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R. Conley

Geneseo, IL | Member Since 2007

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  • Pronto

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (240)

    The feds want Miami bookmaker Harry Arno to squeal on his wiseguy boss. So they're putting word out on the street that Arno's skimming profits from "Jimmy Cap" Capotorto - which he is, but everybody does it. He was planning to retire to Italy someday anyway, so Harry figures now's a good time to get lost. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens knows Harry's tricky - the bookie ditched him once in an airport while in the marshal's custody - but not careful.

    Corey says: "It was good"
    "Not the TV Raylin"
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    I thinks the Justified is one of the best ever TV dramas, right there with HBO series like Deadwood. If you have watched the TV series you may be disappointed in this book's portrayal of Raylan. Perhaps the story may disappoint too, but at least you come away with good background on the shooting that sent Raylan back to KY. The book's Raylan has almost none of the qualities and characteristics of his counterpart except his skill with a handgun and has more of an accent than Tim Olyphant uses. I like Leonard and I enjoyed the book, but like to get a little longer story for my credits. I plan to listen to the rest also to see how Leonard develops Raylan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (380)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Perhaps the best Dave Robicheaux"
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    Too much action for Burke to preach, too much plot for Dave or Clete overshadow, minor characters shine as usual

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1469)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1222)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "how many more times?"
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    I enjoyed this book, but there are so many more potential story lines available to Mr. Johnson.....one must hope that this is the last of the "lost in the Big Horns" story lines. And while I love George Guidall and I think he is PERFECT for Walt....I just can't help but hear him saying "“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." Lots of story to come I hope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8834)
    Performance
    (8111)
    Story
    (8151)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "yes there is a narrator problem"
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    I haven't like the narration from the start. Initially I was put off by the fact that Dotrice first can't begin to carry off a female voice and makes the numerous younger characters sound many, many years older. In fact everyone sounds like they are at least 60 years old. He uses what sounds like a mixture of British, Scotch, Welsh, and Irish accents with no apparent affect and as other reviewers have stated he often pronounces characters names differently. And in this book he does not always (ever?) use the same character "voices" he used in the previous books.

    That being said while moderately annoying and perhaps less than might be expected of someone we have to listen to for a couple hundred hours, this is a distraction and not a game breaker. It is a good story but I doubt I could have ever read it as opposed to listening to it. The many characters and fairly numerous subplots are much easier to follow when you can listen to the books one after another and are much more manageable over all than say those in that unreadable mess of a epic The Wheel of Time.

    Starting book 5 today which is the bottom line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Point

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (434)

    The recipient of Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box has won almost every honor in his field. In Breaking Point, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is glad to catch up with old friend Lyle Pendergast, but then the man goes missing and is named a suspect in the death of two EPA employees. All signs point to Lyle’s guilt, but the more Joe digs into the case, the more he realizes he’s stepped into the middle of a deadly power play.

    Ronna says: "My favorite author does it again!!"
    "Hard to beat a Joe Pickett story"
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    Trade publications and "professional" reviewers say this is the best book in the series. I'm not sure because there absolutely are no bad installments in the Joe Pickett story. This is the kind of book I try to listen to as slowly as possible, but it never works. In spite of the negative light Box paints the EPA and the federal government in general, the politics are never heavy handled or preachy. I'll listen to this again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Voodoo River: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (184)

    .A. private eye Elvis Cole is hired by popular television star Jodie Taylor to delve into her past and identify the biological parents who gave her up for adoption 36 years before. Cole's assignment is to find out their biological history and report back. It seems all too clear cut. But when he gets to Louisiana and begins his search, he finds out there's something much darker going on. Other people are also looking for Taylor's parents - and some are ending up dead.

    R. Conley says: "You can skip this one"
    "You can skip this one"
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    Story - average for all, below average Cole/Pike. Narrator - bad, sounds a lot like Dick Hill, his Cajun is strained and just wrong at times, his Joe Pike is way off. Not sure if authors are part of the process to choose narrators, but Cole's quirky personality which comes through with all other narrators in the series is completely lost here. Sounds as dry as a procedural. Don't waste your credits.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (1398)
    Story
    (1363)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "Sort of the same old good story"
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    Burke's proselytizing grows a tad weary since he hammers it home at every opportunity and after, what is it 19 books, I am growing a little tired of Dave and long for more Hackberry Holland.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2244)
    Performance
    (2049)
    Story
    (2031)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "A nice little fable looking for a home"
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    While King is no all-star narrator he really isn't that bad and does not detract very much at all from this audio book. I listened to the first four as a set up (3rd? time at least) and that was not necessary but it did let me stockpile some credits. This does not add much to Roland's story, but sheds some light. The story and the story within have connections that do not seem forced - some don't like the connections but I think within the other works that connect and the King as character later in the Tower series that the add a lot to the story(ies). Not sure if I'll finish them all again - hate to lose Oy again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (521)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "One of the best"
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    Can't miss with Joe and Elvis, good narrator but you'd think an author would pick one reader and stick with them. One of the best of the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (356)

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

    Richard says: "Dynamic Duo"
    "Stop and get the first Hack Holland before this"
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    All three Hack Holland novels are great, but you get a lot of perspective on Hack and others in this book if you start with Lay Down My Sword and Shield. Dave Robicheaux novels don't require this, but I advise you read the Hack novels in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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