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Jerry

Calabasas, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2266)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (904)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "Book 3 stars, narrator minus 1!"
    Overall

    The story was just OK for me, a real stretch in places. If you are a fan of Connelly's Harry Bosch character, I am sure you will enjoy this book. It definitely had a couple of good plot twists. But Len Cariou is just awful as Bosch. At times, actually most of the time he narrates as if the listener is a complete idiot. His attempt at female voices was so bad I actually skipped over that section so I wouldn't have to listen to it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sarah Lotz
    • Narrated By Andrew Wincott, Melanie McHugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. With terrorist attacks and environmental factors ruled out, there doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.

    Lisa says: "Different"
    "One Word Sums Up My Feelings "Boring""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Three?

    I found the storytelling style difficult at best to follow. Maybe if I had read this book as a printed novel it would have worked better .But as an audio presentation, listening to it in segments, it was too difficult to follow.


    What was most disappointing about Sarah Lotz’s story?

    The style and I just didn't care about any of the characters, let alone like them. The author kept repeating the story. At one point I turned it off, I got so bored with it that I didn't care what happened.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a brave attempt at a different type of storytelling, it just didn't work.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Others

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (121)

    Father Tim and Cynthia arrive in the west of Ireland, intent on researching his Kavanagh ancestry from the comfort of a charming fishing lodge. The charm, however, is broken entirely when Cynthia startles a burglar and sprains her already injured ankle. Then a cherished and valuable painting is stolen from the lodge owners, and Cynthia's pain pales in comparison to the wound at the center of this bitterly estranged Irish family.

    R. Jones says: "Good as ever, but...."
    "BORING!"
    Overall

    How could the previous reviewer possibly state "wonderful, enjoyable, heart warming- a must!" I barely got through half of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Kind of Traitor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    Perry and Gail are idealistic and very much in love when they splurge on a tennis vacation at a posh beach resort in Antigua. But the charm begins to pall when a big-time Russian money launderer enlists their help to defect. In exchange for amnesty, Dima is ready to rat out his compatriots and expose corruption throughout the so-called legitimate financial and political worlds. Soon, the guileless couple find themselves pawns in a deadly endgame.

    Darwin8u says: "Human heart in conflict with itself"
    "Could Not Finish Listening"
    Overall

    I completely agree with the previous review by Thomas. This book is so plodding, it will absolutely put you to sleep. By the half way point, I had to quit. Please do not waste your time or money on this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3039)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1261)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Please! Excellent reviews, not even close."
    Overall

    I found the first few hours of this book very interesting, but it got bogged down very fast. The author is constantly re-telling the story through various characters, by the fourth time you have heard the same plot points you to want to throw something at the car radio.

    I did like the use of multiple narrators, it was the only thing that made listening to this book bearable. The biggest problem is the author clearly does not understand the concept of a story arc, instead it's a flat line from beginning to end. Please do not waste twenty hours listening to this dribble and don't even get me started on the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8777)
    Performance
    (3011)
    Story
    (3083)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "I want my seventeen hours back!"
    Overall

    A previous reviewer wrote " If you like Dan Brown, you will like this book". I like Dan Brown but this book is a near complete waste of time. Is Brown writing a mystery or giving a lecture? I thought this book was never going to end. Of course as another reviewer said, he will probably make a fortune on the screen play. This may be a challenge for Ron Howard, not sure he has ever made a movie based on a lecture before.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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