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George Payne

Prince William, VA United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Lay Down My Sword and Shield

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
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    (366)
    Story
    (361)

    Against the backdrop of growing civil rights turmoil in a sultry border town, the hard-drinking ex-POW attorney Hackberry Holland yields to the myriad urgings of his wife, his brother, and his so-called friends to make a bid for a congressional seat - and finds himself embroiled in the seamy world of Texas powerbrokers.

    Cat F. says: "The Publisher's Summary is Anemic"
    "Fans of Dave Robicheaux . . . dont overlook this!"
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    Would you listen to Lay Down My Sword and Shield again? Why?

    I don't typically listen to a book twice, but I would consider it with this one because the story is rich and the characters are deep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciate Burke's old school ethic exhibited through the conviction of his protagonists.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Will Patton is Hack Holland. His interpretation of the character is spot on perfect.


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

    "Coming to a theater near you . . . a Lone Star political masterpiece for the ages!"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (309)

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

    A. D. Mcrae says: "Mostly Disappointed but it was Quick"
    "I understand the mixed reviews"
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    If you could sum up Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Drowning
    Cerebral
    Surreal


    What other book might you compare Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead to and why?

    It is a blend of may books, many stories but with unique protagonist. Much of the time the mood was utter despair and I thought of the final scene (in the book!) from Grapes of Wrath.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The room full of parrots.


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

    Both... but mostly a sad reflection.


    Any additional comments?

    As far as mysteries go, this was not a profound story. The perspective shift, the character arc, all occurs in the mind of the reader. I found this to be one of the best books I have read this year. Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brodmaw Bay

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By F.G. Cottam
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Brodmaw Bay seems to be the perfect refuge for James Greer and his family. When his son is the victim of a brutal mugging, Greer wants to leave London - the sooner the better - for the charming old-fashioned fishing port he has just discovered. But was finding Brodmaw Bay more than a happy accident? What is the connection between the village and his beautiful wife? When his friendly new neighbours say they'd welcome some new blood - in a village where the same families seem to have lived for generations - are they telling the whole truth?

    Flavius says: "Not Quite The Equal Of Its Promise"
    "No real surprises... but it's still a great ride!"
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    Where does Brodmaw Bay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there... top ten. F.G Cottam understands horror and weaves a terrifying tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    James Greer's soccer playing son' Jack Greer: It was his emotional roller coaster ride of a life that drives the story.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    The magic of the Queen's English.


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

    The Wicker Man fears Brodmaw Bay.


    Any additional comments?

    There is an abundance of story left to tell. Prequel, sequel and companions could likely reveal many more volumes from this potentially rich mythology.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (543)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    DebaDeb says: "Scary!!"
    "The haunted house of my childhood dreams."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Especially fans of horror, but there were other elements here (music industry backstory, cut throat television production, police work) that would be interesting to general audiences.I remain a huge fan of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House and am thrilled by Goleman's homage. That book inspired too numerous haunted house movies too count!(Young readers who take the time to discover Jackson's epic work will be richly rewarded.) Summer Place as the "real life" inspiration for Hill House is a wonderful literary device.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I recently enjoyed FG Cottam's The Colony and love well prepared expedition type ghost stories of that kind. I hate when the protagonists is a helpless victim. Like when you, as the reader,are required to experience the terror build up with a defenseless young girl or a helpless barefoot maiden in a nightgown. The resourceful band of investigators presented here however were the Dirty Dozen, Magnificent Seven the Seven Samuri all rolled into one. Each character was well developed and interesting. The charcters fit the exciting story and I was most content to be on the adventure with them. The more terrifying the better!


    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    He understood the material, he understood the characters, he used proper inflection and emphasis . His performance genuinely enhanced the experience, He presented the story very well.


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

    Yes. I hated having to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to more scary adventures with this crew,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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