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Eric

Westland, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2403)
    Performance
    (1675)
    Story
    (1692)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "I'm glad they made this one into a movie"
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    I've read a few Reacher novels, but this one stood out as being particularly good.

    I am somewhat fascinated with the skills and mindset of a military trained sniper. This book delvs into that field. Would a soldier with this training use it on his own, especially if he wasn't able to in a military operation?

    Reacher gets involved in an investigation that has overwhelming evidence against the suspect in custody, and he wants to make sure he gets put away for good. The suspect gets beaten in prison to the point of a coma and then amnesia, so he cant defend himself. Questions and irregularities that only Reacher can see are too much to ignore though.

    It's a good investigative storyline that kept me interested, and he also kicks some ass.

    I look forward to the movie...but 5'5" Cruise as 6'5" Reacher sounds like a stretch...We'll see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1340)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "another good swedish author"
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    I liked this one quite a bit and will be checking out more in this series. I held off purchasing this for a while thinking maybe it was some posessed snowman or something, it wasn't and I feel silly. Ive read reviews about the gore and language and held off for that, it's nothing more than you should expect when reading about a serial killer.

    All in all, I am glad I finally made this purchase and will listen to more from Nesbo.

    One question, did the name Harry Hole get lost in translation or something? I mean, really, Harry Hole?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3250)
    Performance
    (2946)
    Story
    (3004)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Amusing story and characters. Bring on the series!"
    Overall
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    This was a fun freebie that I am glad I listened to. The main character and his "companions" are a very interesting bunch, and quite amusing.

    The narrator did a very good job with this challenging project. He added to the experience quite a bit.

    The length was such that it left me wanting more. So, bring on the series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2442)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (930)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "John Corey!"
    Overall
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    I love the John Corey series (minus The Lion).
    He gets into a fictional cold case based on a real plane crash with a lot of unanswered questions. Very interesting investigation. John Corey is entertaining enough by himself, and of course a brilliant detective.
    I wasn't necessarily interested in the publisher summary of the book before choosing it, but I needed me some John Corey. Turned out I really liked it, and the fictional take on a real incident made it very intriguing.
    Especially if you're a fan of the series get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3782)
    Performance
    (2800)
    Story
    (2777)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Jason Spencer says: "Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner""
    "The Gray Man is cool!"
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    Sure, it may be a little over the top, but it's a cool story and a cool character. The world's top assassin is on the run. He is a mystery to most, legend to others, feared by all. The hit-man with a conscience. He kills people, but they were all bad.
    Really, this is worth it. However, it is probably the best in the series, don't wish too hard for sequels as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballistic: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2281)
    Performance
    (1990)
    Story
    (2001)

    Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. Court makes his way to one of the only men in the world he can trust - and arrives too late. His friend is dead and buried. Years before, Eddie Gamboa had saved Court's life. Now, Eddie has been murdered by the notorious Mexican drug cartel he fought to take down. And Court soon finds himself drawn into a war he never wanted.

    Jean says: "Action Packed"
    "the gray man saves the day"
    Overall
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    The Gray Man, the first book was much better. This one was kind of predictable and not memorable. The evil, sadistic drug lord and his motivation for risking his entire operation was just stupid, as his counselor kept trying to tell him.
    One part that got me (light spoiler alert) was that he fornicates with a girl that is constantly praying and encouraging him to be more spiritual, and after she sleeps with him she decides to be a nun!
    Big, tough, secret assassin who saves the poor family from the drug lord, and who works alone.
    The narration was fine, the story was fine, just not memorable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (447)

    In lower Manhattan, a charnel pit of horror is uncovered: the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer. Just as a museum archaeologist and an enigmatic FBI agent begin to unravel the clues to the killings, a fresh spree of copy-cat murders and surgical mutilation erupts around them. Mixing science and terror in a way only they can, Preston and Child deliver a novel that's as gruesome as it is enthralling.

    Dianna says: "This Book is a True Curiosity!!"
    "interesting, action, mystery"
    Overall
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    Pendergast is definitely one of the most interesting and enthralling fictional detectives out there. He is almost as interesting as the story itself. However I didn't find any other characters interesting at all. The setting and the plot were very engrossing however. Set in modern day New York, the mystery stems from the early days of the city. Before movies and television where you can see the world from your sofa, there were cabinets of curiosities to entertain you with bizarre collections from all over the world. (See Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museums)
    Unearthed from the demolition of a century old building for new development is a mass grave that reveals a serial killing spree from the 1800's. The cause of death is very disturbing and is soon mimicked in the present day city.
    A good listen, Auberjenois is very good. It's worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2622)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1771)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "the basis for every good detective story since."
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    A classic series for a reason! The narrator is fantastic! The character of Holmes is enthralling. I now recognize how often modern fictional detectives mimic Sherlock's observation skills. I also like the short length of these mysteries, I often listen to one or two between other books to break it up a little. Listen and realize why these stories have lasted and been duplicated for over a hundred years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (735)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    Denise says: "UGH!!!"
    "Maybe women will like this"
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    I was so annoyed by this book. The lead character was a tough as nails girl who had no feminine side at all, unless it was to take advantage of some nitwit man who, of course, has no control over her wiles. The men in this story are wimps compared to her and written as subjects to her will. One male character was written as a ruthless drug dealer who is mush when it comes to his unbelievable heart driven love for her that seems to be based on the fact she can kill better than he can. This story was ridiculous on more levels than that though. I guess a woman who wants a break from her romance novels and an entry into an action book might get it. Not me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of the Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (377)

    This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.

    Leslie says: "Amazing Novel, Excellent Narration"
    "I could have listened for hours more"
    Overall
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    This is not your typical novel read as a story, but more like documenting events in history. If you liked Goodfellas, of course you did, you will love this. Very interesting insight on many different viewpoints involved in the drug dealing business, from the kingpin to their dealers, hitmen, prostitutes, families, and the agents looking to bring them down.

    The narrator deserves his own paragraph in this review. Ray Porter was incredible. Not overly dramatic as Scott Brick can be, I enjoy him too but he would have exhausted me reading this book. Ray Porter was perfect, he gave distinct and reasonable voices to many characters no matter their ethnicity, age, station in life, or their gender. There were so many, but because of his performance I was able to recognize and even picture them throughout the book. It was relatively long, over 20 hrs, but I could have listened and enjoyed for hours more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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