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Pagan Picnic

Pagan Picnic

SoFla, USA | Member Since 2008

  • 6 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 465 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015

  • Divided in Death: In Death, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Reva Ewing, a former member of the Secret Service, a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. She had every reason to want to kill her husband, the renowned artist Blair Bissel. Not only was he having an affair, he was having it with her best friend. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who's on the case, believes Reva is innocent.

    Pagan Picnic says: "If you haven't read Big Jack, get it first"
    "If you haven't read Big Jack, get it first"

    Although the In Death numbering scheme makes it look as if this book is the sequel to Imitation in Death, it's not. Between the two, Roberts wrote a half Roberts/half Robb novel called Remember When, a two part book set half in present day and half in 2050s NYC. Only the second half is about Dallas, and it's available standalone under the title Big Jack. It's a very nice story, so go back and get it if you missed it.

    Now, about this book...

    I'm listening to the series in order, and Divided is my favorite since Witness. There is real tension between Eve and Roarke as he is torn between his desire to protect her "bad Roarke" style and his respect for the law through her.

    There is, as a negative review noted, a higher percentage of dialog to action than in some other books, but if you're into series fiction it's really all about the characters. This book has some great Roarke and Dallas character development, funny and touching scenes with the still pregnant Mavis, and some interesting glimpses into the workings of the mysterious Roarke Enterprises.

    Program your auto chef for coffee and danish, put on your favorite Freestone album, and enjoy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    Would you try another book from Mark Greaney and/or Jay Snyder?

    Based on this one? No way. I got it because it was free from audible, and because I like a good action tale. What a disappointment. If I had paid, I'd ask for my money back.

    What was most disappointing about Mark Greaney’s story?

    The characters were very one dimensional, and the situations were contrived. Any five minutes of any episode of Strike Back has more engagement than the hour of this I endured before giving up.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

    Only if I were in need of a soporific and the drug store were closed. I would not have believed that anyone could read lines like "and then the helicopter crashed and Al Qaida decapitated the bodies" with such total lack of inflection. He reads every word as if he were seriously constipated and it signaled the final push.

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

    Disappointment. It's a great moment in the life of any audible listener to discover a new series, and I had such high hopes....

    Any additional comments?

    Could you remove it from my library? It's painful to look at....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted in Death: In Death, Book 22.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen

    Number 12 is an urban legend in 2060 New York City. The hot club in the 1960s, it is now reported to be haunted...and cursed. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called there to investigate the apparent murder of Radcliff Hopkins, its new owner and the grandson of the man who made Number 12 a cultural icon.

    Pagan Picnic says: "You'll hate yourself in the morning"
    "You'll hate yourself in the morning"

    Okay, you're hooked on In Death and you're going to buy this no matter what my review says. I get it - I ignored the bad review to buy it, too.

    Here's the thing - it's bad. Really, really bad. Maybe Roberts had the flu when she wrote it. Maybe Ericksen caught it from her. But it stinks. The plot is laughable. Peabody, Meara, Roark and, it pains me to write this, even Dallas act so stupid you'd swear they couldn't solve a glide cart stickup.

    So, all my fellow fans, go ahead and buy it. It's only three hours long, which means it's cheap, so do yourself a favor and spend the $10 in cash to buy it. That way, once you've finished it and need to get the bad taste out of your mouth, you'll still have a credit left to get a GOOD book.

    I'm off to Born in Death with high hopes...

    Oh - and if you hate this one, please come back and write a review...

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Big Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In New York City in 2059, someone is pursuing missing gems from a decades-old heist...someone who's willing to kill for them. Sharp-witted and sexy, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is used to travelling in the shadowy corners outside the law. And in a future where crime meets cutting-edge technology, she will attempt to track down the diamonds once and for all - and stop the danger and death that have surrounded them for years.

    Donn Edwards says: "Remember When - WARNING"
    "For Dallas fans, half a book is better than all"

    I like the In Death books, but I'm not particularly fond of the Roberts genre. So I wasn't looking forward to the first half of Remember When, in which the first half called Hot Rocks is a current day story setting up the back story to Dallas' adventures. I was pleased to find Big Jack available separately.

    The book stands on its own, and has plenty of narrative to catch the reader up on events of Hot Rocks. It also contains some great In Death moments, including Peabody's attempts to adapt to plain clothes in her new role as detective.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction in Death: In Death, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars.

    Kellie says: "Where'd Peabody go??"
    "My Kindle auto voice could do a better job..."

    People ask my why I bother to buy audio books, since I have a Kindle and it will read to me in a male or female voice. My answer is always that the auto voice of the Kindle sounds as if it were reading the phone book, while a voice performance on an Audible book is like listening to a well-produced radio play. What a disappointment this book has been! Perhaps the reader was having a quarrel with the publisher and this is her equivalent of going on strike? As others have said, the voices are indistinguishable: especially one cannot tell Dallas from Peabody, which makes many sections of dialog confusing. I know some people complained that Peabody was from AZ and had a NY accent, but this is ridiculous. I will definitely preview additional titles in this series, and anything else read by Ms. Ericksen, before buying. Who knows, maybe she has bought stock in Amazon?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Silent: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 13

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat

    Undeterred by world war and enemy submarines, Amelia Peabody, grandmaster Elizabeth Peters' indomitable archaeologist-sleuth, once again sets sail for Egypt, where ghosts of an ancient past and specters of a present-day evil hover silently over an inscrutable land.

    Nancy says: "Unabridged is unacceptable"
    "Not abridged, butchered"

    I bought this yesterday and listened to the first hour. It's horrible. No introductory "Editor's Notes", no indication of when the action switches between Amelia's diary, Ramses' "manuscript H" and Nefret's letters. So much is missing.
    Because I like the series, and after some reflection, I decided to go to Recorded Books, order the unabridged version on 14 CDs, pay $62 plus shipping, wait for it to come, then rip the CDs into iTunes. The ridiculous nature of having to do such a TwenCen transaction is why I suspect this book and the next two are highly pirated. Nobody under 40 would wait - they will just hop on BitTorrent and go get an illegal copy.
    Audible, please talk to the copyright owners. It's not as if Rosenblatt never recorded this book unabridged and it's not available. They are losing money, and deserve to be whacked with Amelia's parasol!

    51 of 52 people found this review helpful

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