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David

HULL, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Law of Nines

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (256)

    Turning 27 may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him - and everyone he loves - into a target.

    D says: "Can't stand alone"
    "Stream of consciousness"
    Overall

    Boring, predictable, slow. Only one story line. Seems like he wrote the story stream of consciousness - like he didn't know where he was going with the story. He found his characters in a situation and then just decided what might happen next. Juvenile writing.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (606)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Jean says: "Action packed story"
    "boring. Dick Hill needs to retire"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Ready to Kill better?

    So slow and boring. Book 3 was MUCH better than this one. Very uncomplicated plot. Very little action.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Dick needs to retire. He sounds like has emphysema. Makes everyone seem like 65 year old smokers. Even the "young, hot girls"


    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1135)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "You have to be over 65 to enjoy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about W Is for Wasted?

    Incredibly boring, incredibly predictable. Why would Sue Grafton keep writing for the 1980's? Because she doesn't know anything newer? Every phrase was painfully outdated. Characters were cliche and annoying. Get a ghost writer to write X, Y , and Z!


    Has W Is for Wasted turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I will be more careful to be sure they are writing in this decade.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Voices for many characters were just plain annoying. Like fingernails on a chalkboard.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from W Is for Wasted?

    too many to count.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, unless you are 65-70+ and have never kept up with the times - i.e. still in love with the 80's, then don't read this book. you will find it as painful as i did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (767)

    The title character from ABC's hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.

    Ryan says: "As advertised-Great lite read."
    "Second worst narrator ever"
    Overall

    Seriously, I can see making the mistake of hiring a bad narrator once, but twice??? Why does Johnny Heller narrate anything? The tv show is fun, so I was looking forward to this even though I didn't expect much from the story. But the narrator made it unbearable. I can't even finish. Nikki Heat, the presumably hot young female detective sounds like a 60-year old smoker. And why does the leading man, the leading woman, and the narrator all have exactly the same voice????

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (443)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "too full of himself"
    Overall

    Too much language. Would be nice if there was some warning that every other sentence must have an expletive. The story was OK, the protagonist unlikeable. Seemed like a Clockwork Orange wannabe.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

    Serra55 says: "Dangerous Waters"
    "boring and weak ending"
    Overall

    Seems like Koontz really wanted to be a poet instead of a fiction author. He has the main character go off on these ethereal mind benders that went on forever. To top it off, the ending was very weak. Seems like the publisher was pressuring him to finish the book so he wrapped it up with the most predictable and unsatisfying ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rule of Four

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two students are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the 500-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled, until an ancient diary surfaces.

    Michael says: "BETTER than Dan Brown"
    "Highly recommend if you have a brain"
    Overall

    I very much enjoyed the intensity of the scholarship of the storyline and the drive the characters had to accomplish their goal. I found that aspect of the book as interesting as the mystery and intrigue. If you are turned on by the history and the amazing research that went in to the Da Vinci Code and not just the "shoot-em-up bang bang" aspects of it, then you will love this book too. Sorry so many of the above reviewers have to be entertained with cheap thrills on every page of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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