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Nashville, IN, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 376 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014

  • Honor Bound

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's 1942. A Marine aviator, an Army paratrooper and demolitions expert, and a non-com radio man are on an impossible mission for the OSS - sabotaging the resupply of German ships and submarines - by any means necessary!

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Worth the listen"
    "Nothing to recommend"

    I got this book because it sounded interesting and had good reviews. Alas, this is one of the worst books I've gotten from Let me count the ways.

    The writing was bloated. So many words; so little action. That could have been redeemed by strong character development, but I found the characters paper-thin. Think of the action in a Steig Larsson book. Now think of the exact opposite and you have "Honor Bound."

    Sometimes a book can be saved by narration. In this case, I found the style annoying. An echo chamber for "in the head" dialogue? Another example: the Boston accent of one of the characters was unrealistic, limited to a few obvious changes in vowel sounds.

    I did listen to the whole story because I was in my car with no other books available. But it was painful to the end. Perhaps this is what purgatory is like.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"

    Driving along the interstate while listening to the last few hours of "The Glass Rainbow," I never saw my exit. This book is one of the best combinations of writing and sound I've purchased from

    James Lee Burke's writing is phenomenal, a combination of gripping action and psychological introspection. Burke's language has the brilliance of the lightning in the stormy Louisiana nights and the smell of the bayou. The plot is complex, unpredictable and compelling. His character—protagonists and antagonists alike—are rich, tragically flawed, and believably human. It's my first of the Robicheaux series, but it won't be the last.

    Will Patton's reading of the book was masterful. Many books are ruined with the wrong narrator. With Patton's unerring feel for language and the culture of southern Louisiana, I could feel the humidity from the Gulf of Mexico pour into my car even with the air conditioning on full blast.

    No wonder I missed my exit.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Matthew Rhys
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here is the classic fantasy adventure of a lost prehistoric world deep in the Amazon jungle. Edward Malone, a reporter for the Daily Gazette, goes on a dangerous and adventurous assignment to impress the woman he loves. He is sent to interview Professor Edward Challenger, who has assaulted four or five other journalists, to determine if his claims about his trip to South America are true.

    Mary says: "An enjoyable adventure into the unknown"
    "Couldn't finish it"

    I was drawn to this book by David Grann's "The Lost City of Z." Grann's historical account of the British explorer Percy Fawcett's search for a fabled ancient civilization in Brazil was wonderful. In that book, Grann mentions that Fawcett's search for Z was used by Doyle for his novel, "The Lost World." I found little resemblance between the rich and mysterious character of Fawcett and the overblown Professor Challenger in "The Lost World." The melodramatic nature of the narration, particularly in the voice of Challenger, made it impossible to finish. This was one of my few disappointments at

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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