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F. Hayek

F. Hayek

Indianapolis, IN | Member Since 2006

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  • The Burglar in the Rye

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    Winner of multiple Edgar and Shamus Awards, Lawrence Block keeps fans guessing to the end with his rollicking Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries. In this diverting caper, full-time bookstore owner and part-time burglar Bernie tries to do the right thing for a new friend, only to find himself accused of some terrible wrongs.

    F. Hayek says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    Since I got introduced to L. Block's work in "The burglar who painted like Mondrian" and can't get enough. This is a delightful episode in the series about Bernard Rhodenbarr, an "admitted" burglar and reluctant detective. I found wonderful humor, wit, scorn and a very healthy dose of funny cynicism. The writing is masterful and the wry dialogue is sophisticated. Every sentence is expertly crafted. Richard Ferrone's narration is outstanding.
    Despite a modern Hercule Poirot ending (Agatha Christie elements are common in this series), this lighthearted piece that keeps your cerebrum very well nourished and your time very well spent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    Overall

    This is a weak, boring and shallow throw-away excuse for a novel from a writer whose only reason for success is that he encouraged by us, the zombie readers who pic up his books. The only reason I am giving it any work at all (as if I can go below 1) is that this one, like its 2 predecessors, is at least well researched.
    In this novel, I went from one abyss of boredom to another, and for a good reason: None of the characters was interesting, the writing style is amateurish and found no value whatsoever, entertainment/human/otherwise. At least the Da Vinci Code had an explosive story that generally redeems it. With this one, the writer borrows a pre-fabricated story line from his previous work (pick any), injects it with new material and old cliches (try listening to the word "double take" once per page), package it in a book and shoves it down the throat of unsuspecting readers (listeners)
    Even narration was below standard. Not only the narrator had the most uninteresting, monotonous voice, but every so often narration tone changes for a word or a sentence indicating a cheap correction that was made ad hoc to some mistake.
    Please don't waste your time and credits on this book. Try The Hunted by Brian Haig. Solid all around.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunted

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    In 1987, Alex Konevitch was thrown out of Moscow University for "indulging his entrepreneurial spirit." But by 1991, he was worth $300 million. On track to become Russia's wealthiest man, he makes one critical mistake: he hires the former deputy director of the KGB to handle his corporate security. And then his world begins to fall apart.

    F. Hayek says: "Superb"
    "Superb"
    Overall

    I just finished this Brian Haig's thriller. I have rarely given a thriller a 5 star, even a good one but this novel definitely got my highest rating. It is author's finest work yet. It is a thriller masterpiece in all aspects: the story is captivating, composition and flow are excellent, research is superb, characters are euthentic, ..oh and the wit, the classic wit of the writer was the greatest sweetner. Moreover, to me, knowing that the story is based on true account just added another dimension to the experience.
    And don't get me wrong: I love Sean Drummond, the writer main character in the previous series, and I thought I'd miss this funny fellow in this book. Turned out not as much as I thought.
    To me, this novel was gripping, insightful and highly entertaining. Scott Brick, as always, did a masterful job.

    Enjoy it.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2262)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (782)

    Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

    Graham S. Stafford says: "Love the Camel Club"
    "Another flick from Baldacci"
    Overall

    I am not sure when I will stop picking up David Baldacci thriller flicks.
    Granted, this novel is well composed as usual and the writer analyzes it well and does not leave anything in the plot line to chance. However, for everthing else, it is like a spiced-up orange juice when compared to well-aged wine. And despite the writer's attempts at giving his plot some depth of meaning, it comes out flat and unidimentional (think "Those Who Trespass" as a dot, "A Prisoner of Birth" is bi-dimentional and "pillars of the earth" is, tri-).

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Broken Window: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (210)

    When Lincoln's estranged cousin Arthur Rhyme is arrested on murder charges, the case is perfect - too perfect. Forensic evidence from Arthur's home is found all over the scene of the crime, and it looks like the fate of Lincoln's relative is sealed.

    Audiophile says: "Long, Complex, and Good."
    "Pathetic"
    Overall

    A quadraplegic criminalist-star? with his sidekick super hot lover?
    I wanted to slash my carotid while listening. It is not only boring (the narrator had to recite long tables over and over throughout) but also I felt the writer is condescending to his reader when he puts together such pathetic dialogue and backdrop.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (618)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "OK, but no Grisham thriller"
    Overall

    My expectations were a little higher. I was longing for a classic southern lawyer thriller, or anything close enough. This one is not although it starts off as one. Yet it is an easy read and somewhat enjoyable.
    The characters are well developed and the story is well researched. In fact, it seems to be a personal reflection of a journey of the auther to that particular area.
    Expect a lot of description of this rich geographic area in the book . Yet this is not as boring as the Broker (gag...)

    I was going to conclude by saying that this is not a Grisham classic but I just realized that Grisham's work has transformed itself in the past many novels to this type of work (Street lawyer, The Broker, ...)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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