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D. L. Hanscom

Swanzey, NH United States
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  • Let Me In

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 988

Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saw the movies. The book is different

  • By Mark on 04-17-12

Stupidest. Book. Ever.

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

I can’t believe I listened to this entire book, expecting at least retribution to make the entire silly story worth listening to. Alas, no. Save your credit.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,077
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,098
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,052

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Don’t waste a credit

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I was really excited to read this book. I am a fan of both Bill Clinton and James Patterson, and expected something great from their collaboration. Instead, it was a preachy, wordy, and badly narrated story. The premise had great promise, the execution was lacking. The characters were shallow and ending predictable. I tried to ignore the horrible narration, and kept hoping the story would improve and carry it through, but it didn’t. There aren’t many books I just flat out hate, but this was one. I’m hoping Audible really will let me return it.

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  • Trap the Devil

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 7
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,166

A group of some of the most powerful people in the government, the military, and the private sector has begun a brutal plan to quietly take over the reins of the US government. They've begun to remove the people who stand in their way - and replace them with their own sympathizers and puppets. They've already taken out the Speaker of the House - whose death was made to look like an accidental drowning - and the president and vice president are next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jay Snyder show become familiar with nomenclatures

  • By Luke on 08-17-17

Same great action story

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

I love the Dewey Andreas series and am sorry I’ve gotten caught up to the most recent! However, I didn’t enjoy the narrator for the last one. He was fine, but didn’t have the same Dewey growl, the Hector swing, or the Dellenbaugh folksy manner I’d gotten used to.

  • The Inside Dark

  • By: James Hankins
  • Narrated by: Bon Shaw
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 837

Five days ago, aspiring crime novelist Jason Swike awoke chained to the wall of a run-down horse stable, convinced he would soon die at the hands of Crackerjack, the infamous serial killer who had terrorized the residents of Massachusetts for the past year - capturing and tormenting men, painting whimsical designs on their faces before shattering their bones and ending their lives. Just when death seems inevitable, Jason, with the help of another captive, manages to kill the madman and escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By ginger anderson on 09-17-17

Worst book ever

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

The only thing worse than the book was the narrator whose inflection reminded me of Joe Friday. Save your credit for something else.

  • City of the Lost

  • A Thriller
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again. Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Purple Wizard on 09-19-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

What made the experience of listening to City of the Lost the most enjoyable?

The narrator was excellent.

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

The plot was fast-paced and unusual. The characters were interesting, if a little shallow.

What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

She read clearly, her tone and accent were enjoyable.

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

Yes.

  • Dead Run

  • The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the Modern American West
  • By: Dan Schultz
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,509

On a sunny May morning in 1998 in Cortez, Colorado, three desperados in a stolen truck opened fire on the town cop, shooting him 20 times; then they blasted their way past dozens of police cars and disappeared into 10,000 square miles of the harshest wilderness terrain on the North American continent. Self-trained survivalists, the outlaws eluded the most sophisticated law enforcement technology on the planet and a pursuit force that represented more than 75 local, state, and federal police agencies with dozens of SWAT teams, U.S. Army Special Forces....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like fiction...but it's not! Great Listen!

  • By Karen on 04-04-13

Tedious.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

The premise was good, but the writing was not. The narration was monotone. Yikes, I'm glad this was a deal of the day and didn't cost me a credit.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,722
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,485
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,325

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Really liked this book

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

Macguyver on Mars. I recently had a life changing experience that left me feeling alone and having to reengineer my world & listening to this reminded me of our ingenuity as a species. I have no idea if the author got the science right, but it was good enough for me. The narrator was enjoyable and I had no problem with the pace of the story. All in all, I would absolutely recommend this book!

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,623

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Intruiging concept

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

I liked the concept of the book - society starting over. But I found myself waiting for something big to happen to the tribe. All in all, they got along well, everything they tried worked, and the few unpleasant people disappeared with only a minor fuss.

I liked the characters and enjoyed their reasoning, but as a life long new englander, I was amused at their conviction that they would never be able to survive in the wilds of NH. Makes me wonder how those pilgrims and pioneers managed?

Anyway, I recommend this book to anyone, just understand there's not much action. I'd give it a solid G or PG rating.

I'm left wondering about a sequel to answer those elephant-in-the-living room questions.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Couple Next Door

  • A Novel
  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,366

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all - a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twist overload

  • By RueRue on 10-12-16

I didn't like any of the chatacters

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

The characters in this book were all shallow, stupid people. I kept thinking they would smarten up and I'd start to care what happened to them. With the exception of the baby, I would have liked to see them all get what their greedy and evil natures deserve. The narrator was good and I enjoyed her reading. Just not so much the reading material.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful