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hendersonville, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 272 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014

  • Cold Wind: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do-especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin. But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck.

    Dennis says: "Excellent, edge of my seat the whole time"
    "Cold Dead Fish, Not Cold Wind"

    This book is nothing more than a diatribe against wind power. I might have been able to overlook that if anything else ever happened in the story. The main character is nobody you want to know, like or listen to. Characters pop up at random. Ove half way through the book and still nothing has happened except a guy was killed and hung from a wind mill.
    I will never buy a Box book again.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely," notes Jack Reacher - and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott - an American marksman gone bad - is one of them...

    Jeffrey says: "Lee and Dick seem tired"
    "Lee Child is out of ideas."
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Other reviews have described our disappointment so well there is nothing to add except - it was extremely irritating the way Child has Reacher obsessively describe every possible variation of almost every action he takes, thought he has, and thing he encounters. Child was obviously packing in loads of "filler" to make it last long enough to call it a book. This very loyal fan very unhappy. Child gets one more chance with me. Another like this one will be a sad ending to a great series.

    What could Lee Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not published it.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Dick Hill was "off" his usual quality, but still OK considering what he had to work with.

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


    Any additional comments?

    Don't spoil your appreciation of Reacher by listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Worse than Garbage"
    What disappointed you about The Racketeer?

    I disagree with the reviewer who headlined the review "Garbage". It was worse than garbage! Save your money, and time. The only possible explanation is that Grisham took the first half of one implausible, rediculous story, and added it to the second half of an entirely different, implausible, rediculous story, and did not even bother to link the two together.
    I actually went back and listened to the first half again to see if i missed parts that would explain what the relationship was to the second part! (It didn't help).
    This might be what a first time author, who was just out of high school would write, but he woud never get it published.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but Grisham

    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader was OK but he was not very good. Maybe he was as confused as Grisham was about what was going on.

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

    Sadness at the pitiful depths to which a very good author has sunk

    Any additional comments?

    I am returning this book for credit. Maybe if enough people actually do that we won't be subjected to stupid trash like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hospitalized after a liaison with another man's wife ends in violence, Paul Cole has just one goal: to rebuild his shattered life. But with his memory damaged, the police hounding him, and no way to even get home, Paul's facing steep odds - and a bleak fate if he fails. This final, never-before-published novel by three-time Edgar Award winner Donald E. Westlake is a noir masterpiece, a dark and painful portrait of a man's struggle against merciless forces that threaten to strip him of his very identity.

    jycarter says: "A very poor and disappointing book"
    "I still can't believe it happened"

    I love Westlake and while this is a completely different style in all ways and while it was depressing in its reality, it could have been among his best, EXCEPT, the ending. The ending was so weird and abrupt i still can't believe it was the end. If the Moderator had not come back on telling us that "This has been ..." i would be sure the file was corrupted and it was not the end. The reader was great though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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