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charles o. peed

winston salem, NC United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Beginning: Longhorn Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dusty Rhodes
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (290)

    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"
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    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
  • Paris Match: Stone Barrington, Book 31

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (150)

    Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself embroiled in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the pond. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side: a gentleman with his own ax to grind against Stone. And back in the United States, the swirling rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance not just to Stone but to the nation.

    Martha says: "Disappointment!"
    "Never Again"
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    Every time I listen to a Stone Barrington novel, I say "never again". I think I even returned one of them. They are preposterous. (He gets invited to spend election night in the Lincoln Bedroom, for goodness' (well) sake. One of his girlfriends is the campaign director for the First Lady, who is running to succeed her husband. He is under the protection of the CIA, sleeping with three women, flying around in a Gulfstream, and opening a hotel in Paris. You could make this up yourself. Never again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Two Minute Rule

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Christopher Graybill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    When ex-con Max Holman finally gets out of jail, freedom doesn't taste too sweet. The only thing on his mind is reconciliation with his estranged son, who is, ironically, a cop. But then he hears the devastating news: His son and three other Los Angeles police officers were gunned down in cold blood the night before Holman's release.

    mindusq says: "Not as good as some of his others"
    "I'm not finishing this one."
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    So an ex-con is one day out of prison before his lack of impulse control causes him to start skipping work, lying, and going off the rez. Don't care that his son--whom he didn't know, and his ex-wife who left him ten years ago are dead. Don't care how it turns out. Thanks for the return. First Crais book I just could not stand. Like a Nelson DeMille (sp?).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3597)
    Performance
    (3155)
    Story
    (3164)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Kathryn says: "Worth the listen"
    "plodding, improbable."
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    First, there are some glaring factual missteps: CID agents have classified ranks (so people can't pull rank on them), for example, and Puller introduces himself to all and sundry as CWO Puller.but more important is the fact that this is at most an 8 hour story in a 15 hour read. Long, tiresome dialogue and expositions. Endless explanations of acronyms and military structure.But the worst thing is probably the implausibility of the premise: The story is based on the proposition that Puller's mega genius intelligence officer-- computer savvy brother could credibly be convicted of espionage, and that his very close brother--the aforesaid CID agent would simply accept this for two years. I could point out more, but it would be to spoil the story, such as it is. Actually the first Baldacci books were wildly superior to this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1742)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (959)

    Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

    J. says: "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"
    "Worst of the Lot"
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    In this genre, you've got to suspend disbelief to some degree, but when the story gets downright silly-- zombies adversely possessing an estate in upper Manhattan by killing anyone who tries to evict them for over a hundred years? Slaughtering animals that kick up such a fuss that the neighbors hear and complain to no avail? C'mon, really. Even Rene's narration, usually terrific, is over the top when he makes zombie noises. You've really got to slug it out to finish this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked. The search for Ellen's errant husband leads Elvis into the seamier side of Hollywood. He soon learns that Mort Lang is a down-on-his-luck talent agent who associates with a schlocky movie producer, and the last place he was spotted was at a party thrown by a famous and very well-connected ex-Matador.

    charles o. peed says: "bet Crais has read some Spenser"
    "bet Crais has read some Spenser"
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    This is light in mood, plenty of macho and plenty of suspense. Action got a little improbable (unsurvivable)

    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
    (1255)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1098)

    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"
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    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
    (3325)
    Performance
    (2871)
    Story
    (2893)

    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....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Couldn't Finish It"
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    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?

    1 of 1 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
    (4058)
    Performance
    (2643)
    Story
    (2631)

    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."
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    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
    (1448)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (806)

    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"
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    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 3 people found this review helpful

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