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Dave Staats

Brentwood, tn United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Heaven's Keep: A Cork O'Connor Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (158)

    Every married couple knows you don't go to bed angry. The corollary, Cork O'Connor realizes, is that you also don't say goodbye when you're mad. When the charter plane Jo O'Connor is on crashes over the mountains in Wyoming in an early winter storm, Cork deeply regrets the heated argument he had with his wife just before she left. An intense search is launched, but bad weather and the steep terrain hinder the efforts and soon the search is abandoned.

    C. Telfair says: "Exciting!"
    "Great O'Connor Episode with one star reservation."
    Overall

    My problem is not with WKK here unless he was involved with the recording production. I have listened to all but 3 of WKK's books now. The ones on here, at least. I love all of them. I even like all the readers and I don't even think my complaint is with Buck Schirner here. He does a great job...but I also liked all the Craig Johnson series of Walt Longmire novels and I am VERY accustomed to George (Gold Standard Narrator) Guidall talking about Ab sir ROH ka County and in this book there must have been 200 instances of Ab sarra kuh mountains. Even if there is a chance this version was right I did all the other Longmire books first. It was worse than a movie with a bunch of "Call 555 3495"s in it. If this is my only complaint then it means I am very happy with it and when a picky person is happy you should have no hesitation about buying. I am sad that I only have 3 more WKK books before I have to put him on my list of "Waiting for him to write another book" authors.
    Jo was a good character but I understand why she had to be retired.

    1 of 1 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
    (574)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (515)

    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.

    Barbara N. says: "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    "Another Great Harry Bosch Tale"
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    What did you love best about The Burning Room?

    Pretty much everything. Harry is more like a person than a number of real people I know. Best was maybe how he invested in someone. Maybe how he is mellowing a bit.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I am not sure 'edge of my seat' is right but that's not a complaint. There were plenty of unexpected twists. I liked having two separate story lines going.


    Which character – as performed by Titus Welliver – was your favorite?

    Harry was my favorite. I saw someone somewhere rate Titus Welliver one star for this. I'd give him 6 if I could. I have 1428 titles now and I bought 66 this year. I have heard everything by Michael Connelly since I started. Titus Welliver would have been perfect for Harry in the beginning but Len Cariou was also perfect. He was just first. If we can't have Len then Titus is great. My favorite all-time reader is George Guidall but even he could not do Harry justice like Len and Titus.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure...One sitting...or tiny little sips because now I know I have to wait a while before another of my " Prayer Review " authors has another release.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to go see if Titus Welliver has any titles I have missed. Shame on anyone who didn't think he was great for this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Martin Short
    • Narrated By Martin Short
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

    Ty Brady says: "This is what audio books were made for!"
    "I always hoped he'd be like this."
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    If you could sum up I Must Say in three words, what would they be?

    A Wonderful Life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the whole thing so much I don't know how to answer this question.


    What about Martin Short’s performance did you like?

    It was him. It felt like he was talking to me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I didn't know his history beyond the work so it hit me when he began talking about Nancy in the past tense at a certain point in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish he had only covered half his life so we could have another book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gun Church

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Reed Farrel Coleman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett, John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    Kip Weiler is a self-destructive, washed-up, middle-aged professor. Once a superstar of the literary set, he has bottomed out after years of drinking and not writing anything worth a damn. As the novel begins, he’s teaching classes at a small, rural community college. Kip's talent, money, and chances have just about run out, when he rescues a classroom full of his students from a deranged student gunman who opens fire and takes the class hostage. Things then begin to change for Kip - seemingly for the better....

    Karen says: "Glad I took the chance"
    "Thank you, Dr. Parker"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Gun Church in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, Interesting, Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kip. It was like watching a series character's arc all in one book.


    What does Joe Barrett and John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joe has that voice that makes you think very little about who is narrating. That is a huge compliment for me. John Keating was a good addition for the Irish piece because faking it would be worse if Joe did it. Audio books are like movies in my head. It's great when I am engrossed in the performance and don't notice the director being "artsy". This was that.


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

    If I made the film...maybe..."If you liked Gone Girl you'll like Gun Church" And you'll wonder why the book wasn't bigger.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love to see a film made of this book. My title was to thank Robert B. Parker's estate for hiring Reed Farrel Coleman and giving me a list of books to buy. This book should have been huge. It was for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kodiak Sky: Red Cell, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen Frey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    For decades, the top-secret Red Cell Seven unit has operated beyond the reach of the law - defending the United States by any means necessary, with absolute impunity. But the tables have turned, and the untouchable anti-terror squad is under attack. Determined to end Red Cell Seven’s ruthless, lawless existence, the US president has tapped military assassin extraordinaire Skylar McCoy to lead a covert search and destroy mission. But McCoy isn’t the only one gunning for Red Cell Seven.

    Dave Staats says: "Frey and Daniels' worst work"
    "Frey and Daniels' worst work"
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    I believe I have read or heard all of Stephen Frey's books. This one is just over the top silly. It's like he dropped a jumbled Rubik's cube on the floor, it bounced a couple times and ended up with solid colors on all the sides. And Luke Daniels? When I got to the end I could not believe it was Luke Daniels. Usually he's just fine. This time I think the best was to describe it is to say 'imagine a couple 9-year-olds playing Batman'. It wasn't quite bad enough to return or quit on but near the end I was thinking 'Please, God, just let it end soon.'

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot: Jesse Stone, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Reed Farrel Coleman, Robert B. Parker (Created by)
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York City hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been. He left more behind him than unresolved feelings about the play that ended his baseball career. The darkly sensuous Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there in New York...

    Dave Staats says: "So GOOD! Great Tribute to Dr. Parker"
    "So GOOD! Great Tribute to Dr. Parker"
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    I was so worried when the estate began announcing various writers picking up Dr. Parker's series. So far, every one has been worthy. This is no exception. It's a bit different than some of the others in that it is longer but that's a bonus here. The best compliment I can think of is that I can't tell someone else wrote it. Naughton is perfect as Jesse and overall and as with Ace Atkins on the Spenser series I am now going to see if Reed Farrel Coleman has a back catalog. If you miss Robert B. This will make you feel better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1713)
    Performance
    (1503)
    Story
    (1505)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "Time to haul out my Prayer Review"
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    This may appear again now and then.

    Dear God: Please let this man write another book soon and please let me be here to listen to it. I can't say something like 'even his worst book is good' because I can't think of anything he's done that is worse than anything else.

    Before I post this list I have to say that Sandford, Parker and MacDonald are EXTRA special. And Richard Ferrone as John Sandford's voice is an amazing match. Like George Guidall with Craig Johnson and pretty much anything George reads.

    Robert B. Parker lived in this space for me as did John D. MacDonald, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, John Hart, Craig Johnson, John Lescroart, William Kent Krueger Ridley Pearson ,and Jonathan Kellerman. Some others are really good but these guys have something special. If you are into mystery-thrillers I just gave you a back catalog I wish I could have...but I HAVE had it and it is an incredible treasure. I stopped going to libraries and swap places just so I can encourage these guys by sending them money. Please enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Cell Seven

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen Frey
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Created more than 40 years ago by secret executive order, Red Cell Seven is a highly classified intelligence agency tasked with protecting America from the most catastrophic of terrorist attacks. But in the aftermath of a string of deadly terrorist attacks across the nation, Red Cell Seven finds itself drawn into a conspiracy that threatens to tear the organization apart. The president himself calls on Troy Jensen, a high-level clandestine operative and the son of Red Cell Seven’s current leader, to spearhead the hunt for the terrorists.

    Dave Staats says: "Should have been published on April 1st"
    "Should have been published on April 1st"
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    This book is a joke. Thank God for the return plan. Preposterous events and characters. Terrible performance. I liked Stephen Frey's prior work but this is just bad...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Switchblade: An Original Story

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (327)

    An anonymous tip puts Bosch on a case that has remained unsolved for decades, the vicious stabbing of a teenage boy whose body was found in an abandoned Old Hollywood restaurant. Cold cases are often the toughest: With no body, no murder scene, and no fingerprints, Bosch nevertheless gets lucky when DNA evidence from the murder weapon points to a known killer. But the DA insists that science alone is not enough - he needs the case to be bulletproof before he'll take it to court.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Good for a short Short Story by a Favorite Author"
    "Great if you like Harry,Michael and Len"
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    JUST BE CAREFUL... I automatically, instantly buy anything by Michael Connelly so I didn't realize I burned a credit for a book that was priced at 2.63 since it was only 50 minutes long. I am pretty sure they'll let me pay cash retroactively but better if you know ahead of time. I HOPE this is like last time he did this...the Short story was released a few months before the new Bosch novel. I just can't find any data on when it is coming...here or on Connelly's site.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (924)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Also see my "Prayer Review" on other titles"
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    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    I might end up doing all of them again. All of John Sandford, I mean.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. There were SO many characters doing so many things, some expected and some not.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

    That f*ckin' Flowers, of course.


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

    I almost cried when it was over because I had nothing half as good lined up. I laughed a number of times but I think my favorite was Chapter 23.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I may be ready to say John Sandford is my favorite writer ever. Definitely my favorite one still working.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Alibi: A Jason Kolarich Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    James Drinker is a bit of an oddball. A funny-looking, geeky loner, he walks into Jason Kolarich’s office one day with a preemptive concern: two women have recently been murdered, seemingly by the same killer, and Drinker thinks he will be the police’s main suspect. One woman was his ex-girlfriend, he says, and the other was a friend. He’s the only link between the victims and he has no alibi for the night of either murder - surely the police will realize it soon. Believing he’s the target of a frame-up, Drinker hires Kolarich for his defense. Something about James Drinker seems off from the start, but Kolarich doesn’t give it too much thought. Until another murder occurs....

    Debra says: "GRIPPING"
    "Good but might be better on paper."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Last Alibi the most enjoyable?

    David Ellis' story


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I didn't find myself anticipating as many elements as I usually do after over 600 Audible titles and thousands of books before those.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Usually I like Luke Daniels just fine. His ONLY, but HUGE, error in this book was Joel Lightner's voice. I have read or heard all of David Ellis' books. I think he would agree and Luke is in danger of becoming a joke like Scott Brick if he keeps doing that. And Tanya Eby just wasn't needed for this book. She wasn't horrible...except every time she did a male voice. It was also a distraction to hear the same character voiced by 2 readers.


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

    Oh, not really...it was just a really good story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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