The Shack is a work of Fiction. The Shack tells the story of a miraculous, life-changing weekend spent with the Holy Trinity in a cabin. Mackenzie AllThe Shack is a work of Fiction. The Shack tells the story of a miraculous, life-changing weekend spent with the Holy Trinity in a cabin. Mackenzie Allen Phllips (Mack) has been in a state of "great sadness" for the last four years. His life was forever changed when Missy, his youngest daughter was kidnapped during a family camping trip. Although her body was never recovered, sufficient evidence was found inside an old, run-down cabin to convince authorities she had been murdered. Mack receives a note asking him to meet at that very cabin for the weekend. The note is signed simply, Papa. Papa is what Mack's wife calls God.
What transpires over the next several hours is wholly engrossing and thoroughly entertaining. I enjoyed the "unusual" characteristics given to the members of the Holy Trinity. Young doesn't follow the customary descriptions many people expect to see when discussing "God," "Jesus," and the "Holy Spirit." Most of us have been taught that God (the Trinity) takes on the form and/or voice that we need and will listen to at a particular point in our lives. Which explains why at the end God changes from a sweet African American woman to a gray-haired man. Because at the end, Mack needed that father figure.
When he arrived at the cabin, Mack was a man lost in a sea of anger, hate, confusion, and depression. As he interacts with The Trinity you can almost see this baggage melting and falling away. He is transformed by this weekend in the woods with "God." Roger Mueller's narration is spot on! Through expert use of tones and pacing Mueller brings the Trinity characters to life. Making each individually recognizable while complimenting the other members of the Trinity. A five-star audio performance! Even if you've read the hard copy, you should listen to the audio. It's an incredible listening experience.
I listened to this book with no preconceived ideas about it. I loved Young's physical descriptions of the Holy Trinity characters. It's refreshing. But most of all, it is entertaining! That's what fiction is supposed to do -- entertain. There are several areas where the writing falls short of flawless. But it doesn't distract from the story. Young put his heart and soul into Mackenzie Phillips and Roger Mueller gave him an unforgettable voice....more
Histories, mysteries, and codes Oh My! Fans of Dan Brown's quirky symbologist Robert Langdon will not be waiting too much longer. Origin, the next booHistories, mysteries, and codes Oh My! Fans of Dan Brown's quirky symbologist Robert Langdon will not be waiting too much longer. Origin, the next book in this world-wide phenomenon is set for release September 26, 2017. This is the ideal time to re-read the first four books in the series. I've read and listened to the audiobook of all but one - The Lost Symbol. I couldn't wait to hear Paul Michael's narration.
The Da Vinci Code introduced readers to the most unlikely of heroes - symbology professor Robert Langdon. Sporting his beloved Mickey Mouse watch, tweed jacket, and a palpable fear of confined spaces he's an intelligent mess with the sexual prowess of a potato. Even so, I like him.
By now we know there are very few changes in Dan Brown's stories. It's basically the same people with different names, slightly different careers, in a new city, doing the same thing their predecessors in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons did, with Robert Langdon called to save the day. This time the professor heads to the nation's capitol to take on Freemasonry. Believed by some to be a modern-day cult. Others think they, together with their Illuminati brethren run the world. Still, others say it's a harmless "boys club." One thing for sure it makes a good story.
What an adventure! Yes, the plot is familiar and the characters very similar to those we've met before, but it doesn't matter - I was hooked and listening as though it was a brand new book. When I've actually read the print version twice. But the audio was much more entertaining. I really liked the characters (much better than Angels & Demons). Inoue Sato was one of my favorites. She was born in a Nisei internment camp in California. She was a survivor, strong and determined. She had risen through the ranks to the highest intelligence post...Director of the Office of Security. She was highly respected and equally feared. She accepted no excuses and took no kaka. Throat surgery left her with an unmistakable, raspy voice. Described as gravel on a chalkboard narrator Paul Michael brought Director Sato to life in spectacular fashion.
