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Dennis

Orinda, CA USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (458)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Lauren says: "Classic Wolfe"
    "Annoying and Slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Back to Blood?

    This is my first Wolfe novel and I've been very dissapointed. I found his deliberate story development tedious and his very frequent use of word repetition annoying. It was a chore to make it through the first half dozen chapters - certainly not a book that kept me listening through the night.


    Did Lou Diamond Phillips do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The reader was generally OK, but needs to work on his "ha,ha,ha" laugh sequences - annoying boardering on awful. The frequent work/phrase repetition of Wolfe's novel is something you probably would simply have flown by if you were reading, but Phillips seems to add unnecessary emphasis to this annoying literary technique. The characters were not well differentiated by tone or accent in this reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Back to Blood has definitely not made me a Wolfe fan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (359)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "No Plot, Rediculous premise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Strange Highways?

    The story line was absurd. Relying on mystical elements to enhance story didn't work for me.


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

    The Cummings did a fine job, but if the book is lousy, there isn't much the Cummings can do to enhance the reader's enjoyment.


    Any additional comments?

    Will avoid books by Koontz in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2957)
    Performance
    (2260)
    Story
    (2276)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I didn't care for this book. For me, it lacked convincing character development, had a flat/linear plot line and portrayed characters with almost comical superhuman abilities. Be sure to preview before you wade into this book to get a peek at the writing style which I found sorely lacking. Also, why so many readers - they don't take on the voice of individual characters but just read a section of the book. I'll be sure to avoid O.S. Card in the future.

    6 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Seventy Four: Red Riding Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Peace
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. It’s winter, 1974, Yorkshire, Christmas bombs, Lord Lucan on the run, the Bay City Rollers, and Eddie Dunford’s got the job he wanted – crime correspondent for the Yorkshire Evening Post. He didn’t know it was going to be a season in hell. A dead little girl with a swan’s wings stitched into her back. A gypsy camp in a ring of fire. Corruption everywhere you look.

    Lori says: "Disturbing, Uncomfortable - Real Crime Fiction"
    "Can't recommend"
    Overall

    I found this book unnecessarily gross and crude, seemingly only for shock value - not to enhance the story line. The plot was poorly developed and the main character inconsistently portrayed Other characters were totally undeveloped. Don't waste your time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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