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Daddy Shawn

Writer & daddy.

La Verne, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Richard Stark
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    You probably haven't noticed them. But they've noticed you. They notice everything. That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack. They're heisters.

    Jane says: "It was fun. It was different."
    "Excellent mystery crime novel."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Richard Stark (alias for Donald E. Westlake) has such a unique voice. Everything is told through the criminal mind. Amazing and doesn't feel dated in the least.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3379)
    Performance
    (2506)
    Story
    (2503)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "I like my stories a bit hotter."
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    Would you try another book from Craig Johnson and/or George Guidall?

    Possibly.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It's a TV show and I found the show to be very similar to the book, not exactly my taste.


    Any additional comments?

    A well written book; but much like the region it's set it, the novel Cold Dish takes it's sweet time. I definitely appreciated the craft of the writer, but neither the plot or characters weren't seasoned to my taste. There is a lot of going back and forth over the same clues. 'Cold Dish' has a very nice, realistic touch to everything that happens. I think it's definitely a book worth trying if you like mysteries set in rural settings.

    The book was just too slow for me and I had to push to get through. It's possible that I'm jaded by the jump-cut pace of many crime novels, but I found this Dish a bit too Cold for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Shadows: Night Angel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2476)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1611)

    For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art---and he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir. For Azoth, survival is precarious, something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums and learned to judge people quickly---and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint. But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

    Jake says: "Shockingly good."
    "The story is good but strange word choices."
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    Would you try another book from Brent Weeks and/or Paul Boehmer?

    Yes, it's enjoyable enough. Think airport fantasy novel.


    Was The Way of Shadows worth the listening time?

    Yes, though I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. The prose is salted with street vernacular that just threw me out of the story. It's no classic, but fans of fantasy & young adult novels should find the book entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    I did find the plot to be enough to get me to read the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (669)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Robert says: "Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!"
    "Didn't feel outdated in the least. Great narratio"
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    If you could sum up John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' in three words, what would they be?

    Action adventure that's both fun and exciting.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I can't remember if I'd heard Scott before, but his narration on A Princess of Mars is spot on. Perfect for this book. I hope to get the entire series with him reading. Definitely recommend this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Funeral: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    The rich master of Enderby Hall, Richard Abernethie, has passed away, leaving his massive fortune divided up between family members. The rest of his family are quick to stop his sister Cora from speaking further when, at the reading of the will with Mr. Entwhistle, the family solicitor, she suggests that his death may not have been as natural as it appears to have been. The next day, another body shows up. Cora has been killed with a hatchet, supposedly during a robbery. They turn to brilliant detective Hercule Poirot for help.

    Thad says: "A great Poirot mystery."
    "A wonderful version of the book."
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    A wonderfully classic story.


    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    I especially loved Poirot's voice by Hugh Fraser. Really well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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