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Ted

Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

Lancaster, PA, United States

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  • Dead Irish: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (336)

    In his new life as a bartender at the Little Shamrock, Dismas Hardy is just hoping for a little peace. He's left both the police force and his law career behind. Unfortunately it's not as easy to leave behind the memory of a shattering personal loss - but for the time being, he can always take the edge off with a stiff drink and a round of darts.

    Snoodely says: "Soap-opera thrillers?"
    "I didn't like it but..."
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    Lescroart is an intelligent and sensitive man, this book shows it. I'm thinking that others might become interested in his characters and life view. I didn't. It was well read, no problems there and I'll look for David Colacci in the future. I just found the plot and characters flat. And the ending was tortuously predictable. Sorry, just can't recommend Dead Irish.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Cobweb

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, J. Frederick George
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (113)

    When a foreign exchange student is found murdered at an Iowa University, Deputy Sheriff Clyde Banks finds that his investigation extends far beyond the small college townall the way to the Middle East. Shady events at the school reveal that a powerful department is using federal grant money for highly dubious research. And what its producing is a very nasty bug.

    Linda says: "loved it"
    "Not Great… Not Bad… But worth it…"
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    I wish this was an average mystery novel. That would make the level of books a lot higher. But among the books I enjoyed, this was average. Deputy sheriff is faced with a puzzle that may mean the world's in his hands? Sounds like a summer movie, eh?

    It's a reeeely unlikely story, but then again, most of these stories are. Stephenson and George pull it off well enough to keep me listening right through. A lot of the credit goes to Marc Vietor's read.

    Looking for an average GOOD LISTEN? Here it is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trial of Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Deverell
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Arthur Beauchamp, a heralded criminal lawyer, has moved to a quiet island off the British Columbia coast. While trying to recover from a marriage gone sour, his retirement is interrupted by his former law partners - they want Arthur to take charge of the defense trial of Jonathan O'Donnell, the acting dean of a law school. O'Donnell has been accused of rape by one of the students, Kimberley Martin, a smart but arrogant woman who is engaged to a rich businessman.

    Michele says: "A poet writes a legal drama. Who knew!"
    "You Might REEEEELY Like this… Or Not"
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    You like a murder/legal/psychological thriller with bodies littering the set and gun smoke thicker than gallons of blood spew? This AIN"T your novel. Actually it's two novels for the price of one.

    1. A legal/psychological puzzle that' maximum improbable but William Deverell will make you suspend disbelief… At least he did me.
    2. A romance puzzle… Boy gets girl/loses girl/gets girl…like that. But the boys and girls are not at all stereotypical.

    If I'd known just those two things before listening… I'd have passed on "Trial Of Passion"… but I'm glad I didn't… If only because of John Morgan's tour-de-force presentation of the way Deverell does a quirky exposition.

    The author chooses to unravel the novel in three minds… Three POVs… Each in the first person and present tense. Whew! That's unusual and a total challenge for the reader. Morgan pulls it off BIG TIME!

    Of course he's able to follow the intricately idiosyncratic speech (thought) patterns of each of the characters… patterns that reveal almost as much about them as their actions… No more about them.

    This book ia a masterpiece of craft, and it kept my attention like trap springing on a hungry mouse. But.. but… Not being a romance fan, I gave it four stars… You might want to pile up a lot more… Or not…

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2849)
    Performance
    (2522)
    Story
    (2507)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Luxury Vehicle… Does It All"
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    Michael Connelly's Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey Haller is perfectly crafted to fit my tastes. What it's not? Well, great literature. What it is? Well, great fun! Connelly writes this stuff for a living. He's like a successful architect who makes a bazillion bucks by satisfying clients.

    Haller satisfies me this time by working his way through a decently challenging puzzle together with a cast that fills in all the holes… both entertainment and plot holes. From the opening grabber to the no-loose-ends wrap up… I want to know how this accused digital pimp'll get out from under the ton of evidence Connelly pours over his plight.

