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ROBERT

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  • The Secret Speech

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (135)

    It is 1956. Three years ago, Leo Demidov moved on from his career as a member of the state security force. As an MGB officer, Leo had been responsible for untold numbers of arrests and interrogations. But as a reward for his heroic service in stopping a killer who had terrorized citizens throughout the country, Leo was granted the authority to establish and run a homicide department in Moscow. Now, he strives to see justice done on behalf of murder victims in the Soviet capital.

    Brandon says: "Solid sequel"
    "Poor follow-up to Child 44"
    Overall

    This book opens with an interesting and believable premise, but quickly turns into a parody of a James Bond movie. Over and over, ridiculous action sequences are inserted that have no bearing on the story, and in some cases they're so sketchy that they had me laughing at loud.

    The villains behave in entirely unbelievable ways, and I found myself correctly guessing some of the twists near the end, not because of clues the author had provided, but because the twists were the most ridiculous coincidences I could imagine.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Yellow Dog: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Howard Weinberger
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    November 1963: Easy's settled into a steady gig as a school custodian. It's a quiet, simple existence - but a few moments of ecstasy with a sexy teacher will change all that. When the lady vanishes, Easy's stuck with a couple of corpses, the cops on his back, and a little yellow dog who's nobody's best friend. With his not-so-simple past snapping at his heels, and with enemies old and new looking to get even, Easy must kiss his careful little life goodbye - and step closer to the edge...

    J says: "It's not what you say ....."
    "Buy the book instead"
    Overall

    The book is great, but the narrator is awful. As noted in other reviews, it often seems that he's reading the book for the first time, and he stumbles over words, or uses the wrong inflection. There are occasional awkward pauses before the last few words of a sentence are spoken, almost as if the narrator was turning the page. I finally stopped listening and got the book instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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