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Judy Griffith Gill

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  • The Last Enemy

  • By: Pauline Baird Jones
  • Narrated by: Kevin Scollin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Two men need her. One needs her dead. Author Dani Gwynne must plot her own survival, working against time, terror and her fear of heights. Deputy US Marshal Matthew Kirby is the lawman in charge of finding Dani-before she's killed by elusive killer who has never missed his mark...until now. With the clock ticking down on their macabre game of hide and seek, Dani must defeat a killer who won't stop until he gets what he wants. Or he destroys them all trying....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dragged

  • By Robin Crabb Gonzales on 08-19-18

Good story but...

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Unfortunately the performance detracted from my overall enjoyment. The reader failed to indicate scene breaks with even a hint of a pause and mispronounced several words.

  • Tales of Telenia

  • Stranded
  • By: Lorraine Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Amanda Shelton is clever, adventurous, and tough - and she's going to have to be, because she just crash landed on a world where her saviors might really be her enemies. It takes fierce determination to prevent the people of this frightening and unfamiliar place from stealing her shuttle technology, or from imprisoning her while they do it. Yet what she knows could save countless innocent lives - including those who keep this world safe. Facing this terrible test of spirit will take everything Amanda has.... If she survives at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No Meat!?

  • By Katharine (ventureadlaxre) on 07-31-15

a fine new SF/R sure to please readers

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

THRESHOLD: Tales of Telenia, by Lorraine Bartlett ****
Reviewed by Judy Griffith Gill

Ms. Bartlett's new series begins with THRESHOLD. This book is both well-written and tightly plotted with believable characters and fun dialogue.. Once I began listening, I couldn't turn it off. Amanda, a med-tech from a technologically advanced Earth lands on an alien planet when her shuttle is sucked through a spacial anomaly. The part of Telenia where she regains consciousness is singularly medieval in its attitudes toward women, and Amanda is not willing to be dictated to, even by the haughty, demanding crown prince, Paxton, or maybe, especially by him. She hears stories that other districts don't have such draconian rules and is determined to escape to one of them. Prince Paxton is equally determined not to permit her departure.

Steven Barrett's presentation of this book truly enhances an already eminently enjoyable story with the versatility of voices he can produce. Never is there any doubt which character is speaking, or what that character's state of mind might be. I, for one, can't wait to listen to the rest of The Tales of Telenia.

DISCLAIMER: I was given an audible copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review. I am not personally acquainted with the author, though I have read and enjoyed previous books in her body of work.
JGG

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  • While Galileo Preys

  • By: Joshua Corin
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

Where others see puzzles, Esme Stuart sees patterns. These outside-the-box inductive skills made her one of the FBI's top field operatives. But she turned her back on all that eight years ago to start a family and live a normal life. She now has a husband, a daughter and a Long Island home to call her own, far removed from the bloody streets of Atlanta. But Galileo's murders escalate and her old boss needs the help of his former protege.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A trite book, not particularly well presented.

  • By Kate on 01-16-13

A Fine Novel marred by whistles

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

As an FBI agent,Esme Stuart was talented. As a wife and mother, she's equally so, and far happier, but now, her old boss needs her expertise once more and however reluctantly, she must answer his call. She owes him.

While Galileo Preys is a great concept, a well-conceived story which I wish I had read instead of forking out for the audio. While reading makes my eyes tired, the rendition of this book made my ears hurt. The narrator's sibalence jars and detracts.I tried headphones, earbuds, and listening through the computer's speakers. Nothing helped or changed what sounded liike a flock of little birds, or maybe a nest of hissing snakes. Warning: always listen to a sample before purchasing.

  • The Twelve

  • A Novel
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,240

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • TWO IN THIS SERIES IS ENOUGH

  • By Randall on 06-15-18

Cronin's The Twelve

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

With The Twelve, Cronin has produced a dramatic sequel to The Passage, his novel of a dystopian future North America. Though marred by the same passive voice writing as The Passage (a style obviously ignored by editors who should have known better), The Twelve is as convincing a story as its predecessor. The canvas is broader, as is the cast of characters. The battles seem real and necessary, characters met in the first book grow and change along with their situations, learn from mistakes and develop as the story progresses. The author has created good heroes who sometimes win, sometimes lose, but they persevere as long at they can. Be prepared for some scenes not for the faint of heart and really loathsome villains, though all have plausible reasons for who and what they are.

The often rather toneless narration by Scott Brick might tend to put some listeners to sleep, but usually the action counteracts that.

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  • The Sword of the Lady

  • A Novel of the Change
  • By: S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as the Change. His final destination is Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating Narration

  • By Danaldi on 05-22-12

Stirling builds a new, possible world

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

Reviewed: 04-19-12

Would you try another book from S. M. Stirling and/or Todd McLaren?

I would and will buy more books by Stirling. The Novels of the Change are great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sword of the Lady?

