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Paul

Moraga, CA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Cleaner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (427)

    Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But his latest assignment will change everything. The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead.

    Bernie says: "excellent from start to finish"
    "I'm stuck"
    Overall

    I'm about halfway through this audio book and I just don't want to continue. I have no interest in the characters, or the "plot". The author initiates flashbacks like an episode of Family Guy. Somebody will say something about a past experience, and then you're off on 20 minutes of a flashback. I'm getting really tired of Scott Brick as well. His narration was great in a story like Paranoia by Joseph Finder, where the main character was a bit sarcastic, but after a while, he gets annoying. I've had to switch to Lost Light by Michael Connelly, and I'm back in my audio book groove. I think the author should try harder to avoid such common situations and characterizations in the thriller genre. Those of us who've listened/read these kinds of books for a while are looking for something new and original.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fault Line

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Alex Treven has sacrificed everything to make partner in his high-tech law firm. But then the inventor of a technology Alex is banking on is murdered, the patent examiner who reviewed the innovation dies, and Alex himself narrowly escapes an attack in his own home. Off balance and running out of time, he knows that the one person who can help him is the last person he'd ever ask: his brother.

    Clayton says: "what a disappointment"
    "More Family drama than thriller"
    Overall

    I had heard good things about the author's "Rain" series, so I looked forward to this book. Unfortunately, the author spends too much time telling us about the family drama and tensions between the two main characters, brothers Alex and Ben. The thriller part is at best 20% of the book. That said, if you're looking for a family drama with a bit of thriller thrown in, you might like this. If you want a fast paced thriller, this is not it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3872)
    Performance
    (2187)
    Story
    (2238)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    You already know what a great book this is. Whether you've already read this book or not, you should not miss this audible version narrated by John Lee. This is one of the most compelling and dramatic narrations I have ever heard. Each character, each voice, had just the right amount of emotion and energy. You will greatly enjoy this, but you will also be very moved by it. Simply outstanding, and I'm now hooked on listening to the classics.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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