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George L. Johnson

Columbia, SC USA

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  • Alex Cross, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (729)

    Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

    Cris says: "Ugh!"
    "Patterson and Cross Score Another Killer Hit"
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    Not all installments in the Alex Cross series are created equal. 'Alex Cross, Run' ranks as one of the very best, in my book. The fine old story formula is here, well executed, involving clever, creative bad guys, and involving the Cross family in just the right amounts. A great performance by Boatman and Boyer, too. All in all, a very nice recovery from the horrendous movie experience with nonactor crossdresser Tyler Perry last year.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Private Down Under

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael White
    • Narrated By Tim Wright
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    With the best detectives in the business, cutting-edge technology, and offices around the globe, there is no investigation company quite like Private. Now, at a glittering launch party overlooking the iconic Opera House, Private Sydney throws open its doors. Craig Gisto and his newly formed team have barely raised their glasses, however, when a young Asian man, blood-soaked and bullet-ridden, staggers into the party, and what looks like a botched kidnapping turns out to be a whole lot more.

    Pavel says: "was it really written by J. Patterson?"
    "Another Good Stop on the 'Private' Global Tour"
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    Patterson (with the usual help) does it again, with a taut, compelling yarn from Australia, as Private opens another high tech, high tension location. Excellent set of characters, my favorite Darlene, head of the high-tech forensic operations. Would have rated narration higher, but the otherwise very good performer seemed to have a problem with the "s" in "she," when the word begins a sentence. He sounded as if he might be trying to avoid a sibilant sound, but "she" much too often sounded like "he," obviously somewhat confusing in a novel with both genders deeply involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (398)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    justin says: "TWO/THREE star review within 3 hours ? RIDICULOUS"
    "Interesting, not as good as the others"
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    I became attached to the Wayward Pines series after the first two. This book was a bit of letdown, mostly because I found the sequencing of events (between pre-suspension and post-suspension), for example, with a chapter that begins "five years earlier." Earlier than what? The story is good, but lost its way it a bit this time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (530)

    Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

    Wendelin says: "sensational book from the beginning to the end."
    "Invisible Disappoints"
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    I don't like the lead character of Patterson's latest book. She's neurotic, babbling, and boring. Long stretches of the book, when characters seem to wax philosophical, are tedious to the point of distracting the listener from the reasonably compelling story. Performance is distracting as well ... I simply don't like men or women narrators forcing their voices to sound like twisted, distorted orations from the opposite gender, and that's the problem with January LaVoy, who has a wonderful voice and delivery - as female characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8994)
    Performance
    (8107)
    Story
    (8114)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham's Revival of Jake Brigance is Brilliant!"
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    John Grisham's best book, A Time to Kill, is a vivid and thrilling depiction of a young lawyer's lonely fight against racism and racial violence in mid-1980s Mississippi. Now, Jake Brigance is back, still combatting the darkness of ignorance and hatred, only three fictional years later in the same small city. Great legal twists and turns make the occasional tedium of reading a court case come alive and keep you awake. This one is just as good the first one, from 25 years ago. Narration and pace are perfect for the characters and help move the story along.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Gone: Michael Bennett, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio, Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (380)

    Manuel Perrine doesn't fear anyone or anything. A charismatic and ruthless leader, Perrine slaughters rivals as effortlessly as he wears his trademark white linen suit. Detective Michael Bennett once managed to put Perrine behind bars, the only official in the US ever to accomplish that. But now Perrine is out, and he has sworn to find and kill Bennett and everyone dear to him.

    lu says: "predictable"
    "Worst Patterson Novel Ever"
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    I usually find some redeeming values in even the least of Patterson's efforts, but not this time. The story itself is a nonstarter, and narration - especially whichever of the two narrators reads Bennett - is tedious and lifeless. The writing is pretty bad for a Patterson book, and there are noticeable lapses in continuity of plot. Ugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    Overall
    (1300)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1147)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    Jack says: "Good Story But Surprise Narrator"
    "Reacher is always better with DIck Hill"
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    Another solid, thrilling Reacher tale, with all I've come to enjoy about Child's lonely hero. But the narration here is either awful, or I'm spoiled by Dick Hill, who has become Reacher for me (far more than Tom Cruise ever will). It just doesn't sound right.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10291)
    Performance
    (9325)
    Story
    (9404)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "How Can a Thriller Be So Tedious?!"
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    Dan Brown's writing seems to get worse with each book. I like long books and long stories, but I don't like the main characters stuck in the same small location in Italy for hours on end, with awfully similar things happening over and over and over. Narration doesn't help when it's this flat and dispassionate. More and more, reading or listening to Brown is like hoping for drama, even a small spark, in a Fodor guidebook, and then you realize the writer presumes you've never in your life left your front stoop.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (524)

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Kellerman is guilty of tedium"
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    As a longtime fan of the series, I know some of the Delaware-Sturgis stories can be slow. Guilt is well beyond slow, however, reaching rather deeply into B-O-R-I-N-G.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (977)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "A Tedious Thriller"
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    What disappointed you about Into the Darkest Corner?

    This book doesn't quite live up to its publishing hype, or - in my opinion - to the many highly positive reviews. Although the suspense builds very well in the second half, the first half is confusing at first, then settles into a long and tedious drag that, so slowly, finally becomes more promising.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The growing terror for an OCD victim getting to know someone, perhaps anyone.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She should have at least slightly varied Cathy's voice and presence between the two periods of time depicted. That's the confusing part, which I suspect would not have been so puzzling in print. However, I doubt I would have been patient enough to keep reading beyond chapter 40.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The basic story is quite thrilling.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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