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Peter W.

Peter W.

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  • Three Stations: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    In Three Stations, Arkady Renko’s skills are put to their most severe test. Though he has been technically suspended from the prosecutor’s office for once again turning up unpleasant truths, he strives to solve a last case: the death of an elegant young woman whose body is found in a construction trailer on the perimeter of Moscow’s main rail hub. It looks like a simple drug overdose to everyone—except to Renko, whose examination of the crime scene turns up some inexplicable clues.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Arkady Jumps The Shark"
    "NOT up to Cruz Smith's standard of writing"
    Overall

    Good character development. Lots of suggested linkages in plot segments. Plenty of people to "like" or "dislike". Goodly quantities of merciless, gratuitous gore. Not a bad read until the end. Then, it's as if Cruz took a look at his word processor statistics, discovered that he had written the contractually-required number of words and "finished' the book within the next half an hour. There are WAY too many loose ends and unresolved issues at the end of this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (393)

    Thirty-five years old, fresh off the bus from New York City, and nursing a shattered heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she’s simply moved on - her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she got into this situation. As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there....

    karen says: "Great book, no question. But...."
    "NOT Up to Barr's Normal - according to my wife."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nevada Barr and/or Joyce Bean?

    My wife talked me into trying Nevada Barr on Audio because she has a dozen or more Barr paperbacks I can dive into if I like the author. I did NOT like the author.


    What was most disappointing about Nevada Barr’s story?

    The story was not credible. It dragged on and on without tying threads together and, in the end, never produced a satisfactory conclusion. It was as if Ms. Barr didn't really know who the antagonist was. Even my wife doesn't like THIS Barr novel!!


    Have you listened to any of Joyce Bean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first exposure. The reader was "OK" but couldn't overcome the pap she had to work with.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO!! (But we need not worry about that prospect. NO ONE would EVER consider turning this one into a movie!!)


    Any additional comments?

    I'll try another Barr novel - - - sometime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Trafalgar

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (197)

    A guttersnipe who has risen through the ranks of the British army, Ensign Sharpe is sailing home to England from his latest campaign against Napoleon. Anticipating an uneventful voyage, the dashing young maverick discovers the intriguing and very married Lady Grace Hale on board the Calliope. But just as he wins his way into her heart, the ship is fired upon and, suddenly, he finds himself in the thick of one of history's most spectacular incidents: the Battle of Trafalgar.

    J. Perry says: "Part 2 is incomplete (otherwise 5 stars)"
    "Reader need WORK!! Lots of it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sharpe's Trafalgar to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version. The whole idea of ordering from Audible is to enjoy books through my EARS - - not to compare/contrast editions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cornwell's usual combination of history and fiction.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Tull’s performance?

    Patrick Tull tries to (does?) lend an air of legitimacy to "British English" - and even "British English as spoken by British sea men - and, in so doing, renders his reading totally unintelligible in some (too many) passages. His accent becomes incapable of understanding by an American ear and he drops volume below what it audible when listening in an automobile. (Mine would be considered a luxury vehicle by anyone's standards and, still, there was this problem.)


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

    I would NOT make a film of this book. It would cost WAY too much and would not have a large audience.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kevin Guilfoile
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Solomon Gold has tapped into valuable and dangerous secrets while composing his magnum opus: the Gold Completion of Mozart's infamous unfinished requiem. After he is murdered, his brilliant daughter - a girl whose uncanny mental gifts have left her both powerful and troubled - finds herself racing to understand his composition, his murder, and, as violence erupts all around her, a fractured, ancient cult descended from the original disciples of Pythagoras.

    Susan Coyle says: "Thriller? Not."
    "Why - oh WHY did I ever start this one?!?!?"
    Overall

    This is like listening to an unabridged DICTIONARY!! Lots and lots and LOTS of words, words, words. Almost no character development and nothing resembling a coherent PLOT!! I may be a glutton for punishment - but I'm nearly half way through this tome - - - and the author still hasn't coughed up a good clue as to where he's going with all the "threads" he seems to be weaving. I can't tell whether he's trying to make a figurative scarf - - or a pair of mittens - - or a pair of jockey shorts - - - and he hasn't given any evidence that HE knows either!!

    I hate to give up on a book once I have this much time invested in it - - - but I have drawn a line in the proverbial sand. If the author doesn't deliver - something - by the end of Audible's "Part I" - BOTH parts are going in the digital trash bin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1841)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1137)

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "Yawwwwwwn!"
    Overall

    I "have been" an avid fan of P&C's books - starting with Brimstone and including all of the Pendergast volumes. I have even enjoyed some of the others. But - - - THIS book sinks so far into the depths of formulaic writing that it nearly put me to sleep. I could have written the rest of the book myself after the first dozen chapters and I was pleading to be put out of my misery during the last two dozen chapters. It seems to me that P&C have become bored with their writing - and, sadly, their writing has become borderline boring as a result. I'm not sure that I'll even start the remaining P&C book I have purchased from Audible - let alone purchase any future volumes by these authors.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spies of the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece, the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania, the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe.

    writerly says: "historical insights, not much suspense/tension"
    "Very REAL!!"
    Overall

    As you listen to this one, you can practically "hear" the Nazis coming. Character development is exceedingly well done. The "action" is subdued - but completely realistic and believable - as if the writer were actually THERE at the time of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1149)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "A great "read""
    Overall

    Enough "action" to satisfy any Sandford fan - - - and a delightfully satisfying ending. This one turns out the way you want it to for a couple of the bad guys!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4009)
    Performance
    (2111)
    Story
    (2121)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Vintage Connelly - VERY Good Read - - BUT..."
    Overall

    I could have gotten along very nicely with about 20% less book! This dragged ON - and ON - and ON in several plot areas - some of which never solidified and seemed to just be "hinted at". It has an ending that is both a surprise and a disappointment - - - but this is still worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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