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Mike

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Don't Let Go

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4275)
    Performance
    (3924)
    Story
    (3911)

    With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

    shelley says: "The new Harlan Coben?!"
    "Very good mystery"
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    I've listened to quite a few of Harlan Coben's books over the years and while most of this book is classic Coben, it's a bit of a departure for him as well. In his other standalone mystery books, the mystery itself is usually the main character. Sure, there are characters, but quite often it's the mystery that plays the star. This was the first time for me that Coben's main character(s) was really the star of the show. He did a better job developing Nap before everything went topsy turvy than he had in any of his previous standalone mysteries. I enjoyed this one from beginning to end and I think anyone looking for a good mystery would too.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6683)
    Performance
    (5259)
    Story
    (5248)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Very long"
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    This is my second Tana French book, and like the first it was way too long. However, just like the first book, the end of the book was quite good. Ms French is a good author who would be a much better author if she could just get to the frigging point. Her books aren't long for the sake of plot or character development, they're just long for sake of being wordy and long. I listen to a lot of audio books, and I often like buying long books. I have never bought an abridged audiobook, but if ever there was a candidate for the abridged format, Tana French would be it. The story was decent, the narrator was very good, but the the overall narrative just kind of drifts on and on, until it finally picks up some momentum at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3790)
    Performance
    (2159)
    Story
    (2153)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "80% of a story?"
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    What disappointed you about Night Fall?

    The ending of this book was terrible. The author did a very good job of building to what should have been the climax of the story, and then ruined it. I can understand wanting to avoid a predictable ending, but the end of this book makes the final episode of Seinfeld look like a masterpiece. I've thoroughly enjoyed 3 other John Corey books, and was enjoying this one as well until the end. I think the Corey series is probably over for me now.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    No, most likely not


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Brick is very good as John Corey. I was on the fence about him after I listened to some of the Bourne books that he read. He was a little melodramatic in those, but as Corey he seems very natural and everything flows nicely and has an excellent pace to it.


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

    More of the book was good than bad, but when the bad part is the end, it makes the entire experience wholly unsatisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy detective books, and I really like series the best. I've read or listened to a few series over the years, and in every series there seem to be some hits and misses here and there. Not all of the Harry Bosch books were good, but none of them missed the mark by as much as this book. The ending of this book felt so lazy and half-assed that I'm taken aback that it ever made it into print. It's like DeMille let a stoned college kid finish his book. I'm almost as disappointed by the 9/11 ending of this book as I actually was on 9/11. If you enjoy the John Corey books, just skip this one and keep going with the series. I don't think I can listen to any more of them now. I've been derailed by this turd.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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