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Overland Park, KS, USA
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  • Saturn's Race

  • By: Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38

Chaz Koto is a citizen of Xanadu, a near future perfect society hosting the wealthiest men and women on Earth. Along with his fellow citizens, he bears the burden of a dark secret that the outside world would be shocked to hear. Lenore Myles is a student who travels to Xanadu and becomes involved with Koto. When Koto unwittingly lends her his access codes, Lenore stumbles upon the grisly truth behind Xanadu's glittering facade.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bland and Cheesy

  • By Kennet on 09-27-06

Slow, boring, and not worth the time

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-09

I like much of Niven's work, but this was just painful to finish. Don't bother with this download.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deception Point: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,400

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By James R. Davis on 06-29-04

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-06

As others have mentioned in their reviews, you really have to suspend your belief in reality to stay with this book. Many times I had to check myself from audibly saying 'no way' when the author makes another leap in logic.

Of the books written by Brown, this was his least enjoyable effort. Don't waste the money on this one.

  • The Camel Club

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,040

It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, fun and an excellent thriller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-03-07

Not remotely believable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-06

If you think Rambo is good cinema, then you will like this book. However, if you expect some basis of believability, then you will find it hard to stay with this book. The author makes so many decisions in advancing his story that just are too far from credible. Sure, I enjoy a good spy/adventure novel like anyone else. I just expect it to be something that I can credible believe in.

I don't want to put too much in detail on this in case you still want to listen to the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Informant

  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

By the author of the best-selling The Pardon, this fast-paced novel teams a resourceful FBI agent and an embattled journalist in a hunt for two men, a serial killer and his elusive informant.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just NOT believable

  • By Joel on 05-26-05

Just NOT believable

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-05

I really liked 'Last to Die', but this book was terrible. The writing was fine, but the plot was just not believable. It really boils down to how the FBI works and how they would handle informants, serial killers, and HRT. In ?The Informant?, Grippando could not have butchered the function of the FBI any more. I found myself thinking, there is just no way that could happen.

Avoid this book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Witness

  • By: Richard North Patterson
  • Narrated by: T.J. Edwards
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

When seventeen-year-old Tony Lord was accused of the murder of Alison Taylor, his friends turned against him. Now he is a San Francisco lawyer dedicated to the defense of his clients, but his new client is one of those fair-weather friends...and he is suspected of murdering of a female student. Tony must confront not only the fear that his friend is a murderer, but the buried truths that underlie Alison's death so long ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caught me by surprise....

  • By Linda on 02-01-03

Bad Quality

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-05

The audio was so low, that even with the volume of my player at maximum, I could barely hear the book.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Last to Die

  • By: James Grippando
  • Narrated by: Ken Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Tatum Knight is a former contract killer. And he's Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swytek's newest client. Tatum is the older brother of Jack's best friend, Theo. Theo himself spent time on death row until Jack found the evidence to prove him innocent. Jack isn't so sure about Tatum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Joel on 01-11-05

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-05

Very tight story, if you pay attention, all the information is there to figure out the ending. Even if you do not, you will find that it all fits in the end.

Well worth a listen.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Paranoia

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,342

Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and interesting.

  • By Karen on 02-02-04

Never throw a party on your boss's dime

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-04

Man, one little party on company expense and look what happens. I loved the plot of this book. Who knows what? Who is working for whom? What is going to happen next?

A great thriller of corporate espionage. It will have you on the edge of your seat (hard to do while driving) and wanting more.

  • The Blue Nowhere

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Jeffery Deaver, best selling author of The Empty Chair and Speaking in Tongues, turns his talents to the labyrinthine world of cyberspace - a world where the most powerful can lose their wealth, their minds, and their lives with a hacker's touch of a button.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No MUD slinging here!

  • By Joel on 12-23-04

No MUD slinging here!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-04

Wow, this was the first audio book I listened to in years. What a great way to get back into the swing! Being a technophile myself, I loved Deaver's accuracy with which his protagonist works his magic.

If you have any curiosity about MUDs and cyber crime, get this book.
If you just love a good mystery, thriller with great plot twists and a satisfying ending, get this book.

If you are not that technically savvy, not to worry, you can easily follow the plot regardless.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 31 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?

  • By Eric on 11-18-04

Charlotte Didn't Learn a Dang Thing in College

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-04

If you can get past the language in the book (which is unfortunately accurate for today's universities), you get a decent insight to college today. Yes, the characters are over the top representing the extreme of each category (frat boy, jock, vain intellectual, left-wing professor). But the story is well written and riveting.

I thought that it was also well read, with the right ambiance fitting each 'scene' in the book.

In the end though, I was disappointed in Charlotte. She didn't learn a dang thing...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful