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John

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Lost Empire: A Fargo Adventure

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    While scuba diving in Tanzania, Sam and Remi Fargo come upon a relic belonging to a long-lost Confederate ship. An anomaly about the relic sets them off chasing a mystery-but unknown to them, a much more powerful force is engaged in the same chase. Mexico's ruling party, the ultranationalist Mexica Tenochca, is intent on finding that artifact as well, because it contains a secret that could destroy the party utterly.

    Scott says: "Oops, wrong book"
    "Historicly Boring"
    Overall

    Mr. Cussler has moved from fast moving, intriging action and interesting plots to rambling dialogue, history laden prose and a lack of clear connection through the plot. I have many of Mr. Cussler's books and enjoy most of them. Lost Empire is not one of these.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal Freeze

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (270)

    In this riveting new thriller, Lincoln Child weaves together a stunning Arctic landscape, a terrifying mythic creature, and a pervasive mood of chaos and fear. With Terminal Freeze, Child demonstrates why he has become a major best-selling author, and why his novels electrify and enthrall so many.

    Lee says: "a gourment meal for us lovers of horror fiction"
    "The Thing re-visited"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    do not know.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    None were outstanding.


    Could you see Terminal Freeze being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Been done as TF closly resembles "The Thing".


    Any additional comments?

    Writer needs more imagination for better stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Walter Covell
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Watson visits Sherlock Holmes at Christmastime and finds him contemplating a battered old hat, brought to him by the commissionaire Peterson after it and a Christmas goose had been dropped by a man in a scuffle with some street ruffians. Peterson takes the goose home to eat it, but comes back later with a precious carbuncle that his wife found in the bird's crop.

    Empowerment says: "Terrific"
    "Good story poor performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The performers need to put more of the character into the reading. Watson was the only one in character.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    NO, BY THE PERFORMANCE.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Patterson (editor), Lee Child, James Grippando, and others
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are 32 of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.

    Tim says: "So - So"
    "misrepresented waste f time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Complete stories instead of "samples".


    Any additional comments?

    It is not the characters but the incomplete stories. Sounds like a commercial to by more books. Total waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Urban Gothic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brian Keene
    • Narrated By Jeff Pringle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    When their car broke down in a dangerous neighborhood, Kerri and her friends thought they would find safe shelter in what they thought was an old abandoned row house. They were wrong on all counts. The residents of the row house live in the cellar and rarely come out in the light of day. They’re far worse than anything on the streets outside. And they don’t like intruders. Before the sun comes up, Kerri and her friends will fight for their very lives…though death is only part of their nightmare.

    Cidney says: "Appetite Suppressant"
    "Gore Gothic"
    Overall

    This is not your usual gothic novel although there are similarities such as an old house, people disappearing and strange rumors. The main problem for me is the graphic descriptions of the inhabitance of the house and their sexual depravity which fill about 30% of the book. This may be fine for some but is not my idea of a good mystery/horror book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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