Mal'akh reminded me of Silas (The Da Vinci Code's antagonist) with one big difference - not only was Mal'akh a kidnapper and murderer, he was the mastermind behind the night's events. Mal'akh's entire body, except the top of his head, was tattooed with black magic symbols. This one remaining area was reserved for his transformation. This "bad guy" was physically huge, psychologically menacing and a master of disguise. I liked everything about this guy, except the multiple references and detailed descriptions of his castrated genitalia.
Issac Newton, alchemy, numerology, mysticism, prophecy and 33 degrees lead the symbologist and the Noetic scientist toward the answer to the riddle. Langdon again has an equally intelligent female counterpart as he traipses through D.C. searching for ancient clues to a portal. Suspense and mystery play out over a twelve hour period of time Robert Langdon is not soon going to forget. Paul Michael is a talented narrator. But the way he used voice mannerisms, inflections, pacing, and tones to give each character recognizable traits was incredible. It never sounded fake or forced. It may not be the way I imagined these characters would sound when I was reading the book. But once I heard Michael's interpretation I can't imagine these characters sounding any other way.
This book was meant for audio. I am still in awe at how much better it was an audio vs print. That is owed to the narrator, Paul Michael. He delivered an Oscar worthy performance. I enjoyed it so much I am going to listen to the entire series before Origin is released this fall....more
No Man's Land is like one of those rare, special, talented horses that win the coveted Triple Crown. Conspiracy theories, theUnabridged Audio Edition
No Man's Land is like one of those rare, special, talented horses that win the coveted Triple Crown. Conspiracy theories, the ethical questions swirling around implants for soldiers, accusations of murder, dementia, and heart-breaking loss are spun and woven together like the intricate silky strands of a spider's web. Beautiful, but deadly. Delicate, yet strong. It's a pandora's box of secrets and lies that now opened has no option other than to finally play out the last scene of a thirty-year play.
John Puller Jr was only eight years old when his beloved mother, Jackie disappeared. Despite an extensive investigation she has never been found. That was thirty years ago. Today, his father, a retired, decorated three-star general lies in a VA hospital losing the battle for his own memory. Dementia is an unstoppable enemy robbing John of his father at the cruelest possible time.
Arriving for a visit with his father, he is met by CID Investigator Hull and Colonel Shor. His mother's case has been reopened, that was the first surprise and his father is their prime suspect. For three decades John Sr. was believed to be out of the country when his wife disappeared. Information to the contrary has cracked his father's once air-tight alibi. In addition, a friend of his mother's, in what appears to be a death bed confession sent a letter to CID saying her husband was in Vietnam with John Sr and that he murdered Jackie.
Puller is warned to steer clear of his mother's case or face a court martial. But there's no way he will stand down. He is absolutely determined to solve his mother's case and clear his father's good name before it's too late. Puller fully intended to go at this case alone. It's too personal. Way too personal. But his friend, sometime colleague Veronica Knox is a dogged investigator in her own right and although he's never quite sure of her true motivation, he agrees two heads could be better than one. But is it, really?
Enter the antagonist, convicted of murder, housed inside a maximum security prison, everywhere he went his reputation preceded him. No one wanted any part of Paul Rogers...not even the most hardened criminals dared cross him. He had ten long years with nothing but time, to plan his revenge. He had so many parts missing they had to pay for what they did to him. He was a monster, hell bent on revenge and probably hell bound for it. Whatever the consequences he would exact his own justice upon those he held responsible for what he had become.
Family secrets, old loyalties, and lies that reach from the battlefield, through the family home, to highest ranks of the military and super secrets government programs. Baldacci spun an impressively large web with the cold case and the monster. The two men are on a path that leads to an unavoidable, inescapable collision. And you have a front row seat!
