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Kenneth

Gainesville, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (576)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Thankfully, I overcame my dread."
    Overall

    I bought this title solely based on audible reviews. I was hesitant because of the subject matter: perhaps suffering from post-Katrina overload, I wasn't sure how willing I was to relive this sorry, depressing American story. But, wow, what a surprise this book was.

    Burke tells a ripping good detective story, and in it he seamlessly blends themes of familial love, the faithfulness of friends, and the desire for redemption, so that the book becomes much more than just another police procedural. And the most powerful aspect of the book is that at its core, it is a tragic love letter to a city on the verge of obliteration.

    The storytelling is made all the better by a near perfect narration. Patton is subdued without being boring. He strikes the perfect tone for the material.

    Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlight Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood 12 years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find the young girl - only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home. Now Amanda is sixteen - and gone again. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, and more....

    Charles says: "Oh Dennis, what happened to you?"
    "Sigh..."
    Overall

    Is this a new trend in fiction where the author uses his narrator to engage in a little by proxy proselytizing? I keep coming across this in books that should be entertaining but seem to insist, instead, on preaching to me like a sweat-slinging Pentecostal minister. In Moonlight Mile this exercise is often annoying and sometimes just plain jarring (e.g., Patrick takes a pause in the action to contemplate Al Gore’s discomfort on The View). It’s a shame too, because there are genuinely suspenseful moments to be had (excluding the deus ex machina clunker of an ending) if only Lehane could keep his politics in his pocket long enough to simply tell the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (516)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "A drag"
    Overall

    So after listening to the two so-so previous installments in this series I honestly wasn't expecting much else but a moderately entertaining listen. But this may be the book that turns me away from the sci-fi genre for good (why does every future have to be so dystopian and dreary?).

    Ditto to everything other reviewers have said about the narration - the mispronunciations, the rest-stop-bathroom-stall audio, the somnambulistic reading. But for me it wouldn't have made a lick of difference. This book is a dud. It takes way too long to get moving, and after getting down Morgan's formula, you know it's just a matter of time before there are two or three graphic sex scenes (which this narrator make very hard to listen to) a lot of people die (real and otherwise), and I just find myself saying, "Yeah, so?"

    My main problem is that I have no dog in this fight, so to speak. I care about exactly zero on these characters including Kovacs. I couldn't care less whether he has his stack burned to a cinder or not. Sometimes I found myself wishing for it just to end the story.

    I can tentatively recommend the first two books of this series, but this one is dreck.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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