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Waterford, MI USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1622)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1211)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Patroo says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "Loved all his works until this one"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed all of the authors books. They have made me want to visit Wyoming. The reading is some of the best. I have been truly amazed at his ability as a writer -- until this one. It's a real downer. My wife came home from work, took one look at me and asked, "What's wrong?" I said, "I guess I'm depressed." When I asked myself why. Then, I realized it was because of listening to this book. a significant part of the book has Walt Drunk and depressed in Vietnam. Another portion of the book has him depressed in Wyoming. There are holes in this plot and unrealistic situations that seem uncharacteristic for the author.

    Listening to this book was like watching a train wreck. his writing style is such that you couldn't look away, but you didn't like what you were seeing.
    It's possible that the series has just run its course. But I hope that Craig Johnson will go back and read the first two books and recapture the Walt of those books because I would really like more of the old Walt.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Steadfast: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (907)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (853)

    Geary and the crew of the Dauntless have managed to safely escort important alien representatives to Earth. But before they can make tracks for home, two of Geary’s key lieutenants vanish. The search for his missing men leads Geary on a far-flung chase, ultimately ending at the one spot in space from which all humans have been banned: The moon Europa. Any ship that lands there must stay or be destroyed—leaving Geary to face the most profound moral dilemma of his life.

    rich says: "Black Jack Faces His Toughest Opponent Yet"
    "Is it just me? 😉"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the better Black Jack novels. I've read or listened to all of them. The overarching concept of both series is creative an holds our interest. The action scenes and battles are usually well done. But they all share two problems that keep them from being great. First, the dialogue is often too verbose. Second, is it just me or does Black Jack talk and sound just a little too much like Buzz Lightyear? 😎

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Without a Shore: RCN Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Cinnabar's chief spymaster is a mother also - and her son is determined to search for treasure in the midst of a civil war. Who better to hold the boy's hand - and to take the blows directed at him - than Captain Daniel Leary, the Republic of Cinnabar Navy's troubleshooter, and his friend the cyberspy Adele Mundy? The only thing certain in the struggle for control of the mining planet Corcyra is that the rival parties are more dangerous to their own allies than to their opponents.

    Dan says: "What happened to Hog"
    "Time to move on with a new series"
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    Any additional comments?

    Judging from the other reviews, I am in the minority on this book. I think it's time for the author to either reinvigorate this series or move on. Most of the book is uninteresting and unnecessary dialogue. I finally started listening to most of it in the background while doing something else -- and didn't miss a thing. Much of the commentary was unnecessary, redundant or over the top. It would be interesting to know how many times we were told that Adelle is a deadly shot with a pistol and that Tovera is a deadly psychopath. Enough already. We get it! We are repeatedly told what a great Navigator and Captain Daniel is, how great the crew is, how much the crew respects Daniel, how faithful they are to Adelle. On and On with fawning hyperbole. Many of the details are unnecessary to the plot or setting. We don't need to know what the frequency of the radio signals are. There were several times the action was intersting for a few minutes, but he managed to make the battles and negotiating mildly interesting but never exciting. This is the last of the series I will read or listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8024)
    Performance
    (7233)
    Story
    (7229)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham is back. Almost 5 stars BUT!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Grisham is Back. Almost. Michael Beck was masterful with his reading. The timing, inflection, various voices were outstanding. The plot was outstanding -- from start to finish. But the book was longer than it should have been. It slowed down in the middle. The final third of the book frustrated me because the author was so obviously over-working the plot in an attempt to create suspense. The way the interaction with Seth's brother transpired in the hospital, the missed flights on the way home, getting thrown in jail with no ability to bond out, these were all too transparent efforts to create a cliff hanger of an ending. Other than that, welcome back to one of my favorite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Ship: Liaden Universe, Theo Waitley, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    New novel in the Liaden Universe series. Over a quarter million copies sold in this series to-date! Space ships, action, adventure – all tied together with a strong dollop of romance and family saga – make this a compelling series for a wide range of readers, from romance to military SF lovers alike.

    Dara says: "OK but not easy to follow"
    "SciFi for chicks"
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    Has Ghost Ship turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but it certainly has turned me off to this series


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Noi


    Any additional comments?

    The title is poetic irony. For we see relatively little of the Ghost Ship and it doesn't much impress. This would not be a good entry point to the series. The author makes little effort to explain what has already transpired. It will take a while to figure it out what is going on and why.

