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Big jim Picotto

Great White North | Member Since 2016

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  • 54 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 177 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2018
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  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1162)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Mike Hammer in Springfield"
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    What a fantastic concept. A 'by the book' cop in a town that runs like the Simpsons' Springfield Police Dept. Add to that, a meteor, and you have "The Last Policeman". I cannot explain what it is about this book. The brilliant narration by Peter Berkot, the clever humour,the gumshoe like feel. The apocalyptic circumstances. Whatever it is, I cannot seem to get enough. In fact, prior to completing this one, I bought the other two. Not looking forward to the 'end' of Det. Hank Palace. But it sure will be fun getting there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What She Knew: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gilly Macmillan
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
    Overall
    (5758)
    Performance
    (5261)
    Story
    (5243)

    Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It's an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry - until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel's newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.

    C. Farrell says: "Disappointing"
    "What i know- This was a weak ending."
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    Gilly Macmillan seems to have the ability to write. I would definitely read another one of her novels in hopes she gains some experience on how to finish. This novel is well structured, but the key element of whodunit lacks any satisfaction. I won't spoil it for you, as i do think its worth the read, but it could have been loads better. The narrators are exceptional. Possibly the best tandem i have heard. All in all, despite the let down, worth the credit. If for nothing else, hearing a Jason Statham sound-alike.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franklin
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1639)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1496)

    438 Days is the miraculous account of the man who survived alone and adrift at sea longer than anyone in recorded history - as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of exclusive interviews.

    Big jim Picotto says: "I'M ALIVE.."
    "I'M ALIVE.."
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    A story that does not get enough attention is what '438 Days' is. A story of adversity and resilience that will make you feel good to be alive. There is a slight disconnect between the author and the subject and you feel plenty is lost in translation. But envisioning what happened in those 438 days is the real star of the story. "what would i do" and "would i be able to do that" will often pop into your head.George Newbern brilliant as always. Great read and well worth the credit.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Every Fifteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3878)
    Performance
    (3528)
    Story
    (3523)

    Dr. Eric Parrish is the chief of the psychiatric unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Alice, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his homelife, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and, Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as he is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble.

    Sandy says: "Suspense!"
    "Unbelievable...Literally."
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    Sadly, this book left me angry. Angry that it was building up to a fantastic climax, yet dropped like a 2 tonne stone on my brain. The surprise twist is both unbelievable and less than satisfying. The author does write well, and clearly is versed in legal matters. And George Newbern does a fantastic job as usual. However, neither is enough to make up for the let down it inevitably is.. Not worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invasion: Alien Invasion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1458)

    They are coming. The countdown has begun. First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter's orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with Internet) has already shown the populace what is coming.

    Michael says: "Just what I was looking for!"
    "Armageddon Redux"
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    Fantastic introduction to author's Platt and Truant. Reasonably fast paced and well laid out "Alien Invasion" story. If you liked the movie Armageddon, you will love this book. My only issue with it is that book 2 is not available yet..... Ray Porter does a fantastic job with the narration. Very well done and worth the credit.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Finders Keepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17595)
    Performance
    (16085)
    Story
    (16063)

    A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far - a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes. "Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades.

    PlantCrone says: "5 Stars for Will Patton reading Stephen King"
    "Excellent follow-up to Mr.Mercedes"
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    Stephen King can just plain write. Pick a genre, he masters. Worth the credit and looking forward to finale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1669)

    New York Times best seller Lincoln Child returns with a riveting new thriller featuring the charismatic and quirky Professor Jeremy Logan, renowned investigator of the strange and the inexplicable, as he uncovers a long-lost secret experiment only rumored to have existed.

    Josh says: "Felt like some Chrichton style was channeled in."
    "Bleh. Hard time finishing."
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    First, I would like to point out,this is not a stand alone novel. In fact, its 4th in the series. Would have been nice for Audible to indicate this. I have no intention of listening to the others. The book never picked up pace. The narration was ok, but voice didn't seem to suit the characters. In the end, i cannot put my finger on it, but the story just seemed bland....and ridiculous. Not worth the credit.

    22 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5502)
    Performance
    (3294)
    Story
    (3309)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark B says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Good. if you can get by the burping"
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    This is my first Dan Brown novel. Obviously, not his most popular, but that's ok. I was rather impressed at how Dan Brown is able to keep you turning the pages. Not the best story, but still a page turner. He writes it like tv serial that has a cliffhanger every week. It just reaches out and turns the page for you(er. um, hits the play button). On the downside, the audio is disturbing. I recommend having some white noise in your environment whilst listening. Or using the worst headphones you have. The mic picked up everything on this recording. swallowing, lip smacking, even burping. Richard Poe is a very good narrator, but boy, they need to maybe edit this a tad. Overall, a good book and worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memory Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17706)
    Performance
    (16045)
    Story
    (15984)

    Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

    Amazon Customer V says: "Good plot BAD edit and mixiing"
    "Good character, bad plot, worse narration"
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    This is my first David Baldacci, and probably would download another of his. The protagonist is an affable savant who we will most likely see many more times. I won't get into the plot, but it goes beyond the need of suspension of disbelief. I will leave it at that. What makes this listen below average is the monotone narration of Ron Mclarty, and the sometimes annoying Orlagh Cassidy( who i normally find very very good). Mclarty is unable to do proper multiple character voices. All this i could tolerate, but the final edit has, what i believe to be Mclarty, interjecting with lines in a completely different voice. As a narrator and not a character. This is just horrendous editing that should never have made it to the final product. Despite the low rating, i would still say its probably worth the credit.....But barely.

    88 of 104 people found this review helpful
  • A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Errol Morris
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (133)

    Early on the morning of February 17, 1970, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, a Green Beret doctor named Jeffrey MacDonald called the police for help. When the officers arrived at his home they found the bloody and battered bodies of MacDonald's pregnant wife and two young daughters. The word "pig" was written in blood on the headboard in the master bedroom. As MacDonald was being loaded into the ambulance, he accused a band of drug-crazed hippies of the crime.

    Big jim Picotto says: "Good analysis, but maybe a little far fetched"
    "Good analysis, but maybe a little far fetched"
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    Errol Morris should have made this a documentary. He admits that he tried, but was turned down. After listening to this, i believe i can see why. Although he did his homework, a lot of the book is rehashing Fatal Vision, and explaining the 'double cross' that was perpetrated by the author. Rightfully so. But in the end, i have a hard time believing his theory based on the credibility of the 'witnesses'. Sadly, i do think this case was botched by the military police, but i do believe the conclusion would inevitably be the same. Regardless, it is still worth the credit.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert Kolker
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (444)

    One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert, after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life, went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the 24-year-old: She was a Craigslist prostitute who had been fleeing a scene. The Suffolk County Police, too, seemed to have paid little attention - until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan's.

    Sam says: "No answers"
    "Decent story, but no closure(not authors fault)"
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    Well written, and researched story. primarily of the victims. But seeing as the LISK has not been apprehended, there is no closure. I didn't expect it going in, but i did expect more. Probably worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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