The narration is incredible. Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy breathe life into Baldacci's characters. The narrators used charisma, inflections, accents and disturbing voice "mannerisms" to ratchet up the tension, filling the listener with dread and eager anticipation simultaneously. They reach through headphones to paint the beautiful, decommissioned Fort Monroe with such vivid, fluid strokes you would hang it on your wall. Brewer and Cassidy's transitions are smooth, effortless, and add depth to the dialogue. From the moment you press play until the last spoken words on the final CD, you are completely immersed in John Puller's world.
David Baldacci is one of the most prolific and popular writers today. No Man's Land is a good example of why. I was so into the story, literally hanging on every word, that when it was over, I looked through the box to make doubly sure I hadn't missed a disc. I was ready for the next chapter. But, I'll have to wait. That's one important aspect of a good book - leave the listener wanting more. Well, David Baldacci certainly did that. I can't wait for the next installment....more
This is the 9th book in the Michael Bennett series. Some books were better than others a long the way but I always listen to a Michael Bennett ThrilleThis is the 9th book in the Michael Bennett series. Some books were better than others a long the way but I always listen to a Michael Bennett Thriller at least once. I love the family, Father Shamus, Mary Catherine, ten kids with ten different personalities and if that wasn't enough drama, there's always a high pressure, deadly situation that only Detective Bennett can handle.
Bullseye doesn't focus as much on family like in previous books. Some listeners will be disappointed, while others will be cheering this change of focus. I was a bit confused how the main plot was based on a couple's plan to assassinate the newly inaugurated President at some point during the snowy month of November. (The U.S. Presidential election is held in November, however the President is inaugurated in January.) Everything said, I liked it. It's a political/suspense/thriller with an enormous amount of gun knowledge. I learned a great deal about guns listening to Bullseye. (I made notes and looked 'em up.) Sniper tactics are described in such great detail the image of what was happening as the shooter laid down, exhaled deeply and took aim was as vivid as a painting on my wall. Several family members want to borrow this book for these reason alone. If you're a Bennett fan you eill want to read this one. If for no other reason than to keep up-to-date. If you enjoy political thrillers give it a listen.
Danny Mastrogiorgio has perfected the narration for Michael Bennett Thrillers. I've grown so accustomed to hearing his voice I can't imagine anyone else narrating for these characters. His pitch, tone, and character specific quirks add another element to the reading experience that is incredibly enjoyable....more
What begins with a scuffle in the men's room concludes with a man jumping or maybe being pushed off the hotel roof. Detective Michael Bennett is calleWhat begins with a scuffle in the men's room concludes with a man jumping or maybe being pushed off the hotel roof. Detective Michael Bennett is called to the scene. As he scans the hotel room, he notices small clues that point towards homicide not suicide. The medical examiner has two very unusual pieces of information to share with Det. Bennett. First, while performing the autopsy she discovered the deceased had swallowed a condom prior to his death. Inside was a small piece of paper with a group of seemingly random numbers printed on it. Second, the dead man's name was Stephen Eardley...USAF pilot that died in combat years ago.
Doors were quickly slammed in Bennett's face at the Pentagon. He is flabbergasted that no one is interested in finding out how USAF pilot Eardley just died in NY, even though he perished in firey crash serving his country in Iraq? Flustered and about to head home, Bennett receives a private message that sends him to Pennsylvania. The GPS and cell phone indicated he was way past the boonies, in the middle of nowhere when he arrived at his destination. He decided to wait when he got no response from ringing the buzzer. Sitting there, in the middle of nowhere it dawned on him that this wasn't a good idea. But that realization came to late. He had already gone from hunter to hunted. Professional killers? Mercenaries? They got the drop on Bennett and now it would take all his cunning and an incredible stroke of luck to get out of the handcuffs, out of their truck and out of this alive.
This is a good book. I enjoyed it. It's not a real-life, docu-drama kinda story. Yes you have to suspend reality a little. But isn't that what fiction does? Takes us away from what is real and entertains us. I liked Grandpa...the veteran that had one more good fight left. And his granddaughter was a smart lil girl that had nerves of steel.
