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Richard

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  • A Stolen Season: Alex McKnight #7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    On a cold, miserable night in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, an antique wooden boat runs full-speed into a line of old railroad pilings in the shallow waters of Waishkey Bay. When Alex McKnight helps rescue the passengers, he finds three men. The driver is out cold, the other two are dazed but conscious. When they're all finally back on dry land and sent away in an ambulance, Alex figures he'll never see them again. He couldn't be more wrong.

    Nelson says: "Good Story; distracting narration"
    "easy to listen to"
    Overall

    I don't know why this was so enjoyable it may not be the greatest story in the world nor is it a literary tresure. It is some great storytelling.
    It didn't suffer from unbelievable plot twists it was a pleasurable experience start to finish. Never slow without forced action. Good character development.... I have to get more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Assassin: Assassin Series Prequel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Night of the Assassin is the gritty, edge-of-your seat prequel to King of Swords. A no-holds-barred, breakneck-paced thriller, Night of the Assassin charts the early years of El Rey - known as the King of Swords - a super-assassin responsible for some of the world's most spectacular and daring executions. Framed against the backdrop of present-day Mexico's brutal narco-trafficking violence, Night of the Assassin chronicles the making of a monster - a cold-blooded, ruthless killing machine.

    shelley says: "Riveting Fast and Brutal"
    "dont waste your time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A less ridiculous story


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    BV Larsen


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Like a diamond in a gravel pit Dick Hill is the only value in this waste of time


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Night of the Assassin?

    It is just a flawed premise .An assassin but certainly not as well written as Mark Greaney's or Tom Wood's assassins


    Any additional comments?

    How this gets 4 stars is not a surprise. Look at James Patterson silly inaccurate rubbish but always a best seller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    The Curtlees are a powerful force in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who’ve lined every important pocket in the Bay Area in pursuit of their own ascent. So when the family’s heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who helped to bring him to justice was swift and uncompromising. The jury foreman was fired from his job and blacklisted in his industry. The lead prosecutor was pushed off the fast track, her dreams of becoming district attorney dashed.

    Helen says: "Falls far short"
    "still waiting for a story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Damage?

    It was a best seller


    What could John Lescroart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Read talented authors, go back to school, learn how to write real dialogue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the 3 old asks how someone disappointed her father. All interactions with children were written like an Ozzie and Harriet script


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Leave that to a high school professor


    Any additional comments?

    I will never again download a book after seeing several copies on a supermarket shelf with best seller signs. Definitely a Walmart read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18430)
    Performance
    (8577)
    Story
    (8619)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "put a fork in it"
    Overall

    I listened to the others in the series and wanted a little closure to the tale,
    No I didn't
    Oh my it does go on. Predictable childish sense of good and evil. Tries to be PC to the detriment of the story, NO SOUL, no opinion just drones on

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloomsday Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (382)

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    Johnnie Walker says: "SIX STARS ******"
    "my commute was too short"
    Overall

    well narrated well written colorful language fast paced Don't be a Bollocks listen to it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1587)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (430)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "a lot of fun"
    Overall

    A worthwile listen. The story hooked and entertained the entire time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunted

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    In 1987, Alex Konevitch was thrown out of Moscow University for "indulging his entrepreneurial spirit." But by 1991, he was worth $300 million. On track to become Russia's wealthiest man, he makes one critical mistake: he hires the former deputy director of the KGB to handle his corporate security. And then his world begins to fall apart.

    F. Hayek says: "Superb"
    "I'll bet the real story is better"
    Overall

    Really great narrator, but the book is weak. DO NOT SELECT IT you will be sorry.Based on a real story. Stick with the person that lived the adventure.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (4197)
    Performance
    (2026)
    Story
    (2040)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "amazing"
    Overall

    I'm in awe. I couldn't stop smiling through the entire book. Not only was the book a blast the narrator is a real artist. If you don't like this book just kill yourself, your already dead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Run: Alex McKnight Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Alex McKnight is in love. Even though he met Natalie Reynaud, an officer from the Ontario Provincial Police, under difficult circumstances, they share a common bond of solitude, as well as the same nightmare - they're both cops who buried their partners. It's Alex's first real relationship in years, which in some ways is terrifying. But Natalie has her own fears to deal with - and her own secrets.

    Richard says: "Likeable characters"
    "Likeable characters"
    Overall

    The books I have listened to by Steve Hamilton have all kept me entertained and wanting to hear more. Not all authors translate so well to audio and no doubt the narrator seals the deal with his skillful vocal talent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Double Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Stuhlbarg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (244)

    Just when Alex Cross thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game - this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other. A spate of elaborate murders in Washington, D.C., have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen.

    Jenna says: "A good listen"
    "I am now dumber"
    Overall

    No doubt being stuck on an airplane with this book will lower you IQ. I've read patterson books before, was I younger? Like it was written by a 12 year old, of courses a stupid 12 year old. Putting aside the inaccuracies, it's still a silly book that will leave you feeling duped if you make it through.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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