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Randolph

Renton, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Once and Future Spy: A Novel of Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    An elite plan is afoot, a plan so secret and dangerous that its existence is known only to a tiny group of specialists within the innermost core of the CIA. There is virtually no paper trail - but somehow the plan has sprung a leak and the plotters must urgently plug it - or face deadly consequences.

    Kay M says: "A Challenge and it's worth it!"
    "Different"
    Overall
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    The weaving into the story of a historical connection made this book. Without it, I don't think I would have liked it as much or cared as much about the protagonist. It provided a depth of character that by itself is not unusual, but the means of doing so was very original. This is my third book from Littell, and while it's my least favorite of the three, its still a very enjoyable "read". I'm starting to think I'd like anything from Littell.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3774)
    Performance
    (2383)
    Story
    (2370)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Great story, worthless performance"
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    Buck Schirner is the worst audiobook narrator I have ever listened to. He appears to have been miscast, first of all - don't know how old he is, but his voice sounds at least 50 and tired and the main character is in his 30s. It was very difficult to envision the relationships and the romance listening to that voice. Worse though was the thoroughly wooden and mechanical reading of the script. It really did sound like he was reading and didn't sound natural at all, like enunciating ev-er-y sin-gle wor-dd was more important than the emotion or the story. I've never heard anyone speak in real life like this guy sounded on the audiobook. If I wasn't a Michael Connelly fan and had not read the book in paperback years ago, I probably would have stopped listening in the first 10 minutes. It was that bad. It's a shame, since this was a famous book and could be the first intro to Connelly for a lot of listeners. Skip this book. What's odd is that the narration of the Harry Bosch series done by Len Cariou has always seemed stiff to me (though way better than Schirner). Does Connelly think this kind of reading is what the fans want? Not this fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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