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William

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1129)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "What the Hell?"
    Overall

    Bad, bad, bad. Incredible plot, too many 'convenient' explanations without support. This author has gone steadily downhill, in my opinion. Skip it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3738)
    Performance
    (1876)
    Story
    (1885)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "One of the best Bosch books in the series."
    Overall

    Well worth the read. Bosch is not as central as he is in other books, but makes no difference. Exciting and interesting

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3511)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1245)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "I confess - I liked it"
    Overall

    Whether you are for or against the death penalty, this is a well written NOVEL. Plenty of tension, good character development, interesting characters and kept my interest from beginning to end. Well worth the read. Also, it might make one think!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (575)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "Flowers has blossomed"
    Overall

    Best Virgil Flowers novel so far. Interesting plot and good twists and turns. Very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2998)
    Performance
    (1242)
    Story
    (1235)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "Too much Smarta** (Don't want to get censored)"
    Overall

    The constant smartassedness (to coin a phrase) made it more and more difficult to listen to the story and Scott Brick. He overdid what DeMille started. Too much sarcasm/smart ass is too much, even for a New Yorker. I think this book would have been better in print, rather than having to listen to it, but oh yeah, it's hard to read while driving ... ya know, texting is bad enough! I am about 85% of the way through - I will finish it, oh yeah, I paid for it, so I better. I gave it two stars, but am not sure why. Story was predictable, the beginning episode is implausible (I asked a couple of doctors...) so... take it for what it's worth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (361)

    The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather have stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stick-up men who've spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash to that armored-car warehouse with the weakness in its security system.

    Tony B. says: "Another winner for Davenport fans"
    "Not that wicked"
    Overall

    Two distinct subplots with little connection between them. One was excellent, the other was OK. Probably neither was enough for a complete novel, so ...
    But, I always enjoy Sandford's books, especially the Prey series. I 'prey' that he'll write more of them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2259)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (779)

    Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

    Graham S. Stafford says: "Love the Camel Club"
    "Divine Waste of Time"
    Overall

    A camel is a horse designed by a committee - this book is a book written by a group of high school students. A waste of time. So shallow, so predictable, so contrived, so characterless. It was a struggle to finish it. Annabelle should be called Clarabelle and the rest of the characters are so unreal.
    Save your time.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (496)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "Pronunciation Rules"
    Overall

    A pretty good story, but why, oh why, can't the producer/director or whoever is responsible get a reader who can properly pronounce French, Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian and Italian words, all of which are part of the story? A 'chupah' is not a 'chewpaw', etc., etc. It is most annoying and disrupts the flow of the story. The same problem exists with other readers of some other of his books (not all) -- and it's a shame.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (195)

    Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues, including Pete Marino and her niece, Lucy, offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsy services to communities lacking local access to competent death investigation and modern technology.

    Bernie says: "Time to end the series"
    "A Dead Book and Should Stay That Way"
    Overall

    Just plain bad. And the reader made it worse. I have listened to all of PC's Scarpetta books, and this one doesn't even come close to her worst previous book, that wasn't that bad at all. In this one, by destroying a character (who shall remain nameless) the author destroyed herself. The central theme is beyond credulity. I am not even sure she wrote it! It's jumpy, contrived, convoluted, just not up to snuff. It was a chore to listen to.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (439)

    A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate. As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Good thriller"
    "Short half-life"
    Overall

    A misdirection from his usual involved and developed plot and story line. Bosch is getting slow...
    Enjoyable, nevertheless.
    The narration, as always, is good.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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