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John

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Devotion of Suspect X

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (258)

    Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor.

    Howard says: "Devoted tale of kindness and unknown friendship."
    "Brilliant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Intellectually and emotionally, the story works at the highest levels. I felt stunned and moved by the final scene. I hope to see more from this author on audible. Preferably with the same reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Basic Economics, Fourth Edition: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (380)

    The fourth edition of Basic Economics is both expanded and updated. A new chapter on the history of economics itself has been added, and the implications of that history examined. Among other additions throughout the book, a new section on the special role of corporations in the economy has been added to the chapter on government and big business.

    kevin says: "Myth Buster"
    "Masterpiece"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Basic Economics, Fourth Edition?

    A grand tour of economic insight.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the 2nd edition, in printed form. This 4th edition is a worthy successor. I'm delighted that it's available on Audible, with a fine performance by the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (609)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "Gave up"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Talented Mr. Ripley?

    Grimmer and more violent than I had imagined. I got about half way through and gave up. A portrait of a disturbed individual with minimal plot or drama. Mostly goes on in the mind of the highly unsympathetic anti-hero. If you like this sort of thing give it a try; otherwise, I'd skip it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Highsmith again?

    Probably not.


    What aspect of Kevin Kenerly’s performance would you have changed?

    No problems with performance, although not terribly brilliant either. But hard material to work with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1019)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "Excellent fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about I've Got Your Number?

    Great plot. Strong character development. Hilarious scenes, and some touching ones. And the reader is perfect.


    What about Jayne Entwistle’s performance did you like?

    Flawless.


    Any additional comments?

    Highest recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1370)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "For MDs only"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is a combination sci-fi and medical thriller. The plot is exceedingly slow moving, and the book is filled with detailed descriptions of disease, to the point where I had to stop reading about 2/3 of the way through (as things got really gruesome). I have the impression the author may be a medical doctor. If you are not a doc, you may want to skip this book. Good reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Network: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jason Elliot
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In the months before 9/11, former army officer Anthony Taverner is leading a quiet life in the English countryside. But his recruitment for a dangerous mission to Afghanistan by MI6 shatters his fragile peace and plunges him into the kaleidoscopic world of spying. Under the expert guidance of an old-school hero and veteran of the elite British Special Air Service, Taverner prepares to enter Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to destroy a cache of the CIA's precious Stinger missiles....

    Moku says: "Unbearably tedious"
    "I enjoyed it"
    Overall

    Good writing and a mostly good plot. As with most action novels the build up to the finale is more fun than the finale itself. I look forward to the author's next work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Point in the Market

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pearce
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As the clouds of World War I threaten to engulf Egypt, Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt, head of the Secret Police, confronts a series of personal and professional challenges, from the pitfalls of his marriage, to a riot in Cairo's Camel Market.

    John says: "Excellent book and reader"
    "Excellent book and reader"
    Overall

    A mystery novel with abundant human and cultural elements and a subtle sense of humor. The reader a perfect fit to the book. I recommend without qualification.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Virgin Mountain: A Return to Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Larry Heinemann
    • Narrated By Larry Heinemann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In 1966, just as the American military buildup in Vietnam was going into overdrive, a working-class 22-year-old from Chicago was drafted into the army. Larry Heinemann served one year of combat duty, most of it in the vicinity of Cu Chi. It was the most horrific and consequential year of his life, and it served as the raw material for his two classic war novels. This memoir chronicles a 1992 railway journey Heinemann took from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City as the guest of the Vietnam Writers' Association.

    John says: "A downer"
    "A downer"
    Overall

    The unrelenting self-pity and cynicism are hard to take. A good writer with a bad case of Vietnam syndrome.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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