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David

Burnsville, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Stonecutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (232)

    The remote resort town of Fjällbacka has seen more than its share of tragedies, but a little girl found in a fisherman's net may be the worst yet - especially when the postmortem reveals that this was a methodical murder, not an accidental drowning. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom has just become a father, and it’s his grim task to discover who could have killed a child both he and his partner Erica knew well. He realizes that the solution lies with finding a motive for this terrible crime.

    Maureen says: "Extremely enjoyable"
    "Overdone narration - will read print version"
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    The reading or listening experience is, of course, subjective. For me, regardless of the quality and interest of the writing, if I cannot stay with the narration of a book I will consign it to the "money lost" bin. This is one of those. Nothing against Mr. Thorn who may be a wonderful man and actor, but his pitch, cadence and delivery are completely ill-suited for a suspense/crime novel like this. Just way too far over the top.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Protect and Defend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3200)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1527)

    The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

    Warren says: "Best book I've listened to this year"
    "The best performance I have ever heard"
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    I have been on a Vince Flynn tear lately, as much for George Guidall's narrations as for the author's writing. Although some might find Flynn's Rapp series to be a bit formulaic with the repeated common themes, personally I have found most all of the books entertaining, well paced and well balanced among plot, character development and dialogue. This one, however, I have to place at the very top of the over 200 books I have listened to for performance. Guidall is pitch perfect with every character, male and female, American and foreign, and his cadence, covering all range of scenes from quiet reflection by a character to rapid fire action, is amazing. I had Bronson Pinchot's performance of Karl Marlantes's Matterhorn, which is also near perfect, at the top of my list until this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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