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russell

Tampa, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Beast: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case. When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat - an adult female tiger - attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human.

    Think about this says: "Lacking"
    "It might be OK if you're hooked on the series"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy simple crime stories, "Law & Order" style.


    What could Faye Kellerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I could have done without the "Young Adult" love story that is threaded into the main storyline.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mitchell Greenberg?

    Hard to say. Mr. Greenberg did an OK job for the material given, but his reading of the "young adult" love thread was way too syrupy and nerdy for me.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I thought the story had great promise and set up for a great back story, but just kind of fell apart and turned into an Encyclopedia Brown-like mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're already into this series of characters, then this may make a great addition to your collection. If you enjoy mental gymnastics, you should look elsewhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (463)

    The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

    Garth says: "Not for my demographic"
    "Good on the verge of great"
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    Would you listen to The First Days again? Why?

    Probably would. It sets a pretty good pace in the opening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Days?

    The description of the main character's family turning into Zombies and her infant son's fingers clawing at the door crack.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Great narration and worked well since the main characters are female


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (576)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "Beware...Theology Ahead"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Leave the Christian Message out of it. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book. There were little hints here and there that the story would turn into a pro-Christian fairytale, but I decided to stay with it until Jesus and Mohammed showed up in Iran amongst all the political intrigue and started sorting everything out. Then...the book went away. I have nothing against Christian works, I just despise Christian faith based fiction dressed up like political thrillers.


    Has The Twelfth Imam turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Again, the first half seemed to be setting up nicely for a good political thriller. The main characters seemed to be well thought out and they were easy to like.


    Any additional comments?

    These books should be labeled as Faith based, or Christian faith books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (439)

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    "Interesting Spin On The Traditional Crime Thriller"
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    What made the experience of listening to Medicus the most enjoyable?

    The nuances about life in Britain during Roman rule.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character is very likable, the author did a great job of setting the scene, and revealing just enough of the story to keep you listening.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    The Medicus (forgot proper name), as well as his contemporary.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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