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Kevin

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  • The Big Bad Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (237)

    Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

    Ed says: "Alex Cross returns"
    "less mystery, more cross"
    Overall

    the story is not terribly suspenseful or compelling. Much of this book is further development of the Alex Cross character, which as usual is a bit obvious and predictable. The book introduces the Wolf, which makes the book somewhat useful to read as a prelude to London Bridges, a much better listen.

    If you have read the series and are interested in keeping up with Cross, it is an average read. If not, go directly to London Bridges.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • London Bridges

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (163)

    In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.

    Leslie says: "What a ride!!!"
    "good plot, over produced"
    Overall

    I found the plot of this story very interesting, with some good twists that keep you engaged. The production is pretty annoying, with some kind of footsteps and strange voice introducing each chapter, followed by the chapter being enunciated clearly. Perhaps with another author this would be OK, but Patterson has more than a hundred chapters per book. In addition, there is a love seen between Alex Cross and his girl during which they insert sappy background music. Still, I recommend this as a fairly fast, engaging read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Juror

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (386)

    In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

    Danielle says: "Grisham's Finest"
    "well read"
    Overall

    This is not a spine tingling piece of suspense, rather a story about the narrator, his town, and its people and changing culture. I think I enjoyed this more since I grew up in a small town, and could truly identify with the characters. The reading was outstanding, and I think held up a less than perfect story. I could have done without the obvious Wal-Mart preaching. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (218)

    As Clay Carter digs into the background of his client, a young man charged with a random street killing, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

    Lisa says: "The King of Torts"
    "Whither the drama"
    Overall

    A main character who is quite difficult to like, an ending that seemed to be quickly contrived, and a second half that appears unnecessary. I think Grisham wants us to identify with the sudden appearance of greed and excess in J. Clay Carter, and then empathize with him in his downfall, but he succeeds in neither. The book starts out well and promises interest but fades quickly. Narration and reading are quite good, which saves this as an audio book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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