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Mark

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  • Get Real

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Eluding the law has always been high on Dortmunder's list. But getting caught red-handed is inevitable in his next caper, when a TV producer convinces this thief and his merry gang to star in a reality show that captures their next score. The producer even guarantees to keep the show from being used as evidence against them. They're dubious at first, but the pay's good, so they sign on.

    Mark says: "Westlake's best book"
    "Westlake's best book"
    Overall

    I have read most of Westlake's books and enjoyed them. This one tops them all -- it is a hilarious satire on reality shows. The gang signs up to do a reality show about them doing a heist, with unpredictable results. Narrator does a fabulous job -- thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (149)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Narrator ruined the story"
    Overall

    For the past month I've been trying to get through this book. I'm two hours into the book and about to give up. I suspect there's a decent story here but the narration is so poor -- complete with a lisp -- that it makes the book impossible to appreciate. Someone should have listened to her read before hiring her.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (241)

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall

    I loved the first 5 or 6 books in the Bolitar series. They were light, funny and highly entertaining. Then Coben discovered his work would sell a lot more books if he wrote "thrillers" instead of humorous detective novels -- and his work went downhill from there. This new novel is a Bolitar novel but it is more of the style of his new set of "thrillers" -- and the result is a huge disappointment and a book that I had trouble getting all the way through. The new Myron has become boring, the dialogue is no longer crisp and the "suspenseful plot" doesn't work. I feel badly writing this review because I loved the early books so much, but this is a pale shadow of his early work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spade & Archer: The Prequel to The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joseph Gores
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    When Sam Spade gets drawn into the Maltese Falcon case, we know what to expect: straight talk, hard questions, no favors, and no way for anyone to get underneath the protective shell he wears like a second skin. We know that his late partner, Miles Archer, was a son of a bitch; that Spade is sleeping with Archer's wife, Iva; that his tomboyish secretary, Effie Perine, is the only innocent in his life. What we don't know is how Spade became who he is. Spade & Archer completes the picture.

    Mark says: ""A Real Joy""
    ""A Real Joy""
    Overall

    I had low expectations when I ordered this book -- how could anyone compete with the Hammett's Maltese Falcon or with Bogart in the movie? So I was delightfully suprised that Gores does such an excellent job in capturing the spirit and atmosphere of the original. The narration was wonderful, too -- one could picture Bogie saying these lines. Probably the most enjoyable listening experience of the past 20 books I listened to.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Extra Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jonathan Ames
    • Narrated By Jonathan Ames
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Meet Louis Ives: well-groomed, romantic, and as captivating as an F. Scott Fitzgerald hero. Only this hero has a penchant for ladies clothes, and he's lost his teaching post at Princeton's Pretty Brook Day School after an unfortunate incident involving a colleague's brassiere.

    Sara says: "A Classic-to-be"
    "no Gatsby"
    Overall

    I had seen reviews that compared this book to F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing. Not even close. The frequent gay sex scenes perhaps may be titillating for gay readers, but I suspect most straight males will find them merely boring, as I did. Hardly a classic -- suggest readers looking for well written recent "coming of age" novels to seek out Nick Hornby instead. It also didn't help that the author read the book instead of a professional reader -- always a danger sign.

    I usually like novels that are not afraid to be edgy, but this one never engaged me.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "Poorly written"
    Overall

    If you loved the DaVinci Code, you'll love this book. I thought the DaVinci Code was overwritten with flat charcters and this book suffers from the same flaws. Too many cliched descriptive terms. If it were written book, I would have put it down half way through. Narrator is nothing special either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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