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upland, CA, USA
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  • The Conspiracy Club

  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Rob Kahn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

When his brief, passionate romance with nurse Jocelyn Banks is cut short by her kidnapping and brutal murder, Dr. Jeremy Carrier is left emotionally devastated, haunted by his lover's grisly demise and warily eyed by police still seeking a prime suspect in the unsolved slaying. To escape the pain, he buries himself in his work as staff psychologist at City Central Hospital, only to be drawn deeper into a waking nightmare when more women turn up murdered in the same gruesome fashion as Jocelyn Banks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Eric on 12-07-03

well done

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-04

This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it very much. I was impressed the narrator pronounced the medical terms so well. My only beef was that the character did some things that seemed pretty unbelievable but overall a great book. I'll read more of Kellerman.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,747

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

lotsa lotsa lotsa

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-03

Lotsa vulgarity. Lotsa obsenity. Lotsa blasphemy. Lotsa nonsensical dribble. Lotsa disjointed verbal diarrhea. Lotsa filler. Lotsa time wasted listening to it. Perhaps the worst book I've ever tried to listen to. I fell asleep a couple of hours and didn't miss much!

4 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Pop Goes the Weasel

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

The latest from the author of When the Wind Blows and Kiss the Girls reveals Patterson at the peak of his power and is easily his most dynamic and compelling psychological thriller to date. Here is a chilling villain, a love story of great tenderness, and a plot of relentless suspense and heart-pounding pace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So Book-ahhhhhh

  • By Mario on 12-05-03

So So Book-ahhhhhh

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-03

I thought the plot was good and characters were interesting. I didn't think this is one of his best. My main complaint was the narrator. I had a hard time listening because he finished his sentences was a annoying ahhhhhhh. Good book-ahhhhhhh. Bad narrator-ahhhhhh. I recommend it if you can put up with the ahhhhhs.

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Still Life with Crows

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Exciting! Like watching a film!

  • By Venice on 08-20-03

Something to crow about!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-03

This is a wonderful suspense filled thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Characters were interesting and well developed. Plot was fascinating. Can't wait to read more of his work.

  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,940

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

PI is NOT 3.14

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-03

I am amazed so many found this book "magical". I found it replete with newage bombastic pontifications of philosophic pomposity coupled with supercilious boring repetition which leads me to think he was paid by the word! It was as if he regurgitated everything he could think of about everything he talked about. Next time I read "stick it out and you will be rewarded in the end", I will rather listen to my gut feelings...don't waste your time. PI is not 3.14 but a 1.0! The only good thing about this book was that it ended and that was a long tedious time coming.

8 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Body of Lies

  • By: Iris Johansen
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan matches wits with a killer who challenges her skill, tests her courage, and threatens her family. From Iris Johansen, best selling author of The Search, comes this fast-paced and terrifying psychological thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the absolute limit - and beyond.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No lie, it is a stinko-PU

  • By Mario on 11-03-03

No lie, it is a stinko-PU

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-03

On a scale of bad to worse this nearly tops the list. Boring characters and a plot that just stopped! I felt robbed of the time I wasted listening to it. My mind wandered as I listened and it didn't seem to matter.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Becky Ann Baker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Best selling author James Patterson has written a love story! Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope. Browse more Patterson.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good

  • By Ella on 01-19-06

Isn't it Lucky!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-03

I enjoy reading mysteries and detective novels. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors and I have read several of his books. As I began to listen to Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas my first impression was, "what is a mystery writer doing writing a "girly" book?" But as I listened I was struck by his ability to write with simplicity, fluidity, and a deep heartfelt sincerity as he wrote a mother?s heart for her precious child. He wrote with a depth of love and with a fullness of life that I could only wish I had been able to communicate to my kids when they were young. I have not been so moved emotionally since I read Tilly by Peretti. I picked up Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas thinking it was another detective story. It wasn't! Isn't it lucky!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Full Speed

  • By: Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Exciting romp features a corrupt minister, a gang of mobsters on the loose, a hound dog called Fleas, a wisecracking computer genius, and lots of love in the fast lane.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Corny beyond belief... don't bother...

  • By Amy on 10-02-03

dumb and dumber

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-03

The only thing dumber than an anthropormorphic computer named Muffin that whines and dribbles is the terrible voice given it by the reader. Complete waste of time.

  • Ashes to Ashes

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Melissa Leo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

In a wooded Minneapolis park, a killer performs his profane ritual. He arranges the body to his satisfaction, pours the accelerant, and lights the match. The newspapers have dubbed him the Cremator. Kate Conlan, former FBI agent, faces the most difficult role of her life, for she is the only woman who can stop the Cremator...and she's the one woman he wants next.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trash

  • By Mario on 06-09-03

Trash

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-03

If you are seeking an author who is irreverent, vulgar, obsessed with sex and uses foul language that would make a sailor blush then this is the book for you. Couple this with a weak plot and you've got trash. This is the second of her books I quit reading in the middle of it due to disgust. I'll not read any more of her works. I only rated it 1 because I wasn't sure if a zero was possible.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Angels Flight

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Burt Reynolds
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

The man most hated by the LAPD - a black lawyer who has made his name by bringing lawsuits alleging racism and brutality by police officers - has been found murdered on the eve of a high-profile trial. The list of suspects includes half the police force. And Harry Bosch is the detective chosen to head the investigation. The political dangers of the case are huge. If it's not investigated fairly, the public outcry could make the Rodney King riots look tame. But a full investigation will take Bosch into the ugliest corners of law enforcement.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Angels Flight-INaudible!

  • By Mario on 05-29-03

Angels Flight-INaudible!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-03

Too bad such a good book was read so poorly. Burt's attempts to whisper is a low course voice and the way he fades away make this book INaudible. I could barely understand him while listening in my car.

28 of 28 people found this review helpful