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spring lake, nj, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Final Finesse

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karna Small Bodman
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Samantha Reid, Deputy Director of The White House Office of Homeland Security, deals with international challenges at the highest levels. The the story unfolds from the explosion of a natural gas pipeline in America’s heartland. Sensing impending disaster, Samantha tries to convince reluctant officials to take action, but they're focused on several other national security threats. When more explosions occur, Samantha teams up with Tripp Adams, the Vice President of GeoGlobal Oil & Gas, to investigate the mystery of continuing sabotage.

    C says: "I highly Recommend"
    "Stupid book and awful narrator"
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    What disappointed you about Final Finesse?

    Infantile plot and story line. Writing is 3rd grade. Much too much redundant wording.


    What was most disappointing about Karna Small Bodman’s story?

    Totally stupid plot elements. Like when first kidnapper/hostage encounter is made, it is set up so the rescuers could have easily sniped the kidnappers and not go through all the other steps.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Basil Sands’s performances?

    Never again. His voice "imitations" of females, tough guys etc are so bad they seem like they are a spoof. They are a distraction to the story which is bad enuough to start.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Cover picture was nice.


    Any additional comments?

    Bodman and Sands are a good combo. Both are terrible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (434)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "What was all the hype about ????"
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    What was most disappointing about Jack Kerouac’s story?

    Mindless meandering.


    How could the performance have been better?

    No idea -- not even close to a worthwhile investment of time.


    Any additional comments?

    I have heard about this book for years and as a lark figured what the heck - all that vibe -- it must have been pretty good. No way. Just a continuous feed of meaningless dribble which was supposed to have been a mind opening exploration of self and country. It was more like a stream of unconsciousness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (549)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "A Dud !!!"
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    Would you try another book from Brad Meltzer and/or Scott Brick?

    Wont ever buy a Meltzer book again.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Follett book


    Any additional comments?

    Book started agonizingly slow, had a stronger second half but ended with a complete thud. Absolutely worthless, unexplained ending - worthless.

    Author needs story telling lessons -- especially how to end one.

    Dont waste your time or money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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