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William

Hurst, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways -- not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

    B. Riddick says: "Okay....but not 20 hours and not Deaver's best"
    "Big Disappointment"
    Overall

    There are three things wrong with this book: 1. the writing 2. the narration and 3. the packaging.

    - The writing is disorganized. The story is too light on action and too heavy on needless detail. The dialog is childish. The "solution" to the mystery makes no sense.
    - The narration is comical. The male voices sound stupid and both male and female teenagers talk like valley girls from the 80s.
    - Finding out Part 3 of the book is actually another book I've already read was extremely annoying. I want a refund.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (131)

    The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case.

    Jane says: "Wonderful writing,"
    "A Literary Thriller"
    Overall
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    I really liked this book and could not stop listening. Lehane writes genre fiction like fine literature (as does James Lee Burke, although their styles are completely different).Lehane's plots get complex and take some concentration in the last third, but they are always excellent. Great narrator as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3791)
    Performance
    (3377)
    Story
    (3391)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Decent Book - Bad Narration"
    Overall
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    O'Reilly's "Killing Kennedy" was really good. This book was enjoyable but not as good.

    Unfortunately, O'Reilly became very annoying by using the word "cavalry" hundreds of times, but pronouncing it "calvary" every time. There were a few other quirks—like saying "century" when he meant "sentry" or mispronouncing "pandemonium"—but the confusion of Golgatha with a horse soldier happened every few seconds for the first two and a half hours of the book and became grating—like a person who says "nook-cyoo-ler" and then manages to use it in every sentence.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Winner

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (287)

    She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.

    Stephen says: "This was the worst narration I have ever heard!"
    "Loretta Lynn v Dr Evil in an Amateurish Story"
    Overall
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    I liked the other Baldacci books, but this one is incredibly dumb. The story is completely unbelievable, the story arc is bent, and the dialog is terrible. Baldacci's attempts at country or red-neck speech is ridiculous. Examples: "I didn't take her to go up to no New York" and "You know what curiosity did to that old cat." Who would say that? The bad guy's lines are a comical caricature of an overly formal villain—almost like, shall we say, Dr Evil?

    The narrator is OK, but not good. In her defense, though, she didn't have much to work with.

    In short, if you have trouble finding enough books for your commute, you might consider this one. If you are careful with your money and purchases, pass this one by.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Talking to the Dead: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harry Bingham
    • Narrated By Siriol Jenkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    At first, the murder scene appears sad, but not unusual: a young woman undone by drugs and prostitution, her six-year-old daughter dead alongside her. But then detectives find a strange piece of evidence in the squalid house: the platinum credit card of a very wealthy - and long dead - steel tycoon. What is a heroin-addicted hooker doing with the credit card of a well-known and powerful man who died months ago? This is the question that the most junior member of the investigative team, Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, is assigned to answer.

    mindusq says: "Not the best thing I've ever read, but..."
    "Excellent Book and Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good mystery novel and the narrator is excellent. For some unexplained reason, there is a shortage of good female narrators, but Siriol Jenkins is outstanding.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bitterroot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Billy Bob Holland's friend, Doc Voss, has been battling against a local mining company whose operations would severely threaten the area's economy. Despite Voss's best efforts, the mining interests make it clear that they will resort to any means to see that Voss backs off. What Billy Bob doesn't know is that one member of the pro-mining faction is Wyatt Dixon, a recent prison parolee intent on exacting revenge for his imprisonment and his sister's death, both events he believes were Billy Bob's doing.

    Craig says: "Vacuous Characters in an Absence of Poetry"
    "Good Book - Narrator has Quirks"
    Overall
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    I like all of James Lee Burke's books. The narrator for the Billy Bob Holland series is good but he has two odd quirks: 1-He can't pronounce words that end in "r-n" correctly. He says "Northerun," "Southerun," and "lanterun." Not a huge problem, but wierd. 2-He makes Lucas sound like a total moron. I keep waiting for him to say, "Tell me about the rabbits, George," or "Which way did he go, George? Which way did he go?"

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset Limited: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (98)

    The 40-year-old crucifixion of a prominent labor leader named Jack Flynn remains an unsolved atrocity that has never been forgotten in New Iberia, Louisiana. When Flynn's daughter, Megan, returns to the site of her father's murder, it quickly becomes clear that her family's blood-stained past will not stay buried. Megan gives her old friend Dave Robicheaux a tip about a small-time criminal named Cool Breeze Broussard, scarcely suspecting that the seemingly innocuous case will lead Robicheaux and his partner into the midst of a deadly conspiracy.

    Vickey says: "Narrated by Mark Hammer AND Will Patton?"
    "Burke is Always Good"
    Overall
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    James Lee Burke is far and away my favorite writer. His books are always entertaining and thought-provoking and his characters and settings are more real than those of any other author. This not my favorite of his books, but still excellent and better than a book by anyone else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (833)
    Story
    (835)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "Boring and Confusing"
    Overall
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    The Redbreast is a total mess. I had no idea what was going on in the second half of the book, and there was almost no action or story. When it ended, I did not know it had already reached a climax or resolution. There are characters impersonating others, multiple personalities, people using assumed names, people that may be dead or may be alive, characters that are just similar in general—and that made it really difficult to follow. And there was not enough of a plot to make all this confusion remotely worthwhile. This was a huge disappointment and a waste of time. If you want to listen to a Jo Nesbo book, get Headhunters instead of this one.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4456)
    Performance
    (1920)
    Story
    (1933)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Entertaining. Minor quirks with narrator."
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The book is entertaining and light supernatural stuff. The narrator is fine but strangely says some words wrong—but not often enough to indicate they were written as part of the character. For example, he says

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (293)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Barbara says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "decent story - Bad Narrator"
    Overall
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    This is a decent story, although it does not wrap up as well as it could have. The big problem is the narrator: she overdoes her child voice to a ridiculous extent—something that seems to be a common problem with female narrators. Didn't anyone ever tell her that being subtle is good?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3354)
    Performance
    (2772)
    Story
    (2778)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Jack Reacher Books are Always Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    No confusion, no extraneous characters, and no boring moments: just straight-ahead action and entertainment. If Lee Child wrote 12 Jack Reacher books a year, I would buy them all. Only negative: Dick Hill always sounds like he runs out of air on the ends of sentences. During the first half of the book, I find myself breathing for him until my chest hurts; 5-6 hours in I get used to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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