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Patrick

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  • Dexter in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1426)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (583)

    A blood spatter analyst for the Miami police, Dexter has seen his share of gruesome deeds - and committed a few himself. But when he investigates a particularly terrible crime scene at a local university, everything changes.

    James says: "Different Direction"
    "Tedious"
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    What disappointed you about Dexter in the Dark?

    I have listened to other "Dexter" books. This one does not compare at all in cleverness nor in structuring the fundamental conflict of a "good guy" serial killer. The reading seems flat - but that could be a reflection of the writing. Very little of Dexter's banter, either in his thoughts or in his conversations with Debra, in this book caused even a small smile more less any chuckle. The story line seems very contrived. It was hard to follow at times. Some 3000 year old ritual and a villan with a super power. Really! There were many meaningless (and often hard to follow) soliloquies.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jeff Lindsay again?

    Love all the others.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Landrum’s performance?

    There seemed to be little energy. The performance did not pick up on Dexter's personality and inner conflicts that are so much a part of the other Dexter recordings.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dexter in the Dark?

    The whole story line is flawed. There is very little in this book to maintain a listener's interest. Cut out most of the soliloquies or at least make them meaningful and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not choose this as your first Dexter audiobook. Unless you must listen to all of them, avoid this one altogether.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape Artist: A Robin Monarch Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Mark Sullivan, the co-author of James Patterson’s Private Games, has, in Robin Monarch, created a compelling new hero. Monarch is a world-class thief and a highly skilled operative - a man with skills, a rigid code of honor, powerful friends and implacable enemies. In Escape Artist, Monarch’s abilities - and his nerve - are both tested when he takes on an impossible mission to stop an assassination plot that’s about to unfold, when all anyone knows for certain is the target.

    Patrick says: "Short but very satisfying."
    "Short but very satisfying."
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    Read my review of Brotherhood. DITTO it. These are excellent stories packed with a solid, fast moving and interesting story lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brotherhood and Others: Three Robin Monarch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Robin Monarch is a man with a complicated, secret past and a very grim future. Currently locked up in the USDB - the military supermax prison known as Leavenworth - the CIA offers Monarch one shot at freedom and a pardon. All he has to do is steal something from a highly secure position at ground zero of a war zone, and escape undetected.

    Patrick says: "Great new character!"
    "Great new character!"
    Overall
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    Robin Monarch is a great new character. Former petty thief and gang member from Buenos Aires turned special forces soldier and CIA operative, Monarch shows a unique ethos toward his job. The stories alternate between his formative time as a petty thief and his current assignment. This is sometimes hard to follow but an interesting way to dig into a character's motivation. Mark Sullivan packs a lot of interesting story and fast action into a small space. A new favorite for me. BEWARE - the "and other stories" is just one additional story which is Rendition. Rendition is also a separate audible selection, so don't buy both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2940)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2597)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Kathryn says: "Worth the listen"
    "5 Star Story - 3 Star Listening Experience"
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    This is a WOW!!! of a story. Very well constructed, complex, compelling and fast moving. Some earlier comments compare it favorably with Lee Child and the Jack Reacher series. As a big Child fan - I wholly agree but add that the story has much more to it than (at least the most recent) Reacher stories. Reacher is more about the character and less about the specific situation. The Escape rests 90% on a strong story (cyber/chemical/WMD warfare, spying, treachery etc.) and adds several really great characters. The storyline is very up to date reflecting issues that are of real concern to international peace. It is not too overdone - reads somewhat realistic in terms of the fundamental problems.

    The narration and unnecessary special effects are the weaknesses in the audiobook. The narration is not bad, but not at the high level of many other books (like those read by Dick Hill). The narration varies in pace throughout and is downright slow in some parts. The narrator's voice is pleasant and fits the characters well. There are some special effects dubbed in like gun fire, breaking windows etc. that are wholly unnecessary and, in my opinion, distracting. But there is not a lot of it so the consequence is small.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (880)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "Inconsistent but highly recommended"
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    I found this book to be quite inconsistent varying from a bit slow and dull to marvelously entertaining and spell binding. It's a well woven story that begins with a young boy (Weldon) in rural Texas, the grandson of a tough local Sheriff, through his experiences as a hero in WW2 (where he rescued a death camp prisoner whom he later married), then through great business success and terrible personal and family difficulties. It seems to me that Mr. Burke picked up very well on the color and nature of the early post war years and the rural Louisiana and Texas cultures as well as the insidious corruption of the times. I am not a fan of the seemingly forced accent by the reader Mr. Patton, but must admit it grew on me as the book progressed. The beginning of the book was a bit slow and the transition from boyhood to the war was not very well connected. Likewise Weldon's separation from the Army after the war and return to Texas seemed a little abrupt. I found myself wanting to know a little more about this period in his life. The final third or so of the book becomes stunningly interesting as Weldon and his partner and family deal with corruption that aims to destroy their business and them personally. As other parts mentioned earlier, I found the ending to be abrupt and quite disappointing almost as if Mr. Burke tired of writing and simply wrote a few concluding paragraphs. Maybe it was an "artistic" ending intended to leave the reader/listener with their personal vision of the details about how it all worked out in the end - but I don't see it. I could easily rate this book anywhere from a low 3 to a high 5 with a couple of parts deserving no better than a 2. But in the end, I enjoyed it very much and found no part so poor that I was seriously tempted to shut it off (although I re-wound a few times to make sure I diid not miss something important). I strongly recommend the book. With a little patience in parts, the reader/listener will be well rewarded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (352)

    With nine straight number one New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, as fans anxiously await the next full-length Reacher adventure, Child delivers a riveting new short story featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero, Jack Reacher.

    Jean says: "Too Short of a short story"
    "I Can't Believe How Bad This Is!"
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    The only way one might determine this is a Jack Reacher story is that Dick Hill narrates it. Otherwise it is a completely uninteresting story that makes no sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard Hooker
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (557)

    Before the movie, this is the novel that gave life to Hawkeye Pierce, Trapper John, Hot Lips Houlihan, Frank Burns, Radar O'Reilly, and the rest of the gang that made the 4077th MASH like no other place in Korea or on earth. The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."

    Trish says: "I Wanted to Love it--and I DID!!"
    "Better than the movie or TV series!"
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    If you, like me, think the TV series was among the best ever, you will absolutely love the book. A great reading. Humorous with incredible characters and a bit of Korean War history. In my opinion, MASH is the medical drama against which all others should be measured. Truly a timeless masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4752)
    Performance
    (3655)
    Story
    (3635)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Michael says: "High Energy Ride!"
    "Too Far Out - Ridiculous and Tedious!"
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    The constant action and tension of the story is well written and in some moderation might even be enjoyable but each hour of this audiobook found me saying "you've got to be kidding me, this so ridiculous". Fiction requires some suspension of reality but this book goes into crazy territory. The many, many, many deadly situations and their resolutions are so far over the top , I found it impossible to enjoy the suspense and action. I feel fortunate that the first book I enjoyed (greatly) in this series was Dead Eye. If The Gray Man were the first, I would never have tried another. There is a lot of background buildup to paint Colt Gentry ("The Gray Man") as a character but it's very much overdone and somewhat boring. The background is not necessary to enjoy the later books. My advice is to skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (2409)
    Story
    (2431)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "A Better Twist on "Get Him Before He Gets You""
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    The "Gray Man" is or will soon become a legendary character. A smart and ruthless killer, he is vulnerable and human. He is a reluctant freelancer with a "code" and a desire to return to legitimacy but someone at the CIA desperately wants him dead. His personal angst and conflicts are deftly written into the story - not preachy or overdone - just woven in to build a complex character. A similarly trained and skilled operative is searching for the Gray Man as part of a CIA contracted kill team. The story develops in a well constructed and complicated way to a mano e mano between the two killers.The intensity, twists and action are enormously well crafted until the final showdown which, in my opinion, was very contrived and went on for much too long. This is a fast paced thriller that will be difficult to turn off. Like me, I'm sure you will be eager to move on to the next Gray man novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (750)

    The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

    David says: "I NEED A CIGARETTE!"
    "This Book's WOW for Military Action and Heroics!"
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    There is not a single slow moment in this book. The situations and characters are believable. The basic story line- feckless political leaders and an evil enemy will make ones' blood boil. The final confrontation (actually all of the heroic military action) is completely unrealistic - BUT it sure is enjoyable and exciting. The story is written in a crisp style. The dialogue, while a bit crude (you won't listen to this one with small kids in the car) fits the situation and adds to the tension and color of the characters. The military technical details are well explained and not overdone. They add greatly to the mental picture the book evokes. It was a great twist to have an Afghan hero(s). The twist at the end, in my opinion, elevated the story and underscored the personal commitment of the heroes and small mindedness of the politicians. If you like action and lots of wasted bad guys - this is for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Discover Magazine's Vital Signs: True Tales of Medical Mysteries, Obscure Diseases, and Life-Saving Diagnoses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dr. Robert A. Norman
    • Narrated By Mark Moseley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    From a case of hysterical paralysis to a pregnancy puncturing a lung, twenty-five of the most thrilling medical mysteries known to man (and doctor)."Vital Signs," a popular column featured in Discover Magazine, has long been a favorite of readers, showcasing, each month, fascinating new tales of strange illnesses and diseases that baffle doctors and elude diagnosis. Each tale is true and borders on the unbelievable. It's no wonder that throughout the years the column has become an unofficial textbook for medical students, interns, doctors, and anyone interested in human illness and staying healthy.

    Patrick says: "Not for a hypochondriac!"
    "Not for a hypochondriac!"
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    The incorrect pronunciation of many medical terms was very irritating. Please re-record this correctly. Many of the stories were very basic and will bore those with some medical background but most are fascinating and all well presented, succinct and suspenseful for any layman. Beware that everyone will identify with symptoms in some of the stories so anyone with hypochondriac tendencies should avoid this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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