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charles o. peed

winston salem, NC United States | Member Since 2005

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28
REVIEWS
12
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HELPFUL VOTES
10

  • Simple Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (678)

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

    R.E. Vazquez says: "not Baldacci's best"
    "melodrama"
    Overall

    This should have been titled stupid people having interminable conversations manage to solve crimes and conspiracies anyway. Just by way of an example, one of the first issues is whether somebody shot himself or was murdered. Our heroes debate this ad nauseam. Nobody ever asks about gunshot residue tests on the guy's hands? I mean come on, don't our cop, secret service agent and FBI agent even watch CSI??

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (246)

    Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.

    AudioAddict says: "Don't like westerns...LOVED this book!"
    "western cliches abound"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a warning. I knew he was a gunslinger, 'cause he wore his rig low, and he had nervous, squinty eyes. You could load that Sharps in the morning and shoot all day. She was the storekeeper's daughter. Get the Point?


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    For a book that's over the top, you need a performance that's over the top, Right, stranger?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    They must have already made 50 of these, and I went to see all of them. Don't make 'em like this any more though, do they, Pard?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (943)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Never Again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Light of the World better?

    Had the characters not stayed mad at themselves and each other, all the time, not engaged in self absorbed internal metaphysical dialogue. persistent misunderstanding of each other, saying stuff lke "I think you're a nice person", the book would have been better.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    anthing else.


    What didn’t you like about Will Patton’s performance?

    amazing and over done.


    What character would you cut from Light of the World?

    I am tired of all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Every time I listen to one of these, I swear never again. This time I mean it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2779)
    Performance
    (2396)
    Story
    (2409)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Couldn't Finish It"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Scott Brick?

    Cobee\n-never, if I can remember (I've made that vow before. Usually lI ike Scott Brick.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Back to John Connolly, maybe Daniel Silva


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Way over the top. If his goal was to get you to despise the self obsessed, breathless main character, it was a great job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Years?

    I would get the hero killed in this first fifty pages and start over This is the worst since Nighfall by Nelson Demille.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the nicest things my wife ever told me was, "You don't have to listen to it just because you bought it?

    0 of 0 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
    (3482)
    Performance
    (2123)
    Story
    (2112)

    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?"
    "Nowhere near his best."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book seems contrived to me relative to a Bosch book


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The centrai premise, that a reporter would be "embedded" in the FBI, is not believable. Also, there is a point in the book where the propostion is that everybody gets bore and sleepy on a stakeout waiting on a serial killer, so our hero goes for coffee. Really?


    What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

    Lost of good voices


    Was The Poet worth the listening time?

    Untill the end, yes. The end is a bad joke.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let this be your first Connelly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (708)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "dumb premise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Inner Circle?

    This book has a contrived setup, and so far is mostly a breathless monolog about a painfully naive "archivist", who given half a brain would have done everything thus far completely differently. I am sorry, but I can't stand for my thriller heroes to be nitwits.It may get better, but I can't bear to listen any more.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brad Meltzer? Why or why not?

    No. See above/


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    breathless, panic from the start.


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

    Would have been better if it were completly different.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (472)

    Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother.

    Lu says: "Need to read earlier books in series"
    "a little more effort if you please"
    Overall

    This is more of the same, but with less "plausibility". Way to much talking for the amount of story. Not the best. My wife told me nothing made me finsih these things, and so I didn't. Thus I will not review part 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2539)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (917)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "not his best"
    Overall

    My most serious criticism of the genre is when characters who ought to know better do really stupid stuff. Would you go out looking for a sadistic serial killer who can recognize you when you have never seen him? Why, "no". Would an FBI profiler and a crime reporter who almost got killed once before by a serial killer do this? Well, maybe in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Moon of Red Ponies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    In In the Moon of Red Ponies, Billy Bob Holland discovers that jail cells have revolving doors and the bad guys are back and aching for revenge.

    Ann Weathersby says: "Billy Bob Moves to Montana"
    "almost good"
    Overall

    The writing is pretentious. You get the feeling he made up his figures of speech, and then tried to fit them all in the story. Descriptive passages that would have been good if limited, just go on forever.
    The worst, though is that the hero, Billy Bob, is outwitted by everybody. I like my heroes smarter than the competition.
    When you have finished the book, and think about it. Billy Bob did Nothing to advance the resolution of the story except (believe it or not) at least two reprehensible actions. And here's a survival tip(not to give too much away): Don't shoot at people you don't want to hit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2442)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (918)

    The Executive Board of an exclusive men's club meets to talk about 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known by a code name: Wild Fire. That weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is found dead. It's up to Detective John Corey and his wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, to unravel a terrifying plot that starts with the Custer Hill Club and ends with American cities locked in the crosshairs of a nuclear device.

    Joseph says: "Good, but the series is getting forced."
    "nutjob monologue"
    Overall

    I only got thru the first part, which consists of a rant by the nutjob president of the Custer Hill Club justifying why it's a good idea for his group to set off nuclear bombs in American cities, framing the Arabs so we will set off "Wildfire" and kill ALL the arabs. Ok he's a nut case. Buy this, and you'll listen to him for five hours. Want to do that??

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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