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Kenneth

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  • Death Song

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael McGarrity
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In Lincoln County, New Mexico, the slaying of a deputy sheriff and his wife reunites Police Chief Kerney and his son, Sergeant Clayton Istee, on the bloody trail of drug-running killers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another Hit!"
    "Disappointing ending"
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    What started out as an engrossing story about a black ops type bad guy killing cops and civilians ended up so anti-climatically that I swore off this author forever. It was like the publisher decided the book was getting too long, so the last couple of chapters that described specifically the personality and motivations of the evildoer were chopped off. Too much in-depth description of trivia also bloated this mediocre police procedural.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (759)

    Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.

    Anthony says: "You Can't Help Pulling for the "Bad Guy""
    "A soul-less Grey Man"
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    Victor, yet another 2-dimensional hit man, kills his target effortlessly, then kills another, say, 20 bad guys sent to dispose of him. The plot is thin and predictable, the anti-hero survives through coincidence, luck, and no small amount of skill. I mean, really. If you like this genre of literature, walk don't run to Mark Greaney's Grey Man novels, the hero of which is much more interesting, three-dimensional, and has some of conscience. Also, I should add that the narrator of this book has a nice voice and attempts to dramatize the dialogue, but it is frequently difficult to know which character in a conversation is speaking, as for Rob Shapiro, "once voice fits all."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5517)
    Performance
    (2370)
    Story
    (2389)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Mythic fiction at its best"
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    The basic premise is this: A multitude of gods who have been brought to America in the prayers, beliefs, and myths imported with the faithful, subsequently abandoned and nearly forgotten, are now disguised as ordinary folk pursuing ordinary occupations, though sometimes exhibiting extraordinary powers. Add to the mix the unflappable ex-con Shadow, enlisted by "Wednesday" (aka Odin) for some ill-defined job as a bodyguard. In "American Gods", Gaiman has woven a wonderful and captivating homage to the power of myth and story. I haven't enjoyed a novel of mythic fantasy so much since Robert Holdstock's "Mythago Wood," published decades earlier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1898)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1686)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Mediocre police procedural with poor narration"
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    Harry Bosch solves two cold cases with a new partner, a lot of luck, and no small amount of coincidence. The narrator's monotone and "one voice fits all" approach to conversation makes for boring listening and sometimes makes it difficult to determine who exactly is speaking. He gives the impression of someone just reading words on a page rather than actually telling a story. And then there's the issue of Harry Bosch's age. For Harry to have been a "tunnel rat" during the Viet Nam war he would have to have been no older than 10 years old at the time. Perhaps he lied about this age.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (474)

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    Frances says: "SPOILERS! Still love Matthew Corbeett"
    "Very disappointing ending"
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    As usual, this historical detective novel is well written and McCammon does a believable job of portraying the culture and atmosphere of the 18th Century Carolinas. Matthew Corbett is engaging as the young Sherlock Holmes-type "problem solver," and the reader, Edoardo Ballerini--arguably the best there is at reflecting the mood and atmosphere of the various characters--does yet another excellent job. However, the ending employs one of the most hackneyed and scientifically dubious cliches in literature -- retroactive amnesia (forgetting your own name and personal history after receiving a blow to the head). Also, there is an incredible (read: unbelievable) coincidence at the end, combined with a bit of gratuitous gore, which had me shaking my head for hours. I recommend this book only for fans of the Matthew Corbett series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1171)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (814)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Tim says: "Groundhog's Day, It's Not!"
    "A wonderful book, worthy of all its praise."
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    I can add little to what has been said about "Replay" in the past 25+ years since it was published, except to comment that, while it has been compared many times to "Groundhog Day," it is actually more similar (in my mind) to characters in Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series: Bergitte Silverbow and Gaidal Cain, starcrossed lovers who are endlessly reborn, and with each new life much search each other out so that they may reunite yet again. Sadly, the author of "Replay", Ken Grimwood, died in 2003 at the age of 59. I like to think of Ken back into his teens during the 60s, betting on the Kentucky Derby and the '63 World Series, preparing to write a sequel to "Replay," perhaps suggesting an explanation for the miracle of reincarnation for a select few people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Killer's Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Over the course of his shady legal career, Victor Carl has made a host of bad decisions, but letting his ex-fiancee Julia, fall back into his life and into his bed might be the worst. Julia's husband has just been murdered, her fingerprints are all over the crime scene, and $1.7 million in cash has inexplicably vanished. If Victor didn't know better, he might think Julia was setting him up.

    Ted says: "All We Need Is Love"
    "Fun read, greater listen"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully hilarious mystery and sendup to "The Postman Always Rings Twice." The main treat, however, was the reader, William Dufris. This one-person cast of thousands has more voices than Sybil, and to hear his Jamaican-thug patois is to die for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    Robert Littell has created the CIA "legends" Francis and Carroll, dubbed "The Sisters Death and Night" by their cohorts. They've located the perfect pawn, the Potter, the exiled ex-head of the KGB sleeper school - and, with artful deception, the Sisters coerce him into betraying his last and best sleeper, the man he considers his son. Once awakened, this sleeper, will launch a mission of death - unless the Potter can stop his protegé from committing the Sisters' perfect and world-shattering crime.

    John R. Brown says: "Littell Light"
    "Excellent story; disappointing ending"
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    I happened coincidentally to download this audio just before the Kennedy Assassination, so it was a very timely read/listen. Littell is a master of the LeCarre-type spycraft novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed Scott Brick's delivery of the dialogue amongst the various characters. The plot is crisp, with excellent character development, but I was hoping for a more satisfactory ending to the various intrigues than the one Littell delivers. Just the same, a worthwhile purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1026)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "A thrilling, edge-of-your seat cliffhanger"
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    This is one of the most enjoyable thrillers I've listened to in the past couple of years. A PTSD veteran with his life in shambles redeems himself to his family and the best friend he failed, all while defending himself against one of the most vicious mobsters you'll ever encounter in a novel. Even with the dire, often depressing plot, Hurwitz manages to inject some humor (a bacon-eating vegetarian) and a poignant scene in a hospital ward, where severely sick children are trick-or-treating the other inpatients on Halloween. Scott Brick, who rightfully labels himself a "performer" rather than a "reader," is at the top of his game.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • One Drop of Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Thomas Holland
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    As the director of the U.S. Army's Central Identification Lab in Hawaii (CILHI), Robert Dean "Kel" McKelvey has made a career solving some of the country's most complex identification cases. Though fast approaching emotional meltdown, Kel now faces his thorniest case yet: the recovery of Jimmie Carl Trimble, a soldier from Arkansas who died a hero's death in Vietnam 40 years ago.

    Barbara says: "Pretty good for what it was..."
    "Tedious"
    Overall
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    I purchased this book after listening to "K.I.A." by the same author, which was terrific. However, "One Drop of Blood" has almost no plot line, although there are a few interesting science lessons about forensic anthropology, and has a "surprise" ending that is predictable about halfway through the novel. What bothered me most however was the nearly constant bickering between the two main characters, made worse by the reader's tendency to make them sound like characters out of South Park. This is apparently Holland's first published novel, and it's surprising to see how much his writing improved with the later (and much better narrated) "K.I.A."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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