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  • The Fix

  • By: Michael Balkind, Ryan Burr
  • Narrated by: Alex Perlman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Star college quarterback, Colt Walker, has it all: good looks, brains, one of the best arms in the game, not to mention potential for the Heisman and a first round NFL draft pick, until he puts it all on the line as he slides into the ugly world of sports gambling. College football referee, Frank Gastner, is a man stewing in his own misery, consumed by a drinking problem, heavy gambling debt, and heading into a nasty divorce.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun, enjoyable, easy listen...

  • By jstep on 10-24-18

Main character a dichotomy

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I was very excited to listen to this book. As an avid sports fan, any story set in the world of sports piques my interest. The story starts off well, with the QB main character living a charmed life as a Heisman hopeful and a collegiate national championship looming in the future season. When Colt decides to bet a little in the offseason, he finds himself going from a winning streak to a losing streak quickly, leading him to make decisions that could affect his college career and NFL prospects.
The story was pretty good, although predictable throughout. The one part of the story that wasn't predictable was the change in attitude and personality of the main character as the story progressed. Colt was bothered by inner turmoil due to his decisions but failed to do anything about it, which left me scratching my head. His mental weakness popping up whenever the circumstances weren't just perfect led me to wonder how a guy like this could have the mental skills to lead anyone, especially a high-ranking collegiate football team.
I would have enjoyed this story more if I liked the main character, which I did not. We are led to believe this guy has it all together, but a little adversity left Colt with the mental capacity of a child, not a grown man. The other character (Frank) that obviously had a weakness in gambling and drinking had a much more plausible emotional ride, and I sympathized with him more than the main character. I was rooting for Frank, not for Colt, which I believe is not the author's intention.
Once The Fix was set, the story blazed along wonderfully and ended well (although, again, predictable). The exposition was great, too. It was just the middle of the book that didn't match with the beginning and end, and while I understand why the author made those choices, it just didn't connect the story well.
The narration was good - just the right amount of character voicings that distinguished the dialogue and made the conversations believable.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Devil's Chaplain

  • By: Bruce Hartman
  • Narrated by: Neal Arango
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Disillusioned with her corporate legal career, attorney Charlotte Ambler volunteers to handle the final appeal of Christopher Ritter, a Florida death row inmate whose execution is imminent. Ritter had been a prominent biologist before being convicted 10 years earlier for the brutal murder of a prostitute. He denies killing the woman but is tormented by guilt for other, secret transgressions. The only appeal he will allow is to prove that he is innocent - a kind of appeal which is almost impossible to succeed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Dee on 07-28-18

Good enough

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

It takes a while to get into this story, but once you do, it runs pretty smoothly. The difficult part is understanding the facts as they are presented in relation to the path of the plot. The author does a good job of settling into the story once the exposition is completed, but the exposition is muddled and disjuncted enough to scratch your head more than once. The narrator does really well with all the characters save one - the main character of the story. The cadence and timbre of his voice just isn't suited for a PhD, a man on death row, and man with plenty of moral blameworthiness in his life.

  • Mortal Fear

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 736

By day, Harper Cole trades commodities over the internet from his isolated Mississippi farmhouse. At night, he is systems operator of E.R.O.S., an exclusive, sexually explicit on-line service that guarantees total anonymity to its rich and famous clientele.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my attention!

  • By Grace on 05-06-11

Dated plot at this point in time but still good

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

The talk of Compuserv and dial-up modems and cell phones only for the rich is a stumbling block of this book at times, as this story is based on technology and how technology can be manipulated for good and evil. However, Greg Iles is a master linguist, and the words he weaves together keep you engaged in the story even when the details are twenty years old. Eric G. Dove does a decent job with the narration, albeit uninspired at times. His dialogue is spot on (save the fake southern accents), but the narration of exposition outside of characters speaking lulls you at times. Once you get in the rhythm of his cadence, you settle into the story and forget who is reading it to you.

  • 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 11,545
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,563

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

Everything you want in a book like this

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

This book is everything you want - mystery, intrigue, twists, great storytelling, and a level of detail that leaves you with chills up and down your spine. More than one time I felt goosebumps on my arms after hearing some of the details of the story's doomsday scenario. Dennis Quaid does a really good job (albeit scratchy) as the President, and the change of narration from the five different perspectives as the story unfolds was a really good choice. If you like James Patterson, you will enjoy this book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • True Evil

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732

Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truely Captivating and Terrifiying!!!

