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Jeff

Novi, MI, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3956)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1527)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    Overall

    If you're a Connelly fan, you won't be disappointed -- he brings Haller and Bosch together in a completely believable way. Seeing Bosch through Haller's eyes (which shows him to be deceptive and rude) is a treat, and reminds you that character is in the eye of the beholder.

    However, for me Giles' narration was a bit of a disappointment. First, Adam Grupper did a great job with Haller in the Lincoln Lawyer, and should have been brought back. Second, after you've heard Len Cariou or Dick Hill do Bosch, it's a bit strange to hear Giles' thin take on the character. Same for Jack McEvoy, who plays a bit part: Giles makes him sound like some cub reporter for the Daily Planet.

    Still a very credit-worthy book, though, with a great payoff at the end.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1628)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (559)

    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Marc Swanson says: "Difficult to listen to!!!"
    "Save Your Credit"
    Overall

    I was disappointed with this book. As others have said, the narration is very distracting (the character reader will say a line in this low whisper, then the narrator will suddenly shout out: "Oliver said." Very grating).

    Baldacci's never been known as a stylist, and his writing here is typically bland. What usually saves him are his characters and plot twists. But here, the characters emerge more wooden than in the Camel Club, and the plot twists defy belief. Skip it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (148)

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"
    "Suspenseful, moving, and moral"
    Overall

    This was an outstanding book. The suspense is continually ratcheted up to the nail-biting climax. Even when some plot points become clear, how all the threads will be resolved remains a mystery to the very end. And what a refreshing change to have a hero who, although seriously flawed, is moral and good. Character-wise, I can only criticize Detective Rhimes, who is a bit too perfect. But that's a minor quibble.

    Scott Brick's narration is, as always, perfect. Off to download "Paranoia" now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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