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To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....

tallevast, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 68 reviews
  • 69 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (816)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Listened to it twice...."
    Overall

    Great story. Great narration. I enjoyed it so much the first time and rarely get a book this good, I had to listen to it again.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Mortal Bonds: Jason Stafford, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Sears
    • Narrated By John Beford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    William von Becker ran one of the largest privately held investment banks in North America, until the bottom fell out, and the whole edifice was demonstrated to be a fraud. After von Becker dies in prison, financial investigator Jason Stafford is hired by his family. There is still a lot of missing money out there, he's told, and they want Stafford to find it before the Feds do - and certain other parties, some of whom are nowhere near as scrupulous in their methods. Bad things start happening to the people Stafford talks to. Soon bad things are happening to him as well.

    Ted says: "Way Beyond Terrific! But Read 'Black Fridays' 1st"
    "Not as good as the first"
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    I think Michael Sears is a really good writer. The narrator was good - But I liked the previous narrator in book one better - Or at least - I already have the first narrator in my head - So it is hard to say. This book was somewhere between o.k. & good. There were a lot of balls being juggled in this book and it was hard to stay focussed on all the players. I have three sons and a daughter - So when I hear Jason say "My beautiful son" It weirds me out a little. My boys are good looking - My daughter is beautiful - I think he tries to hard with the whole kid story to make us feel a connection. Michael is a very smart writer & I hope he takes his time and writes another good book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Full Assault Mode: A Delta Force Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    When SEAL Team Six killed Osama bin Laden, they pulled a treasure trove of intelligence on planned attacks on U.S. soil. Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's new leader, is activating his most trusted (and deadliest) terrorists to carry out his newest plot: to detonate a bomb inside one of the 64 commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. in an attack 10 times worse than 9/11, causing radiological fallout that would kill hundreds of thousands of innocent Americans.

    John says: "Fall from grace"
    "Fall from grace"
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    Though this book started off with some promise - By the middle I was ready to delete from my library. This was a full assault on my brain in general. Note to author - Please stop inserting a dialog about who Kolt Raynor is supposed to be in the beginning of the book. I know that Kolt is not real - You telling me about why you created him and what I am supposed to think about him - Is like telling me this guy is totally make believe. Don't tell me how good the chocolate is. Just give me a piece & I determine how good it is on my own. Kolt's internal dialog and moral dilema's have to go as well. I listened to the first two novels & I thought the 2nd was better than the first. When the 3rd installment came out - I thought "Great" but I also thought it was quick. This story line confirmed the latter. You want to know how i know this guy isn't Mitch Rapp like some would think - Mitch would have killed and mamed whoever to get to Hawk. The suicide mission was weird. Shot - Radiactive water - Semi drowning - Fake bombs - Mass execution to insert a player. Are we still in something that isn't science fiction? A good friend - I.E. Publisher/Editor if they read this should have told you what I'm about to tell you. This book stunk. Sorry man

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Black Fridays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Sears
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    Sometimes a man can be redeemed. But not in the way he expects. Jason Stafford is a former Wall Street hotshot who made some bad moves, paid the price with two years in prison, and is now trying to put his life back together. He’s unemployable, until an investment firm asks him to look into possible problems left by a junior trader who died recently in an accident. What he discovers is big - there are problems, all right, the kind that get you killed. But it’s not his only concern. Stafford has another quest as well: to reclaim his five-year-old son, "the Kid", from his unstable ex-wife, and then learn just what it means to make a life with him.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Lots of Intrigue and Charm"
    "I enjoyed it. I loved the end!"
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    It was well written & Extremely well narrated. I wish Eric Bergmann continued as the narrator in book 2 - But this was good enough to get me to purchase the second novel after a sample from the new author. I'm just a regular guy - But Michael did a great job breaking down the financial aspects & I thought overall - It could have been a 5 star review. I think his son distracted me from the story a little - Or it would have been an easy five star. By the end - I was o.k. with the son part of the story. Worth going all the way through to the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Child: Fjällbacka Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers.

    Jennifer L. Jordan says: "Really good mystery"
    "I wish I had read Kate's review first"
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    Like she said. I feel like it's Deja vu all over again. I swear - I just read about a guy in a chair with flies somewhere in the European circuit. I feel like I am swimming upstream. It's so hard to find a good book with a new idea lately. My search continues. This book is going back after an hour

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf: A Jack Caffery Thriller, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    When a vagrant - the Walking Man - finds a dog wandering alone with the words Help Us written on its collar, he's sure it's a desperate plea from someone in trouble and calls on Detective Inspector Jack Caffery to investigate. Caffery has no idea who or what he is searching for, but one thing he is sure of: it's a race against time. Meanwhile, the Anchor-Ferrers, a wealthy local family, are fighting for their lives in their remote home 10 miles away. Two men have tricked their way into the house and are holding the family for ransom.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery and Suspense"
    "So very slowwwwwwwwwwwww"
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    7 Books in and Jack is still looking for the bones of his brother. Move it or loose it/me already.There's always some obscure connection to something (I have no idea how many pieces there are to this puzzle) An hour in and it's so convoluted - I really don't have time for it to get good. I'm all about a long story if it stays on point to get to a point. I've listed to Bird man - It was o.k.. I like the shock value from Mo. Ritual had the worst narrator - But I thought I was liking the story - so I hung in there. It was ehhhh by the end... I can see this long road and I doubt it will floor me at the end. I'm not a Publix shopper that will eat all but one shrimp and return the one and ask for my money back. I am an hour in and I am returning now. Probably my last Mo book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Overwatch

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Marc Guggenheim
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Alex Garnett has spent his life in the shadow of his father, a former Chief of Staff and Solicitor General to two presidents who's been responsible for getting Alex every job he ever had, including his latest: attorney for the CIA. However, a seemingly routine litigation leads to a series of unexpected events, including poison, kidnapping, torture, and murder. As casualties pile up, it becomes clear Alex is the final target in someone's blood-soaked attempts to cover their tracks.