    And Peter Giles directs this cast that he creates for us in perfect synch with Connelly's craftsmanship.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    Thirteen bodies are found in a Louisville restaurant. When the police can find no suspect or motive, the family of one of the victims seeks the services of the enigmatic and solitary specialist Roy Prescott, known for his ability to find people who don't want to be found.

    Maxine says: "Great book"
    "Feral Altruism = Crackling Story"
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    To paraphrase Dante: conscience judges the sins of the the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted through different lenses. In 'Pursuit', Thomas Perry allows complex characters to explain themselves, then he smashes one against the other.

    I think it was General MacArthur who said, "If you find yourself in a fair fight… You didn't plan your mission properly." 'Pursuit' is about grim planning men, hunting one another. It's a killerchiller of a story driven by clever plotting, cruel plotters, and dark motives.

    Varney versus Prescott… A steel cage battle between men with brains wired backwards to each other. Perry creates a stream of exploding crisis. And since Perry rarely returns to a character in his next novel, the reader never knows who is disposable regardless of the depth of their characterization.

    Perry's interested in the way our brains construct a sense of self. And then how impossible it is to cause them to change from the paths that result, in this case, in codependent killers. If you like tense mystery, clever puzzles, and truth suspended between perspectives… You'll like "Pursuit" as much as I did.

    And Tom Weiner creates, then stages Perry's cast precisely correctly. He's nuance-perfect in unravelling a story that kept me intrigued in this conundrum through the last minute. Yep, five stars in this genre - And this is the SIXTH of the eight Perry novels I've read so far that earned FIVE STARS!!! I'm thinking this guy is a very favorite author of mine. And I just downloaded "Silence"… so I'm anxious to see of there's a seventh perfect Perry read coming up.

    Keep posted:-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Harm's Way: Alan Gregory, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When Dr. Alan Gregory's good friend Peter Arvin is found bloody and dying on the stage of a Colorado theatre, suspicion soars that he has become the second victim of a killer whose first prey was discovered amid the elaborate scenery of the road company's production of the Broadway show Miss Saigon. Alan is immediately asked to respond to two pleas for help: one from the police, who would like a psychological profile of the murderer, and one from Peter's widow, who is desperate to know the meaning of her dead husband's secrets.

    Ted says: "Undistinguished, Average But Okay"
    "Undistinguished, Average But Okay"
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    I really got off on Adrienne Allen, wife of the murder victim… She's a great character and both White and Hill have fun with her. She's a scene stealer. Otherwise, I listened through the book and generally enjoyed what's become a too easy villain for many writers in the genre. Still, it was a way to make gain through my pain at the gym every morning I listened. Harm's Way distracted me from the discomfort and I think I'll listen to another of Stephen White's books, especially if Dick Hill's the reader. They're a competent team.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Good Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Scott Pratt
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    A family of four is slaughtered in rural Tennessee. Two weeks later, a retired high school principal and his wife are brutally slain. Two Satan-worshipping teens stand accused. It's up to prosecutor Joe Dillard to convict them. A former defense attorney who spent way too much time defending people he knew were guilty, Joe is determined to win this case to atone for his past. But an evil young woman named Natasha is responsible for the slayings and Joe knows it.

    Ted says: "A Gooey Dollop Of Para Atop The Normal Here…"
    "A Gooey Dollop Of Para Atop The Normal Here…"
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    Apparently Scott Pratt's got some sort or denominational religious angst going on in his head… It apparently developed since his excellent earlier novel, "An Innocent Client" (which should be read first BTW). And here he swirls it around and around in a mishmash of mystical versus spiritual plot whorls.

    I don't like it when an author relies upon ghosts, mystics, or satan/gods to solve his/her story difficulties. Pratt does that here. Maybe you'll enjoy it, since he's a good craftsman and Tim Campbell's a fine reader. Don't know whether I'll try the next in this series… I like my legal thrillers to be more "normal" courtroom matches without a gooey side-order of the "para'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Long Knives

