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Bob

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Scappoose, Oregon, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (369)

    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.

    John says: "Good book for the first in the series."
    "Big Fan of Elvis, But The Narrator Gets One Star"
    Overall

    Crais is awesome...but the person who hired the narrator and thought that it was recordable should find another job. The narration and quality of the recording is so horrible that I'm afraid I've had enough...I don't even want to listen to it - and I really hate not finishing a book, but life is too short to listen to bad books. Pass on this one...trust me. Read it perhaps - but do yourself a favor and do not listen to this Lawlor guy.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ross King
    • Narrated By Tristan Layton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amid scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been, at its inception, quite so controversial.

    Stephen says: "A marvelous book"
    "Confusing And Long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It could have been better if the author wrote this book in chronological order - instead it skips back and forth from artist to year to event. Honestly, I couldn't finish it...much like my lima beans as a kid.


    What was most disappointing about Ross King’s story?

    At times I was completely captivated, the other times I was saying to myself, "Wait, I thought we were talking about 1860, but now we're back in 1850."


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Tristan was great. Well done sir.


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

    Frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely write bad reviews because the books I choose to read are fabulous...except, well, this one. I feel bad for giving King a bad review...but I do rather want the 12 hours I spent reading (listening to) this back. Good day Mr. King.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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