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James

West Hollywood, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • H is for Homicide: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    It started with the murder of Kinsey Millhone's sometime drinking buddy, an insurance claims adjuster. But before long Kinsey stumbles onto a massive insurance scam. Going undercover as a wisecracking vamp, Millhone descends into the Los Angeles nether world of machismo and gang hideouts. Her companion, terrified at having crossed the violent crook Raymond Maldonado, is Bibianna Diaz, no Girl Scout herself.

    James says: "Abrupt Ending!"
    "Abrupt Ending!"
    Overall

    This book ends so fast that it truly lacks finality. You're listening along and within seconds the whole thing is wrapped up and the listener is left feeling rather empty. You don't really sympathize with any of the characters, especially Kinsey. Also, the sound editing is so choppy that it's hard to pay attention to the dialog. Not Grafton's best.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8753)
    Performance
    (7861)
    Story
    (7993)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Didn't like the narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Hobbit? What did you like least?

    Of course, the story is a classic. However, the narration spoiled it for me. There were noticeable gaps in the dialogue. It didn't flow. Plus, the narrator kept switching accents and emphasis such that I couldn't tell which character he was trying to be at any given point.


    Did Rob Inglis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No, I was confused a lot of the time. There were a lot of characters, but I kept thinking one of the dwarfs was speaking when it was supposed to be Bilbo.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8953)
    Performance
    (3184)
    Story
    (3262)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Never again"
    Overall

    This is my last Dan Brown book. I wanted the main character to suffer a horrible death so I could guiltlessly put the book down and not pick it up again. I barely made it to the end. I'm sure there's a market for this kind of junk. I wish I could get my money back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G is for Gumshoe: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Pfeiffer
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    Good and bad things seem to be coming in threes for Kinsey Millhone: on her 33rd birthday she moves back into her renovated apartment, gets hired to find an elderly lady supposedly living in the Mojave Desert by herself, and makes the top of ex-con Tyrone Patty's hit list.

    James says: "Bad Sound Editing"
    "Bad Sound Editing"
    Overall

    Typical great Sue Grafton story, but the sound editing was terrible. There are long sound gaps between sentences that break the flow of the story. It's very noticable and very irritating. If you're not totally committed to listening, you find your mind wondering during the gaps. Love the story, hate the gaps!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lean Mean Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (446)

    From coast to coast and around the world, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels continue to make best-selling history each summer. In the 13th book in the series, the stakes are raised even higher as Stephanie Plum finds herself in her most dangerous, hilarious, hottest, chase yet.

    Kelly says: "Same flavor, different package"
    "HYSTERICAL"
    Overall

    I laughed so hard I almost drove my car off the road. This was by far the funniest Plum book yet! Maybe I need to have an exploding beaver at my next party!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blindfold Game: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    In Washington, D.C., a CIA analyst traces the sale of black market plutonium. As the pieces fit together, he realizes that a terrorist attack is under way on a valuable, and vulnerable, American target. He also sees that the Sojourner Truth is sailing right into the attack, putting his estranged wife, the second in command on the Sojourner, at the heart of an international crisis.

    Scott says: "Excellent Book"
    "Not the same"
    Overall

    I've read most of Stabenow's books and this one does not measure up to what I'm used to. I enjoyed the story, but the suspense was not there. This was not one of those stories where you can't put it down. Her Shugak novels are those types of stories. This is not one of those novels you're afraid to read on a cold stormy night. An interesting story, but not up to the Shugak quality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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