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Gary Regan

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  • Let Me Go: Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    With escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell on the loose, a murder investigation demanding his attention, and journalist Susan Ward showing up at his apartment, it’s going to be a long weekend for Archie Sheridan. Soon Archie finds himself crashing a masked ball thrown by Jack Reynolds, a notorious drug kingpin. By morning, Archie is back on pain killers, a guest is dead and Archie quickly realizes that little is what it seems. One thing is clear: Gretchen is back, and Archie’s nemesis and sometimes lover has something special in mind.

    Catherine J. Pondozzi says: "Unhooked"
    "Laughable"
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    Would you try another book from Chelsea Cain and/or Christina Delaine?

    The narrator was just fine, but this book is a clear result of an author who thinks that she's so successful that she no longer needs an editor. And every writer needs a good editor.

    There are obvious gaffs: (paraphrased): "But he never downloaded anything to his laptop, so how could there be malware on it, " quickly followed by, "He only just downloaded that to his laptop a few weeks ago."

    And there's lots of unbelievable dialogue. At one point a character screams (again paraphrased), "I've been kidnapped by a serial killer today, and this happened and that happened, and if one more thing happens, I'm, I'm, I'm just gonna lose it." I bet you are.

    I've read and loved earlier books in this series, and I'm sorry to see these charcters henceforth lost to me. I enjoyed them muchly when they were well written. No more for me, though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talking to the Dead: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harry Bingham
    • Narrated By Siriol Jenkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    At first, the murder scene appears sad, but not unusual: a young woman undone by drugs and prostitution, her six-year-old daughter dead alongside her. But then detectives find a strange piece of evidence in the squalid house: the platinum credit card of a very wealthy - and long dead - steel tycoon. What is a heroin-addicted hooker doing with the credit card of a well-known and powerful man who died months ago? This is the question that the most junior member of the investigative team, Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, is assigned to answer.

    mindusq says: "Not the best thing I've ever read, but..."
    "Don't miss this"
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    Any additional comments?

    Fabulous book with wonderfully complex and unusual characters, beautifully read. What more could you ask for?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • London Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    The murderee is Nicola Six, a "black hole" of sex and self-loathing who is intent on orchestrating her own extinction. The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts; or the rich, honorable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch. As Nicola leads her suitors towards the precipice, London--and, indeed, the whole world--seems to shamble after them in a corrosively funny novel of complexity and morality.

    Dr. says: "Brilliant book, brilliantly narrated!"
    "Brilliant"
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    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The book is not only very clever (I'm sure lots when clear over my head), but the narrator is absolutely fabulous. He made the experience of listening to this masterpiece like true theater, never stepping out of character, no matter which character he was playing at the time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8455)
    Performance
    (7687)
    Story
    (7747)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "very disappointing"
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    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    This is one oif those books that makes you think that the author considers himself a major success so now he can just churn out garbage, whilst boasting about his knowledge of art history. This it the last dan brown book for me.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2328)
    Performance
    (1611)
    Story
    (1626)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Ruined by the Narrator"
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    If you could sum up One Shot in three words, what would they be?

    Tense, hard, annoying


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator portrays all female characters in this book as whining women who are unsure of themselves. He manages to put inflections into their voices that make them sound inadequate as people altogether, and he does this with sentences that could be read as coming from confident professional, which most of the main female characters in this book are. It's very annoying. I'll remember his name.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drinking with Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rosie Schaap
    • Narrated By Rosie Schaap
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Rosie Schaap has always loved bars: the wood and brass and jukeboxes, the knowing bartenders, and especially the sometimes surprising but always comforting company of regulars. Starting with her misspent youth in the bar car of a regional railroad, where at age 15 she told commuters’ fortunes in exchange for beer, and continuing today as she slings cocktails at a neighborhood joint in Brooklyn, Schaap has learned her way around both sides of a bar and come to realize how powerful the fellowship among bar patrons can be.

    Jeff says: "EYE OPENING, REFRESHING,AND HONEST"
    "A Book About Life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Drinking with Men to be better than the print version?

    I loved hearing Roie's voice as I listened to this book. It felt as though we were in a cozy snug at the back of some Irish joint, sharing stoies and whiskey


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so beautifully written, and although it's about life in bars, it's also about life in general. Tears came to my eyes on more than a few occasions as I read Drinking with Men, and I got my fair share of chuckles from it, too.

