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Kevin

Walnut Creek, CA, United States

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  • No Rest for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci (introduction), Laurie H. Armstrong, Sandra Brown, and others
    • Narrated By James Colby, Richard Ferrone, Carol Monda
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (272)

    More than 20 New York Times best-selling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel -- a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.

    Carrie says: "Not as good as expected"
    "Bad idea"
    Overall

    Great plot. However, each author seemed to feel the need to scene set in each chapter rendering the book extremely tedious. First book I couldn't finnish in years!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (357)

    At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemend building...

    loretta says: "Great listen, good story, BUT abrupt end......"
    "Book needs finished!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Burn better?

    Major story line not resolved. Female cop killed and investigated early in story not resolved. Then demise of bad boy very weak. Lastly, way to much background noise with the Bennit family.




    What could James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finnish the story!


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

    The basic story was good, potentially great!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sight Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (164)

    A deadly multi-vehicle pile-up on San Diego’s historic Cabrillo bridge is thought of as a horrific accident - until Kendra Michaels arrives on the scene and perceives it as something much more sinister. Blind for decades and now sighted, Kendra's unusual skill for observation is highly sought after by both the FBI and CIA. Now her amazing conclusions open up a multi-jurisdictional investigation that once again teams her with the FBI and federal agent Adam Kyle as they investigate a conspiracy so explosive that someone will kill again and again to protect it.

    Kevin says: "Good story. Needs editing."
    "Good story. Needs editing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Sight Unseen?

    Great underlying story but the characters in this book were extremely self centered and full of angst to a ridiculous degree. I have liked all the previous books but this one really needed a good edit!


    Would you recommend Sight Unseen to your friends? Why or why not?

    probably not. Good story. Bad writing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Amplified angst and tried to act too much!


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

    Good underlying story.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a better editor!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3735)
    Performance
    (2826)
    Story
    (2830)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Good story. Verrrrry Slooooooowwwww."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot good.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Great voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Please edit. This should have been a 10 hr book. Could have achieved this by picking up the pace and eliminating dialog wondering into meaningless trivia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Black

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    A spy plane gathering data on a new Russian weapon is blown out of the sky by a mysterious MiG. Is it an accident or the start of the next world war? One U.S. agency has what it takes to find out - the National Security Agency and its covert operations team: DEEP BLACK.

    C. Stephens says: "Find a plot and stick with it"
    "AVerage at best!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story line could have been a great book. However, the performance was terrible and the dialogue felt as though it was written by a 13 year old. I don't believe that Coots wrote this and that he hired a marginal writer to do the book. I generally love his work, but this was terrible!!!


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

    Story line carried a good book as a possibility but this was not it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. Charles?

    Don't know but this was not good. Might have been the poor prose but it was bad.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    1 star!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mile 81

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Thomas Sadoski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (481)

    At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side”. Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

    Mary Z says: "Nailed it!"
    "Ripoff! This is not a book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Mile 81?

    I thought I bought a book. Instead I got 3 short stories. I'd like a refund!


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    I thought I bought a book. Instead I got 3 short stories. I'd like a refund!


    How could the performance have been better?

    It could have been a book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (553)

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    "Decent story in need of an ending!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about I, Michael Bennett?

    The story did not have an ending. It felt like they just stopped in the middle and left you hanging, almost like they stopped to meet a publishing deadline.

    I'm a big fan of this series but was very disappointed by this!


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

    Good story, great buildout of the bad guy.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This performer is always good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I, Michael Bennett?

    About half of the family "filler" needed to be edited out. That got boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Michael's relationship with his DEA friend wasn't consistent. In the beginning he talks about how they has lost touch then later he says he misses him everyday. Inconsistent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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