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Scott M.

Scott M.

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2560)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (935)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "THRILLER TO THE END"
    Overall

    I have read many "thriller / suspense" stories and have been let down by many near the end of the story. Not so with this book. It is a good read and a good ride to the end and I was very impressed with the narrators telling of the story. Highly reccomended!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (4063)
    Performance
    (3548)
    Story
    (3517)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Too much fluff and an huge amount of repetition"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story had tied everything together at the end. I felt like I did right after I watched the last episode of Lost on T.V.


    If you???ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    First one I have read by this author.


    What three words best describe the narrators???s voice?

    Narrators were good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. As long as this book was, the author failed to tie all the loose ends together and explain everything.


    Any additional comments?

    I am left with the impression that the author was paid by the word. There was so much repetition and fluff in this story she made Stephen King look like he writes fortune cookies. I was optomistic in the beginning and then deeply disappointed at the end. I would not recommend this book to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1288)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I like Jack Reacher novels but unfortunately this one had what I consider to be a weak and very unrealistic and unbelievable storyline. The writing was a bit too stretched out and downright slow in places. I'm not giving up on Lee Child just yet but one more like this one will lose me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1682)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (926)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Good information; not well written"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the information that was for the most part previously unknown but I felt like I was being read to by June Cleaver. I found it to be written a little too personal from the author's perspective. A bit irritating at times with way too many "notes" with the author's comments. I may have found this more enjoyable if I had read it instead of listening to it in the audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Mike Calvo says: "Really Twisted!"
    "Too much"
    Overall

    I have read some sick twisted things before but in my opinion this went WAY too far. I would be afraid of the person that could even think of some of the things in this book much less write them down and publish them. The author will never date MY daughter. There is something wrong with someone who can think like this.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9015)
    Performance
    (3242)
    Story
    (3319)

    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.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Good read"
    Overall

    Worth the wait. Good story, good narration, good plot twists. Just a hair hokey at a couple of points but it takes nothing away from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Night Long

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Kathy Garver, David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    Shy, studious Irene Stenson and wild, privileged Pamela Webb had been the best of friends for one short high school summer. Their friendship ended the night Pamela dropped Irene off at home - and Irene walked in to discover her parents' bodies on the kitchen floor. It was ruled a murder-suicide, and Irene fled Dunsley, determined to wipe out every memory attached to her northern California hometown. But now she has been summoned back.

    Talismom says: "Decent book, not so decent narration"
    "Blows"
    Overall

    I tried very hard to find anything appealing about this story. It might be enjoyed by a teenager or someone in that age range. Very predictable and very boring to me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (364)

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

    Richard says: "Dynamic Duo"
    "Very well written; narrated"
    Overall

    Excellent story, well written!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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