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  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,487

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

Do not rely on sample!!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Narrator and author well matched. Both far below average.
Two opening chapters held promise - went rapidly downhill. Difficult to follow story line, made more difficult by the reading.

I gave up on this one.

  • Hello Again

  • By: Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

Evelyn Talbot, a psychiatrist at a maximum-security prison in Alaska, studies some of the world's worst serial killers. But she's about to meet her most elusive patient at Hanover House yet: Dr. Lyman Bishop, aka the Zombie Maker, given his fondness for performing icepick lobotomies on his victims. A brilliant cancer researcher, Bishop is either the most cunning psychopath Evelyn has ever encountered - or he is wrongly convicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Rumbera on 11-08-17

UGH!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

Repetitive, drawn out story line wrapped around graphic sex. Not too my liking.
First and last download of this author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,696

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Fiction not fact

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Good imagination yet skewed view of Vatican's response to the Jewish plight. Fiction can and does whitewash history, This author's tale is fantasy, Disappointing to those of my generation.

  • Private

  • By: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,904

Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for...

  • By Wayne on 09-01-17

FREE book - not worth it!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

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

Have no idea.

What could James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Enlisted a more competent narrator, built more realistic characters. Better yet - not have released this book,

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Hermann’s performances?

Absolutely not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Private?

All of them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dying to Please

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 623

Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organized. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. First and foremost a butler par excellence, skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman - indispensable to her elderly employer, a courtly gentleman Sarah has come to respect and love. But her perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Stop Listening.

  • By Nyrrocdooh on 01-25-09

Sex not suspense

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

Would you try another book from Linda Howard and/or Susan Ericksen?

Not a chance

What was most disappointing about Linda Howard’s story?

Far too much sex, no mystery at all.

How could the performance have been better?

Only with better material.

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

Disgust!!!

Any additional comments?

Could not listen to the end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,536

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Brilliant tale and performance

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

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

Ranks among the best. Beautifully written, superbly performed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Death. Lisle, Rudy, Hans, Rosa. All characters so well defined and beautifully narrated.They will stay with me for quite some time.

Which character – as performed by Allan Corduner – was your favorite?

toNarrator painted characters so deftly enabling all to be termed favorites.

If you could rename The Book Thief, what would you call it?

I would not presume to rename The Book Thief.

Any additional comments?

A must listen!!

  • Island of the Lost

  • Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
  • By: Joan Druett
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079

Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Stories Ever Told!

  • By Tiffany on 04-10-16

Expectation unmet

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

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

No-one within my reading/listening circle. Historical value lost, buried under the flora. Struggle for survival mitigated by the mundane.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Hopefully I"ll select more wisely from my wish list.

What three words best describe David Colacci’s voice?

Resonant. emotive and intelligible.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Did not finish listening. Any redeeming qualities lost to me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fixer

  • Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,840

Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Assassin with a morals and criteria...

  • By shelley on 12-30-16

Good one!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

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

Yes. Narration is spot on, characters well defined and lastly, I found myself rooting for Lydia.

What did you like best about this story?

Interaction between Lydia and Mort. Fanciful, I know but occasionally one would like "it" to work out as written.

Which scene was your favorite?

Lydia and Mort's initial confrontation at Deidra's home.

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

Mort cradling Lydia's wounded body. Superbly narrated.

Any additional comments?

T.G. Wells is new to me. I intend to scan other works by this author.

  • MemoRandom

  • A Thriller
  • By: Anders de la Motte
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

David Sarac is a handler at the Intelligence Unit of the Stockholm Police Force, identifying, recruiting, and wrangling anyone who can support the police in their battle against organized crime. And David is very good at what he does: manipulation, bribes, and threats - anything goes, so long as he delivers. Other agents can do nothing but watch jealously as his top-secret, high-level informant, Janus, rockets David to success. But after David suffers a stroke during a high-speed car chase, crashing violently into the wall of a tunnel, he wakes up in a hospital with no memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant Surprise.

  • By Chris on 06-10-17

Pleasant Surprise.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

What made the experience of listening to MemoRandom the most enjoyable?

Superb narration supporting a surprisingly good tale.

What did you like best about this story?

Complexity of plot deftly written stripping away the frailties of every character. Exceptionally well done.

What about Peter Noble’s performance did you like?

Outstanding performance. Every character well defined, proper tone exercised for every character or event.
will definitely seek out other books narrated by Peter Noble.

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

Trust no one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secrets of Wishtide

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged 52, is the widow of an archdeacon who makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator. Her brother, Frederick Tyson, is a criminal barrister living in nearby Highgate with his wife and 10 children. Frederick finds the cases, and Laetitia solves them using her arch intelligence and her immaculate cover as an unsuspecting widow. When a case arises involving the son of the highly connected Sir James Calderstone, Laetitia sets off for Lincolnshire undercover as the family's new governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical intrigue-

  • By Meema on 04-16-17

Keep religious beliefs to yourself

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

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

My friends enjoy mysteries without authors religious preferences.

What could Kate Saunders have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Author penned a good tale but soured it - inserting her personal beliefs.

Did Anna Bentinck do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Very good narration. Characters quite distinct.

Did The Secrets of Wishtide inspire you to do anything?

Yes - to never download another kate Saunders book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful