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Brian

Matthews, NC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • T Is for Trespass: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (194)

    In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T Is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing listeners to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs.

    Brian says: "Not much of a thriller!"
    "Not much of a thriller!"
    Overall

    I really like Sue Grafton novels and couldn't wait for this one to come out. "T" kept my interest,but but never kept me sitting in my car in the garage waiting to hear what was going to happen next. Grafton added a little social commintary in this one, actually well done. Not Grafton's best, but not the worst. 6 out of 10

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Athena Project: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (276)

    Tucked away in a remote corner of North Carolina's Fort Bragg, behind rows of razor wire and heavily armed guards, lies the headquarters of the nation's most elite counter-terrorism unit - the United States Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta. Here, a brilliant new approach to combating terrorism has just been born. Its codename: The Athena Project.

    Don says: "Nice spin-off, good listen"
    "Are you kidding?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While I generally like Brad Thor's books, this one was a joke. The dialogue between the main characters was juvenile and at times laughable. The plot, or attempt at multiple plots was confusing and hard to follow. None of the characters were very well developed. I could not recommend this book as a read for anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1015)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Disappointment from Sandford"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not what I would call a complete novel. John Sandford kind of left out the plot on this one.
    The story seemed like a jumble of mindless events, none really making very much sense. It does appear that the author just cranked this one out of the book factory without really giving it much thought. Reminds me of the stuff Patterson is putting out lately.
    If you like Sandford, give it a listen, but it's probably the worst Flowers of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (501)

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    "This is only half of the Book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Michael Bennett books are one of my favorite Patterson produced series. I enjoyed this book until we got to the end. It wasn't there! This story should have been wrapped up with this book, but obviously the authors wanted to stretch it out into two books.
    I can only assume the next book will be more of the same.
    I would have liked to have seen this story finish up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Now You See Her

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (871)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (530)

    A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she's built in New York - including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past. But when an innocent man is framed for murder, she knows that she can't let him pay for the real killer's crimes.

    Cheryl says: "Now You See Her"
    "Another from the Paterson Book Mill"
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    Just another shallow book for the Paterson book mill. The main character is not well developed in the book. The listener never really seems to be able to relate. The narrator is very poor, over acts everything. Her voice sounds the same for the college girl and the 40 year old lawyer, and for that matter the male characters!
    No surprises in this book, just one unlikely action after another. Getting to be a habit for these Patterson co-authored books. Sorry ... disappointed with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • U Is for Undertow: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (364)

    It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is 27, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories.

    BSquared67 says: "A brilliant departure from the familiar"
    "Sue Grafton - Back on Track"
    Overall

    Unlike "T" is for Trespass, I really enjoyed this book. I think Sue Grafton is right back on track with her style of mixing the past with the present in Kinsey's investigation. She got back to basics, which is what made her novels so good in the past. I have always liked that in previous books and especially in the late 1960's timeframe, which was when we went through a lot of cultural change in the country. Grafton presents a pretty good look of what it really was like, and the attitude of the parents and teenagers during that time.
    Keep it coming Sue, I just hate that your getting close to running out of letters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18201)
    Performance
    (8098)
    Story
    (8125)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Average at Best - Main Character Not Believable"
    Overall

    I'm not sure why there are so many highly rated customer reviews on this book; I found it very average at best. The abilities of the primary character is not very believable, too much of a superwoman. Her feat at the end of the book is almost ridiculous. The entire first part of the book had absolutely no relevance to the rest of the book. It appeared to be just filler, which there was a lot of in this book. I really couldn't recommend this book as a good read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (339)

    The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather have stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stick-up men who've spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash to that armored-car warehouse with the weakness in its security system.

    Tony B. says: "Another winner for Davenport fans"
    "Another Winner in the "Prey" Series"
    Overall

    I'm a huge fan of the Lucas Davenport books, and "Wicked Prey" did not disappoint me. Sandford continued forward some of the sideline stories in past books, and added some new twists in this one. If you like John Sandford's style of writing, you won't be didapointed with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (433)

    In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder whether the items are actually so small and the victims so random; if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge, and it leads him to...certainly nothing he ever expected.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "Another great read"
    "Becoming a Fan"
    Overall

    I have only read a couple of the Lucas Davenport novels, but am quickly becoming a fan. Especially after listening to Invisible Prey. I liked the charactors and the twists and turns of the plot. The book didn't appear to be just a carbon copy of previous novels in the series. I look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gallant Lady: A Biography of the USS Archerfish

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Don Keith, Ken Henry
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    The Archerfish, a diesel powered Balao-class submarine crafted in the 1940s, won a unique, heroic place in military history and the memories of her crew members. Here is her story: from her assembly in New England and her dedication by Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary, to her service in World War II, where she broke the back of the Japanese Navy, and her critical role in the Cold War.

    Christopher says: "Pointless tales of meaningless anecdotes."
    "Very Poor Listening"
    Overall

    Having read or listened to hundreds of military novels, this one certainly rates at the bottom of the list. Don't waste your time on this one. It really is more of a discredit to the "Archerfish" than a record of the "Gallant Lady" (never referred to in the book as a lady). Many more much more worthy books out there to spend your time on.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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