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R.A.H.

Peachtree City, GA | Member Since 2001

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  • Dark Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Outside of Pakistan, the world's highest concentration of al-Qaeda lurks in South-East Asia, and there Nick Stone's bosses get wind of an act of terror that will dwarf even the nightmare of 9/11. When Stone is despatched to Malaysia by the CIA to assassinate a biochemist, he expects his mission to be a straightforward part of the fight against Bin Laden. But there are complications, not least because he is working alongside an attractive woman whose motives he doesn't fully understand.

    R.A.H. says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Enjoyed Remote Control -- in part because of the cool narration -- and looked forward to this one. But Dark Winter seenms padded with endless, apparently useless detail, and the narration can be hard to take. The narrator fairly screams when he comes to action bits, which I found distracting and even annoying at times. I'd try something else.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (698)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "One of the best ever"
    Overall

    Wonderful story. Pitch-perfect reader. You may want to read it rather than listen to it, but this was one of my favorite audiobooks of the past several years. Kolya is a finely drawn, unforgettable character. You'll love him and Lev.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Italian Secretary

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    The best-selling author of the Alienist series returns with a chilling elaboration on the Sherlock Holmes canon, as the famed detective investigates a pair of gruesome murders, which cast an otherworldly shadow as far as Queen Victoria herself.

    Sagar says: "A True Delight for the Holmes Enthusiast"
    "First-rate narration"
    Overall

    I listened to "The Italian Secretary" and then listened to it again, for the sheer pleasure of hearing Simon Prebble read it. Prebble doesn't just read the story. He inhabits it. His Dr. Watson is pitch-perfect, his Holmes totally convincing. His Scots accents are spot on, as well. As for the tale, this book may be the first from Carr that approaches the elegance and intricacy of "The Alienist." It's a marvelous period piece that seems to capture stony old Edinburgh perfectly -- as "The Alienist" captured New York. Well done!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "Can't go wrong here"
    Overall

    An absorbing story, beautifully read. A fine way to spend a long drive.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    The "Big Three" are a trio of inmates locked up in the Minnesota Security Hospital over the years, each a particularly vicious serial killer, each with his own distinct style and propensities. Everybody feels much safer knowing that they're behind bars. Except...there's a new killer on the loose. And his handiwork bears a disturbing resemblance to some of the finer points practiced by the Big Three, details that never even made the papers.

    Ed says: "The usual group of psychopaths"
    "Narration not up to par"
    Overall

    How a narrator handles the character of Lucas Davenport can make or break an audio presentation of a John Sandford book. Earlier narrators -- Stephen Lang and Eric Conger come to mind -- nailed it. Richard Ferrone doesn't, and Sandford's excellent story suffers for it. Lucas, the sensitive tough guy, or the tough sensitive guy, or whatever he is, just sounds whiny in this rendition. Ferrone's work isn't all bad, not by any stretch, but his Lucas misses the mark.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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