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Andrew

Long time listener, road warrior and crime detective fan. Himes, Parker, Patterson, Crais, Grafton ....

Goldens Bridge, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Sentry: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (236)

    Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it — and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.

    S. Harvey says: "Vintage Crais"
    "Pike gets a woman ... kinda."
    Overall

    I like Elvis Cole ... but Joe Pike is minimalist cool. I thought the pace of this story was better then the first two. The usual twist at the end was unexpected. The biggest downside to the book is we are losing the mystery of the character ... which was a highlight of the Cole Series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3535)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1731)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Not the Camel Club, but pretty good."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Got tired of waiting for next Camel Club, book - so thought I'd give this one a try. Standard Baldacci character development, early intrigue and potential plot outcomes. Baldacci gives you enough upfront to say ... dang, I knew it would be them. Not as good as the CC team, but these two characters have potential. I'm starting book number 2 today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (518)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "Beware of recording"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'am a big Crais fan and greatly looked forward to this book. The performance was screwed up as they failed to read the chapter numbers. I was on road traveling and kept thinking I was missing chapters. I even wrote them down when they were stated and reversed a couple times when somewhere skipped. The way the book is written (jumping around) made the readers technique even worse. Maybe the reader could have said something at beginning of recording about skipping the chapter numbers. In the end totally ruined my enjoyment of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Stone: A Stone Barrington Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (295)

    A new addition to the New York Times best-selling Stone Barrington series. After an eventful trip to Bel-Air and a reunion with his sophisticated (and very wealthy) former love, Arrington Calder, Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he's looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld. But Arrington has other plans for Stone... including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.

    michael says: "Very, very poor"
    "The Death of Stone Barrington"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm not sure what to make of this Stone Barringtion book. While everyone must grow up, the joy of fiction is characters can be suspended in time. In this foray is all about wonderful rich people and there wonderful rich life. Stone makes lots of money as partner in firm, he gets close to his kid, his kid is smart, he finally marries Arrington, he looks nice in riding pants. There is no twist of government intrigue, no beautiful smart femme fatale, no car chase, no flash of Stone's hard edge ... in a nutshell no mystery or drama. All the things that have made Stone a favorite are missing. I kept waiting for the changed birth certificate to cause a problem. For the villian to actually be connected in some way to the premise of the kid's movie. For Herbie, Joan or Dino to get capped by mistake. Nada. What did happen was predictable. Tony Roberts did a good job, but this was my first real disappointment with the series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Double Deuce: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Spenser is forced by loyalty into an alien world where violence is a way of lie and outsiders enter at a lethal risk. When Spenser's cohort Hawk is hired by the tenants of a gang-plagued Boston housing project known as "Double Deuce," he enlists his friend's aid. A friend's girl and her infant daughter have been gunned down. Though the act at first appears to be an accidental drive-by shooting, it soon becomes clear that it was premeditated murder.

    Judy Stone says: "Good Story, Lousy reader"
    "Story ok, the performance disappoints."
    Overall

    I was looking forward to this latest recording and must say I was disappointed. Not as much by the story, but the performance. I was appalled at how poorly the Hawk voice was performed. The actor spoke as if Hawk was a TV pimp or ghetto character. Anyone that is fan of series would be disappointed. The story was ok, actually gave a few glimpses into Hawk's life that were interesting --- but I could not get past the voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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