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Carol

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  • Bullet for a Star: A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Toby Peters looked at the glossy photograph. Yes, that was Errol Flynn in the picture. And, yes, there was a girl with him ... a very young girl. They were both birthday naked, and seemed to be enjoying themselves. No wonder Flynn and Warner Brothers were nervous: if the photograph wasn't a fake, the studio's investment in the star was in serious jeopardy. Toby found the picture where he was supposed to find it. He wasn't planning to get hit on the head, though, or to find a corpse when he awoke.

    Carol says: "Good book, bad narrator"
    "Good book, bad narrator"
    Overall

    I like Kaminsky's stories a lot and this one is no exception. They're lighthearted in the midst of murder and mayhem. But I'll never get another book narrated by Christopher Lane. He has a pattern of speaking every sentence that rarely varies and is often completely inappropriate to the novel's action. I have to run each sentence through my mind a second time, putting the emphasis where it should be, in order to make the story have any meaning. It's just too much work to listen to this narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Cross a Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbor, Nazi Germany is marching through Russia, and two Hollywood lights are watching their stars dim. It's January 1942. Bela Lugosi, the Hungarian actor who, years before, had chillingly introduced millions of Americans to the noble Count Dracula and is now struggling hard for a comeback, has just received his latest death threat: a hat box containing a small bat impaled through the heart with a tiny stake.

    Carol says: "Horror star meets hard-boiled detective"
    "Horror star meets hard-boiled detective"
    Overall

    I thought it was a fun book. Tom Parker is excellent at the voices and does the hard-boiled detective pretty well. A few times I would have liked a little more animation, but it was perfectly acceptable. As for the book itself, I think Kaminsky went a bit overboard with the "local color." Either that or he was being paid for product placement. Every few minutes we got the name of another brand of cereal and its 1942 price. A minor distraction, but a distraction nonetheless.

    There were a couple of flaws in the file I downloaded. In two places the text repeats itself. It only is a minute or so, but is a little disconcerting the first time you hear it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5178)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2082)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Bored to tears"
    Overall

    I got this book based on the previous reviews. I made it through about three hours and I was ready to scream I was so bored. I think this one needs to have an abridged version.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6918)
    Performance
    (1668)
    Story
    (1709)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Not a bad way to waste some time"
    Overall

    I found the book to be okay. Not great literature, by any means, but interesting enough to keep my attention. I know a lot of people don't like it because of what it says about the Church (and probably an equal number like it for the same reason), but it's obviously a work of fiction. After all, there are some easily identifiable errors of fact that must have been added only to remind the reader that it is fiction. (For one thing, Disney never made a movie of "Rapunzel.") I suppose the most annoying thing was that I figured out the puzzles way before the characters did. Paul Michel was a solid reader, although he could have been better with the English accents. I liked him more than I liked the book. All in all, it's a perfectly acceptable way to fill some time when you've got nothing else to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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