Rudi's fight with the primitive descendants of survivors on his travels while he tries to free his friends from a hostage taker by paying the ransom he must.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator, Todd McLaren, detracted from this book, and the previous ones I've listened to in the series by his frequent mispronunciations of words. For example, ration, rhymed with fashion, is the common usage. Ration, rhymed with nation, has not been used since the First Word War. His mispronunciation of the name of Portland's river as wil-a-MET, I noticed corrected in about book 4, so someone from Oregon must have complained and told him it's locally called the wil-A-met (short "a". It appears no one took the time or trouble to correct him on the pronunciation of Haida, the native tribe from the Queen Charlotte Islands. In the books where that tribe drew first mention, he pronounced it as high-EE-dah, and continues to do so in Sword of the Lady. It's too late now, since the series is finished, but should he run into it again, he might be interested to know it is pronounced high-dah, with no particular emphasis on either of the (only) two syllables. In earlier books, I felt he read words the author had not written, as if he was not paying full attention to what was on the printed page.

Did The Sword of the Lady inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspired me to continue buying the series because I enjoy Stirling's work. It also inspired me to take careful note of the narrator of subsequent purchases of books outside the Novels of the Change, to be sure I don't buy anything narrated by Todd McLaren, who can't be troubled to seek local knowledge when he runs across words unfamiliar to him. Though in all fairness, I must say he does British accents quite well.

  • The Silent Girl

  • A Rizzoli and Isles Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,342

In the murky shadows of an alley lies a female’s severed hand. On the tenement rooftop above is the corpse belonging to that hand, a red-haired woman dressed all in black, the body nearly decapitated. Two strands of silver hair — not human — cling to her body. They are Rizzoli’s only clues, but they’re enough for her and medical examiner Maura Isles to make a startling discovery: This violent death had a chilling prequel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • somewhat disappointing

  • By Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker on 07-17-11

Tess Gerritson is a master storyteller

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

Reviewed: 02-11-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because this is the most powerful story she's written.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Girl?

Jane's courageous struggle in the dark cellar while Mrs. Feng urges her on so Jane might live to hold her small daughter again.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last time Jane spots the silver hair where she least expects it, and her response to that discovery.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Tough Boston detective Jane Rizzolii solves a decades old case--with the aid of someone or something she cannot see, yet cannot help but believe in..

Any additional comments?

I've been reading Tess Gerritson's books for years, and found this the strongest, most compelling novel she's ever written. Tanya Eby's performance added greatly to my listening pleasure. All in all, a stunning experience. I look forward to any further books written by Gerritson and performed by Eby.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy)
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,514

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new type of vampire

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Justin Cronin's book grabbed me and held me rapt.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-10

In "The Passage" I found a story so multi-layered, so complex, and so beautifully presented I could not quit listening. I was at once captivated, frightened, and uplifted. The characters all felt real, fully formed, beautifully limned. Cronin has become a must-read author for me.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Firestorm

  • The Caretaker Trilogy: Book 1
  • By: David Klass
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

It's a typical night for high-school senior Jack Danielson. A star football player, he just broke the league rushing record, celebrated at the local diner, and got shot down (again) by his girlfriend. Jack feels he's having "the most normal senior year a guy could have" in "the most normal little town in America". He couldn't be more wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review, Firestorm

  • By Judy Griffith Gill on 04-24-08

Review, Firestorm

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-08

David Klass has come up with a winner and I, for one, can't wait for the next two books in his "Caretaker" series. His young protagonist, Jack, is entirely real and convincing as he jump-starts the story with his perfect, teenage normalcy and brash tongue. He's a good student, a fine athlete, and a normally horny teenager when his life is sundered. He's shocked and distraught by his parents virtually tossing him out alone into the night--to save his life--so he can save the world. Of course, he doesn't believe any of this. How can he? It's all got to be a big joke, or a nightmare. But when he meets up with a telepathic dog and a shape-shifting woman who tell him he's humanity's best hope for the future, terrifying events finally force him to believe them, if not to trust them. All Jack can do is follow the quest appointed him, through danger, pain, growth, and learning, until his adventures culminate in the reaching of his goal, and he begins to see that the fantastic beings who have been guiding him were right.

The narrator, Ramon de Ocampo uses his wonderful talent for voice and accents to keep the characters alive and the story active, moving right along with the swift pace set by Klass's superb writing.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,839

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Altered Carbon

  • By Jake Williams on 09-22-07

Altered Carbon

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-18-08

A great listen! Richard K. Morgan has a unique concept that captured me from the beginning and carried me right through to the end. He never loses track of where he's going with the story. The characters are clearly defined, each with his or her distinct personality and voice. I was sorry to reach the end of this fascinating tale. The reader did a superb job of helping to create the mood of each scene.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Learning Spanish Like Crazy Light

  • By: Learning Like Crazy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The Learning Spanish Like Crazy method lets you learn Spanish quickly and easily. It has been created by native Spanish speakers from Latin America to make sure you learn to speak Spanish just like a native. All speakers are college-educated speakers from Latin America to make sure you develop an authentic Latin American accent. This is a fun method of learning Spanish - no tedious memory drills. You learn practical spoken Spanish that you can use in everyday situations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learning Spanish Like Crazy

  • By Judy Griffith Gill on 11-16-07

Learning Spanish Like Crazy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-07

Great learning tool! Now things are beginning to make sense to me. Thanks!

7 of 10 people found this review helpful