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Jocelyn

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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  • Nine Dragons

  • Harry Bosch, Book 14
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154

The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ordinary at best

  • By P.Keith Daigle on 06-23-10

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

I enjoyed this book and have listened to it several times. The story and performance are well done, although I find Len Cariou's attempt at a female voices comes out somewhat as whines. Not very appealing.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 164,863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152,190
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152,029

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

A book for anyone

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

I'm not a science-fiction fan. So when my 84 year old mother recommended this book I was not at all sure that I would enjoy it. However it's one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is a book about the human struggle to survive. It shows the many sides to the human character; happiness, sadness, frustration, determination, and humour. It speaks to young and old. Highly recommended.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Stolen Ones

  • By: Owen Laukkanen
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 870

When you've got nothing left, you've got nothing left to lose. Cass County, Minnesota: A sheriff's deputy steps out of a diner on a rainy summer evening, and a few minutes later, he's lying dead in the mud. When BCA agent Kirk Stevens arrives on the scene, he discovers local authorities have taken into custody a single suspect: a hysterical young woman found sitting by the body, holding the deputy's own gun. She has no ID, speaks no English. A mystery woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Owen Continues to Impress

  • By Courtney Harrington on 04-10-15

Well constructed and well performed store

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

I enjoyed the dialogue through out. And I appreciated the timeliness of a book on this topic.
Well done book.

14 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassin: Ryan Kealey #2

  • By: Andrew Britton
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

When a top Iranian source reveals that Iran is planning to bomb the United Nations, U.S. Intelligence begins counter-measures. Only Kealey sees it as a smokescreen for another, far more involved plot. But getting anyone to believe him isn't going to be easy. With only his ally, London's newest assistant chief, Naomi Kharmai, by his side, Ryan will have to operate outside the lines in order to prevent a terrible attack in a city on lockdown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Well done

  • By Jocelyn on 04-06-15

Great story. Well done

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

I loved the characters and the development they showed as the book progressed. All of this can be expected from an Andrew Britton.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Island

  • By: Bruce DeSilva
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 893

Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Whodunnit

  • By Michael Jacobi on 06-03-11

Well done and creative

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

Reviewed: 03-23-15

I really enjoyed the book, performance and story. Well done!!
A different mystery written from the perspective of a newpaper writer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Without Remorse

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 27 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,326

His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Start here if you are new to Jack Ryan.

  • By Daniel Beck on 02-07-12

Good background

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

I liked this story because it gives good background on John Clark. I found the narrator could have been more animated. For fans of Tom Clancy this book fills in the gaps.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • True Blue

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652

Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting plot

  • By pat on 01-14-12

Fun story very well performed

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

Great Narrator. A Classic David Baldacci story line. I have nothing more to say I could listen to Ron McLardy all day

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

  • Flavia de Luce, Book 7
  • By: Alan Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

Flavia de Luce - "part Harriet the Spy, part Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" ( The New York Times Book Review) - takes her remarkable sleuthing prowess to the unexpectedly unsavory world of Canadian boarding schools in the captivating new mystery from New York Times best-selling author Alan Bradley.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't live up to it's promise.

  • By Magpie on 02-04-15

Flavia De Luce never fails to delight

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

This is the seventh book in the series by Alan Bradley. This time Flavia travels to Toronto, Canada to attend a young ladies academy. As usual trouble seems to find young Flavia. She explores and investigates in her own special way. The story is well crafted and Flavia's inner dialogue is delightful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Operative

  • Ryan Kealey, Book 5
  • By: Andrew Britton
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Finally settling into a peaceful life after more than a decade on the deadly frontlines of the war on terror, Ryan Kealey believes he’s put danger behind him - and some of his demons to rest. But his calm is shattered when he’s swept into a highly organized and merciless terror attack during a charity gala in downtown Baltimore. Dozens are dead and critically injured, including the wife of CIA Deputy Director John Harper, whose investigation of the ambush is hampered by suspicion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Jocelyn on 01-10-15

Good read

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

A bit too descriptive of all the details of destruction. And a bit of a disconnected story line. But otherwise an enjoyable read. The justification of the antagonist was weak and this left me feeling uncertain of the real motivations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • David and Goliath

  • Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,563

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Art of (Unconventional) War

  • By Cynthia on 10-04-13

Gladwell doesn't disappoint

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

Reviewed: 10-22-13

What made the experience of listening to David and Goliath the most enjoyable?

Malcolm Gladwell provides clear analysis of a very human and fascinating issue. Explores the issue of winners and losers considers situations then the "little" man wins against what seem to be "insurmountable odds."

What other book might you compare David and Goliath to and why?

It expands on themes discussed in Blink. I was interested in the number of successful people who suffered loss or great difficulties when they were young.

Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is clear and perfectly understandable. He tell a great story for each of the scenarios he provides. He is able to explore the research behind the issues without ever being dull or pedantic.

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

I did read it in one sitting. I plan to go back a read it again.

Any additional comments?

Just fabulous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful