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Joseph

Norwell, MA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (205)

    Jason Bourne takes on a mission to rescue his only friend in the CIA, Martin Lindros, who disappeared in Africa while tracking shipments of yellowcake uranium. Once safely back in America, Lindros persuades Bourne to help track the money trail of terrorists buying the nuclear material in Odessa. But once there, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashbacks, and he wonders: is someone brainwashing him in order to throw him off the trail? Worse, is the man he saved in Africa really Martin Lindros?

    timchi says: "Disappointing"
    "Great Disappointment"
    Overall

    Having listened to each of the previous Ludlum books available, I was eager to "read" the latest, even before reading a listener review. After slogging through the first 3 hours (which is all I could bear), all I can say is "What a huge disappointment on all fronts". The reader is no Scott Brick and the constant background sound effects are annoying. My guess is that the effects were inserted to try to distract the listener from the poor quality of the story and its telling. What happened to Ludlum's legacy?????

    36 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland just after dark. For Jonathan Quinn--a freelance operative and professional "cleaner" - the job was only to observe. If his cleanup skills were needed, it would mean things had gone horribly wrong. But an assassin hidden in a tree assured just that. And suddenly Quinn had four dead bodies to dispose of and one astounding clue - to a mystery that is about to spin wildly out of control.

    virginia says: "absolutely wonderful"
    "Great Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Shadow of Betrayal better?

    The story was ridiculous and poorly structured. The emotions shown in this book were strange based on the background and theme of the series. It only got worse as it progressed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brett Battles again?

    I really like the prequel Becoming Quinn but this book was the polar opposite.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator only made the story worse. The affectations of longing and sympathy from the narrator accentuated the bad story theme.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadow of Betrayal?

    too many to mention


    Any additional comments?

    I can't figure out how this book received such good ratings from the other audible members.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1256)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Subpar Silva and Bad Match for Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Fallen Angel?

    Is it required that there must be a lengthy recap of every character in every book. I know it may be the first rodeo for some readers, but for those of us who have read all of the Gabriel Allon books it can be exasperating. As someone who has enjoyed Mr. Silva's books for many years I have finally reached the point where I feel that it is time for the main character to really retire and never be heard from again. I never thought I would get to this place but alas I am there.

    The narrator was the final nail in the coffin. Has audible signed an exclsuive deal with George Guidall to narrate every book that involves spies? The prior narrators were all excellent but Mr. Guidall feels so omnipresent in the books I read I can no longer distinguish the varied characters that I have come to know and love. This is no offense to Mr. Guidall, but market saturation would hurt anyone.


    Has The Fallen Angel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I am turned off by the series now.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    No.


    What character would you cut from The Fallen Angel?

    The main character. He must disappear for the good of all concerned.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Capitol Game

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    It was the deal of the decade, if not the century. A small, insignificant company on the edge of bankruptcy had discovered an alchemist's dream; a miraculous polymer, that when coated on any vehicle, was the equivalent of 30 inches of steel. With bloody conflicts surging in Iraq and Afghanistan, the polymer promises to save thousands of lives and change the course of both wars.

    Anthony says: "Coming Soon To A Theater Near You!"
    "What Happened to Brian Haig?"
    Overall

    The first 3 books I read by Brian Haig were great and then the precipitous fall. The Hunted was absolutely horrible writing. A ridiculous plot that only gets worse the further you get into the book. I stuck with it seeking redemption, but it was never found. The excessive stereotypes of each profession places one in a state of disbelief that cannot be salvaged.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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