who knows how to use it. And he has put his sights on the perfect target at the very seat of the United States government, in the heart of downtown Washington. It will be a strike heard round the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Rule of Nine

  • By Charlene Glaze on 06-26-10

The Rule of Nine

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-10

This plot was a mess! Apparently Paul Madriani will not be sticking to his knitting...no more lawyering for him...he's trying his inept and naive hand at counter-terrorism and taking out professional, skilled and bloody hit men. REALLY?! Law practice "closed till further notice", Cross-country chases, saving Washington DC with a footballer's tackle??? Character "development" about 1/4 inch deep.... If this is Martini's new direction, I will leave him to others...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Collectors

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: LJ Ganser, Aimee Jolson, Richard Mover
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009

The US Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, DC. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great plot twist....

  • By Nicole on 10-30-06

The Collectors (unabridged)

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-07

I've found David Baldacci's books to be engaging and great for long car rides. My low rating does NOT reflect on the book itself, but rather on the narrators. I may have high standards (e.g.,Scott Brick & Patricia Kalember) but this narration just didn't work. Having a primary male narrator with other voices is distracting. The female character would speak and the male narrator would add, "she said with a sigh." I tried twice to listen to this book but this back-and-forth reading style was so fragmented that I have chosen to buy the actual book and read it myself!