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larry

miami beach, fl, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • In for the Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood. Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine.

    Larry says: "A great read"
    "formulaic if you have read other Quinn books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about In for the Kill? What did you like least?

    Great story, well told and lots suspense.


    Would you recommend In for the Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes if they hadn't bought any other books featuring Quinn but as for buying more of them I'd tell them to keep in mind the phrase "a distinction without a difference".


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Pearl Krasner's mother


    Was In for the Kill worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Lutz's books featuring Detective Quinn are a good read or listen if you limit yourself to one. I won't be buying any more of them. If I have to listen how Federman's sleeve becomes unbuttoned and his fashion sense once again I'll go mad. The same descriptions of the main characters are used over and over again and remain unchanged in other books. The same repetitive plot as well: the villain is transformed into a serial killer by an earlier experience and must re-enact it and make it a contest against Quinn. I enjoyed the first book but then tedium set in, so no more for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1996)
    Performance
    (1683)
    Story
    (1678)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "ANNOYING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Panther better?

    Another persona for John Corey. One of the most annoying characters I have ever had to endure


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    THE LAYERS AND TWISTS AND TURNS


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Excellent timing and voices. Too bad one of them had to be John Corey.


    What character would you cut from The Panther?

    I would cut John Corey's characteristics. His low level sarcasm and juvenile responses painful to endure.


    Any additional comments?

    I could never read another book with John Cory as a character. His incessant stream of moronic comments and inane responses ruined an otherwise excellent book. If I heard "right" many more times I would have stomped on my ipod. I can't believe that this was the same author who wrote "The Charm School".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1828)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1043)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sci-fi Comdey of Manners"
    "excruciating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Connie Willis and/or Steven Crossley?

    No.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Willis again?

    No.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He gives life to the characters and captures the sensibilities of the era.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The paradoxes of time travel and the social etiquette of the relevant time period are well done.


    Any additional comments?

    The chapter introductions ruined the suspense to the extent I took the earphones off and guessed when they ended, the endless interruptions whenever a character had to say something or do anything to advance the plot rendered the listening painful. One vignette that drove me to distraction was the back and forth exchange with the lockmaster asking whether the boat went up or down the Thames. Then there were the same hackneyed phrases and observations over and over again. I was relieved wen I finally finished listening to the book. Never again!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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