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David

Pittsburgh, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 21 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • The Sins of the Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    The hooker was young, pretty...and dead, butchered in a Greenwich Village apartment. The prime suspect, a minister's son, was also dead, the victim of a jailhouse suicide. The case is closed, as far as the NYPD is concerned. Now the murdered prostitute's father wants it opened again--that's where Matthew Scudder comes in.

    David says: "Scudder's low point"
    "Scudder's low point"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like Block's Scudder series a lot. This is one of two exceptions. You might want to avoid this book, unless you have a hankering for dime-store Freud and moral condescension. And I usually like Sklar's reading. But here he is a bit over ripe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (416)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "amateurish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This has its moments -- but it is a bit amateurish -- e.g., we have a sixty-year-old lawyer who has to be told all sorts of things he should know after watching two episodes of Law and Order.

    Performance is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (956)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "one of the better Prey's"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like the PREY novels for several reasons. I like, for example, the companionable ways in which the police work together -- as distinct from the angst-ridden, loner-detective at odds with all fellow cops and especially his superiors. And this is one of my favorite PREY novels. The villains are more nearly recognizably human than are some of Sandford's villains.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Boone: The Abduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (258)

    Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever.... When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone - who knows April better than anyone - has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it's up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April.

    Jean says: "Theodore Boone: The Abduction"
    "written for children"
    Overall

    This is a children's book -- Middle School. Brave and brilliant young Theodore Boone -- son of brilliant-lawyer parents -- solves the crime. But the best part is that it looks like he has the makings of a lawyer. A consumation devoutly to be wished. We just don't have enough lawyers.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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