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Tama

Raleigh, NC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Cut: Spero Lucas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Pelecanos
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (114)

    Spero Lucas has a new line of work. Since he returned home after serving in Iraq, he has been doing special investigations for a defense attorney. He's good at it, and he has carved out a niche: recovering stolen property, no questions asked. His cut is 40 percent. But is any cut worth your family, your lover, your life?

    Cori says: "So entertaining and surprising!"
    "Welcome Spero"
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    If you could sum up The Cut in three words, what would they be?

    Complex young anti-hero exuding sex appeal unafraid to confront the baddest of bad


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cut?

    Don't want to spoil it


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    Abilty to pull off inner DC dialects; ability to personify Spero's coolness flawlessly


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but wouldn't let myself as it so infrequent you get a book you want to savor


    Any additional comments?

    What a refreshing change....more please

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1414)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1268)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Plot soars, ending bombs"
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    Would you try another book from Ann Leary and/or Mary Beth Hurt?

    Yes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The book had a great plot line with a good deal of suspense. The ending just plain fell flat. I went "what the heck" why did you bother to build us up like that only to let us down.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    She really got into the heads of characters and her portrayal was on point!


    Do you think The Good House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, there really isn't anywhere to go with this character.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At First Sight: A Novel of Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Meet Chick Best - a middle-aged, self-absorbed, disaffected, California dot.com millionaire with a trophy wife. Though concerned about his life and family, Chick resigns himself to a miserable state of acceptance, until he experiences unrequited love at first sight - which leads to deadly consequences.

    Sandra says: "Disappointing"
    "He just had to write it"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Stephen J. Cannell and/or Scott Brick?

    I have read other Cannell books and loved them. He is a talented author, Which is why I chose this one. Cannell says in the beginning he wanted to write this for years. I can't imagine why. The story was tedious and the characters were extremely unlikeable. I had to fight to finish it. Yulk. As for Brick, as others have said, he could read the phone book and I would buy it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Judith Light
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.

    Jayne Greeley says: "Loved it!"
    "thank you Ms. Light!"
    Overall

    Whatever flaws the book had, and there were many, I have yet to be as captivated with a narrator as I was with Ms. Light. She was amazing. I agree with many of the reviewers who felt the book was entertaining enough, but predictable and light. But I couldn't stop listening due soley to the ability of Ms. Light to so wonderfully portay each of the main characters. I particularly loved her depiction of young Milo, .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2191)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (812)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Got to luv em!"
    Overall

    You absolutely know what you are going to get with the Dave and Clete show -- the bad guys lose, the good guys win (not without a lot of blood and guts), a cold hard look at the underbelly of society, and an absolutely magical, poetic picture of bayou Louisiana. You can smell, feel and even taste the sights and sounds of this mystical place with all its haunting beauty. And Will Patton, well no one else could do justice to the brooding, complex character of Dave like he can. Yes, it was slightly predictable...but hey, that's why we love him. Don't give up on Dave and Clete ...in a literary world that is becoming increasingly commercialized, and novellsts offering up cookie cutter characters and flimsy plots, Burke never fails to deliver a profoundly well-written piece of work. One point -- do agree that Alafar is by far a bore as a character...totally unbelievable....with no real depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (367)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "Please Come Back to Us"
    Overall

    I have to agree with the majority of the reviewers here. DeMille is one of my absolute FAVORITE authors and I rush to get his latest book as soon as it's published.
    But I found this book pedantic and sophomoric. The charming cockiness and "wise cracking" Sutter in the Gold Coast has become boring, shallow and predictable. I wanted so badly to like the story, the characters and the dialogue, but I just couldn't. And I stayed with it until the bitter end. I listened to the interview with the author at the end and he seems to attribute the happiness in the plot line and characters to his life, with a new baby and a happy marriage. I'd give a lot to have the depth back of some of his earlier characters. He says we should expect the sequel to The Lions Game next -- which I loved -- read it once and listened to it twice -- I'll have my fingers crossed that John Cory doesn't suffer the same fate...

    11 of 12 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
    (688)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    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."
    "Over the Top"
    Overall

    I love Scott Brick and will listen to just about anything he reads...but was I dissapointed here. The plot was sooooo far fetched and outlandish it was beyond belief. I had to struggle to get through it...save Scott for a better read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1471)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (882)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Stuart Woods?"
    Overall

    This book is to Woods as "A Time to Kill" is to John Grisham. For a moment I thought I was reading James Lee Burke (in fact I have heard Hammer read Burke). It is rich in character development and digs deep into the darkest sides of everyday people. The writing is evocative and you really feel as if you are right there in a small southern city with all its racial challenges as it moves through the decades. I have read lots of Woods and his writing can sometimes be superficial and shallow. This shows the real depth and writing ability of the author. I was pleasantly surprised.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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