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Darrell L. Schrick

SUNNYVALE, CA. | Member Since 2005

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  • The Third Bullet: Bob Lee Swagger, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    It’s not even a clue. It’s a whisper, a trace, a ghost echo, drifting down through the decades via chance connections so fragile that they would disintegrate in the puff of a breath. But it’s enough to get legendary former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger interested in the events of November 22, 1963, and the third bullet that so decisively ended the life of John F. Kennedy and set the stage for one of the most enduring controversies of our time. Swagger begins his slow night stalk through a much-traveled landscape. But he’s asking questions that few have asked before....

    lyl says: "Not what reader is anticipating"
    "Slow-developing plot but still Bob Lee"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Although the idea of a solution to the many Kennedy assassination theories is intriguing, the story took forever to develop with long periods without the usual Swagger action. I liked it ultimately, but had I known how long it was going to take to get to the final solution, I probably would have passed on this one and listened to something more fast-paced.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen Hunter? Why or why not?

    Yes, definitely. Overall the Bob Lee Swagger novels are very satisfying.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    Bob Lee, of course. His Russian buddy was a close second.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swann's Way

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Marcel Proust
    • Narrated By John Rowe
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Swann's Way is the first volume of Proust's supreme masterpiece, the seven-part novel entitled Remembrance of Things Past. In it, Proust recalls the early youth of Charles Swann in the small town of Combray as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It then shifts to Swann himself, now a fashionable man caught up in turn-of-the-century Paris and a tortured love affair.

    Cheryl says: "A masterpiece, brilliantly read"
    "WAKE ME UP, PLEASE"
    Overall

    I read somewhere when I was younger that Proust's Remembrance of Things Past was perhaps the greatest novel ever written. I never did read it and decided that now was the time to start with the first volume.

    Thank God I never got around to reading it. Had I done so I may have given up reading entirely, thinking if this is the greatest novel I don't want to read ever again.

    It is narrated by a neurotic Mama's boy who recalls a tale of an even more neurotic family acquaintance. I was bored to tears. If there is a point to this endless tale, it certainly escaped me.

    Don't waste your time or money with this turkey.

    4 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9149)
    Performance
    (3558)
    Story
    (3598)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "WORLD WITHOUT END"
    Overall

    A FOLLOW-UP TO PILLARS OF THE EARTH, THIS BOOK IS AS WELL-WRITTEN AND PLOT-DRIVEN AS ANY DICKENS NOVEL. RICH WITH CHARACTERS AND PLOT TWISTS, IT IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE READ IN YEARS.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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