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Russ

Beverly, MA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Two Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1722)
    Performance
    (1498)
    Story
    (1502)

    After his wife, Helen, is brazenly abducted before his eyes, Special Agent Pendergast furiously pursues the kidnappers, chasing them across the country and into Mexico. But then, things go terribly, tragically wrong; the kidnappers escape; and a shattered Pendergast retreats to his New York apartment and shuts out the world. But when a string of bizarre murders erupts across several Manhattan hotels, NYPD Lieutenant D'Agosta asks his friend Pendergast for help.

    G. House Sr. says: "Whiplash from the emotional rollercaster"
    "too long, too man side trips"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no idea


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was a classic case of a 16-hour book that should have been 10 or 11 hours. There were way too many distractions and side trips, plus I felt like the storming of the island and fort in Brazil took up half the book. And we all knew what the outcome would be.


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

    yes. He is a good reader -- the only saving grace.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Two Graves?

    cut the "boys in Brazil" segment down to about an hour


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1547)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "excellent"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a great book. I knew little about James A Garfield (other than his middle name, which is a frequent crossword clue). The author clearly admires him and that admiration is infectious. This book was an excellent blend of politics, scientific advancement, and history. Beyond Garfield, the picture of Alexander Graham Bell and the controversy over medical treatment made this a must read. The reader brought the history to life!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Midnight: Doc Ford #19

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Randy White
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    It began peacefully enough, on one of Florida's private islands. At a reception hosted by a notorious Russian black marketeer, Doc Ford uses darkness, and his friend Tomlinson, as cover to get an underwater look at the billionaire's yacht. By the time Ford surfaces, everything has changed. Environmental extremists have taken control of the island. Or are they thugs hired by the Russian's competitors?

    Robin says: "Not White's best"
    "weak and rambling"
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    What would have made Chasing Midnight better?

    it was confusing and way too long. The final scene of a boat chase seemed to take hours to unfold, without any real reason.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Randy White again?

    yes


    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    okay


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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