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L. Marino

San Antonio, TX USA | Member Since 2008

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2519)
    Performance
    (2225)
    Story
    (2218)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "I expected more"
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    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    Following on the heels of his Blockbuster first novel, I expected more. The problem with this novel is there are too many story lines, shifting in both time an perspective. It lost me in the middle and never regained my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5918)
    Performance
    (5519)
    Story
    (5522)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Once again, Stephen King phones it in"
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    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King is now filthy rich and established as an american icon. Does he really need more money by giving us a poor novel like this?? Better to retire and think about how to spend your money than continue to churn out this garbage. Get away from the formulaic constructs that seem to be the norm for nearly all of the big name authors now. Come up with something different like the SHINING was in its time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes of Prey: The Lucas Davenport Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (631)

    The “Prey” novels by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford consistently make the best-seller lists, but they are not for the faint of heart. Featuring Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, these thrillers are raw, graphic, and impossible to put down. In Eyes of Prey, a depressed and unfocused Davenport takes on a macabre case, tracking down a serial killer who maims the eyes of his victims after he has murdered them.

    mindusq says: "Sí. Oui. Yup. Uh huh. Oh hell yeah.Yes."
    "this book established Sandford as an artist"
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    If you could sum up Eyes of Prey in three words, what would they be?

    The penultimate Davenport


    Any additional comments?

    This is the most interesting villain in any of Sandford's novels. I've read them all and this one stands out as exceptional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2194)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1981)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Boring, hard to get into"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea how this book got onto the NY times best seller list. sometimes it's the blind leading the blind (no pun intended since one of the characters is a blind girl).


    What could Anthony Doerr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    too much skipping about through characters and time frames


    Any additional comments?

    I tried hard to get interested in this book. Put it down three times, came back and tried again, after listening to half of the boo,k I quit. Too many really good novels out there to waste time on one that can't hold my interest

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1363)

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Another EXCEPTIONAL Novel by Lee Child"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a career Army officer- I don't know how the Author (who is British) could have such a grasp of the nuances of life and technical aspects of the US Army. The books are not about the Army, per se, but it is always tangential. In this one he discusses at length an army periodical "the Army Times". Not something that someone who's never served would know much about. It gave me a laugh at his comments, which rang true.

    I've read all of his books - my only complaint is now that I've finished this one, I have to wait for the next one.

    My wife doesn't much care for Reacher's idiosyncratic habit of owning nothing and traveling about like a vagabond - he wears the same clothes until they get old ... then he buys new clothes and throws the old ones away. His only personal possession is a TOOTHBRUSH (but he doesn't believe in Toothpaste...give me a BREAK). Yet despite this apparent lapse in personal hygiene, women fall all over him.

    My suggestion is if you want more female readers, he should WASH his clothes and use Toothpaste.... Of course, that doesn't detract from the exceptional plot lines and Reachers seemingly invincible persona. Even James Bond in the original novels got beat up and tortured occasionally.

    a note to Lee Child..., Lee, pick up the pace. We need a more prolific production of these novels. I need the entertainment faster and more frequently. Try not to be like JK Rawlings and once you own a zillion dollars just take the money and run leaving the fans without their Reacher Fix.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reacher, always.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a superlative actor. His dialogue makes everything more dramatic without being over done.


    Any additional comments?

    You cannot go wrong with this series

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2037)
    Performance
    (1785)
    Story
    (1788)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "A bit too far out even for Pendergast"
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    Where does Two Graves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I realize fiction is to suspend reality in favor of imagination, but some of the plot lines in this novel are ridiculous. I'm a big fan of the series but this one seems like it's off kilter with a plot line and twists that defy reality.


    Which character – as performed by Rene Auberjonois – was your favorite?

    without a doubt, Pendergast


    Any additional comments?

    It's been quite a while since their last novel, the prior one in this series. I'd recommend reading that prior to beginning this novel to refresh yourself on the myriad of relationships and the history of how the new book got to where it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2457)
    Performance
    (2101)
    Story
    (2094)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "This audio book appears to be missing chapter(s)"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've read every lee child novel. I love the Character. It is obvious to me that there were one or more chapters omitted from this audio book. One of the pivotal events is missing, discussed after the fact but not seminal moment when it happened. it took me quite a while and several references during the plot line to determine what was missing and how that event fit into the plot.


    Was A Wanted Man worth the listening time?

    Fix the problem and it will be worth it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2238)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1208)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    chigars4 says: "Best work yet!"
    "One of his best"
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    Any additional comments?

    It's never easy to try to anticipate the plot twists and subsequent actions that Lee Child delivers through Jack Reacher. that is one of the primary reasons I enjoy the series so much. I read extensively (or listen to audio books). While many books are well written and enjoyable, you can frequently anticipate what will happen next. It becomes almost formulary. Not so with these Jack Reacher novels. the only consistent thing throughout them is reacher and his zen like existence with nothing but a toothbrush and disposable cheap clothes. I'm a retired Army officer and find his description of military life and actions to be fairly accurate (although most soldiers would be thrown into Prison for some of the things Reacher routinely does in each of these novels) So, yes.... it is necessary to suspend reality on occasion (Reacher whips the asses of small armies single handedly) you WANT to believe that these bad guys will get their just rewards (an ass kicking by Reacher). Child does have ONE formula that he repeats over and over in each novel. I guess he feels it is necessary at some point in each novel for a female associate to hop into bed with reacher as though he is irresistable to the female species (despite his admitted lack of showers, clean clothes OR the use of toothpaste. My wife gets a good laugh out of that part of his novels. Otherwise, I believe it ALL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shibumi

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (296)

    Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

    David says: "Only a Russian could be this shibumi"
    "What a superb novel"
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    Would you listen to Shibumi again? Why?

    I was guided to this book during my quest to read all of Don Winslow's novels. I read SAVAGES and was hooked on Winslow's writing. He wrote a novel that was tied to this Trevenian classic as a prequel with many of the same characters. When i discovered this, I did a little research and found SHIBUMI, (on which Winslow's novel SATORI was based) to be held in high literary regard. I enjoyed it immensely. Like many of Winslow's novels it has broad historical scope with cultural and historical accuracy coupled with a plot that grabs you and won't let go!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sudden Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (383)

    John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind.... When Lucas and his team gun down two bank robbers in the middle of a heist, Davenport falls prey to the purest and simplest criminal motivation: revenge.

    Amazon Customer says: "Too many close calls"
    "Incredibly bad performance by comparison"
    Overall

    I've read most of these novels by John Sandford, it is one of my favorite series. However, this abridged version sounds as though it has been artificially speeded up to fit into some sort of time criteria. Much of the dialogue is delivered without much inflection, and music and sound effects are added here and there - not improving the performance much. this is the first audio book I've purchased in this series that has been "abridged", I won't buy another abridged performance. A couple of truisms I've learned listening to audiobooks, the first is NEVER buy an audio performance delivered by the AUTHOR, now I'm thinking about these abridged versions. The UNABRIDGED versions are done well in this series.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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