Danny Mastrogiorgio's narration is wonderful. The pitch, tone and rhythm are specific for each character - making them feel and sound like real people. Chase is a fun, entertaining way to spend a Saturday afternoon....more
Here's the jist - In Trial the listener is reintroduced to Kingfisher. Yep, the murderer. The drug kingpin. The one that died a year ago. Except he isHere's the jist - In Trial the listener is reintroduced to Kingfisher. Yep, the murderer. The drug kingpin. The one that died a year ago. Except he is very much alive and according to eye witness statements he murdered two people in a poshy nightclub. I thought the search for Kingfisher was relatively easy considering what a BAD, bad, bad-guy he has proven to be in the past. But the very next short, crisp chapter validated that easy capture and the books' title. Once in custody Jorge Sierra threatened the lives of everyone connected to his case. He threatened to wreck havoc on San Francisco itself. But with the criminal behind bars, detectives breath a collective sigh of relief - that's barely exhaled when the body count starts rising. Kingfisher was making good on his threats and Detective Boxer had to find a way to stop him...for good this time?
Trial is #15.5 in the mega popular Women's Murder Club series from authors James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. I must admit I've only been able to finish 3 of the 15 books in the series..it's just not been my cup of tea. But, I liked this one! The whole premise of BookShots is the elimination of everything but the absolute essential elements necessary to tell the story. Gone is all the meandering around and around the barn twenty-nine times simply to get to the front door...Almost! Even in this short format there was too much precious space given to Detective Boxer missing, dreaming, whatever about her failing love life. I wish in addition to eliminating the meandering, they would've erased the "fluff stuff" too. There's plenty of action, but be forewarned this isn't a procedural tale - you have listen for entertainment only. (Shhhh. you have to suspend reality for 2.5 hours and just sit back and be entertained.) You'll probably see the man behind the curtain long before the authors big reveal. But here again, I just sat back and listened. (Of course I smiled a little.)
I waffled back and forth on a star rating for The Trial. I'm going to settle on 3.5-4 stars. The audio edition is narrated by the talented January LaVoy. The voice inflections, pitch differences and smooth tones add so much to the BookShots experience. I recommend the audio edition to all Murder Club fans, all Patterson fans, and any book lover that wants to be entertained for 2.5 hours....more
3.5 ☆'s The House of Secrets is a hot historical conspiracy mess that would've been so much better as two books. One that introduced the Nash family, f3.5 ☆'s The House of Secrets is a hot historical conspiracy mess that would've been so much better as two books. One that introduced the Nash family, from Jack's early years chasing conspiracies all over the world, his long running TV show "House of Secrets, his ties to the government, to just beyond the car crash that killed him. Book one ending as his daughter, Hazel, awakens from a week long coma, suffering from limited amnesia and with FBI agents hovering at her hospital door. Now that's a cliff-hanger. Then open book two with Hazel finding out her father and a man he had met with a few days before, had both been murdered. Somehow all of this is connected to a Bible the size of a deck of cards recovered during the victim's autopsy. Not just any tiny Bible...Benedict Arnolld's tiny Bible. Then the search for all kinds of answers - who murdered her father? Why? Who is she really? What about her brother Skip? Who is he? What secrets is he hiding? But that's my version.
I've had a really hard time trying to figure out how to write this review.There's so much going on. The House of Secrets is a puzzle box, wrapped in a mystery, tied up with conspiracies and stamped with a riddle. There were many times I had to rewind and listen again. Everything moves so quickly I feared I had missed something. Also Hazel has a laundry list of questions and is seeking answers to each. But with this novel, one answer doesn't definitively lead to the next. Most the answers Hazel seeks can only be found in the past. A past she can no longer remember clearly.
Scott Brick and January LaVoy deliver a stellar narration performance from beginning to end. I hope they are tapped to continue being the voices that bring the characters of this series to life.
The House of Secrets is a unique listening experience. If you like conspiracies don't miss getting started with Brad Meltzer's new series. It's challenging and messy but worth the extra effort....more