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ChemEngGuy

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  • Breach of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (273)

    Jason Kolarich has spent the past year struggling to recover from the horrific deaths of his wife and baby daughter. On the night of their deaths, Kolarich was at the office, awaiting a call from a confidential informant named Ernesto Ramirez — a call that never came. Kolarich blames himself not only for the deaths of his wife and child, but for the informant’s murder as well. He can’t bring back his family, but he can find out who killed Ramirez and bring the killer to justice.

    Mama bear says: "Kept me listening."
    "High Potential settles for the Middle Ground."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't feel like the time spent listening to this book is time that I regret, but it was very much a "once and done" listen for me. The narrative was interesting, but Ellis had a tendency to repeat himself. I was repeatedly given the main character's justifications for various actions several times. This can be helpful in a long novel, if appropriately spaced out, as a reminder to readers of events that may have seemed insignificant or were only briefly mentioned. But there were several instances of repeat information spaced only a chapter or two apart. To me, this feels like filler. Or like the author doesn't trust his audience.

    Overall, the story was interesting and I wanted to know how it ended. But I also was able to piece together the mystery and still had about 2 or 3 hours to go before it was officially presented to me as a reader. That made those hours seem pretty hollow, and drained the excitement out of the narrative.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I am a huge fan of Daniels, and honestly picked this book up because I was looking for more of his work. He did a great job, though I admit the narrative didn't give him as much to work with as other performances I've listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, I will make the assumption that the issues that grated on me are just part of Ellis' style. So if you like his previous works, go ahead and pick this up. If you're a newcomer looking to scratch an itch, I would probably recommend that you look elsewhere.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7180)
    Performance
    (6344)
    Story
    (6340)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "So bad it's... bad!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the Grimnoir Chronicles and really enjoyed the series. Itching for more, I decided to give Monster Hunter, International a chance. I don't know if I could have been more disappointed. I devoured Mr. Correia's other series, listening every chance I could get - listening to this one feels like a chore. I started it two months ago and am only three quarters finished.

    I find Owen, the main character, to be completely unlikable. The unnecessary romantic subplot is almost offensive - Owen is an unrepentant jerk who seems to think he deserves the woman in question, often leading to really uncomfortable scenes. Like Owen hitting on her in the middle of a mission where the other team (including this girl's boyfriend) has gone missing and may be dead. There is a rivalry established, an alpha male fight over "rights" to the girl, that is never really expanded on. We're told that the rival is a total jerk, but Mr. Correia doesn't spend enough time establishing it. We're just to take for granted that the POV character is right - which is hard to do when the audience doesn't find the character likable.

    The plot itself is okay, not great. It jumps from spending too much time on nothing to accelerated backstory and forward momentum. There are a few awkward conversations that are clearly meant to fill the reader in on events in the characters' background, but they're poorly executed and feel shoehorned.

    The last thing I want to comment on is contractions. Mr. Correia seemed to heavily avoid contractions in this novel. It doesn't sound like a big thing, but - especially for an audiobook - it really drew me out of the story. The next time you're having a conversation with someone, note the use of contractions. In informal speech and writing, people tend towards contractions - these characters don't. It was very distracting, and made the dialogue seem forced and lifeless.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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