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garyyac

Garyyac

New Market, MD United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 7 reviews
  • 17 ratings
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  • Down River: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (300)

    Adam Chase has spent the last five years in New York City trying to erase his worst memories and the scorn and abandonment of his family. Then a phone call from his best friend awakens in him a torrent of emotion and pain. Having left North Carolina and its red soil for good, he never thought returning would be easy - and being remembered as a murderer doesn't help much.

    Jacqueline says: ""We have to talk" - - - -"
    "Major disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Down River is a finalist in my personal "World's Dumbest Book" compeitition. There is not one believeable character in it, the plot is little more than an amalgamation of obvious misdirections from the author. Just pick the least likely outcome in every situation and you will know what will happen next. The narrator runs around the book bossing everyone around and beating people up, making dopey choices that are positioned as coming from some saintly moral high ground. Amazingly, all the characters generally follow his orders as he pursues his ridiculous "investigation" untils it lands on its deliberately unlikely conclusion. I'd have to ruin the plot for you to shoot this book up any further. Just thought my fellow audible friends needed a little counterpoint to the inexplicable pile of 5 star reviews this stinker has gotten.

    Narrator is fine.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5914)
    Performance
    (5516)
    Story
    (5519)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Good performance, story not King's best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    America's most consistent writer had an off day on this one, I think. One of the key premises of the story, that the town and the police blame a disagreeable lady for a mass murder simply because she left her keys in the vehicle with which the crime was committed really doesn't hold water, and casts a pall on the whole experience. Several other inconsistencies wreck Mr. M for me, particularly the master criminal who is completely committed to getting away with his first crime, then becomes hell-bent on being caught with his next one. There are more but I don't want to spoil the plot for those who disregard my advice, which is: King has at least a couple of dozen books better than this, read those first!!

    Reader is great, but that doesn't save it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7197)
    Performance
    (3553)
    Story
    (3556)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Pretty silly stuff, but I did finish it..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am not sure why there are so many rave reviews of this book. The story is too ponderous and depressing to be an escape, and too pulpy to be of any literary value. The incantations from Shakespeare at the beginning of sections were so pretentious I found myself giggling. Characters are not well developed and didn't keep my interest, so I found myself only mildly curious about what was happening to them.

    Also, those who call this a vampire story I think are missing the point. It is an "end of the world" story featuring murderous mutant blood-drinking super-monsters as the agents of that change. Not that I am an expert on vampire stories, but I think of them as vaguely gothic and, they tend to juxtapose sex and murder, or so I thought. None of that here, anyway.

    I think Brick's narration is fine and he keeps your interest with his usual overwrought style.

    I did finish the book, so that says something, I guess. The story is reasonably well told, by the author and the narrator. It is a little better than it might have been, but a lot worse than it could have been!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5684)
    Performance
    (3622)
    Story
    (3650)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Shrug..."
    Overall

    I am slightly amazed that a book at this stultifying a level of mediocrity has lasted this long. The underlying argument never rises above a remedial level, the characters are dull and not believeable, and the long speeches never rise to the level of real dialogue.

    One almost feels that people like it because it makes them feel like intellectuals without having to invest in any actual thought.

    Brick does a good job here, especially given the tripe he has to work with.

    10 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark River: The Fourth Realm, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (244)

    The Dark River opens in New York City with a stunning piece of news. Gabriel's father, who has been missing for nearly 20 years, may still be alive and trapped somewhere in Europe. Gabriel and his Harlequin protector, Maya, immediately mobilize to escape New York and find the long-lost Traveler.

    Mary says: "I Liked It"
    "Not horrible..."
    Overall

    The Traveler series is a strange one, indeed. The author's call-in at the beginning of book 2 is hilarious. He is presumably on a cell phone, calling us from "off the grid" to warn us of a coming world bereft of love and compassion. But the series is chock-full of one-dimensional characters and gratuitous violence from both sides. Not exactly an ode to love and compassion. The historical context is entertaining from a reverse perspective, sort of like Dan Brown without the benefit of research. I won't call it a stinker because it kept my interest, but listening to it's like eating a big bag of junk food.

    Scott Brick, whom I consider to be a good reader, seems to have trouble with accents in this one. The Brits all sound like Crocodile Dundee and the Italian guy sounds like Count Chocula.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5128)
    Performance
    (2225)
    Story
    (2221)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Everything Shines"
    Overall

    You will not find a better audiobook than The Company. It is so long that one might expect a sprawling, flabby tale. In fact, it feels like not a word is wasted. There seems to be a lot of hunger out there for historical fiction; but, often what passes for it addresses history and context with the depth of a USA Today article. Here is a book whose context is very recent history, but the completeness of the subject matter, and the passion of the historical perspective is very satisfying. One niggle: the pedophile subplot is perhaps a bit gratuitous. Do we need that to disapprove of the actions of a police state? Scott Brick is as fine a reader as there is, and completely up to the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Avenger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again. In the fog of that horrible place, the killer, too, has vanished. In a world that has forgotten right and wrong, there are few like Cal Dexter who can settle the score. And so, years later, a worldwide chase is on and Dexter begins to draw a net around the killer. But this time the CIA must find a way to stop Dexter before his quest for vengeance throws the world into chaos.

    James says: "MASTERFULL"
    "Surprisingly Lame"
    Overall

    I can't believe this is the same Frederick Forsyth who wrote Day of the Jackal and Fist of God. The reader is fine, he deserved better.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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