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Gregory

Charlotte, NC, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • In the Frame

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Charles Todd is an English artist who is well known and respected for his renderings of sleek and athletic horses. What he now faces at his cousin Donald's house is also art - the art of a perfectly brutal murderer. Donald's home has been burglarized and his wife, Regina, is lying on her back dead, her face the color of cream. Donald is shattered, shocked, and a prime suspect.

    Mary A. says: "Art and Horses Combined Makes this one Intriguing"
    "Not his best..."
    Overall

    I've read many Dick Francis books and always enjoy them. He is such a goodcraftsmen that even his lesser works, such as this, can be mildly enjoyable. Here the awkward plot twists and coincidences strain belief. The most interesting part for me was Francis' introduction where he explains that the elements of this story, and especilly the technical details about painting, came from a vacation he had in Australia. It's interesting to see how an acomplished author can mine these everyday experiences for book material. He didn't find gold but the gems are semi-precious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • U Is for Undertow: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1313)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (363)

    It's April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone's 38th birthday, and she's alone in her office doing paperwork when a young man arrives unannounced. He has a preppy air about him and looks as if he'd be carded if he tried to buy booze, but Michael Sutton is 27, an unemployed college dropout. Twenty-one years earlier, a four-year-old girl disappeared, and a recent reference to her kidnapping has triggered a flood of memories.

    BSquared67 says: "A brilliant departure from the familiar"
    "Overblown and underwhelming"
    Overall

    I have long been a fan of Grafton's and loved her earlier work. I'm afraid she has run out of steam though, and this book was a disappointment. A third of this book could have been edited out and the impact would have been positive - the pace would have been improved and we would have been spared from spending so much time with these uninteresting people. Thrillers often sacrifice character development for plot. If the plot is sizzling the character development won't be missed. (Dan Brown, anyone?) Here, plot is sacrificed for backstory. The mystery isn't very mysterious and the characters who are new to this story are all pretty annoying. On a more positive note: Terrific job, as usual, from Judy Kaye the reader.

    1 of 3 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
    (8769)
    Performance
    (3003)
    Story
    (3075)

    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"
    "Jumped the Shark"
    Overall

    I love Dan Brown, but I am afraid he has worn out his single plot structure and overused his trusty narrative devices. He puts his same tools to use but to a much weaker effect. He's straining here and tries to cmpensate by adding more pages. He should take a break from the Langdon series and try something really new. Maybe a true crim book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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