    When I reached the end, I not only felt as though I knew Rosie Schaap really well, I felt as though I loved her, too, just like I love many of the people I've hung out with at bars over the years--for their insights, for their honesty, and because they've been kindred spirits.

    This is a book that I'll re-read over and over again. Sort of a bar-goers Bible if you will.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In for the Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood. Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine.

    Larry says: "A great read"
    "Is this a parody?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend this book to ayone who might enjoy what seemed to me to e a parody of a hard-boiled cop vs serial killer story. The conversations were cynical beyond belief, and there are character inconsistencies throughout the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was fast paced and filled with tension, even though I found myself laughing out lous at some of the things that were said. I'm paraphrasing here, but there was one sentence that went something like, "She was average looking, but if she managed to grow much older in this lousy world of ours, there was a chance she'd be pretty one day."

    Why is this world of ours so lousy? I don't know, but every character in this book seemed to agree with that premise.

    And veryone in this book is also jaded; they all hate each other; they are tired of life, and none of them treats anyone else with even a modicum of respect. Still though, they are so over the top, they made me laugh, so . . .


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Scott Brick did a great job of differentiating the characters, simply be giving each one of them a distinct accent and/or speech pattern. and he also gave me the impression that he was aware of how over the top this book is, so he read it with so much attitude that I swear I could see him laughing all the way home from the studio.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite everything I hated about this book, it kept me riveted to the story, and I've no doubt that I'll sample atr least one more of Lutz's books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choir Director

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Marc Damon Johnson, Adam Alexander, Patricia R. Floyd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (175)

    Carl Weber is a New York Times best-selling author who’s made a name for himself with wildly entertaining works marked by his trademark wit and storytelling panache. In The Choir Director, Bishop T.K. Wilson is banking on dynamic new choir director Anthony Mackie to reverse the failing congregation’s fortunes. But while Anthony’s got more than enough chops to raise a heavenly chorus, he’s also got a weakness for the ladies that could make the Devil himself stand up and take notice.

    annette says: "Off The Chain!"
    "A Darned Good Yarn"
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    If you could sum up The Choir Director in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, Funny, Naughty


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first thing one hears when listning to this book is something about it being written for an African American audience, and I'm as white as they come. The first thing I learned as I went forward was that this book is for everyone, and it offered me a glimpse into African American life in America without resorting to over-blown stereotypes.Add to that the fact that this book is really well written, and the storyline is tight, and you have all the ingredients for a darned good yarn, be you black, white, or blue!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a great job of differentiating each character with a voice all their own. I've no idea how people can keep track of such things when narrating, but this guy was superb.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Life in America


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Dervish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayad Akhtar
    • Narrated By Ayad Akhtar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.

    David says: "a complex, rewarding book"
    "A Brave Book"
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    Where does American Dervish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the most moving, and enlightening, books I've ever listened to


    If you could rename American Dervish, what would you call it?

    If I could re-name this book I'd probably call it "Just Another American Family"


    Any additional comments?

    Like many Americans, I know little about Muslim family life, and I was drawn to this book because I wanted to learn a little about Muslim culture. Boy did I pick the right book.

    American Dervish is written without apology, it delves into the soul of a young boy growing up in a Muslim family in America in the 1980s. He struggles with his religion, takes it to extremes, then settles down when he sees the bigger picture.

    The family, and their friends, are comprised of many different characters, each with their own views on religion--both theirs and other folks' beliefs--and each of them lives their life in America on their own terms. Some are radical--though not uber-radical--and some try to fit into American society by befriending people from other religions.

    Guess what? They are like any other American family. This book is such a treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Delilah Complex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    The Scarlet Society is a secret club of 12 powerful and sexually adventurous women. But when a photograph of the body of one of the men they're recruited to dominate - strapped to a gurney, the number 1 inked on the sole of his foot - is sent to the New York Times, they are shocked and frightened. Unable to cope with the tragedy, the women turn to Dr. Morgan Snow.

    Greg says: "Good Soft Porn"
    "Decent Foreplay, no Real Climax"
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    I really wanted to like this book more, but it just kept falling a little flat. The premise was great--an upper-class female-dominant sex club in Manhattan whose subserviant male members keep turning up dead--but there was no real umph to the book. Shame, really.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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