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  • Word of Honor

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086

He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This one's worth a credit!

  • By Mike on 09-08-09

Made of Brick

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I am no Scott Brick fan. In fact, I have shied from the purchase of several audiobooks upon seeing Brick as the narrator. After listening to Word of Honor, however, I am drawing toward membership in the Brick fan club. Wow -- his narration is so captivating in this book. Every character comes to life; his pacing is brilliant; and he brings the emotion out so well I was mesmerized. Of course, narration goes only so far if the story lacks, but here Nelson DeMille has crafted a wonderful tale. I have seen one or two movies adapted from DeMille works, but this was my first venture into a DeMille book. It will be the first of several, I am sure, as I was hooked from the start. It is a long work, but it never got boring. The way DeMille writes -- how he keeps the story moving while including so much detail, especially given the military setting -- I was riveted. I had no vested interest in this title at purchase (as I said, I am typically barely luke-warm to Scott Brick), but it is easily one of the best audiobooks I have ever experienced. If you enjoy courtroom dramas, military-themed fiction, historical fiction, suspense, well-written conflict -- or if you simply love memorable characters who spring to life -- treat yourself to Word of Honor. Bravo Mr. Brick and Mr. DeMille.

  • Pretty Girls Dancing

  • By: Kylie Brant
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,253

Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life - a mother out to numb the pain, a father losing a battle with his own private demons, and a sister desperate for closure. But now another teenage girl has gone missing. It's ripping open old wounds for the Willards, dragging them back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Girls Dancing, Great listen!

  • By Linda on 02-06-18

Misses the Mark in Multiple Ways

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I purchased this as a Daily Deal because of the reviews and synopsis, so perhaps my expectations were set too high. This story is mostly told rather than shown. (I prefer to discover and feel what the characters sense on my own instead of being told every step of the way what the character or -- even worse -- the reader should be thinking and feeling.) The characters are formulaic. They don't come to life. It's more like each one performs puppet-like when the spotlight is shined on him or her, and the story moves along from one character to the next to advance the plot. I did like the way the author reasons the antagonist and his actions. She did a nice job of making the antagonist's motivations believable. But once again character development is an issue. Had more fleshing out, more color been given to the antagonist, this story might have been gripping. Instead, the antagonist is virtually invisible outside of a few interactions with the police investigator, and takes center stage only near the end. On occasion, the "telling" got downright ridiculous, with the character revealing something already known or easily assumed by the reader, as if the author either failed to consider her audience or simply didn't trust her audience to discern for themselves. Either way, it's frustrating.

  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Greg Wise
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Bram Stoker's masterpiece is at the same time intensely romantic and very modern. It unfolds the story of a Transylvanian Don Juan, the aristocratic Count Dracula who preys on desirous damsels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Horses are Svvift. The Quinary Count No. 3

  • By Doug D. Eigsti on 05-08-13

Outstanding Production

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-10

This is a wonderful rendition of Stoker's classic. No mood music or sound effects, but these are unnecessary thanks to brilliant narration by Saskia Reeves and Greg Wise. Reeves is fantastic -- the best female narrator I've ever heard on an audiobook -- and especially adept at the male-character impersonations. Such range, pace and inflection was an absolute delight.

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