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jonathan

Freelance writer and author of six books. Currently researching and wild living in the oil boom country NW North Dakota

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  • Blood's a Rover

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Summer, 1968. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy are dead. The assassination conspiracies have begun to unravel. A dirty-tricks squad is getting ready to deploy at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. Black militants are warring in southside L.A. The Feds are concocting draconian countermeasures. And fate has placed three men at the vortex of History.

    Christopher says: "Ellroy is a magician"
    "Chilling sequel to COLD SIX THOUSAND"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Cold 6000 was one of the best books I have come across. It tells the most believable recounting of the time from JFKs death to Bobby's. BLOODs a ROVER picks up the story line where the other left off. Same grizzly, helter skelter action. An insiders telling of history, the under-belly view. Same writing style, nearly poetic at times, assault rifle delivery. Very coarse, racist, REAL. But really, if you havent read COLD SIX THOUSAND, better start at the beginning, if you are ready for a new readers addiction. (Not for the feint at heart.)


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    COLD SIX THOUSAND. He gives a poets touch to the darkest evil.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    .


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer the audiobook to actual reading, it permits multitasking, and the reader gives the text a flashing gashing splash of color beyond what my imagination would provide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3957)
    Performance
    (3339)
    Story
    (3325)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "BL...ACTION"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

    Always... I am a slow reader, and I can multi-task while listening to the best literature available. The narrator gives an interpretation in his reading I might not benefit from my own reading.


    What other book might you compare The Racketeer to and why?

    There are few books similar to this one. It is a story of culture, namely AfroAmerican culture. Mr. Grisham displays a rare talent: a white man telling a black man's story, frankly, unabashidly, and truthfully. All in a plot that twists, turns and wrenches the reader through all the prejudices of our society.
    It is a legal epic that starts with the murder of a Federal Judge and the incarceration of an innocent (more or less) of a small time black lawyer. Angry, powerless, humble, and so dedicated to exonerate himself from the frame up he has been victimized by. The plot line is thorough and huge. A great read for all but well read bigots.


    What about J.D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    He embodied the main character, soft spoken and intelligent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was phenominal.


    Any additional comments?

    A rare gem in the long list of Grisham's legal mind games.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2297)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (932)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "Goodbye Harry"
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    What did you love best about Nine Dragons?

    This is I guess, the last of the Heironymous Bosch series. And what a blaze of glory. Harry travels to Hong Kong hot on the trail of a murderist Chinese triad. Desparately trying to undo the mortal danger his job has inflicted on his broken family.
    As we have come to expect, Harry stays three steps ahead of the law enforcement teams he deals with, and two steps behind the bad guys but closing rapidly. The plot twists and turns thru the dark roads of Hong Kong, and the shimmering freeways of southern California.
    This is NOT the Harry Bosch to read. Mights well start at or near the beginning with the Black books. This is the BEST DETECTIVE series in print. The depth of character is unparalleled, the cast becomes family to the reader. In an age of two dimensional macho vigilantees, Harry stands head and shoulders above the crowd. His cool is a wonderful lesson for those of us who learn from our libraries.
    This series is so better than some new age self help course. It instructs the male persona in maturity, patience, and lightning fast action when it is called for. Single parent moms would benefit greatly when dealing with their adolescent sons from the lessons and style of Harry Bosch. Timeless gratitude to the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    HARRY, HARRY, HARRY. enuf said above.


    What does Len Cariou bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The ability to multi-task while hearing the best literature available.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. savoring is my bag. Imhated tomfinish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (1988)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (888)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Excellent literature, 5 star narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Many times over. It is not a naval battle story, it is a tapestry of life told in serial form through the course of 20 books. Jack Aubrey is brilliant fighting naval officer, who is a fish out of water when on dry land, an impulsive male in the company of women. He meets his best friend in this book one, Steven Maturin, one of the most complex, manipulative, kind, and cultured men of literature. He is a skilled surgeon, lover of music, Irish/Catalonian bastard son, natural biologist, and superb spy determined to undermine Napoleon Bonaparte's destruction of Europe. At sea Maturin is Aubrey's only confidant, and sometimes they go head to head is raging arguments about their purpose and strategy. On land, they fight over the same women, wrestle with money and politics, and the manipulative Grand Damme, Mrs. Williams.

    But that is not all that separates this series from all other historical fiction, the narration is done by Patrick Tull, who is an artist at the top of his trade. He can slow the text and issue soft spoken words regarding poetry, an excellent moon lit night, a "capital" wine, or a brooding lover's revelry. When engaged in a furious battle, or fighting to stay afloat in a raging Atlantic hurricane, his reading explodes into a fury to match the mortal danger of the action. And his reading drolly punctuates the ridiculous duplicity of British society, dryly conveys the author's subtle wit and timing.

    A most engrossing series, covering 20 years around the Napoleonic Wars, and although it is told primarily from the British viewpoint, the Papist Dr. Maturin defends the Irish, the Pope, the French, and openly and readily mocks the British in their rapacious quest to dominate the seas, if not the World.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master and Commander?

    the part Aubrey's second in command played, serving 2 countries, England and Ireland and what wrenching that caused within the politics and purpose of the naval mission.


    What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

    There is no other narrator who comes close to the range of emotions the man performs in his readings.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The battle scenes, the tortures of romance in such a caste society.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read it, if you miss a point, go back and play it again. sometimes the author goes on in great detail about something that could play an important part in the stories development. Other times he is just flexing his ability to relate texture and timing, most others deem superfluous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sixkill

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (151)

    On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. Things don't look so good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become its biggest liability...

    Jean says: "SixKill"
    "LAST OF THE MOHICANS"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sixkill the most enjoyable?

    Title reference is that this is the last Spencer book RBParker wrote and it is the first for a new character Z. Sixkill. It is an indepth character study starting with a 2 dimensional sketch of a Northern Plains Cree who was gifted physically with a strong body and is introduced as a body guard to the Person of Interest, Tubby Bubba Johnson. That said many people believe Parker writes in 2 dimensions; unfortunate for them for they are missing the humor and depth of the characters presented. It is the very real Boston attitude, street but cultured, fast acting but ready and able to savor the finer things in life. Spencer is ready to see anyone first as a often humorous sketch and then as the book progresses into a multi faceted personality capable of self deprication, greed, egoism. But Spencer easily moves through the many Boston sub cultures, without being snagged by petty or even malevolent prejudice. Z. Sixkill becomes yet another sub culture lieutenant in Spencers circle of friends and allies. That brings us back to Last Of the Mohegans (intentional spelling variation) because our real hero, Robert B Parker moved on to the Happy Hunting Ground. The Good News is that there is a gentleman from Tennessee who has admired Parker throughout his 40 year career and has been given permission to attempt to WRITE ON !!!Hopefully close enough to Parkers voice, clipped arrogance, and the aforementioned Boston attitude, One of the best in the series although the tension doesnt ride as high, the character development is outstanding. With the added dimension of being the last, its savoring value is hightened.Author JCPease


    What other book might you compare Sixkill to and why?

    The other ones that involve Spencer's mentoring a younger soul.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    a number of them that take place in the Harvard Stadium


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Last of the Mohicans


    Any additional comments?

    Joe Montegna offers a very good narrated adaptation, although it took me a book or two to GET his version of Parker's heavy, toungue in cheek sarcasm. A 5 star rating would have to include some true Bawston Tawnic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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