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  • Whiskey Sour

  • A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Susie Breck, Dick Hill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 883

Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is having a bad week. Her live-in boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, chronic insomnia has caused her to max out her credit cards with late-night home shopping purchases, and a frightening killer who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man" is dumping mutilated bodies in her district.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like the book but GRAPHIC details

  • By Kari on 10-31-09

Enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Good story and I enjoyed the FBI characters a lot, but the female narrator speaks too fast. I had to slow down the speed.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,214

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Simply amazing!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Having just spent a full day at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and being totally in awe of Gaudi’s masterpiece basilica, this book is one of those “can’t put it down & don’t want it to end” volumes that are truly few and far between!

Dan Brown’s research into Gaudi’s architecture and symbolism is amazing. Chapter 65 is worthy of being a guidebook! He treats the basilica with all of the reverence it deserves, and still is able to fictionalize the surroundings for his story. Having now “read” the book I want to go back and walk through the basilica again! I am not a religious person, but the feelings of awe and serenity I felt sitting in the pews and in the chapel behind the altar all came back to me during the reading.

Hopefully without giving anything away, I’d go on to say that the “answer” to the “where” questions were most thought-provoking.

I cannot recommend the book more highly!

  • Balance of Power: A Novel

  • By: James W. Huston
  • Narrated by: Adams Morgan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

When an American cargo ship off the coast of Indonesia is seized by terrorists and its crew slaughtered, the sitting Congress demands revenge. The president's refusal to react aggressively leads to mounting resentment. Then an ambitious young congressional assistant, Jim Dillon, discovers a long-forgotten clause in America's Constitution that could be used to wrest power from the chief executive - inciting a devastating constitutional crisis and plunging the country into chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasitc story!

  • By Steven Morris on 05-03-09

Narrator wanted!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

What did you like best about Balance of Power: A Novel? What did you like least?

I'm about a third of the way through the book and I'm enjoying the story line, especially trying to figure out which characters are crucial and which are window-dressing.

I'm sorely tempted to put the book down because of the narrator. His accent is "old school pompous" and I find it irritating as Hell!

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story line is plausible. Having been in the Navy as a member of the CAG 17 in the late 60's and early 70's I've noted some minor technical flaws, but they aren't relevant to the progress of the story.

What didn’t you like about Adams Morgan’s performance?

I'm sorely tempted to put the book down because of the narrator. His accent is "old school pompous" and I find it irritating as Hell!

Did Balance of Power: A Novel inspire you to do anything?

not really, unless considering putting the book down and returning it for a refund inspirational.

Any additional comments?

I will avoid this narrator in the future.

  • Nothing Like It in the World

  • The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

Nothing Like It in the World is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad. In Ambrose's hands, this enterprise comes to life. The U.S. government pitted two companies - the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific railroads - against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. As its peak the work force approached the size of Civil War armies, with as many as 15,000 workers on each line. The surveyors, the men who picked the route, lived off buffalo, deer, and antelope.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to like this book.

  • By Judd Bagley on 10-11-11

Took as long to listen as to live!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-14

Would you try another book from Stephen E. Ambrose and/or Jeffrey DeMunn?

I gave a valiant effort, and I finished the book ... it felt as if it took as long to listen to this book as it did for these men to build the railroad.

To say that the writing was repetitive and redundant is an understatement. Yes, it's history, written by a historian, but it wasn't necessary to make it as boring as a classroom! I believe there is a close proximity to the number of spikes in the railroad and the number of words in the book ... the spikes were necessary.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nothing Like It in the World?

the end

What three words best describe Jeffrey DeMunn’s performance?

He did well, considering with what he was working.

Did Nothing Like It in the World inspire you to do anything?

write this review to save other readers the trouble of listening

  • The Lion

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503

Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What happened to Scott Brick?!!

  • By JSR on 07-03-10

simply WOW ~ "ripped from the headlines"!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-11

what a story! Great characters, great plot, great team of author and narrator! I couldn't recommend this book any more highly!

In view of recent events in Libya it becomes even more of a grabber!

Scott Brick could read the phone book and make it sound exciting!

  • 212

  • A Novel
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

When a student is murdered following a series of threatening messages posted on a college gossip site, NYPD detectives Ellie Hatcher and J.J. Rogan are assigned the case. As they dig deeper, however, they discover the victim was only one of many—and the killer isn’t finished.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I don't get it

  • By Michelle on 09-09-10

Great story, and a good team of author & narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-11

"212" was the second of Ms. Burke's novels for me ... the story grabbed my attention from the first few minutes ... I found myself sitting in the driveway listening way more than I normally do ... definitely made my commute enjoyable!

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  • Angel's Tip

  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

In Angel's Tip, Detective Ellie Hatcher enters the high-priced world of New York City nightlife when a pretty club goer is found brutally murdered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By James Talkington on 12-15-08

A great listen!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-11

This was the first of Ms. Burke's works that I've listened ... good story that kept my attention from beginning to end! I'll definately listen to more of her work!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Neon Rain

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,655

New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect combination of author and narrator

  • By S. Sand on 09-23-09

You won't be disappointed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-11

Anything written by James Lee Burke will be, at the very least, great ... anything read by Will Patton, will be wonderfully entertaining ... they make a wonderful team!

  • Close Case

  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Betty Bobbitt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

For Deputy District Attorney Samantha Kincaid's 32nd birthday, she gets an unusual gift: a homicide call out. The crime scene is in the elite Hillside neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. The victim is hotshot investigative reporter Percy Crenshaw, who has been bludgeoned to death in his carport.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book. Bad narrator.

  • By Amy on 01-24-08

very good story ... not so good narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-11

I've enjoyed everything I've listened to from Ms. Burke ... but I'm struggling to get through this one ... the narrator's voice, from accent to inflection, is positively destroying the book.

I'm going to avoid Ms. Bobbitt in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Triptych

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,533

From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiler Alert

  • By Patricia on 12-13-15

simply WOW!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-07

My wife read the book, and I picked up her copy, read a few chapters and decided to give it a listen .... I liked it so much I bought a couple more of Ms. Slaughter's books, and I'll add Mr. Kramer to my list of favorite readers!

11 of 15 people found this review helpful