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James

Grosse Pointe Park, MI, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2016)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (710)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Plagiarized?"
    Overall

    Loved the book. Amazed how he can consistently make the most violent scene poetic. Having said that, am I the only one that feels the book is a bit of a rip off from another book. Can't say the author, but I believe the title is "Blood Meridian."

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3349)
    Performance
    (2796)
    Story
    (2813)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Couldn't Suspend Disbelief"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Ron McLarty was excellent. This was my first Baldacci book and while the story was well written, the dialogue great, and the characters well developed, the story was too far-fetched for me - and I can enjoy time travel stories. Moles inserted in every agency and department is unnecessary and seemed more like a bond screenplay than a decent novel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Washington: A Life


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    They both have excellent voices and the characters were easily distinguished.


    Did The Innocent: A Novel inspire you to do anything?

    Buy a history book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3923)
    Performance
    (3426)
    Story
    (3394)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Chinese Water Torture"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Haruki Murakami wrote 1Q84. In other words, 1Q84 was written by Haruki Murakami. Great narration but the brother needs a determined editor with a pocket full of red pens. It wasn't too deep for me, just lazily written.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7841)
    Performance
    (4563)
    Story
    (4548)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "J Peterman"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great book - I love Follett - being both entertaining and educational (mining, WWI ...), and John Lee has a fine voice. Lee's delivery, however, is a bit too distinctive. First sentence in and I knew this was the reader on Feast For Crows. It doesn't help him that Crows was the least enjoyable of the Game of Thrones series but, mostly it's his over-the-top manner of speech. I keep imagining that I am Elaine Benes, sitting in my office while my boss waxes dramatic on his travels through Peru. But, as they say in Life of Pi, "you can get used to anything."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4147)
    Performance
    (2371)
    Story
    (2392)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "J Peterman and Cap. Kirk"
    Overall

    The book is actually good - as good as the first three (which I loved). It's not that the narrator has a bad voice (he does not), it's his 1940's pulp fiction radio affect. He could pass as the love child of J Peterman and Cap. Kirk. It wasn't that distracting though, having said that, I did find myself laughing out loud on occasion from the narration. All in all, I hope they bring back the original narrator (at two credits per book, they can afford his price).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (721)

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "No Better Light Reading"
    Overall

    Moore is hilarious and Bennett is the perfect narrator for his books. I'm always wanting Moore.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Earth: Homecoming, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (412)

    High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet, to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats...to protect them, most of all, from themselves.

    Casey says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Not Good"
    Overall

    No character development. For that matter, no story development. Like reading and unfinished outline of a bad book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

    RYAN says: "There's a good story in there. Somewhere."
    "No Better Narrator"
    Overall

    Philip Roth may be my favorite author - a factor to take into account with regard to my 5 stars - but my comment is premised, not on the highly acclaimed author, but on the efforts of Dennis Boutsikaris, the narrator. I have listened to hundreds of books, none of which had better narration.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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