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Jeanie Bond

Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 250 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • The Glass Key

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Paul Madvig was a cheerfully corrupt ward-heeler who aspired to something better: the daughter of Senator Ralph Bancroft Henry, the heiress to a dynasty of political purebreds. Did he want her badly enough to commit murder? And if Madvig was innocent, which of his dozens of enemies was doing an awfully good job of framing him? Dashiell Hammett’s tour de force of detective fiction combines an airtight plot, authentically venal characters, and writing of telegraphic crispness. A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Hammett invented the noir crime novel.

    Darwin8u says: "Pacing Quick & Plot was Goldilocks"
    "WORST EVER!!"
    What disappointed you about The Glass Key?

    This is possibly the worst book I have ever read! I was shocked at how poor the writing is. I have read at least 4 Dashiell Hammett books and most were quite good, but this one should never have gotten past his editor, or I'm tempted to say that he couldn't possibly have had one.

    I quit at the end of the third CD(out of five) without really knowing just what the plot is, and who the characters are, and what their positions are. Many of Hammett's descriptors are inappropriate, teenage level.

    I don't understand how this book got such high review ratings.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Dashiell Hammett again?

    I'm not sure I would try another Hammett without listening to a good representative part of it.

    What didn???t you like about Stephen R. Thorne???s performance?

    The reader isn't bad, but not particularly good, either.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Glass Key?

    What scenes would I have cut? Just about all of them.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Treason's Harbour: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull

    The espionage activities of cunning ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin have kept him at odds with the most important French agent in the Mediterranean, Lesueur, a man with a long memory and a taste for revenge. When that revenge takes the shape of the delicate and distracting Mrs. Fielding, who also attracts the ever-wandering eye of Jack Aubrey, Stephen's sensibilities are severely tested.

    Constance says: "Every book gets better"
    "Reader is Disappointing"

    This reader, Patrick Tull, is so concerned with 'authentic' accents that the listener is denied access to O'Brien's delicious syntax. For example, the is nothing in O'Brien's description of Maturin's Catalan-Irish ancestry to indicate that he speaks with a strong Irish brogue. Quite the contrary, Aubrey, in the first book, is not aware that Maturin is Catholic: an Irish brogue would have made Protestantism doubtful.
    The reader Simon Vance, on the other hand, read's O'Brien as written, with excellent cadence and rhythm befitting the characters' personality and heritage as suggested in the wonderful text.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine & the Birth of Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Yaroslav Trofimov
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On November 20, 1979, worldwide attention was focused on Tehran, where the Iranian hostage crisis was entering its third week. The same morning, the first of a new Muslim century, hundreds of gunmen stunned the world by seizing Islam's holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Armed with rifles that they had smuggled inside coffins, these men came from more than a dozen countries, launching the first operation of global jihad in modern times.

    Mitch Emswiller says: ""The Siege" - A Review"
    "Just Excellent"

    Complete and balanced. An essential read (Step NO. One in a process) for anyone really wanting to understand the relationship between the Saudi Arabia's leadership and U.S.A., between Al Qida and other Sunni Arabs; where America (and Russia) went wrong.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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