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Jenna James’ life has been smooth-sailing since she left the high-powered law firm of Marbury Marfan. She’s happily ensconced as a professor at a prestigious law school, where she’s well liked by her students, coupled up with a handsome colleague, and on track for tenure. But things take a shocking turn one morning when a student, Primo, comes to Jenna’s office seeking her advice about a treasure map he recently inherited. When Primo turns up dead and Jenna is suddenly the prime suspect in a murder investigation, everyone turns on her.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Disaster on Campus"
    "Jenna, What Happened To Ya?"
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    Listen to Charles Rosenberg's delightful "Death On A High Floor" before this one. That's VERY important. Set five years after that adventure, Jenna James, has lost a lot of her perk. To some degree it's the fault of casting Kate Rudd, only because I was used to Christopher Lee's brilliant creation of Jenna's character in book 1 of this series. Oddly, Lane did that Jenna better than the excellent actress… Rudd.. does in this book.

    BTW, for some inexplicable reason I wrote Lane's name as Lee in my review of "High Floor" and wish that we could edit our reviews. I feel awful… grumble….

    But maybe this book lets me down just a bit because Jenna James lost her perkiness. Her impetuosity, her sexual, um, spontaneity.Rosenberg's earlier work jumped the shark, but Lane's wonderful read made it work. Here, he only carries half of the water, so maybe that makes it more difficult to accept the improbabilities of this interpretation of academic politics. Dumno.. but while I enjoyed Long Knives… It wasn't "Death On A High Floor".

    Still, if a third in this series arrives, I'll listen… especially if Christopher Lane's reading. AUDIBLE: GIVE CHRISTOPHER LANE MORE WORK… K?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (478)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "AUDIBLE: Give Christopher Lane More Work!!!"
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    From the first lines, Christopher Lane insinuates pompous, grumpy attorney Robert Tarza right into my mind. HE'S ALIVE!! Lee is an audible artist who breathes Charles Rosenberg's characters full-up with dimensions.

    And Rosenberg gives them a bunch. Plus he makes the impetuous side-kick, young Jenna James… well, PETUOUS! These guys, Rosenberg & Lee make a kind of ordinary plot-line keep you in the car… in your driveway.. after a long ride home… still hanging on the next twist, wisecrack, and cliff hanger. 

Did I write "side"-kick? I'm not sure who is kicking who's side here,

    it's a very clever ensemble, made even more interesting by quirky criminal lawyer Oscar Quesana… who will need to star in his own Rosenberg novel soon… hint.. hint… Hear me Charles?

I totally liked this… and immediately downloaded the next in this series which features the perky, brilliant, and sexy Jenna James… Hope it's as good a listen as this one.



    AUDIBLE… come on… give Christopher Lane lots more work… PLEEEEESE!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Innocent Client: Joe Dillard, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Scott Pratt
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room. A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused. In this Mystery Readers International finalist for "Best Debut Mystery" criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he's tried to balance his career against his conscience.

    Ted says: "Very Cool. Just GreatLegal Thriller."
    "Very Cool. Just GreatLegal Thriller."
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    Looking for the kind of legal thriller that Scott Turow used to write? Here's a guy NOT PREACHING his ideological message. Here's a nifty noir voice. I just listened to Dashiell Hammett's Maltese Falcon where the hard-boiled detective got invented. Scott Pratt's in that league. Like Hammett he's writing straight entertainment while playing the various techniques of fiction like a jazz pianist pulls in the riffs and chords you expect from hands that can find the dark a well as light keys.

    Tim Campbell's created this ensemble cast with same sort of note-perfect sense as Pratt. Did I like it? I just downloads the next Joe Dillard book. Wadda-you think?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (216)

    Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

    Kathi says: "Outstanding American classic!"
    "Classic: But Has Feel of Class Assignment"
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    Hammett shocked readers. He won't today. So stripped of that support, Falcon's now a slow period piece. The legendary snappy dialogue's also lost its snap over the years, copied and tightened as it's been by so many who've mastered this genre since Sam Spade was invented. Hammett invented pacing that goosed along the plot. And yet, even there his followers have learned to crank up the pace to warp speed.

    It was interesting to return to the firm of Archer & Spade, but it was more like a class assignment... Something for study perhaps. Something to appreciate for its contributions.

    I read Falcon when I was young. I like that memory more than this revisit. Hmmmm... Maybe you can't go home again, eh?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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