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  • The Lost Island

  • Gideon Crew, Book 3
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David W. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,269

Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Superficial

  • By Eva Gannon on 09-26-14

Another comic book for the ears

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

Reviewed: 09-20-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Adolescent males of all ages.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Great sound quality; I didn't have to strain to make out what was being said.

Any additional comments?

Disgusted, I stopped listening about an hour into book 2. The dialogue for Gideon was especially disappointing; he comes across as a wisecracking jerk with no depth.

The tremendous waste of words tells me that the authors were probably getting paid by the word and took every advantage to fatten their wallets.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Country

  • A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
  • By: Peter Matthiessen
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 40 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing, Rich and Powerful

  • By John on 05-02-09

It takes a while to grab you.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-09

This is a complex tale woven together by many characters, somewhat like Rashomon on steroids. After the first thirty minutes, I contemplated dumping the book, but I was also beginning to get curious about what was going on.
Another simile is Seurat's painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte," which is made up of countless little dots of paint that all contribute their share to the whole. You don't have to remember each little tale, but the impression of them certainly builds up.
This book was drawn from a longer trilogy that tells the same story in more words. It is masterfully written, and the narration is the best I've heard for an Audible book after five years and 200 titles downloaded.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Running Blind

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Women are dying. Women who have nothing in common except the fact that they once worked for the military. And they knew Jack Reacher. How and why these women are in danger completely baffles the elite FBI team working the case. There is no trace evidence. There are no links between victims. Their bodies have no fatal wounds. And the killer entered their homes and exited again like a summer breeze.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book with a single flaw

  • By Ed on 10-02-08

A comic book for the ears

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-09

This crime-fantasy novel does the job of distracting listeners from reality for several hours. It got me through several workouts at the gym and put me to sleep many late evenings in bed.

However, upon completion, I felt a bit guilty for not spending my time with something better written. The characters are stereotypes who utter implausible remarks when the author is not lazy. When he is lazy, you will hear "So?" and "I guess" so often that your ears will cringe. I also take exception to the reader giving a snotty, Brooklyn-esque tone to the voices of the FBI officers.

At the climax, the secretive protagonist suddenly can't stop spilling his guts in a torrent of revealing discovery, the very stuff he suspected but would not share, even with his proven allies.

  • Divine Justice

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,355

Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci Does It Again

  • By poeticalbob on 11-20-08

A comic book for the ears

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-09

The author wishes us to join him in an alternate universe where the most outrageous events can occur without a hiccup or hitch. The characters are 2-dimensional and the dialogue is 12th grade at best.

How they trap the chief villain is so childish that it is not worth the time getting there.

The reader, however, is excellent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Whole Truth

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,705

Pender Associates is a shadowy organization that specializes in managing seemingly impossible situations for its clients. Sometimes, those services extend to managing - and creating - armed conflict.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Action Story

  • By Stephen on 08-03-08

Intriguing 'til the end

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-08

We pretty much know how the book will end and the interest is in how the author will get us there. Well, the ante-climax consists of a preposterous confrontation between the Italian provincial police and the FBI laced together by a sophmoric conversation between the protagonists.

It has all the drama of a Mozart libretto.

On top of that, the reader has trouble with dialects and portraying women's voices.

Unless you are drawn to ear trash, stay away.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful