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  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2362)
    Performance
    (2018)
    Story
    (2008)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Very Disappointing-Bad Even"
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    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Of course. I have read all of the Lee Child, Jack Reacher books. Dick Hill is consistently excellent as a performer. His women tend to sound a little whiny at times though.


    Has A Wanted Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine, but in this case he needed much better material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All three


    Any additional comments?

    I am not going to repeat what most of the other reviewers have said, except to say, I am a big fan. Downloaded the Kidndle app just to read the Deep Down short. Loved second son. The reason I point this out is that the shorts seem to be as far as Lee can go lately. Maybe it is dealing with the absurd idea of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Hey it worked out for Anne Rice, but Lestat isn't 6'5" 250 lbs. I don't know. Child has definitely lost his fast ball.

    I have been to the mid west several times and I cannot believe this is the best place to center the last three novels. As the other reviewers said, too much time in the car. Too much hang around and sound like a mathematician time (too much math talk). No resounding ending with capturing or confronting the bad guy. I did not get a good idea of the bad guys lair from the descriptions. This just simply was not plausible. Yes the FBI are a bunch of backside covering buffoons at times, but even they would not be so incompetent as portrayed here.

    I want Reacher to jump off of the page against bad people who did not expect the train wreck that was coming. The last few novels have only had them realize this in the last 1/2 to 1/4 of the book. I listened to this from a download on Audible, which is the only thing that save me from canning the whole thing. I don't think I could of read the whole book in one day as I have most of the others in the series.

    But, like a lot of authors who just start running this stuff through the mill, (Clancy, Patterson, Grisham) this character seems to have met the downward spiral of his arc. Sad. Lee Child, wake up! Either kill Reacher off, or re-energize yourself and the franchise.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Graveyard of Memories: John Rain, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    What makes a legendary assassin? For John Rain, it was the lessons of love, war, and betrayal he learned in Tokyo in 1972. Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman under the watchful eye of his CIA handler, delivering cash to corrupt elements of the Japanese government. But when a delivery goes violently wrong, Rain finds himself in the crosshairs of Japan’s most powerful yakuza clan.

    katelyn says: "Eisler does it again"
    "A very nice prequel."
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    If you could sum up Graveyard of Memories in three words, what would they be?

    Young John Rain


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing his young self through the eyes of the much older Rain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Killing the CIA guy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    nah


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Ripper: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Beautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches; strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee's houseboat, The Busted Flush. McGee was too smart - and had been around too long - for many of them to touch his heart. Now, however, there was Gretel. She had discovered the key to McGee - to all of him - and now he had something to hope for. Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead. From a mysterious illness, or so they said. But McGee knew the truth; that Gretel had been murdered.

    deepdvr_ca says: "Love Travis McGee"
    "Love Travis McGee"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is part of the evolution of Travis and hi associated characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Green Ripper?

    Destroying the terrorist cell.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1487)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Ripped from today's trite tabloid headlines"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or January LaVoy?

    Yes and no. Performance was just not up to par.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    Same old stuff. Evil bad guy in charge and running poor victim until the last 20 minutes. Too many other irrelevant story lines.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Whiny to over the top super modern female with total disdain for the male gender.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    none really. just background noise


    Any additional comments?

    Coben needs to come up with a new formula. The bad guys always slip up in the end which means you wade through 9/10s of the book to get to the contrived ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4501)
    Performance
    (3853)
    Story
    (3830)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Very nasally and irritatingly slow"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Her Royal Spyness?

    Get to the point. Tired of hearing about how she has no money. Very boring characters


    Has Her Royal Spyness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh yessssssssssssssssss!!!

    Almost couldnt understand the narrator. Very Nasal


    What character would you cut from Her Royal Spyness?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    Extremely Disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Writers of America Presents: Death Do Us Part

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben, Lee Child, R. L. Stine, and others
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar, Karen White, John Lee
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    From the Civil War-era south, to 1950's New York, to the present day's gritty cities and seemingly innocuous suburbs, the 18 stories in this anthology edited by the award-winning mystery writer Harlan Coben chart the complications - always surprising, sometimes deadly - that arise between lovers, dear friends, and even complete strangers coming together for a single, shocking encounter.

    Marsha says: "Mystery Writers of America To Death us do part"
    "Some great, some ok."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like these anthologies by the MWA. Some of the stories are great and you think this would have made a great book. Some, you just go ok, I got this as part of the whole short story book. I like that some of these writers who I listen to all the time step outside of their normal character base.


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

    They all had an ending.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    They were all good.


    Do you think Mystery Writers of America Presents needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes yes yes. I love these. Some of these shorts are outstanding. Worth the wading through the not so goods.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professionals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Owen Laukkanen
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise - quick, efficient, low risk - works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them - the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback.

    Richard Delman says: "A thrilling new voice in thrillers"
    "Seriously Yawn. Voyage to cliche land."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Owen Laukkanen and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    Probably not the author. These authors that write these series seem to start out with cookie cutter cartoon characters. This was of course a first in a series that I got for the 4.95 sale.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Owen Laukkanen again?

    Nope. Plot and characters are too stupid and whatever suspense he is trying to create is completely contrived out of the how to create suspense handbook.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was fine.


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

    Good premise, but no follow through.


    Any additional comments?

    Let's not have people get in the kidnapping business and feel bad about what they have been doing and having moral issues. Pretty stupid. The idea is that because these kids went to college they had a more firm grasp on morality, even though they were conducting heinous crime. Almost like the ever stupid view point of the Orange is the New Black protagonist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lee Child (author/editor), Dennis Lehane, Karin Slaughter, and others
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    In our dangerous world, offenders cannot always be brought down by the justice system. When a different kind of justice is needed—swift, effective, and personal—a new type of avenger must take action. In Vengeance, best-selling author Lee Child, “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly), presents 21 riveting stories from some of today’s top crime writers.

    Jane says: "Two stories were excellent."
    "Love these MWA books."
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    What made the experience of listening to Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance the most enjoyable?

    All the different takes on revenge.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cant say.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe and Jeff Cummings ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Pretty good.


    If you could take any character from Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The girl from hot sugar blues.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Surge: Destroyermen, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (566)

    In the Pacific, as USS Walker is repaired and updated after a previous battle and Reddy is healing from his wounds, planning begins for a bold raid on the very heart of the Grik Empire. But time is running out for the Alliance army in India, and the Allied forces in the west must gather in an unprecedented land, air, and sea campaign to destroy the mighty Grik battle fleet and break through to their relief. All other plans go on hold when the attempt proves more difficult - and more heartbreakingly costly - than anyone imagined.

    Greg says: "Long in tooth..."
    "Just a summarization of prior books"
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    What disappointed you about Storm Surge?

    Just a summary of the previous books in the series. Kind of a waste of time. The usual epic battle was like a pop gun. Once again, miracle of miracles, the evil Jap commander escapes again. Shocking!!! Enough already.


    What could Taylor Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get out of the political minor stories and move forward.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narrator is fine. Subject matter needs work.


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

    I paid full price for a summary.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill City Blues: Sandman Slim, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Kadrey
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (501)

    James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, has managed to get out of Hell, renounce his title as the new Lucifer, and settle back into life in L.A. But he also lost the Qomrama Om Ya, an all-powerful weapon from the banished older gods. Older gods who are returning and searching for their lost power. The hunt leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall - a global shopping paradise infested with Lurkers and wretched bottom-feeding Sub Rosa families, squatters who have formed tight tribes to guard their tiny patches of retail wasteland.

    Cliff says: "Enter Sandman"
    "Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh just ok"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Richard Kadrey and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    Yes. I love the series and the voice actor MacLeod Andrews really enhances the experience. I just thought this story was lacking like there was only 3/4's of a book here,


    Would you recommend Kill City Blues to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have recommended the series to friends, so yes I would with the reservation that this book is not as good as the rest.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This guy is excellent!!!! He really captures the Stark character and the different personalities of the supporting characters. He has the attitude down pat.


    Was Kill City Blues worth the listening time?

    I used it to pass the commute time in my car and to further extend the Stark Saga. Not a go out of my way to read story though.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (287)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "Weak Offering from a favorite writer."
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    What disappointed you about Hidden River?

    The whole story was just bogus. I don't know how much was autobiographical since I think this may have been his first or one of the first books. I just could not believe the protagonist. His friend John who was also a cop did the most stupid thing at the dumbest time. The hero is supposed to be investigating a murder, but spends most of his time partying with his friend, who should not of been there in the first place unless he was a literary vehicle as a planned killing.Alex is supposed to be genius smart, but does the bonehead play every time. Didn't seem all that bright to me. Now the addiction part. I am just tired of these idiots writing about overcoming addiction. Enough already. He was so smart that he went on smack to get around the corrupt Ulster cops killing him? Really? He would have been dead a minute after they discovered he was a junkie. I figured out the plot 1/2 way through the first section. The rest is just filling. Leaving the 45 at the graveyard. Touching the bloody knife in John. Finally, the ultimate unbelievability, trying to commit suicide by swallowing water to drown in the Ganges River which leads to an epiphany about Amber's murder gun.PPPPPPPPPPPPLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Le Carre Hounorable Schoolboy


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes enjoyed the previous performances on other McKinty books.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Love the Michael Forsythe books and even the Killian book. I must be fair and suggest this book wouldn't get published probably until the Forsythe books were published. Looks like a young Author cutting his teeth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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