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Rollin

Cholula, Mexico | Member Since 2006

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  • A Ship of the Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    Her Majesty's ship Sutherland is a humdrum ship of the line. But in command is none other than the heroic Captain Hornblower and, with his crew from the Lydia, he looks set to take on commando raids, hurricanes at sea, and Napoleons's gun batteries.

    Rollin says: "Wonderful Hornblower"
    "Wonderful Hornblower"
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    Having read all of C.S. Forester's Hornblower series as a (male) teenager and remembering the excitement it provoked in me, I listened to Ship of the Line. I was not disappointed. The detail of life and combat aboard an 18th century warship and the complexities of seamanship are vivid and satisfyingly complex. I had forgotten that Hornblower used to get seasick upon setting sail after several weeks ashore. The political infighting and maneuvering for prestige among officers of the Royal Navy is especially interesting. This audiobook is nicely read by Christian Rodska.

    8 of 8 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
    (469)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (410)

    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.

    2 of 2 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
    (969)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (861)

    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.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "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
    (60)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    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.

    A says: "Reads exactly like a BBC mystery script"
    "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 2 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
    (126)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    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
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    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
    (226)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (197)

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (439)

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "A truly outstanding whodunit"
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    If you could sum up The Purity of Vengeance in three words, what would they be?

    Original, complex but also funny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Purity of Vengeance?

    The flashbacks to the 1980s when a group of right wing eugenicists imprisoned and operated upon so-called "fallen" women are disturbing and well written.
    Also, the quirky relationship between the Danish Inspector and his Syrian assistant, Hafez al Assad (the name of the previous Syrian president!) is weird, funny, and an extremely important part of the investigative process.


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    His tone and his capacity to shift voices among different males and females make for a lovely listening experience.


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

    It's too long for that but it's certainly thrilling enough to want to gobble it up in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Jussi Adler-Olsen is proving to be a better writer with each new novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    One of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko - cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive - has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In Tatiana, Martin Cruz Smith’s most ambitious novel since Gorky Park, the melancholy hero finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia herself.

    Richard Delman says: "Extremely disappointing. Renko fades away."
    "Interesting story but terrible narration"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A completely different narrator would be crucial.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I never finished the novel.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Henry Strozier narrates like a tired old man with a maddeningly slow pace and excessive emphasis on certain syllables.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed Martin Cruz Smith's novels in the past, but I'm afraid this experience has turned me off to him

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • False Colours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    The honourable Christopher Fancot, on leave from the Diplomatic Service in the summer of 1817, is startled to find his entrancing but incorrigibly extravagant mother on the brink of financial and social ruin - and more than alarmed that his identical twin, Evelyn, Earl of Denville, has disappeared without trace. Christopher, or Kit, the respectable brother, is forced into an outrageous masquerade by his wayward family's tangled affairs. But in the face of Evelyn's continued absence, even Kit's ingenuity is stretched to the limit.

    Carol says: "Wow! A great listen!"
    "A delightful comedy of errors and love"
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    What did you love best about False Colours?

    The main characters: the cool Kit, his lovely mother and smart Cressy, his beloved. They are wonderfully portrayed, complex human beings that go through several transformations in their feelings and relationships as the novel progresses.


    What did you like best about this story?

    First, the setup: serious Kit poses as his rakish twin brother, Evelyn, who is nowhere to be found and must appear at a family function to save his upcoming nuptials. The hoax turns out to be much more complicated than originally envisioned, making for a thoroughly enjoyable plot. Also I greatly enjoyed the description of an English manor house in the early 19th century, the food, the clothing and the general setting. It's full of interesting detail that brings an old story into the present.


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

    I listened to and enjoyed the Black Moth.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to more books by Georgette Heyer, a novelist I feel fortunate to have discovered.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (1071)
    Story
    (1091)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Gripping, unremitting action"
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    What made the experience of listening to FREE The Gray Man the most enjoyable?

    I was gripped immediately by the story of an ex-CIA operative who's being hunted by his previous employers, his incredible inventiveness when faced with insuperable odds, and the terrible scrapes he gets into (and out of).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character himself. The Gray Man is a cool and extremely competent killer but not a psychopathic monster. He's trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to maintain his humanity after years of working as a special operative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scene where the Gray Man is picked up by a rescue aircraft only to discover that the guys on board have every intention of eliminating him.


    Any additional comments?

    Jay Snyder provides an extremely good narration, with the right tones and different voices. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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