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Matt

Marlborough, NH, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "Where would mysteries be without retired cops?"
    Overall

    I downloaded this book after I'd already read it, so I can't comment on the narration.

    This is an excellent mystery/police procedural/thriller/whodunit. A little of each, in just the right proportions. Clever plot twists, revolving selection of whodunit options - I was way off base pretty much along the way. Worth the time.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Face-Changers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Jane Whitefield, legendary half-Indian shadow guide who spirits hunted people away from certain death, has never had a client like Dr. Richard Dahlman. A famous plastic surgeon who has dedicated his life to healing, the good doctor hasn't a clue why stalkers are out for his blood. But he knows Jane Whitefield's name---and that she is his only hope.

    verge says: "Thrilling"
    "DIY Witness Protection"
    Overall

    I've read or listened to several books in this series and have enjoyed them. I like the Whitefield character, and the story lines are entertaining.

    That said, this one's a bit too long and drawn out. Jane manages to travel cross country repeatedly, seemingly oblivious to the time required to undertake this travel. She knows lowlifes wherever she goes and travels as easily among this crowd as she does as the wife of a doctor in Buffalo. I keep mumbling to myself, "yeah, right." Money seems not to be a problem - sure, it's explained, but still - and no obstacle is too big or small. Need to get a spot in a retirement community in a day. No prob. Need a furnished apartment overlooking the house of some lowlife she needs to keep an eye on. Sure thing. Need to enlist the help of a friend to undertake dangerous actions? When do we start? You get the idea.

    Entertaining, in the long run, but you really have to suspend your disbelief.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10337)
    Performance
    (5246)
    Story
    (5280)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "A parable"
    Overall

    I wasn't going to write a review until I read one of the one-star reviews. Clearly that reviewer and I read different books (though, to be fair, I'm only about 2/3 through it at the moment).

    This has to be one of King's most ambitious novels yet - part yarn, part mystery, part character study, part supernatural, part horror (complete with burning pumpkins), part political commentary. In short, something for everyone, and, while you may feel it drags at times - after all, it's almost 35 hours - you won't be bored.

    I've been particularly struck by the political commentary component, and I'd like to think that even the most conservative of readers will be taken aback by the very obvious political power grab that King has his Conservative (capital C) antagonist take when the town of Chester's Mill is cut off from the rest of the world by the dome. For those with something of an open mind, there are lessons to be learned (lessons others have learned, perhaps, in elementary school, but better late than never).

    One reviewer has been critical of the narrator's accents. I think we can cut Raul Esparza a bit of a break. There are probably hundreds of "speaking roles," and keeping them all straight, and distinctive, has to be an incredible challenge. That said, he really does capture the New England accents well (one sign, for this New England resident at least, is that my blood curdles when I hear some of them). Some accents are a bit out of whack, including the primary protagonist, but, again, I'm happy to cut Mr. Esparza a break.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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