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Fort Lee, NJ, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 85 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "A fabulous and gruesome yarn"

    I don't often read historical fiction, but I will be returning to this genre soon and often in search of a work approaching the caliber of Agincourt. Cornwell does a marvelous job of fully and viscerally plunging you into life in feudal Europe. His attention to details, from the way longbows and arrows are fashioned to the unimaginable brutality of combat, makes the story utterly gripping. The reader gives an impassioned performance in his depiction of Cornwell's words. This one will really stay with you.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "A mid-tier Reacher novel"

    This Reacher novel isn't the best I've read, but it's not the worst either. I enjoyed the setting, the buildup and some of the action, and unlike some other reviewers, I found the ending a pretty satisfying cliffhanger. However, I have to agree with those below who found it implausible for Reacher not to have figured certain things out far earlier than he did. The mystery is a bit transparent.

    While his character development and fight sequences still can intrigue at times, Child is increasingly dipping into old bags of tricks to keep the Reacher franchise afloat. This was kind of a photo negative of Echo Burning, for those who enjoyed that one. Our intrepid hero drops into a bizarre and uncanny blizzard world, (instead of the inferno of Echo) and battles the elements and the bad guys. Engaging enough, but Child has done better. (Still love listening to Hill, though).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "A well-crafted thriller"

    I agree with those who have compared this book favorably with Stephen King's work. Hill does an excellent job of creating fully fleshed-out characters and a viscerally chilling narrative, using a very accessible prose. I didn't love the ending, and I thought the paranormal stuff verged on silly at times, but it's still a very entertaining read. Solid narration by Mr. Lang, too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Marcus Sakey
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the South Side of Chicago, you're only as strong as your reputation. Danny Carter and his best friend, Evan, earned theirs knocking over pawnshops and liquor stores. Then a job went desperately wrong. Years later, Danny doesn't think about his past, until his old partner returns, demanding payback - and is willing to do anything to get it. With all he loves on the line and nowhere to turn, Danny realizes his new life hinges on a terrible decision: how far to go to protect his future from his past.

    Patrice Sledd says: "six stars"
    "Gritty glee"

    A newcomer to the audiobook experience, I've had a couple of disappointments, but this book thrilled me from start to finish. Everything from the choppy prose to the gravelly reading voice is raw, direct and honest. I'd highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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