    John says: "Is this all it takes????"
    "Is this all it takes????"
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    Is this all it takes to feed the mind anymore? Mine's starving!

    The good things 1. I really enjoyed the narrator - He did a great job. I wouldn't have lasted 2 hours if it wasn't for him 2. Overall - I liked the character base. I thought they were all very good. 3. They idea for the story was really good.

    The bad. 1. Getting there was totally unbelievable - For awhile I could only think that this is the CUA - The Central Unintelligent Agency. Let me go backwards 1. I thought of Eddie Murphy saying that only white people would stay in a house to investigate after a poltergeist screamed from the great beyond "GET OUT". When black people would say "Let's get the blank out of here". The main character knows 3 people who get assassinated & He's the only one left & He goes looking for the reason.? Pushing everyones buttons. Surviving the impossible. Near the end he's all of a sudden the proffesor of the Davinci code? With the whole filing cabinet thing - Come on man! By the way - How did the computer guy get out of the office after going in the vent? Way too much was unexplained in this book. ...

    Like I said - The premise is good. If your brain is hungry and you don't mind cheetos - Get this book. I need meat! Sorry vegetarians =0)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Nowhere: Jonathan Stride, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Ten years ago, six-year-old Catalina Mateo hid under the porch of her family home while a knife butchered her mother and a bullet killed her father. Now a rough-sleeping orphan, Cat arrives at the house of Detective Jonathan Stride, pleading for protection. Drenched in the icy waters of Lake Superior, she claims to have narrowly escaped a cold-blooded killer. Stride's raw instinct is to protect Cat, whose late parents' case - and his personal guilt associated with it - still sends a shiver down his spine. As a result, he takes the troubled teenager under his wing.

    John says: "A true Freeman fan truely dissapointed"
    "A true Freeman fan truely dissapointed"
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    Gillian Flynn, Val Mcdermid, Anne Emery, Nora Roberts, Tana French. These are a few of my favorite authors - male or female. I preface the statement with that because this had a degree of femininity that was uncomfortable to listen to. It was extremely emotional and I could barely get through the first part of the 2 halves. I stuck around to find out what stride was afraid to reveal to Serena - That was a big disappointment. Huge actually considering the build up. Also Kat's aunt was hiding a secret that was ho hum compared to the build up. This was a big attempt at multiple Red Herrings to throw things off. I was probably 2 hours off finishing and deleted the book from by library. Any other author wouldn't have made it that far. It should have been deleted through the first. This book was written to the point where the narrator had to do worse than normal with his dream yelling for Kat. It was very bizarre sounding. and not in a good way. I think this book should have been cut to five hours like "Turn to Stone" which I enjoyed thoroughly. Also - Should not be sold with the idea that this is a follow up as Turned to Stone. It's not.

    I have many audio books by Brian Freeman - He has always received my praise - Until now.

    I'm done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Turn to Stone: A Jonathan Stride Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    On his way back to Duluth, Stride stops to visit the grave of his mother in a small Wisconsin town. After a shocking occurrence in the cemetery, Stride becomes enmeshed in a gruesome and suspenseful search for a killer who knows things no one else alive should know.

    Meggin says: "PERFECT as a novella"
    "For the Freeman fans - This review is for you"
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    I have to tell you - I am through the first part of "The Cold Nowhere" and this book is not a prequel. It stands on it's own and I liked it a lot. It was a fast past non abridged short story & I'm starting to wish The Cold Nowhere was a lot shorter. Back to this book though. The ending was great! This was a very good psycological thriller. Brian Freeman is one of the few writers with repeating characters that I follow. The Cold Nowhere review to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cairo Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (199)

    Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, a mid-level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot in the head and killed. Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his share of midnight calls. But his heart skips a beat when he hears the voice of the only woman he ever truly loved, calling to ask why her husband has been assassinated.

    Darwin8u says: "In the widening gyre"
    "A little too back and forth for me"
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    This could have been a 4 star review. I listen a lot at work and I am able to keep track with books like The Story Teller, so I gotta say that this one had my head spinning. A lot of people with the same sounding Egyptian names. Some of those people had different names for on person. To be fair - Maybe it was one person. I felt like I was hearing "Jaun duelly - John Dooley - Hans Drooly" And so on. That's the American version of what I thought I was hearing. Some quick jumps back and for through time didn't help, and the politics didn't resonate with me personally - Though I should study up more about other countries current affairs. Besides countries like Venezuela and the Ukraine of course. God be with them. It had a lot of good intrigue in there mixed in with the stuff I didn't like, and the narrator was really good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (353)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    B.J. says: "Great conclusion to a terrific trilogy."
    "It's hard to give a five star review"
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    I can't justify a five - But I'm tempted to give 41/2. This is probably my favorite Sean Duffy novel yet. I normally steer away from mysteries and books that occur outside the current decade - But Adrian and Gerard have kept me on the hook with the Sean Duffy series. I give equal credit to both - Because without a good narrator - I wouldn't have continued series after book one. This one has the better mystery out of them all in my opinion. I'm 4th generation Irish - Just wish I had that darned accent =0)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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