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Jim

Toronto, ON, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Polaris: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    Sixty years ago, the space yacht Polaris was found deserted, the fate of its pilot and passengers a mystery. Now, to mark the anniversary of the disappearance, there is to be an auction of what was left behind on the ship. Using his insider knowledge, Alex Benedict, one of the preeminent antiquities dealers in the galaxy, secures some of the artifacts.

    Pie says: "Entertaining."
    "Hummmm"
    Overall

    It takes about an hour into the book before all of the pieces come together but Jack McDevitt sure knows how to write a gripping story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick Drake's Pink Moon (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Amanda Petrusich
    • Narrated By Ben Remeaka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Did it take probably suicide to make Nick Drake compelling to a mass market? Are Drake's songs ultimately peripheral to his mythology? Did Island fumble the marketing of his first three records so completely that Drake never got a fair shot at the marketplace? "I think the failure of his music to be successful in his lifetime was Nick's tragedy and the source of his unhappiness," Joe Boyd tells me, when asked about the irony of Drake's considerable posthumous success.

    Old Man Eating a Twix says: "Best bio of Volkswagen out there!"
    "I want to like it"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this audiobook, I love Nick Drakes music, but the author goes all over the place and spends a ton of time talking about, among many other non-Nick Drake related topics, the use of music in commercials! I really wanted to hear more about Pink Moon and Nick Drake. *sigh*

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Deadhouse

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    From Linda Fairstein, author of Cold Hit, comes this newest Alexandra Cooper mystery, a richly nuanced synthesis of history and suspense. Fairstein's real-life experience as head of the New York district attorney's Sex Crime Unit gives her fiction an eerie ring of truth.

    Carmen says: "New Fan"
    "In a Rut"
    Overall

    Linda Fairstein is getting in a rut. This book could have been great. I love murder mysteries but "The Deadhouse" is too much like all of her other books to be very enjoyable. There is the woman cop that no one listens to even though her intuition is 99% accurate, the token male that supports her to a limited degree, the female victim, the male perpetrator, and a couple of twists. Though I have a number of criticisms of the book I want to highlight two as examples. I know that books don't/shouldn't mirror real life but seeing as just under 80% of murder victims in real life are males can't we have just one book that deviates from the formula of female victims? Why is it that the female detective, despite being right many times, never earns any trust/credit from her colleagues?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (209)

    Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

    Andrea says: "Good pace, weak premise"
    "Poor"
    Overall

    I am a big Orson Scott Card fan but this book is almost unrecognizable as his work. The characters are shallow, plot lines are left hanging, and you have to suspend your disbelief so may times it is ridiculous. Despite Card's comments at the end of the book the story mostly comes off as a right-wing rant that seems to be based on watching too much FOX news. The main point that Card misses is that most Americans are very patriotic when push comes to shove and the idea that they would turn against the central government is laughable. Indeed, the idea of attacking government is most closely associated with extreme right-wing groups rather than left-wing groups as Card portrays in this book. Card has many other excellent books to choose from; bypass this dreck.

    15 of 42 people found this review helpful

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