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Ken

Mount Vernon, WA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Financial Lives of the Poets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Jess Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (205)

    A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea - and his wife's eBay resale business - ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams.

    Melinda says: "Riotously Relevant"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Writing is intelligent and witty. Enjoyed every minute of this reading. More than just a good story--anyone feeling the pinch of today's economy will relate to the protagonist's plight.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (671)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "Not Hamilton's Best"
    Overall

    Steve Hamiliton has written some terrific books, but this isn't one of them. Listen to the Alex McNight Series and you won't be dissapointed. I can't say the same about Lock Artist--the story seemed trite and contrived.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By P. J. Parrish
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    A little sex. A little death. Most people would kill to live in glamorous Palm Beach, with its beautiful women, five-star resorts, and dazzling coast. But most people don't know what really goes on in the bedrooms of the rich and famous....Mark Durand did - and now the handsome high-class "walker," who escorted the wealthiest women to posh affairs, is dead, his beheaded corpse found in an abandoned cattle pen.

    Kelly R. Anderson says: "The Little Death"
    "Forgetable"
    Overall

    A crime novel without suspense, characters that range from dull to duller, and writing that is completely uninspired. I could only take about 3 hours before finally giving up on this story.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

    Jeremy says: "Don't Bother."
    "yawn"
    Overall

    I usually enjoy readings by Scott Brick, but this book left me yawning--poorly written with a ridiculous plot. My advice: skip this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Angel: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Dave Robicheaux, New Orleans detective, is puzzled when street hustler Sonny Boy Marsallus slips a Vietnam war diary into his hand. Soon old debts and ancient burial sites create a web of intrigue linking Iberia Parish to more dangerous territory than Dave can handle.

    Joseph says: "Good Burke novel, good narration."
    "story lacks drama or suspense"
    Overall

    I also found this audiobook disappointing, but not for the same reason mentioned by previous reviews. I didn't mind the narrator, in fact I thought he spoke with a cadence that was interesting and helped create a lanquid, sultry image of the south that I think the author meant to portray. For me the story was simply uninteresting--it lacked the drama and suspense I look for in this genre. I listened to the entire audiobook, but unfortunately I found myself relieved when the story was finally finished.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Night Part 1: A Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Cox
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver - booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness, and a chance discovery convinces him that he was right. Greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

    Ken says: "richly detailed, slow pace"
    "richly detailed, slow pace"
    Overall

    For the most part I enjoyed this novel. The narration is excellent and the story is intriguing. This is a lengthy tale written in rich detail. For me there was a little too much detail, and at times the story moved forward at a ponderous pace. If you're looking for a fast paced mystery/thriller with gripping suspense this isn't the book for you. However, with patience the listener is rewarded with a contemplative story of family, love, loyality, betrayal, revenge,and redemption wrapped in a setting of 19th century foggy London and replete with bibliophile references to classic literature. This is the first audiobook I've listen to that I think would probably be better in an abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Orleans Mourning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julie Smith
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    This Edgar Award-winning work offers a revealing glimpse into the hidden world of New Orleans high society and an intricately plotted murder mystery. The novel introduces rookie cop Skip Langdon, as she investigates a seamy Mardi Gras murder.

    MB says: "Tiresome"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    The author provides interesting details about the Mardi gras and a portrait of New Orleans that seems authentic, however, the story lacked the suspense and tension that is essential for any good mystery novel. Character development seemed superficial and most of the personalities portrayed were not very likable. By the middle of the novel I didn't really care what happened next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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