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Rollin

Cholula, Mexico | Member Since 2006

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  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (364)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Marci says: "Near perfect. One of Burke's Best."
    "Outstanding plot, complex characters"
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    What did you love best about Wayfaring Stranger?

    The far ranging historical drama covering the Depression, World War II and the post war bringing together fascinating characters from German concentration camps, oilmen and sinister capitalists from post-war Texas and Louisiana.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience listening to Patton and I will certainly go back to him.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm certainly going to read more James Lee Burke novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (961)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "A good read but too drawn out"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Up to a point. It starts out really well but then gets bogged down in interminable details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Istanbul Passage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (197)

    A neutral capital straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul has spent the war as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even American businessman Leon Bauer has been drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the Allied war effort. Now, as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of postwar life, he is given one more assignment, a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.

    Maine Colonial says: "What choice do you make when all options are bad?"
    "Not up to Kanon's standards"
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    Would you try another book from Joseph Kanon and/or Jefferson Mays?

    I've read other very good books by Kanon and had high expectations concerning Istanbul Passage. But it turned out to be a very disappointing experience. The plot is quite interesting, but the novel never really gets off the ground. I believe Kanon was aiming for a novel about a reflexive, postmodern, spy in post-war Istanbul. But it turned out to be too reflexive for my taste, with very slow and artificial dialogue and halting action.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a book by William Lashner or Joseph Finder.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jefferson Mays?

    I think Scott Brick would have done a great job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The problem that the plot hinges on is quite interesting: how to get an ex-Romanian fascist with a lot of knowledge on Russian intelligence out of Istanbul and into the hands of the CIA.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nox Dormienda (A Long Night for Sleeping): An Arcturus Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kelli Stanley
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Nox Dormienda is the award-winning debut novel of critically-acclaimed author Kelli Stanley (City of Dragons), and the first of a series in a new genre: Roman Noir. Featuring Arcturus, a hardboiled protagonist in the best Philip Marlowe tradition, Nox is a different kind of historical mystery, a suspense thriller that combines a classic noir style with the rich texture of the ancient past.

    Rollin says: "Very disappointing whodunit in ancient Brittania"
    "Very disappointing whodunit in ancient Brittania"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    He could have equated the seriousness of the plot (Emperor Domitian scheming to bring about the downfall of Governor Agricola in Britannia) with a more adult and crafty main character.


    What could Kelli Stanley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Although there is rich description of ancient Londinium and an interesting political background to plot, the character himself is rather sophomoric and not very believable. Character development is very unsubtle: the female character very suddenly falls in love with the main character (after slapping him in the face).


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Ray Porter could have refrained from sounding like a 21st century teenager.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm afraid I won't download any more of Stanley's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (605)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "A highly entertaining lawyer-courtroom drama"
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    Where does Death on a High Floor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's not number one but it is one of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to recently.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexities of a murder case and the fascinating solution the defense lawyers use to acquit their client.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Oscar, the veteran and astute lawyer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Actually, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll keep my eyes (and ears) open to more Rosenberg books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1254)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "Great story, dreadful narration"
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    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I love Sandford's books which I've read in paperback. But this audio experience was very disappointing:


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Field of Prey?

    The fascinating unravelling by Lucas Davenport of a ghastly multiple homicide.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Ferrone sounds like a tired old man, drawing out words and sentences in an unpleasant drawl. It's just plain tiresome to listen to, especially for a whodunit.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll stick to reading Sandford in paper, since all of his audiobooks are narrated by Ferrone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Clare Donoghue
    • Narrated By Karl Prekopp, Imogen Church
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents.

    Janice Zacher says: "Great story, unexpected twists"
    "Thriller? Whodunit? Neither"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It might be OK for someone really interested in the inner life of police officers and victims dealing with violence on a daily basis.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a historical novel


    How could the performance have been better?

    The male narrator does a good job but I fear the female narrator is a bit whiny.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The plot doesn't hold together but the chief inspector's character is well portrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    Please note that my critical comments are born of misplaced expectations: I expected a police thriller but got a psychological novel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

    Bruno says: "Fantastic"
    "Outstanding Connelly"
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    What did you love best about The Gods of Guilt?

    The ins and outs of political and legal battles faced by Haller in his defense of his client.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. The plot is full of unexpected but credible twists and turns.


    What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

    Actually, I wasn't overwhelmed by his performance. He does a very good job using different voices but tends to be whiny.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It just kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read and enjoyed all of Connelly's Bosch series but am enjoying the Mickey Haller books even more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colours Aloft

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexander Kent
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds himself the new master of the Argonaute, a French flagship taken in battle. With the Peace of Amiens in ruins, he must leave the safety of Falmouth. What lies ahead is the grim reality of war at close quarters - where Bolitho will be called upon to anticipate the overall intention of the French fleet. But the battle has also become a personal vendetta between himself and the French admiral who formerly sailed the Argonaute.

    Rollin says: "Very disappointing"
    "Very disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Alexander Kent and/or Michael Jayston?

    I'm afraid not. I've enjoyed his Bolitho series but this one is quite boring, with long asides about Bolitho's nostalgia for his wife and his feelings for his officers and men, which is fine as a human being but isn't this supposed to be an adventure about fighting Napoleon on the high seas?


    What could Alexander Kent have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have focussed more on naval action.


    Did Michael Jayston do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he is a good narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish listening to the whole book

    1 of 1 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
    (281)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (247)

    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"
    "Outstanding spy fiction set in contemporary Egypt"
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    Where does The Cairo Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    That's hard to say (I've listened to so many!). But compared to other spy stories, such as Daniel Silva, this is certainly superior.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophie Cole and John Calhoun. Both are complex and interesting characters who evolve as you read.


    What does Edoardo Ballerini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Unlike other US narrators, he stays away from American twang and maintains a stable tone throughout. I'll certainly look for other narrations by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several, but one that stands out was Joe Calhoun's (a supposed tough guy contracted for dirty jobs by the CIA) love of poetry and his connection to Beth.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first experience with Steinhauer. It won't be my last!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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