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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
    (807)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (217)

    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
  • Blood Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seegers (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Lemmer is a professional bodyguard. Silent, invisible, he never gets involved. Emma le Roux is convinced she's seen her brother on the news as a suspect in the recent killing of four poachers. But her brother is supposed to have died twenty years ago. When le Roux hires Lemmer to watch her back while she goes looking for answers, it becomes clear someone wants to keep them in the dark. And when that someone tries to murder them both, for once in his life Lemmer steps out of the shadows.

    Leila says: "Excellent story. Bring Saul Reichlin back."
    "Another excellent Deon Meyer Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoy the puzzle pieces created by Meyer in his novels. They are never clear and always intriguing. The action packed books aw evenly divided between well thought strategy and physical execution. Worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruno, Chief of Police

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention.

    Sara says: "Good but hardly cozy and gentle!"
    "Not bad not good Benign"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book was purchased on the basis of audible recommendations resulting from past purchases. Not really a very good recommendation. The book was not bad but it was never engaging in any way. It was like listening to background music unoffending but uninteresting. The most interesting portions of the book were related the the preparation of local food.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9276)
    Performance
    (8366)
    Story
    (8381)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Excellent Character Development and story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Who knew I would now be as reader impatiently waiting for Mr Galbraith's next book. I inadvertently read book 2 first but it was not detrimental. The devil is in the details and the author does an enviable job with manufacturing numerous pertinent details that are germane and thought provoking. Dare I say in the manner of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Maybe not at that level but nonetheless in a superior fashion. The narrator also does a terrific job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6195)
    Performance
    (5619)
    Story
    (5615)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Well Done Who Done It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My expectations were low not having even heard of the author prior to downloading the book. That said. I very much enjoyed the character development and plot. This book was a winner.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    It is September 1919: Twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will - from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France.

    Dennis says: "A Thin Red Line Between Love and Hate"
    "Tragic story Told Well"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found myself in the mind of each character and evaluating the acts thoughts and morality on a series of parallel scales seeking the justice in the outcomes. Boyne writes with such sincere emotion it draws the reader into his books Nd challenges you to take sides and discuss issues. This is a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alphabet House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (381)

    British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young have been chosen to conduct a special photo-reconnaissance mission near Dresden, Germany. Intelligence believes the Nazis are building new factories that could turn the tide of the war. When their plane is shot down, James and Bryan know they will be executed if captured. With an enemy patrol in pursuit, they manage to jump aboard a train reserved for senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front.

    John S says: "Leaped before I looked. Happy I did."
    "Unexpectedly Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first of the author's books that I had to struggle to stay engaged enough to finish. No characters that I cared about and a plot that was tenuous at best. Hoping this is not a sign of things to come.

    0 of 0 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
    (415)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (290)

    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
    (1544)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1283)

    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
    (248)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    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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