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  • Sutton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

    Jen says: "wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!"
    "Well done...until the end"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes...but an odd shift near the end left me adrift as the listener wondering why the story was constructed as it is and what the point of the switcheroo was.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have plotted out a more consistent narrative or signaled something being doubt much earlier. The "twist" comes across as Agatha Christie introducing an 11th hour character/clue to make things work out.

    Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - but his performance was terrific...really added to the experience. Some performers attempt various voices and either fall short of fall into parody. His range was remarkable. I've enjoyed him on screen as a character actor, and his talents are similarly on display here.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It depends on how much editorial control Mr. Moehringer will concede - preferably to a director who can create and maintain a central character who challenges our compassion in a reasonable if not reasoned way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "Cornwell's answer to running dry is running on"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    While there's some mystery about who the main villain is, there's little reason to care. Perhaps someone who likes verbose descriptions of incredibly self-absorbed people would be drawn to this narrative of how great thou art and how lacking everyone else wasn't for me.

    What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

    See above - no real mystery and all the subplots were equally pointless.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    OMG - this woman's diction was like Peggy Noonan speaking English as a second language. There were odd pronunciations of relatively common words, and a bizarre cadence that was somewhat hypnotic in is arhythmic hautiness. Listening was a chore driven my curiosity to see whodunnit...a waste of time in the end due to the ho-humness of it all.

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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With the help of an unusual set of cronies, bank robber John Dortmunder puts a set of wheels under a trailer that just happens to be the temporary site of the Capitalists' & Immigrants' Trust and hauls it away. But when the safe won't open and the cops get close, Dortmunder realizes he's got to find a place to ditch the "bank".

    Alex says: "great story - well narrated!!!"
    "Time warp not worth entering"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some things stand the test of time; some don't - this book/it's story does not. It plays as comically dated.

    What could Donald E. Westlake have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing - narration is fine; content is not.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bank Shot?

    Again, it's just that the scenes come across as hopelessly dated, silly rather than historical or retrospective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "Offensively Awful"
    What disappointed you about The Panther?

    DeMille used to write well - this was in many ways a racist screed. I kept checking the pub date thinking maybe this was written on Sept. 12, luck - just ignorant.

    What do you think your next listen will be?


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?


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

    Perhaps it was the writing, but essentially every line uttered by the ubiquitous "protagonist" was a snarky one-line effort to show how cool, funny, aloof, whatever this guy was. Nobody thinks, talks or acts like that and - if they did - they'd be unemployed and live alone. If someone had punched this clown in the face, the book may have had a tad more realism.

    Any additional comments?

    Again, I was once a fan of DeMille. Like Clancy, he seems to have fallen off the sad cliff of lazy racial stereotyping and what he must feel is some sort of patriotic gun-slinging. It's not compelling or even palatable. I won't be buying any more of his junk.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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