  • By JenniferLOVESThrillers on 01-22-14

Greg Iles is a master of storytelling

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I cannot say enough about this book. Greg Iles is a master of storytelling. They methodical approach in which he unfolds the story is only second to his ability to capture your interest from essentially the beginning of the book. His exposition is more fun to read than other author's climax to the story. He simply knows how to draw you in and keep you there, sometimes to the point where you are unhappy that the ending is neigh. It was a really nice touch to include Tom Cage (and Penn and Annie) in spots throughout. Made me feel like Natchez really is a small town.

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,335

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

An intertwined marvel

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Again Amos Decker finds himself in the right place at the wrong time. When he witnesses a murder next door on vacation, he finds himself working with local investigators to solve the murders and the mysteries that caused them. Baldacci again weaves a masterpiece while keeping true to the characters that he created. It is a delight to listen, and Kyf and Orlagh are a great team. In fact, Orlagh Cassidy may be the best female narrator I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

  • The Debt Collector - 1

  • A Jack Winchester Thriller
  • By: Jon Mills
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Jack Winchester was a notorious hit-man for a ruthless New Jersey crime family, until a job went wrong, and he wound up serving time. Four years later, Jack is free, and he wants out of the game, but his boss won't let him go. Forced to take on one last job to make amends for what landed him in prison, he travels to the small town of Rockland Cove, Maine. There, he not only discovers that the target and money have disappeared; he finds himself falling for a damaged woman and befriending an unruly son left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Audible series- RECOMMENDED!

  • By shelley on 07-14-18

Really good narration - story good enough

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

What did you love best about The Debt Collector - 1?

I really enjoyed the narration of the characters. It was done well and all of the voices were very well done.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that Jack was a flawed character and sought redemption throughout.

What about Adam Gold’s performance did you like?

Mr. Gold was very deliberate in his character and narration voices. The editing was superb as well.

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

Not really - I enjoyed the story, even with a few plot points that didn't make sense - but it is more of a story that sucks you in for a while, gets a little bogged down, and then picks back up.

Any additional comments?

There were inconsistencies in the text that bothered me. For example, Jack got up on a roof in the early chapters of the book to help a lady fix it, and then a few chapters later there was a big deal made about him being afraid of heights. Didn't make sense, and then it wasn't ever mentioned again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,781
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16,354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,301

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • STAY AWAY!!!

  • By Susan Olson on 06-02-18

An amazing story, narrator, twist...

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

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

This has to be in the top ten all-time. The story unfolds beautifully for audio, and the narrator is just top notch. She embodies Dr. Fox with every syllable.

What other book might you compare The Woman in the Window to and why?

Rope, Vertigo, any Hitchcockian type of thriller with a cool twist. Very film noir.

Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't yet - but I look forward to seeking her other work out and listening.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me gasp. A lot.

Any additional comments?

All around a wonderful work of art.

  • All Lies

  • By: Andrew Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Greg Hernandez
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

"I come from a long line of idiots." Those were the last words his father uttered before dying, and from what he knew of his family tree and the unfortunate end that came to so many of his ancestors, Del Honeycutt couldn't disagree. What he didn't know was that his family held dark secrets - secrets that were about to come crashing down upon him. A seemingly innocent date gone tragically wrong plunges Del into a web of murder, lies, greed, and a hidden fortune.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better then I thought it would be

  • By Athena on 01-23-18

Intriguing story hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

What made the experience of listening to All Lies the most enjoyable?

The story and plot were compelling. It was interesting that actual events from the past were inserted into the story, but not enough to make this work historical fiction. It was very clever.

What did you like best about this story?

The predictability was a little difficult to enjoy at times, but then something unpredictable would surface and excite me into the next chapter.

What didn’t you like about Greg Hernandez’s performance?

The narration seemed like he was attempting to remove an accent and read each word like it wasn't part of the sentence. Emphasis was on the wrong word in the sentence 98% of the time, and the reading was choppy. There were moments when it felt like he was getting into the flow a little bit, and then he would go right back to the "one word at a time" type of reading.

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

I enjoyed the plot and the storyline, but the narration was too hard to listen to in long stretches. The story kept me going to the end of the book.

Any additional comments?

The narrator has a smooth voice - it is a shame that the inflection and lack of flow hindered the performance.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • End Game

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,058

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They're the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep 'em Coming!

  • By shelley on 11-15-17

Another Robie Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Where does End Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's pretty high on the list. I absolutely love this series, and the narration is flawless.

What was one of the most memorable moments of End Game?

When the plot twisted and one of the good guys was really one of the bad guys. (I don't want to give it away)

What does Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This is a great team. Orlagh Cassidy can do anything with her voice. I think she is the best narrator for this genre in the business.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always get tense listening to a Robie book, but he never gets tense as a character in the book, and that makes me jealous of the character.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the next one!