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Charles

Folly Beach, SC, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1024)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Sadly, didn't hold up over time"
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    Back in the day, I could hardly wait for the next Travis McGee novel to be published, always in paperback. I'm not sure if he even published in hard cover, but I certainly couldn't afford those in any case. As a big fan I downloaded this book soon after it was available and just got around to listening to it. Sadly, it just did not hold up over time. He was clearly the model for Jack Reacher and other heroes with a soft heart, but this big tough guy just seems so dated. There is endless meaningless dialog that seems to go nowhere and the scenes with the several damsels in distress just didn't work for this day and age.

    The reader was more than adequate, fitting voice to characters unerringly.

    This is certainly not a bad book and like all McDonald novels short enough for a long plane ride. Give it a try, for old times sake.

    I just bought Quick Red Fox on sale, I'll give you all an update on that one soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2676)
    Performance
    (2214)
    Story
    (2210)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "One of Baldacci's best..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was one of Baldacci's best in a long time. Expect to see more with this protaganist. Some other reviewers have compared this with the Lee Childs' Reacher novels and it certainly is an apt comparison, but what the heck, I love those books. It took a little getting used to the two naratators, but after a while, it seemed quite natural. Probably not my first choice, but with such a major female lead, it worked out quite well.

    The only problem I found and the reason for four instead of five stars, was he just seemed to run out of steam in the wrap-up. A really unrealistic conclusion and bad guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (913)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "Another awful Burke book!"
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    A truly awful book! There was a time when James Lee Burke wrote great books, books one looked forward to reading or listening to. For the last few years he has become fasinated with flowery prose that does nothing to advance the story line and makes listening impossible. If someone is going out at sunset, we only need to know that it is sunset, every color in the sky, every blade of grass, every sound, the crunch of the gravel, does not need describing and only distracts from the story. Of course that could be the plan, the story line is so thin that it won’t stand on it on. In any case I gave up on this one after an hour. I’d ask for my credit back, except I should have known better, his last couple have been the same, label me a slow learner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (1255)
    Story
    (1250)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Sandford remains the best"
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    John Sandford remains my favorite author, and this book continues his tradition. With “That F’ing Flowers” as the protagonist this book is difficult to put down, and one has to love Sandford way with a phrase such as when Flowers is musing about if admiring a woman’s ass is cheating he says, “I know what Jimmy
    Carter would say…aw F### him!”

    This is one of those books that you just don’t want to end, can hardly wait for Sanford’s next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Draft

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James W. Hall
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When her parents were murdered, Hannah Keller was 3,000 miles away, on leave from her job with the Miami Police Department. Her family's only survivor on that deadly day was Hannah's six-year-old son Randall. While fishing on the dock behind his grandparents' house, the boy glimpsed the killers, and later discovered his grandparents' bullet-riddled bodies.

    Charles says: "Tiresome"
    "Tiresome"
    Overall

    James Hall spent a lot of time researching material for this book, unfortun onately he felt compelled to include every sliver of information, no matter how boring. The only feasible way to listen to this is with one finger on the fast forward button. This is particularly true after the maniac killer is killing his second and third victims, the gruesomeness just goes on and on. I should have just deleted this book after the first couple of hours, but I am so cheap, I feel compelled to get my money's worth. In this case, I felt like I should have been paid to listen. By all means, avoid this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    The Curtlees are a powerful force in San Francisco, unscrupulous billionaires who’ve lined every important pocket in the Bay Area in pursuit of their own ascent. So when the family’s heir, Ro Curtlee, was convicted of rape and murder a decade ago, the fallout for those who helped to bring him to justice was swift and uncompromising. The jury foreman was fired from his job and blacklisted in his industry. The lead prosecutor was pushed off the fast track, her dreams of becoming district attorney dashed.

    Helen says: "Falls far short"
    "His worst book...ever, save your money."
    Overall

    This is so padded with extraneous dialog contributing nothing to the plot, I'm giving up on it 3/4 quarters through. I usually like this reader, but this time he doesn't cut it, maybe cause the book is sooooo bad.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Border Lords: A Charlie Hood Novel #4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    ATF agent Sean Ozburn is deep undercover, supporting the sicarios of the North Baja Cartel, when he suddenly goes completely dark, leaving Charlie Hood and the support team from Operation Blowdown with a safe house full of bodies and no explanation. Sean’s only communication in the following days consists of a series of haunting digital videos sent to his desperately worried wife, Seliah.

    Charles says: "Parker misses with this one, really boring."
    "Parker misses with this one, really boring."
    Overall

    Don't waste your money or credit on this one. It is a real loser. As much as I like Colacci, his reading could not save this one. The primary plot makes no sense, an agent infected with rabies in a mysterious way who then infects his wife and goes on a killing spree...albeit killing bad guys. Parker drones on and on with details no one could care about and then leaves the plots lines wide open for his next sequel, that I for one will not be buying. Borrrrring.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlight Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood 12 years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find the young girl - only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home. Now Amanda is sixteen - and gone again. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, and more....

    Charles says: "Oh Dennis, what happened to you?"
    "Oh Dennis, what happened to you?"
    Overall

    The usually reliable Lehane hit a clunker with this one. A plot line that is so convoluted and unbelivable that listening was pure agony. Patrick, the star of several of his previous novels, spends most of this one moping around thinking about his young daughter and worrying about paying his bills. Perhaps Lehane is having a personal crisis in his life and chose this as his outlet, if so, don't do it again. One had to groan at his repeated moaning about a gas guzzling Hummer...when Patrick was driving a Jeep SUV, not exactly a "green auto." Just when you thought it could not possibly get any worse, he came up with an ending that totally defied logic. Unlike other reviewers, I sorta liked the reader, his rather pleasant voice was the only thing that kept me listening to the end, all be it with a lot of fast forwards.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (303)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "His Worst Ever."
    Overall

    I have enjoyed many Harlan Corbin books, but was amazed at how truly bad this book is. Not until I downloaded it did I discover that it was his first attempt at writing, a fact that should have been obvious in the summary. In any case it is one of the few that I will never finish, Scott Brick does his worst job as a reader, and coupled with a bad book means I just chalk this one up to a wasted credit.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Angel: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Dave Robicheaux, New Orleans detective, is puzzled when street hustler Sonny Boy Marsallus slips a Vietnam war diary into his hand. Soon old debts and ancient burial sites create a web of intrigue linking Iberia Parish to more dangerous territory than Dave can handle.

    Joseph says: "Good Burke novel, good narration."
    "The worst audio book ever!"
    Overall

    This the first audio book that I had to give up on. The reader is so bad, reads so slowly with a horrible fake cajun accent that I had to pass after the first few chapters. I couldn't even tell if the book might possibly be well written because of the reader. Of course, James Lee Burk has a love of hyperboly, that combined with the slow reader made this a loser, big time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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