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Dave Staats

Brentwood, tn United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Border Lords: A Charlie Hood Novel #4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    ATF agent Sean Ozburn is deep undercover, supporting the sicarios of the North Baja Cartel, when he suddenly goes completely dark, leaving Charlie Hood and the support team from Operation Blowdown with a safe house full of bodies and no explanation. Sean’s only communication in the following days consists of a series of haunting digital videos sent to his desperately worried wife, Seliah.

    Charles says: "Parker misses with this one, really boring."
    "Sad to see that T.J. Has "Cornwelled""
    Overall

    Yeah, a few years ago I had to make up a new verb when Patricia Cornwell was at the point where she and/or her publishers realized they could sell anything with her name on it. She tried that attempt at a comic novel and in several books I could not tell if one character was dead or back alive or what. Some have done this more successfully like Patterson and Clancy who are essentially publisher/brands now.
    This is T.J.'s chance to go either way. I have read or heard at least 80% of his work. I hope the next one doesn't have a stupid plot with characters who were 'ok' for the first book that introduced them. This horse is dead. Please get on a new one and ride...like Ridley Pearson did...Oh and Colacci is still good except in his world they all say "EYEther" in stead of "EEEther" every time in every book.

    2 of 2 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
    (973)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (863)

    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.

    Poconos says: "One of the best author/narrator combos anywhere!"
    "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.

    0 of 1 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
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    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.

    Geert says: "Do not buy!"
    "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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Switchblade: An Original Story

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (260)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (901)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (784)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (54)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (887)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Will Patton is the only reason for this."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. If it was on the page I'd have quit. Will Patton made it barely finishable.


    What was most disappointing about James Lee Burke’s story?

    This would have been merely tedious if it was half as long. It was interminable. This is just tired. I have done the whole series. I kind of thought Dave and Clete might be dead at the end of the last book. I kind of wish they had been. I hate saying this. I have never said or thought it about a series this long before...but again...if you appreciate how good Will Patton is this may be better than nothing at all.


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

    This was as good as any of them. It is as good as Ferrone doing Sandford or Guidall doing Craig Johnson.


    Did Light of the World inspire you to do anything?

    I am inspired to give up James Lee Burke.


    Any additional comments?

    If, by chance, this is your first time with the series you might like this.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (955)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "SO incredibly good!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This could easily hook someone on audio books AND John Sandford's series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was very cool to have Lucas, Virgil, Kidd and others all together.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    Richard Ferrone IS Lucas Davenport AND as with George Guidall and a few others, I don't find myself thinking about who's doing it as much as I do the story...except when I pause to admire that aspect of the performance.


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

    All of it...it was like watching a movie in my head while I was on a 1000 mile trip.


    Any additional comments?

    See also my "Prayer Review" on other titles. It applies here too.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3949)
    Performance
    (3530)
    Story
    (3525)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Wonderful! Also search for my "Prayer Review""
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    Would you listen to Suspect again? Why?

    No but only because I just don't. Anyone who does this will want to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Scott, because he did what he thought was right, paid the price for his mistakes etc. I hope to see another one of these along with more from Joe Pike and Elvis. Maybe even a "SuperFriends" version with all three and even Det. Cowley (sp?)


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    All of them. One of my best narrator compliments after well over 500 titles is when I mostly don't think about who is talking. When I can't find new titles by favorite authors I may add MacLeod Andrews to the list of people I check out like King George (Guidall).


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

    I did laugh a couple times, and yes, there were a couple damp eye moments.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are new to Crais you are in for a real treat.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kevin Pollak, Alan Goldsher
    • Narrated By Kevin Pollak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    Kevin Pollak rose through the comedy club ranks at the feet of Don Rickles and Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, and George Carlin. Named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist — Falk, Shatner, Walken, Nicholson — a versatile actor with one of the most respected filmographies around, and an Internet pioneer. He’s done it all, and now he’s ready to spill the beans.

    S. Droski says: "Turns out I'm a fan...who knew?!"
    "Of My 627 Audio Books This is Top 3"
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    What did you love best about How I Slept My Way to the Middle?

    I loved best that Kevin Pollak seems to be the guy he always seemed to be. He is amazingly talented. Incredibly funny, humble but at the same time not unaware that he is really good at what he does. He talks a lot about Tom Cruises' enthusiasm for everything. I'd similarly note Kevin's excitement at getting to meet as many of his heroes as he has and his seeming lack of awareness that he is right there with them as far as his fans are concerned.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked his writing style. It was effortless to listen to. I may get the book someday just to see the photos but if I had read the book I'd still do the audio just for the voices. I mean reading this book when audio is available would be like sending Stevie Wonder a painting for Christmas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many where I laughed out loud. I don't even want to pick one...but to honor the question I'll mention Alan Arkin calling to tell Kevin he had to stop leaving messages for himself (it makes sense when you hear it). Or Rip Torn maybe which can't be printed here.


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

    I choked up several times when he said things I feel deeply. I didn't choke up over his comment about why he hates strip clubs but I did laugh. I have always felt the same.


    Any additional comments?

    God, I hope he writes another book. I am going to find his online show next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Live by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (233)

    Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

    Richard Delman says: "Lehane shows off his skills."
    "The question I had about this one is GONE!"
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    If you could sum up Live by Night in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful pacing,characterization.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Live by Night?

    I can think of 5 or 6, but to have one SO close to the end that was so unexpected, yet fitting was great.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about Jim Frangione's performance. What I did not like was a review that complained about his performance. One of my key measures (of over 500 titles) is how much/often I simply don't notice someone is reading/performing and simply get lost in the story. If not for the cruel, stupid review I saw elsewhere, I'd never have noticed him at all. It was a masterful job considering the size and scope of the story and the myriad characters and accents involved. I may go listen to something else he did just to check him out more. As a first listen, I have to give him 4 out of 5 GuidallStars.


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

    Many more than I expected. Probably 6 or 7 that would all be spoilers, I guess the first one was the near-opening scene of "feet in cement".


    Any additional comments?

    Dennis was close to having my "Prayer Review" One more like this and he gets it. (Yeah, I'm full of myself today but I have probably earned it.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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