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Colin

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2755)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "One of the weaker books"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book added nothing to the series. The previous book, as-is, would have been a much better end to the series. It was poorly written in many places and felt rushed.


    What could Charlaine Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made the book less of a reunion of all past favorite characters. It stretches credulity and weakens them all.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    She has a lovely accent, and each character has a very distinctive voice.


    Any additional comments?

    In many of the books, Sookie is badly beaten or threatened with rape. I generally skip those parts on repeated listenings. This is one of the few books in the series where no one beats the crap out of the protagonist, or tortures her, or nearly rapes her.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Our Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    With the Cold War fought and won, British spymaster Tim Cranmer accepts early retirement to rural England and a new life with his alluring young mistress, Emma. But when both Emma and Cranmer's star double agent and lifelong rival Larry Pettifer disappear, Cranmer is suddenly on the run. In a frantic journey across Europe and into the lawless, battered landscapes of Moscow and southern Russia, he searches for his brilliant protégé while desperately eluding his former colleagues.

    bonnie says: "Intimate look at the thoughts of an aging spy"
    "Slow, unsatisfying compared to others"
    Overall

    Most important: always download Frederick Davidson narrations at top quality ("Enhanced")! He is the best of the best, and I hate to read people disappointed by his recordings. This makes a tremendous difference.

    I am a die-hard LeCarre fan in the making; I've read/heard much of his catalogue. This story, compared to the Karla series, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, even The Secret Pilgrim, was plodding and unsatisfying, without brilliant tradecraft or tension. I learned about Russian ethnic infighting, but doubt I will listen to this title again. My favorite is still "Call for the Dead", which I listen to every few months. Advise you to get this one when I did, after you've had the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

    Valerie G. Olson says: "Wonderful story that exercises the intellect"
    "Davidson perfect; get top-quality audio format"
    Overall

    David Case also narrated as Frederick Davidson, Edward Raleigh, James Nelson, and Ian McKay. He is my favorite narrator, and every month when I get my credits, I look for something else of his. I'm glad another review recommended getting the highest-quality audio format, because it made a big difference, and I'll continue to use only it.

    Beyond that, John LeCarre's Karla Trilogy are my favorite books. The story is so vast, filled with such rich and complex characters, that I get more out of it every time I listen. Read by Davidson, it's indescribably brilliant. For a patient listener with an interest in espionage, drama, and the human condition, I couldn't recommend it more highly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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