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FRITZ STOOP

Moraga, CA USA | Member Since 2018

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  • Bad Things Happen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Harry Dolan
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    The man who calls himself David Loogan is leading a quiet, anonymous life in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He's hoping to escape a violent past he would rather forget. But his solitude is broken when he finds himself drawn into a friendship with Tom Kristoll, the publisher of the mystery magazine Gray Streets - and into an affair with Laura, Tom's sleek blond wife. What Loogan doesn't realize is that the stories in Gray Streets tend to follow a simple formula: Plans go wrong.

    FRITZ STOOP says: "Potential, but too mechanical"
    "Potential, but too mechanical"
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    A clever mind at work here, but far too mechanical and complicated. It involves most of the tricks and gimmicks used by crimes writers, if not them all. Definitely the first book I have read that sprayed suspicion on each and every character in the story. May be a tongue-in-cheek effort by a professional editor or College Professor incapable of an original plot or story.
    Something about it seemed off, like it was written separately by a team of people and then coalesced by the HAL 5000. It left me wanting.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Kind: A Charlie Parker Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    John Connolly takes battered ex-cop Charlie Parker on his third outing after Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow. Still struggling with the horrific ghosts of his past, Parker is now a disillusioned private eye hired to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Grace Peltier - which neither her father nor a former US senator believes was suicide. The trail leads to a mass grave in Northern Maine where a Baptist community disappeared 40 years earlier.

    Laurie A. Bobskill says: "Needs a different narrator"
    "Book Obliterated By Narrator (sic)"
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    Story

    I like Connolly's work, complex and silly as it is.
    But he made a HUGE mistake using Holter (?) Graham to read it. If one has prefaced this book by absorbing the preceding issues read by Jeff Harding and others with real talent at this job, one of immediately put off by the high-pitched, nasal screech of this imposter. I came to think of him as 'helium boy' and see him with a clothes pin clamped down on his proboscis. No differentiation between otherwise distinctly individual characters, misplaced emphasis, etc. etc. It was so distracting, I barely remember the plot. I think there may have been references to spiders in there somewhere.
    Connolly owes me $10 or so to reimburse me for this travesty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Now We Are Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stuart MacBride
    • Narrated By Steve Worsley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

    6catz says: "Another MacBride gem!!!"
    "THE GUY CAN WRITE!"
    Overall
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    I have been a 'Crime Reader' for decades. My wife is a Superior Court Judge in the criminal division after slaving for 26 years as a Public Defender. She came out of a top five law school but, as a "principled" human, she shunned corporate (read $) insouciance in order to see that folks were getting a 'fair deal' (as far as that is possible in this Zoo we call the American Culture (sic). My dinner conversations over the decades have painted a broad, clear vision of American Justice (sic) as distributed by the USA.
    MacBride, through his, at times, brutal depictions and loamy language, spins it like no other. "Dirty Wash Cloths" like Baldacci and his ilk are essentially Cartoonists, not crime writers, and their formulaic tripe disgusts me.
    This guy, Craig Johnson, was off to a reasonable start, but he, too, sank into the bowels of repetitive nonsense. Euro writers of note are vastly superior; Philip Kerr being a good example of a group too large to fit in here.
    What is so terrifyingly obvious is that Americans are DEVOID of ANY CULTURAL IDENTITY as expressed through their popular writers.
    Truck them somewhere, lured by the promise of some of their vapid awards, and shoot them all! Alas, they likely only have one 'honest' book in them (their ensembles penned by others), so eliminating them will only ratchet up their myriad pretenders to squeeze out more crap in their "honor" (sic).

    We are in SERIOUS TROUBLE!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fools' River: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    The two most difficult days in Bangkok writer Poke Rafferty's life begin with an emergency visit from Edward Dell, the almost-boyfriend of Poke's teenage daughter, Miaow. The boy's father, Buddy, a late-middle-aged womanizer who has moved to Bangkok for happy hunting, has disappeared, and money is being siphoned out of his bank and credit card accounts. It soon becomes apparent that Buddy is in the hands of a pair of killers who prey on Bangkok's "sexpats"; when his accounts are empty, he'll be found floating facedown in a Bangkok canal.

