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  • Escape Clause

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 9
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,124

The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Super Sandford

  • By Ted on 03-05-17

5 stars for Virgil lovers. 4.5 for newbies

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

Reviewed: 10-23-16

What did you love best about Escape Clause?

I love Virgil! This series is lighter than the Lucas Davenport series and there are usually a few laugh out loud moments courtesy of Virgil, Shrake and Jenkins, and slightly bumbling bad guys. I already knew Virgil from the Lucas Davenport series so I starting reading this series from book 1 and know about his relationships and quirks. Someone who picks up this book without knowing Virgil will miss out on some of that, but it will still be an enjoyable read.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not really edge of seat, but interested. It wasn't as much what will happen next as how will these idiots get themselves caught.

What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

I really like that he reads the book rather than performing it. He does some accents but I was thankful that he read the females in his own voice rather than trying to impersonate female voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No spoilers, but I loved the way things ended for Peck.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Short Drop

  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,738

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap

  • By Justin Messer on 12-27-15

Grateful for Whispersync

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Any additional comments?

This was a very good book, but a couple of hours in I'd had enough of the narrator and switched to the Kindle version. His voice is pleasant enough and most of his characterizations were ok, with the exception of the Japanese American which sounded like a George Takei impersonation, but on the straight narration he was over dramatic and drew out the last word of just about every phrase. The narration became a distraction for me. As another reviewer said, he sounded like Batman.

  • WIRED

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

Kira Miller is a brilliant genetic engineer who discovers how to temporarily achieve savant-like capabilities in all areas of thought and creativity. But what if this transcendent level of intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania? David Desh left the special forces after his team was brutally butchered in Iran. Now he has been reactivated for one last mission: find Kira Miller, the enigmatic genius behind a bioterror plot that threatens millions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great story

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-23-16

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

What did you like best about WIRED? What did you like least?

In all fairness, I turned it off after about 30 minutes and read the Kindle version, so my opinion is based on the first 30 minutes of the audio version. I listen to a lot of audio books, and this is by far the worst narration I have heard. It is read in almost a singsongy cadence, and he drops his voice at the end of every sentence and sometimes at the end of phrases within sentences. Trying to listen in the car I missed enough of what was going on that I had to start back at the beginning when I switched to the Kindle. I got the audio version for $3.49 when I bought the Kindle version, but if I had paid full price or spent a credit I think I would have asked for my money back.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Target

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,563

The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun thriller, gets better as it continues

  • By Mark on 12-31-17

Don't listen while driving!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-14

Any additional comments?

I do not like sound effects in audio books. They're unnecessary and insulting, and can be downright dangerous. Many of us listen to audiobooks in the car, so the last thing we need is to be driving along with the narration going on in the background and suddenly hear gunshots! If the publisher/producer feels the need to use sound effects, the least they can do is disclose the fact so we know to be on the lookout for them. Or in my case to pass on the book. I wish I had passed on this one. As others have said, there are too many stories going on. It feels like he had two stories that he couldn't develop enough to be books on their own, so he crammed one of them into the middle of the other.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dreaming of the Bones

  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

Often compared to both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, Deborah Crombie is internationally acclaimed for her deftly written mysteries that combine suspense, with lyrical prose. Sharply etched characters further enrich this story of tangled relationships and dark secrets. Twelve years after their divorce, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid receives a phone call from his ex-wife Victoria asking for his help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A subtle british procedural

  • By Rollin on 08-13-11

Great story ruined by the narration

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

Reviewed: 05-09-14

Any additional comments?

I always enjoy the books in this series, but I had to stop listening to this one and read it instead. The background narration was fine, as was Gemma's dialogue, but when reading dialogue for the other characters she gave them all the same exaggerated accent that reminded me of Katharine Hepburn at her comic best. It was almost impossible to follow a conversation with everybody sounding pretty much the same. Ms Sterlin's voice is not unpleasant, I just think she was the wrong choice for this book. With so many characters, the book needed a narrator who could give them distinctive voices.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful