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paul

big pine, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Directive 51

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Barnes
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Heather O’Grainne is the assistant secretary in the Office of Future Threat Assessment, investigating rumors surrounding something called “Daybreak.” Part philosophic discussion, part international terrorist faction, and part artists’ movement, it’s a group of diverse people with radical ideas who have only one thing in common — their hatred for the Big System and their desire to take it down. Until Heather can determine whether these people are all talk and no action, she wants to keep this information from going public.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very disappointing, don't waste your credit."
    "needs a different voice (or ten)"
    Overall

    this novel has an outlandish plot, 'developed' in a series of vignettes scattered across the globe, each containing multiple 'characters' (largely clichéd). This would be confusing in any audio production; this one, however, suffers additionally from the limited range of the narrator's voice. The reader's voice seemed an odd choice from the opening pages, having an annoying timbre best reserved for women's prison warden, though it softened up a bit after a while and wasn't too bad, though far too fast. What complicates matters, though, is the narrator's limited vocal range, making all the disparate characters sound very much alike, especially as she tends to begin a new bit of dialogue in an imitation of another voice, but rapidly slinks back to her own. Not a very good book to start with, combined with a discordant reading, it's no wonder so many hours cost so little.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2916)
    Performance
    (2489)
    Story
    (2476)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "willing suspension"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Most thrillers of this type--often a first novel--have the same format: innocent character mysteriously entangled in baffling, fatal series of events, life ruined, money gone, no one to trust, eluding guys both good and bad in search of answers, etc. This plot works because the reader wants to understand as much as the protagonist does, and the gradual accretion of information carries the day on the level of simple plot.

    It's what happens alongside that basic structure that distinguishes potboilers from one another: how interesting the characters, setting and plot elements are, and how unusual and engaging all these things are.

    This book succeeds on all fronts: it's a good romp through some non-standard terrain. I'll look for more from this guy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Deceived

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (231)

    Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He'll get rid of bodies that have to disappear; nothing ever gets traced back to him. But when Quinn is called to a busy Los Angeles port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, it's clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man - a man who once saved Quinn's life.

    Michele says: "Brilliant!"
    "banal"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This appears to be an earnest attempt to write a thriller; unfortunately, the writing is a string of cliches--situational, grammatical, structural. The insights are predictable and ham-handedly set up, the settings irrelevant or overdone (e.g. Washington DC). The lines intended to be profound are laughable.

    The book isn't horrible, but it is tedious, predictable and banal; suitable for background noise if you're heavy bored.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2473)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1660)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    neil says: "Entertaining and Well Narrated"
    "enough"
    Overall

    It's the first book of a series I won't be pursuing. The premise has run far enough in this 3-part narrative for me: the initial engagement of the absurd premise has worn off, and the promise of upcoming conflicts with the coming-to-focus distant enemy doesn't, for me, promise enough to make me continue.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Room: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (163)

    Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

    Cholmondeley says: "Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time."
    "pretty fun"
    Overall

    some good accents, lots of atmosphere, lots of good background, engaging characters. The author knows a lot about the subject: it's an anatomy of the water system, and, like the anatomy of melancholy, perhaps a bit too long. Still, enough different than the run-of-the-mill whodunit to keep me listening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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