    Richard Delman says: "My favorite author does it again!"
    "We are at our best when we write what we know"
    Overall
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    Tim can write. But Tim writes about the same things time after time. I support the protection of women and do not give a damn that 'Culture A' has been doing it wrong for centuries. Thais are dopes in this regard and need to cut it out. Now!
    If he must include this barbaric notion, Tim needs start writing it into the deep shadows of these plots. As my Grandmother was fond of saying, "Enough is too much!"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Two Kinds of Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6901)
    Performance
    (6375)
    Story
    (6341)

    Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

    Russell says: "Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats "
    "Opioid Epidemic...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Connelly attempts to cash in on America’s Opioid Epidemic by hanging a bunch of weak plots on this theme.
    This narrator’s wooden style and monotone delivery make finding a human, emotional connection to any of these interchangeable characters impossible.
    Connelly should be shamed out of every dollar he leeches out of this thinly veiled attempt to cash in on the misery of the addicted.
    I will not buy his work (sic) again.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarred Woman: Department Q, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (987)

    Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen's cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder.

    Midwesterner says: "Oh Rose....
    "
    "Screwy Good!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Plot, plus nonsense, plus character, plus humor = great ride! Why do these snow bound nuts write so well? Wish there were more!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Pratt
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (437)

    Former defense attorney Darren Street is desperately trying to put his life back together after spending two years in a maximum-security prison for a murder he didn't commit. He's rebuilding his law practice, reconnecting with his son, and falling more deeply in love with his girlfriend, fellow attorney Grace Alexander. But the past casts a long shadow, and for Street, there's no outrunning it.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Justice Has A New Name - Don't Mess With My Mama!!"
    "Could be worse...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    But it is very hard to imagine. Perhaps if listened to with a head full of THC or even more powerful drugs, this idiocy might entertain.
    The scary part is that there are folks that enjoy this tripe and they are out there among us.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - translator
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1009)

    In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

    B.J. says: "Normally, I love Jo Nesbo."
    "Nesbo in a world of his own"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Thirst the most enjoyable?

    This review format is irritating as it begs mediocracy


    Any additional comments?

    The thirst is maybe too complex and solvable early, but Nesbo puts ALL other so-called writers in this genre to shame.Finally, something to read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Book

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (6390)
    Performance
    (5778)
    Story
    (5755)

    Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy's tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there's nothing he wouldn't sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state's attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself - who suspects Billy isn't the cop he claims to be. They're about to be linked by more than their careers.

    Artkeep says: "GREAT STORY!"
    "Possibly the worst piece of hackneyed nonsense ever published in this genre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If your IQ hovers somewhere below room temperature, then this is the book for you. The shortcomings of this ridiculous tripe are so numerous, you would be better served by a list of its merits:.....that's it, NONE!

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • False Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Levine
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter heads to Havana and untangles a deadly plot involving the CIA, Fidel Castro, and the Russian government.

    Jack says: "A response to the completely absurd plot review..."
    "Completely absurd premise"
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    What would have made False Dawn better?

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    Would you ever listen to anything by Paul Levine again?

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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

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

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    Any additional comments?

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    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Incriminating Evidence: Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sheldon Siegel
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (324)

    It starts with a phone call Mike Daley never expected, from District Attorney Prentice Marshall Gates III, San Francisco's chief law enforcement officer and front-runner candidate for California attorney general. Friends they're not, but Gates needs Daley now - badly. He's just been arrested. A couple of hours earlier he woke up in his hotel room and found the dead body of a young male prostitute in the bed.

    ScottG says: "Is it still PLAGERISM if you copy yourself?"
    "legal soap opera"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A decent author, a plausible plot, realistic characters, dialogue that did not seem lifted from a comic book.


    What could Sheldon Siegel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have taken several creative writing classes, had a firmer grip on American english and learned how characters are developed. I kept reading as though it were a comedy


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Laurence Olivier could not have saved this dog.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I gave the guy one more chance and could not get past chapter 2. This tripe should be in another section of Audible's inventory, the one where they put them prior to deletion.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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