    The book is definitely for those who are more in touch with their feminine side. Lots of time spent on relations, family ties, what to wear, dancing, etc. There is relatively little action. The reader has a pleasant voice and represents the women well. However her attempt at Father's voice is --- well??

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (401)

    Sophie Katz's relationship with the irresistible and occasionally insufferable P.I. Anatoly Darinsky is on the fritz when a friend recruits Sophie's investigation skills to decode her possibly two-timing husband's strange behavior. When Sophie shows up in a short, red cocktail dress and her friend's hubby winds up dead, the loveable would-be sleuth can't help but take on the job.

    TRACY says: "Not as engaging as previous books"
    "A Major Disappointment"
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    What would have made Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate better?

    Skip the narrow minded judgmental rants about people to the right of Michael Moore


    Has Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. This is one of my favorite genres. It has just turned me off to this author


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate?

    Where to begin?


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book would be my introduction to an enjoyable series in the same vein as series like Joe Grey, and Chet and Bernie. Was I ever disappointed. This is the first time I can remember listening to a book where I could not eventually come to admire at least something about the main character. She is a sarcastic, dissembling, manipulative character with an arrogant disdain for just about everyone she encounters. Her only redeeming quality seems to be that she says she never lies to her friends -- which is also a lie. The plot plods along so slowly that I had to keep reminding myself what the mystery was that she was trying to solve. The two main characters seem to be a thinly veiled rip off of Stephanie Plum and Ranger. The only difference being that I like Stephanie and find her to be funny. To make matters worse, the book is a running diatribe against Republicans, Christians, conservatives and right-to-lifers. They are all portrayed (in a very narrow minded, judgmental way I might add) as narrow minded, judgmental, mean spirited hypocrites. I wouldn't want to pay money to endure this kind of continual rant in a venue like this against Republicans or Democrats.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1735)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "The evil Republicans did it"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    After listening to nearly all of the first story I decided I better check the reviews before I wasted any more time. It's a good thing I did. I will not be finishing it. In the first story the Republican Party and international corporations have caused global warming which caused the destruction of much of civilization. So the heroes are environmentalists living in trees in the northwest. Al Gore might enjoy it, but not me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Guardians of the West: The Malloreon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (467)

    Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy has been fulfilled - or so it seems.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "Fantastic First Rate Fantasy"
    "I don't get all the 5 star ratings"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have read or listened to all of the Belgariad and Elenium series. They were outstanding.Based on my past experience with David Eddings and all the the 5 star ratings this book received I purchased it. I have suffered through 4 hours of this book and I don't think I can stand any more of it. First, you need to start a spreadsheet of all characters and locations. I am confused about who is whom and where is where. Then there is the reading. The reader sounds like he is swallowing his tongue every time he pronounces a name. I have listened through 4 hours of absolute drivel about this kingdom and that kingdom and this person and that person. Does it get any better than this? if so, how much more do I have to listen to before somebody does something interesting?


    What didn’t you like about Cameron Beierle’s performance?

    The way he garbled all the names.


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

    boredom and confusion over all the names and locations


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7185)
    Performance
    (6258)
    Story
    (6239)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "As good as it gets -- en every way"
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    Any additional comments?

    I recently purchased Fire Jumping" to see why the author is so popular. I was so disappointed with it that I never finished it. Although There were bursts of beautiful word smithing, in the main, Fire Jumpin was like a profanity laced Harlequin Romance.
    Then I read all the reviews of this book that said, "Roberts is back." So I thought I would take another chance. I am so glad I did. I enjoyed this book as much as anything I have ever read or listened to. Julia Whelan does one of the most masterful readings to be found on audible. I am especially impressed with how well she did the men's voices. If got to see what other books she has read. As to the book, the pacing. the description of the surroundings, the cast of characters, the character development, the prose are all outstanding. The dialogue is as good as it gets. Makes you want to take a vacation in the Ozarks. Well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pushing Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1638)

    2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

    Jesse says: "Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy"
    "Just a decades long cat fight"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I've been a fan of Reynolds, but 16 hours into this book I finally gave up on it. Most of the book is taken up with an irrational and unbelievable cat fight that last for decades. Reynolds seems to be more interested in coming up with a novel (pardon the pun) concept than an interesting or entertaining plot.


    Has Pushing Ice turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    All of it


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

    dissappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4779)
    Performance
    (4395)
    Story
    (4396)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Best fantasy series I have ever read"
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    Where does Theft of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the very best Fantasy series I have heard or read.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry


    Any additional comments?

    The descriptive prose is outstanding. The dialogue is tight and witty and never became boring or confusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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