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Lonnie

dallas, TX, USA

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  • Nothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1642)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1065)

    Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, 12 miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher - a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose - goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.

    Ed says: "Least favorite of all the Reacher novels"
    "Time for a new character"
    Overall

    After reading all of Lee Child's books you feel like you know the lead character. In this book, Jack Reacher is not the same person. I do not feel he would support a wartime deserter or even be sympathetic towards them.
    The plot is overly complex and borders on boring.
    Lee Child has become too smart for his own good. I am not a fan of an author placing their political views in a fiction book, especially when it would contradict the main character's psyche.
    It may be time to bury Reacher and work on a new character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayal: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    When Dismas Hardy agrees to clean up the caseload of recently disappeared attorney Charlie Bowen, he thinks it will be easy. But one of the cases is far from small-time - the appeal to overturn the murder conviction of National Guard reservist Evan Scholler, who has been sentenced to life without parole for the murder of an ex-Navy SEAL and private contractor named Ron Nolan. Two rapid-fire events in Iraq conspired to bring the men into fatal conflict.

    Cholmondeley says: "Not enough Dismas; too much back-story"
    "Just another waste of credits"
    Overall

    Not only predictable, he must have bought this plot 'from scripts are us'. I have to force myself to listen to the whole thing and now have part of my life I cannot get back. Which at 52 I'd better be more selective.
    To make matters worse, the announcer was the worst and I will not listen to any more of his books I don't care who writes it.
    The guy have two voices; as a result you can't figure out which character is who and its a big mess.
    I done with the author and his reader.
    I just finished the new Vince Flynn listen and that is what I think is a 5 star rating.
    Happy Listening and great holidays.

    Lonnie

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery - a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

    gwennieg says: "Devil Bones"
    "Wasted Pages"
    Overall

    This is my first and probably last time with this author. She tries too hard to be cute and clever.
    I was hoping for an Elizabeth George type novel but this book felt 'overdone'. I literally skipped minutes and minutes and didn't miss anything important. I liked it enough to get through the book but felt cheated and the waste of time getting to the end. The Abridged Version would probably be better.
    I'll just place this under my 'I dont think so' category.
    There are too many good authors out there to try her again.
    I hope this helps your decision.

    Lonnie

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (585)

    Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

    Frank J. Reda says: "On the precipice of genius (not quite)..."
    "A waste of a good credit"
    Overall

    This book is not worth purchasing. The author spends too much time defending his position on 'how the right brain works' and the significance in the future.
    I ordered this book because I want to improve my right brain function with exercises.
    Betty Edwards "drawing on the right side of the brain" or "A Whack on the side of the Head" by Roger von Oech are much better in my opinion.
    These books are more fun and engaging.
    In summation A Whole New Mind is a re-hashing of much older and better books on the Right Brain.
    I hope this helps your decision if you are in doubt.

    56 of 69 people found this review helpful

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