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Mark

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  • Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives - they’re the very characteristics he abides by.

    Ed says: "Ace aces Spenser!"
    "He's Still Spencer"
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    If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Lullaby in three words, what would they be?

    When Robert B. Parker died, you would figure Spenser did as well, but Ace Atkins has kept him alive...the flavor, the crassness, all of it is the Spenser, those of us fans of the original stories are so familiar with. This story was not extraordinary, though the client was fun, But what made it good was the fact that Spenser, Hawk, and Susan are all here and truly the same characters with the same humor and action that Parker so prolifically provided.
    Joe Mantegna has done most of the Spenser readings (as well as played Spenser is several TV movies) and so he adds the right touch of sardonic wit to make the book work. If you are a Spenser fan, this will all work for you...if you've never done a Spenser book, go back and listen to the older Spenser books, this one will still be here waiting for you when you come back.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3014)
    Performance
    (2629)
    Story
    (2668)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "One of McCammon's Best"
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    What made the experience of listening to Swan Song the most enjoyable?

    There was always something happening, and enough good folks and bad folks to keep you listening to see where it was going to go. It's totally unpredictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Swan is of course the main focus of the piece but I liked the ex-wrestler Josh, and I enjoyed Sister. The book is so full of interesting (and enough nefarious) characters that picking your favorite is really very hard.


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job. With so many characters it could get confusing, but he sees to it that each is different and unique; no easy task in a book of this size.


    If you could rename Swan Song, what would you call it?

    Swan Song is a pretty good title, both a play on words and an accurate look at what happens in the book...but if I absolutely had to rename it, I would call it: Apocalypse Redeemed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second time I have read this book. I read it to myself the first time and listened maybe 20 years later and though I remembered little things and that it was an excellent book, it was a totally new experience, especially having it read to me. I can't recommend it much higher than that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    The Five features a rock band skirting the margins of success while touring the American Southwest. Life on the road, however, takes a strange turn when they encounter an Iraq War veteran. Soon thereafter, violence descends on the group, and their lives are tuned to a terrifying pitch.

    Sean Dustman says: "This story flows like a river"
    "McCammon bombs this time...and not in a good way"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am a McCammon fan! I think his "Boy's LIfe" is one of the smartest books ever written (though not on Audible as they only have an abridged version). But this is the first McCammon I've come across that I would advise people to steer clear of, it lacks the brilliance I've come to expect of McCammon's books.


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

    In the other McCammon books it moves with interesting stories and interweaved plots, unfortunately this book drags and as a few of the characters die...well, frankly, I don't care as I haven't really formed a connection with any of them and I'm pretty sure McCammon hasn't either.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not out to spoil what meager enjoyment there is in the book by giving out too much information but the final shoot out is probably the best part of the book.


    Was The Five worth the listening time?

    I feel the narrator did as good a job as possible considering the material he was working with. I did listen to the end, thinking he might redeem it and make it all worth while...He didin't.


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely don't want to turn people off of McCammon's work. "Swan's Song" is brilliant and if audible ever does a unabridged version of "Boy's LIfe", well, it's one of my all time favorite books and you can see just how great a writer McCammon can be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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