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timchi

racine, WI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (198)

    Jason Bourne takes on a mission to rescue his only friend in the CIA, Martin Lindros, who disappeared in Africa while tracking shipments of yellowcake uranium. Once safely back in America, Lindros persuades Bourne to help track the money trail of terrorists buying the nuclear material in Odessa. But once there, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashbacks, and he wonders: is someone brainwashing him in order to throw him off the trail? Worse, is the man he saved in Africa really Martin Lindros?

    timchi says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I was hoping for the intrigue and clever plot from past Bourne adventures, but Jason Bourne has reverted to a comic book style character in very familiar story lines. Jason is still the lethal, lone-wolf super spy. He is fluent in a multitude of unusual languages and has countless expert skills that would take a dozen lifetimes to acquire. He withstands relentless near death beatings, from which he is able to recover with minor medical care and and an enourmous effort of will. Jason must contend with an evil and clever foe, double agents, an intelligence comunity that does not appreciate his talents, and a government bogged down in inertia. Jason must save the United States from calamity using only his boundless ingenuity and the help of a very few and clever friends, but the clock is ticking ... While I do not want to give away the plot, this reminded me of the old James Bond novels and movies. I know this is a common plot, but I had hoped for something more original.

    69 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • The Cartel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ashley & Jaquavis
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    The port of Miami brings in millions of dollars worth of cocaine every year, and the Cartel controls 80 percent of it. The Diamond family is a force to be reckoned with, but all hell breaks loose when they lose their leader. The most ruthless gangster Miami has ever seen, Carter Diamond, leaves behind a wife, twin sons, a daughter, and a secret - his illegitimate son, Carter Jones. When young Carter learns of his father’s death, he comes to town and is introduced to the legacy of the Cartel.

    Dream says: "Entranced and ready for more"
    "The African American Godfather saga"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not time well-spent but with some entertainment value. The plot did not seem very original, think of The Godfather and American Gangster. Lots of gratuitous sex. Some cheesy sound effects.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Rather abrupt, not well crafted.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was adequate to the story. A mix of voices was performed well.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4867)
    Performance
    (4186)
    Story
    (4162)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "From riches to rags"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Her Royal Spyness?

    The highly affected English upper crust accent used by the narrator. It was grating after the first minute of listening. Not much of a story to keep you interested. Found it hard to empathize with the main character, a spunky "poor little rich girl" experiencing hard times.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am listening to "wool".


    How could the performance have been better?

    Tone down the irritating accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1566)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1412)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "If you enjoy sadistic torture murders"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Thankless in Death better?

    Build on the entertaining characters and plots similar to the other novels by JD Robb.


    What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Loose the graphic details of the sociopaths murder spree.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Great narration which was the salvation for this story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thankless in Death?

    The gratuitous, gory detailed death scenes.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2356)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1991)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no. the plot is very similar to that of a movie I watched recently. It lacks originality.


    Would you recommend Touch & Go to your friends? Why or why not?

    no.the author belabors a failed relationship between the two main characters (husband and wife). this failed relationship becomes the center of the universe for the story. maybe the author was trying to exercise some of her own demons.


    Was Touch & Go worth the listening time?

    I reluctantly continued to listen to this book but only out my own sense of boredom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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