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David N. Pevsner

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  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (5578)
    Performance
    (3067)
    Story
    (3076)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Perfect in every way!"
    Overall

    Flynn hits a home run again! The only thing wrong with the experience of hearing Guidall bring Rapp to life as only he can is that it's just like dining out on a good steak...it's so delicious that you know you should take your time and savor every minute, but just can't help yourself when you devour it like a maniac and suddenly it's over before you know it. Pure genius to take us back to the beginning, Vince. Hold on tight, Rapp fans. Another great kick in the teeth to the PC crowd.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3825)
    Performance
    (1955)
    Story
    (1965)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Disappointed...not Connelly's best effort"
    Overall

    Huge Connelly fan, but this one missed. Looking back, I can't quite tell if the story quit, or the narration didn't make the characters come to life. I tend to think the latter, and give props to the author for trying to pull these great characters together, but it just didn't work for me. Telling Haller's story in the first person made it feel like this was his story, and Bosch just appeared as a supporting actor. The reader is pleasant enough, but has a bit of a lisp I found mildly annoying because it detracted from his ability slip from character to character smoothly without it sounding, well, like a guy reading a book out loud. Len Cariou's still Bosch to me...like Bond without Connery, Harry's just not quite the same guy with this reader. Could be my favorite combo of character and reader, Cariou and Bosch, and I hope they get together again someday. Oh well, the great thing about Connelly is that he's prolific. Though this one didn't quite make it, can't wait for what's next...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Copper Bracelet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Jeffery Deaver, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (291)

    Two years after the events of the Audiobook of the Year - The Chopin Manuscript - former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his Volunteers once again must crack a secretive conspiracy that not only threatens their lives, but the stability of the world. Their race against time will take them from London to the U.S. to Russia and beyond. And at the heart of it all is one question: What is the secret of the Copper Bracelet?

    Reg says: "Excellent Read!!!"
    "This All-Star game should become a tradition!"
    Overall

    What an absolute treat! These books are sort of the literary equivalent of the NFL Pro Bowl, MLB and NBA All Star Games all rolled into one. For those who commented that the pacing was a bit uneven, I did not find that so...and who cares, anyway?! When those special all-star days roll around every year they may not yield the year's greatest game, but given the thrill of watching your future Hall Of Fame players on the big stage in their prime...who cares?! We might not get absolute perfection with these books, but they're still fantastic listens and so unique that it's easy to overlook minor imperfections. Having loved "Chopin", I was so excited to get my ears around a sequel that I sort of "sped-listened"; the first time through. I'm going to go right back and savor a second go. Molina is spot-on again. He's just a wonderful reader and the perfect choice for this project. With an all-star game, though it's only an exhibition, one gets a sense that the players really relish getting to team up with the very best at what they do. Here's hoping that these great authors are having as much fun doing these very unique projects as it appears, and that they'll keep these wonderful books coming!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Heroes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history.

    Janet C. Walker says: "Excellent"
    "Great book, even better performance"
    Overall

    Loved the book and loved the performance. I actually chose this book not because it was a Turow work, but because Edward Herrmann is my favorite reader and I thought it?d be a real pleasure to listen to his treatment of a novel. His nuanced performance of this work is typically flawless. I was frankly leery of a Turow book, having never been able to really get started with Laws of Our Fathers, which was disappointing after having loved Personal Injuries. This novel was a wonderful surprise. Though at first glance one might think it's just another war serial, Ordinary Heroes looks at the basics of human existence in a very unique way. I very much liked the dual first person narratives...quite inventive. It?s a great device that allows the author a very ?readable? vehicle for his take on how our own experiences shape our lives in often unexpected ways, as well as the lives of those far removed from the immediate events we?re living through. I suspect that I would not have enjoyed this book nearly as much had I tried to read it. The richness imparted to the work by having Herrmann bring the characters and scenes to life is not to be missed. All in all, Ordinary Heroes is one of those where the long march to the end is very satisfying, and yet when you get there it?s somewhat sad?having spent so much time with these terrific characters, it?s a shame to have to go our separate ways.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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