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Paul

houston, TX, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5210)
    Performance
    (3168)
    Story
    (3169)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Good Start to the Series"
    Overall

    If you've decided to start the whole series after hearing a few of the latter books, then here you are. A little too 80's cop movie for me (drug dealers, Vietnam, dirty cops...) but worth the time.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (973)

    On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

    Pamela says: "A good read"
    "Mehh..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Peter Jay Fernandez?

    Of course, I've read several. Some are better than others, this one is sort of in the middle.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little more character development & I didn't really by the ending. Sort of a rush job to set up following books?


    Have you listened to any of Peter Jay Fernandez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8 worth the listening time?

    Yes, &'certainly for someone trying to knock out the whole series, it's just not the best of the lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3778)
    Performance
    (3304)
    Story
    (3338)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Wow!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I cannot recommend this enough. I started it over the second I was done w/ the 1st run-through. An epic story, amazing characters, just a solid piece of entertainment. Some reviews say this is "lighter" than some of his other works, but that is only sort of true. I would say it is very accesable to a wider audience, but a smarter than average audience, to be sure.

    I have fireds who are listening to Reamde as well & we talk about how they are dreading that it will be ending... I suggested the entire re-do or re-pllay. They had never even considered that w/ prior books, but are fully expecting to w/ this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story, all over the map doesn't do the book justice. But if you've read N.S. before, you know what to expect.


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

    No, but I was very happy w/ the narrator.


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

    Laughed out loud, looked up locations on Google Earth & some other outside searches. Typical w/ N.S. reads.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book, go on a road trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1515)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (773)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    Overall

    1st, Ron Perlman (Hellboy)is a real suprise. Excelent reader, great tone and pacing. Is he Russian? Story is very engrossing, the details make the book. Grim tale and plenty of misery, don't listen if you've just gone off your meds, but worth the effort for the real emotional attatchment you build w/ the players.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4344)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1881)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Wow, Great Story, GRRR... Narrator Switch"
    Overall

    Story was best one yet by M Connelly! Really excited to get back into M Haller from Lincoln Lawyer. They switched the dang narrator. This is a bad habbit w/ this series. New guy was just to laid back, horrible on Bosch, would have been perfect if book was about the new surfer dude. Great new charachter BTW. Really liked him and rooted for him to do well. But was about Haller and at least the narrator could have listened to prior to see how to pronounce name!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (567)

    FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years: the one that tells her the Poet has returned. Years ago she worked on the famous case, tracking down the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten Robert Backus, the killer who called himself the Poet, and apparently he has not forgotten her either.

    Jon says: "Bosch again"
    "Super Book, could not get out of my car!"
    Overall

    Especially after the disapointing "lost Light" had me thinking of quiting the series. Very interesting, lots of different locations, well paced story. Only, very minor, issue was w/ the exelent narration except for the maid and little girl. Maid sounded like speedy gonzolas and little gire was too ??? Both were small parts and overall narration was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2558)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1083)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Slow Build Up, Good Wrap Up."
    Overall

    Am going 50/50 on the MC novels. Really like Lincoln Lawyer and some of the later "non-Harry B" books. Tried to get into series by starting at begining, but the 1st two seemed dated... All about Vietnam and too predicable by 1/2. But I liked them enough to give the series another shot. Jumped up to Lost Light as it had decent reviews. Story was good if a long time coming. Was really hating Harry not being a cop as was he. Narrator was great. Am already bored by HB's not being able to work a computer. Old, tired play and it's turning up in next book too. Drop it, my Grandmother can go online and check the weather now-a-days. If you like the series, you don't need my input, it you're on the edge, it's OK and if you're new to MC, start w/ the Lincoln Lawyer and Chasing the Dime.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1124)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Best C. Moore Book to listen to."
    Overall

    Have read all Chris's books and listened to them all as well. For some reason I had trouble getting into this read, but the listen was spectacular. The narrator was great, the jokes were spot on, everything came together for me w/ the audio book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Infamy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Pearl Harbor is in utter chaos after the unexpected third strike by Imperial Japanese Naval Air Forces, ordered into the attack by Admiral Yamamoto. A victory has been achieved, but is it total victory? Yamamoto is horrified to discover that the Foreign Ministry office of his government has utterly failed in their promise to insure that a proper declaration of war be delivered to America prior to the opening of hostilities.

    Kenneth says: "Wonderful"
    "You're already going to buy it."
    Overall

    Now that the attacks have happened authors explore the results of the change in reality from book 1. So there is less "fact" to learn from here, but the whole is really worth the effort, what could have been is frightening and I really hope this era is explored futher. I haven't gotten any of their civil war books, but want to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William Forstchen
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    After their New York Times best-selling series on the American Civil War, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen now turn to the events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and examine how different decisions might have profoundly changed the history that unfolded.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "History with a twist"
    "Wow, what I never knew I didn't know!"
    Overall

    The alternative history part of this book is later on in the execution of the attack, but the lead up really opened my eyes to the real world of the 1930's era. Most of this book is "set-up" and Newt does an amazing job of laying the foundations for this pivotal event.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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