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Fred

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman
    • Narrated By Robert B. Parker, James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Pressure from the town politicians only increases when another crime wave puts residents on edge. Jesse confronts a personal dilemma as well: a burgeoning relationship with a young PR executive, whose plans to turn Paradise into a summertime concert destination may have her running afoul of the law.

    Stephen says: "NOT Parker"
    "Jesse Stone - Poor Epitaph"
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    What did you like best about Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues? What did you like least?

    I liked the character, as usual, but it did not carry any weight as in the past Jesse Stone books, of which I have read all.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Brandman’s story?

    It seemed like there was an idea but it was never fleshed out. it was more like a short story.


    Did Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues inspire you to do anything?

    Made me wish that Robert B. Parker had not died and had a chance to finish with a really good Jesse Stone story. It doesn't compare at all with the last Spencer story - Sixkill - that he wrote before his untimely death. I would venture to guess that an editor finished an manuscript he had left.


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  • The Swimmer: The John Cheever Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By John Cheever
    • Narrated By John Cheever
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Neddy Merrill decides to swim home from a friend's pool party, traveling from fashionable swimming pool to swimming pool on a perfect mid-summer's day. But as night falls and the season changes, Neddy sinks from optimistic bliss to utter despair. A selection from the John Cheever Audio Collection.

    Fred says: "Time to Take Another Lap with the Swimmer"
    "Time to Take Another Lap with the Swimmer"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Swimmer to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the short story or seen the movie in more than 20 years. I became interested after reading rave reviews of the new Blu-ray edition. It includes this audible story. Well, I listened to it as I drove home. And, it was wonderful. John Cheever's reading is heartfelt and you feel like you are in the room with him. One of the best 20 minutes you can spend with a book. Try it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dune Audio Collection

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Frank Herbert
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Read by the author, this compilation of key excerpts from the brilliant Dune trilogy is melded with connective text written by Frank Herbert specifically for these recordings. Includes selections from Dune: The Banquet Scene, Sandworms of Dune, The Battles of Dune, and The Truths of Dune: Fear Is the Mind Killer.

    Kurt says: "Dune Trilogy"
    "What a disappointment"
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    Would you try another book from Frank Herbert and/or Frank Herbert?

    For someone who has read or listened to all but 2 books in the Dune universe, I expected something more than a Reader's Digest introduction to Dune. The only saving grace was hearing Frank Herbert read selected passages - but so what. Very disappointing. The only saving grace is that I bought the book on sale rather than wasting a credit.


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