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Gary Regan

With Lotsa Love from gaz regn

New York | Member Since 2009

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  • 25 reviews
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  • American Desperado: My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times best-selling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic.

    aaron says: "BEST First Person (realistic) Criminal Account"
    "Pretty Facsinating"
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    This book give a look inside the head of someone who is pretty much a sociopath, and yet it's not hard to relate to him. His ingenuity as a gangster is amazing--transporting drugs in a car on the back of a tow-truck, for instance. And if you like the book, see this guy in person in a movie called Cocaine Cowboys (available on instant netflix)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (784)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "What a Surprise"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would not have bought this book if I'd read the synopsis properly, simply because I rarely read "time travel" novels. This one, though, was super from start to finish. Brilliant. Funny. Really well written, and very well narrated, too. I loved every second of this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (999)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Marci says: "So Disappointing"
    "Annoyingly Good"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gray Mountain the most enjoyable?

    Grisham's superb writing made this book wonderful, so why did I use the header, "Annoyingly good"? Mainly because the ending wasn't up to Grisham's usual standards. I won't say more except to mention that I recommend any Grisham fan to buy this book--you won't be disappointed, I promise.The narrator, too, was just superb.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (634)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Maybe The Best Mystery Novelist Anywhere"
    "Off the Charts"
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    Where does The Son: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is, without doubt, one of the finest books in its genre (serial killer, I guess) that I've ever read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Son: A Novel?

    The ending is just astounding, and Nesbo keeps your eyes glued to the page (or your ears fully alert) to the very last word.


    Which character – as performed by Gildart Jackson – was your favorite?

    The narrator made each and every one of the charters in this book come to life--he is fabulous.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that a huge nod is also due to the translator of The Son--he or she did a fabulous job. I've read badly translated Scandinavian books, so I know how important this is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slip of the Knife

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Jane Macfarlane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder - as a reporter she lives at crime scenes - but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Patterson has been found hooded and shot through the head. Paddy knows she will be of little help - she had not seen Terry in more than six months. So she is bewildered to learn that in his will he has left her his house and several suitcases full of notes.

    Lehua says: "Another winner"
    "Great Read"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book held me page by page by page. I had genuine concern for the characters, and just had to find out how this would all unravel


    What does Jane Macfarlane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is fabulous, she has a wonderful gentle lilt, and brings the characters to life, one by one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books I'll probably pick up again in a year or so--definitely worth a re-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (358)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "Fabulous"
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    If you could sum up Atonement in three words, what would they be?

    The best book I've read in the past 5 years


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atonement?

    The ending is beautiful, and there's just enough of a twist here to put a smile on your face


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

    First time I've heared Jill Tanner, I think. She was PERFECT for this book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me neither laugh, nor cry, but it made me smile and despair over and over again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2793)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2070)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "Not Jack Reacher Quality"
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    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I'd never buy another Lee Child book after this. Boring boring boring. After loving the first JR book I expected more of the same. This was full of nothing. Hardly any action, and tone and tons of boring analysing by a Jack Reacher who is nothing like the original.


    Has Without Fail turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not in this genre, but I'll stay away from Lee Child forever. He obviously became one of those authors who thought that his first JR book gave him a license to get away with cr*p.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    good. decent, adequate


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

    Anger and disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    There's nothing left to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Me Go: Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (131)

    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 1 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
    (101)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    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
    (51)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    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


    3 of 3 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
    (10629)
    Performance
    (9614)
    Story
    (9699)

    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

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