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Kristjan

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  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2240)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1443)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "More, please!"
    Overall

    Good, economical, life-like writing, very well narrated. The only annoying aspect was a number of pop-culture references which I thought were "so 80s". Only later I learned the book actually was written in 1988. So, what's happening? Why is it the only one available of the obviously marvellous series? Please give more soon!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (489)

    Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer.

    Stanley says: "Great Book"
    "An awful soup"
    Overall

    An infantile soup of high-flying ideas, home-baked philosophy, overblown gore and tasteless wisecracking. The most annoying aspect of DK-s writing is his total incapability of creating believable characters. In the matter of seconds, everyone in this book is able to go from normal to effortless killing to terrible remorse to lightweight lame-joking. Everyone from a street cop to a neuro-scientist seems also to have attended the same public speaking classes for they all use the same vocabulary and really annoying, incredibly long smartass sentences. They are cartoons from some film noir parody, not real people. This all could be funny if only the author wouldn't want so desperately to make us FEEL for all that's happening there.
    Utterly disappointing.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Ambler Warning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (156)

    On Parrish Island, a restricted island off the coast of Virginia, is a little-known and never-visited psychiatric facility. There, the government stores former intelligence employees whose psychiatric states make them a danger to their own government, people whose ramblings might endanger ongoing operations or prove dangerously inconvenient. One of these employees, agent Hal Ambler, is kept heavily medicated and closely watched. But there's one difference between Hal and the other patients, Hal isn't crazy.

    Patsy Bailey says: "What Were They Thinking?"
    "Rather exciting"
    Overall

    One of the better books of the Audible Ludlum-series. Keeps you interested at least 2/3 of it's length.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Patriots Club

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Reich
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Thomas Bolden grew up on the streets, his childhood a blur of fragmented memories. But now he's managed to put his past behind him, find the woman he wants to share his life with, and carve out a successful career on Wall Street. Until, in the blink of an eye, his world is turned upside down. A bizarre kidnapping sends him fleeing for his life, his face everywhere on the TV news, and a violent, shadowy organization is framing him for crimes he did not commit.

    Elizabeth says: "horrible narration"
    "Leaves you indifferent"
    Overall

    Listening to this story I had to wonder constanly how can all its grand schemes and extreme situations and melodrama driven to a limit leave me so untouched. Bad writing, what else...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Moscow Vector: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patrick Larkin
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    At an international medical conference in Prague, Dr. Fiona Devin, an American scientist attached to the Department of Defense, is contacted by one of her Russian colleagues. Dr. Valentin Petrenko, a specialist in rare diseases, is concerned about a small cluster of deaths in Moscow but even more concerned by the Russian government's refusal to publicly release any information or data on the outbreak. When he meets with Devin to pass on his case notes and samples, the two are attacked.

    A User says: "Good story"
    "Godawful handycraft"
    Overall

    This book is as far away of artistic writing as I've ever seen a novel to be. Purely formula-driven, mechanical in every way. The characters are unbelievable (often unbelievably stupid). The main hero is supposed to be this super-spy, yet he keeps failing to see the most obvious answers and being extremely clumsy in all the fights, nevertheless killing all his super-trained enemies by stupid luck and coincidence. The comedy of this is unfortunately unintentional. Pronounciation of the Russian words is as bad as ever with the US audio-books. Please contact some native speakers!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1293)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Original plot, predictable action"
    Overall

    The plot was most enjoyable aspect of this book. Even though one could see it coming before actually told, the idea itself was very original. All the innumerable miraculous escapes became a little too much, though. Especially because some of those were well explained. 10 extra points for trying to see the other side of the fight between US and islam.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5131)
    Performance
    (2228)
    Story
    (2224)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Perfect, except for Russian"
    Overall

    Indeed the best audio book ever - long, compelling, very well narrated. Yet, it could have been even better. I wish the editors and the narrator would have taken better care of getting the Russian pronunciation right. A bit of advice from any Russian speaker would have helped to avoid the repetitiously ear-hurting stuff like "dakha" where it should have been "datcha" (a summer house in Russian) or "Staaarik" where the correct pronunciation should have been "Stariiik". Small matter, I know, but why not make something truly 1000%?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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