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Bob

GAHANNA, OH, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Deadly Straits

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. E. McDermott
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he's not about to take it lying down. Falsely implicated in a hijacking, he's offered a chance to clear himself by helping the CIA snare their real prey, Dugan's best friend, London ship owner Alex Kairouz. Reluctantly, Dugan agrees to go undercover in Alex's company, despite doubts about his friend's guilt. Once undercover, Dugan's steadfast refusal to accept Alex's guilt puts him at odds not only with his CIA superiors, but also with a beautiful British agent with whom he's romantically involved.

    Robin says: "A must read Suspense Thriller!"
    "Thank Goodness It's Over"
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    What disappointed you about Deadly Straits?

    The story was predictable and the characters were cardboard cutouts, The good guys were extremely good and the bad guys were extremely bad.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm undecided but it will definitely not be a story by this author.


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

    The performance was OK except for the Cassie character. Irritating doesn't even come close.


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

    Boring and disappointing. A credit and numerous hours I'll never get back. However, I do think I learned something by listening to the bloody end. That being, just because you purchased a bad story don't hang-on to the end to get your money's worth,


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1513)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1323)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "Good book but (spoilers)"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I have read and enjoyed all the Prey novels. However, this one makes Lucas and the police investigating the crimes out to be pretty dumb. About halfway through the book, I predicted the ending accurately. The solution was obvious and it seemed to me the book was drawn out for no reason. They had a witness and 3 names early on but only checked out 2 of the names. Why would Lucas make such a stupid mistake?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Ironhorse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Knott
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    For years, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have ridden roughshod over rabble-rousers and gun hands in troubled towns like Appaloosa, Resolution, and Brimstone. Now, newly appointed as territorial marshalls, they find themselves traveling by train through the Indian Territories.

    Louanne says: "Ho Hum"
    "Good Western Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An enjoyable listen if one likes westerns. I really don't try to determine if Knott writes like Parker or not because I only care about being entertained. This is an entertaining story and Titus Welliver does a great job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2424)
    Performance
    (2163)
    Story
    (2145)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    ""A tsunami of bullcrap!""
    Overall
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    Story
    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    He didn't need to increase his volume to a yell when Reacher and the woman were riding in the convertible. It was a pain to have to adjust my volume control as a result of this.


    What character would you cut from Never Go Back?

    I would cut my use of a credit if I could cut anything.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books where I was walking the dog, listening to the book, and found myself talking back to the narrator. It was soooooo bad I would get perturbed with the bullcrap characters and storyline that I found myself saying, "Move on for crying out loud." I got just past halfway in the book and decided listening to it was harmful to my attitude. So I didn't finish the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2279)
    Performance
    (1899)
    Story
    (1923)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Setting is Paradise, but the story is NOT!"
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    What disappointed you about The Forgotten?

    Just one big cliché after another. The hero is VERY GOOD, the bad guys are VERY BAD, the local police are idiots who are not only incompetent but also biased against the hero for absolutely no apparent reason. ALL the women are beautiful and want to jump into bed with the hero. Oh, and of course, the hero is too nice a guy to take the women up on their offers.

    The story is MUCH longer than it should be, giving details that are mundane and recounting clichés to make the hero seem even more ideal. Even the hero's supposed imperfections are enviable.

    And we all know that the hero, Puller, is very similar to Lee Childs', Jack Reacher. All in all I feel the credit I used for this story was a bad choice, but at least I know that the author is not one that I will consider in the future.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    No


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s voice?

    McLarty okay, Cassidy irritating


    What character would you cut from The Forgotten?

    ALL


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (625)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Two hours of my life I'll never get back!!!"
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    If you enjoy inane chatter from dull characters then this book is for you. For the first five chapters I couldn’t decide if it was the narrator, slow storyline, or the dull characters that made me want to turn my ipod off. But I stuck with it and by the end of the tenth chapter I decided it was all of the aforementioned issues plus the main character is a guy that even his mother couldn’t stand. The guy has cutesy names for his car, wife, and who knows what else. The author takes great pains to explain the obvious to the reader/listener?

    In the introduction the author states that Evan Hunter sent him a note advising him to write a novel based upon reading a “nice little story” he had written. Hunter was wrong. Here’s a note for the author, "you should have written the dog story." It had to be better than this story.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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