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David Lavin

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Woodland Hills, CA United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Warren Littlefield, T. R. Pearson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (96)

    Warren Littlefield was the NBC President of Entertainment who oversaw the Peacock Network’s rise from also-ran to a division that generated a billion dollars in profits. In this fast-paced and exceptionally entertaining oral history, Littlefield and NBC luminaries including Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Julianna Marguiles, Anthony Edwards, Noah Wylie, Debra Messing, Jack Welch, Jimmy Burrows, Helen Hunt, and Dick Wolf vividly recapture the incredible era of Must See TV.

    Simone says: "A Fun Flashback of 90s TV!"
    "Meh."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Warren Littlefield and T. R. Pearson and/or Bob Balaban?

    Probably not. The writing and performance were extremely bland.


    What didn’t you like about Bob Balaban’s performance?

    Much of the book were transcripts of interviews, and Balaban's performance did nothing to help the listener discern who was speaking. For example:

    Warren Littlefield: It was a terrific time for us at NBC.
    Jennifer Aniston: Yes, we felt we could really get into our roles without too much network interefence.

    Bland, bland, bland.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Graveyard of Memories: John Rain, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    What makes a legendary assassin? For John Rain, it was the lessons of love, war, and betrayal he learned in Tokyo in 1972. Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman under the watchful eye of his CIA handler, delivering cash to corrupt elements of the Japanese government. But when a delivery goes violently wrong, Rain finds himself in the crosshairs of Japan’s most powerful yakuza clan.

    katelyn says: "Eisler does it again"
    "Might Just Be the Best Rain Book Yet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Graveyard of Memories again? Why?

    Yes, the character development was terrific.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Rain. This book takes you back to show how john rain became JOHN RAIN!


    Which character – as performed by Barry Eisler – was your favorite?

    The girl in the wheelchair. Empathetic and well performed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end, about the girl in the wheelchair... but i dont want to spoil it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3052)
    Performance
    (2141)
    Story
    (2139)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Sorry, I simply hate Dick Hill as a reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Andrew Peterson and/or Dick Hill?

    No. I need to make a note that I HATE Dick Hill as a reader. Every character he portrays sounds smarmy and reminds me of the retarted character from Of Mice and Men.

    I couldn't get through the first half of the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3491)
    Performance
    (3041)
    Story
    (3023)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Meh... I love Mitch Rapp, but not this one."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Last Man better?

    This is a very lazy book... the plot is very straightforward and thin with very little action or suspense. Guess what happens at the end of the book? Mitch Rapp kills them all (big shocker, huh?).I've loved many of the previous Mitch Rapp novels, but this one is really not up to snuff.Sorry to say, this one I could have just missed.


    What could Vince Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better plot, better editing, more depth in writing.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall is always excellent.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2693)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (922)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Dark, But EXCELLENT Reader"
    Overall

    This was a very unusual book, and very dark, but the reader was simply terrific! Very interesting and kept me entertained throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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