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Richard

Huntsville, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2437)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1235)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "What happened?"
    Overall

    I have listened to all the Reacher novels and have rated them all four or five stars. This one was my least favorite. Too much description of vehicle lights at night and truck details. It seems like Lee Child is becoming more obsessive compulsive in his writing. The plot and characters were below his usual standards. I am a fan of Dick Hill as in Child's and Greg Iles' books.

    This was not a good week. I purchased this book, Michael Connelly's "Reversal", and Vince Flynn's " American Assassin". Among my favorite authors; only Flynn was worth the money.(I traveled a lot this week-so I do appreciate Audible's offerrings-have over 300 books in my audible library)

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6970)
    Performance
    (4003)
    Story
    (4030)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Extreme creativity"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
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    Wow-great listen-one of my favorites-(note to reader and producer-Lompoc as in Lompoc Federal Correctional Facility is pronouced Lahm-Poke)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (337)

    Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before - but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey work from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

    Maura Smith-Mitsky says: "Get off Richard Ferrone's back!"
    "Horrible Listen"
    Overall

    I have read all of Sanford's book and am a fan. I am also an avid listener of Audible books(over 400). This narrator completely spoiled the book. I recommend that Audible drop this narrator. I will NEVER buy a book he is associated with.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6571)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1911)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "ASTOUNDING"
    Overall

    I will not be able to describe my experience in listening to this book. So very profound and moving! I have to believe that hearing the author's(Khaled Hosseini) own reading of his book added greatly. The book convey's Afghan history, culture and the seeds of the current demolition of the country's richness and best of its people. But it is the relationships between father and son, friends of different social levels, and the evil effect of the Taliban on these people-direct and indirect. I cried a number of times and I hardly ever am moved to tears. My favorite books were "Dr. Zhivago" and "The English Patient"--now I must add "The Kite Runner". The first two were made into wonderful movies-"The Kite Runner" movie was disappointing in that it did come close to the marvel of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Painted Ladies: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange-money for a stolen painting. The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen. Convinced that Ashton Prince played a bigger role than just ransom delivery boy, Spenser enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse with the thieves....

    Karen says: "Highly recommend"
    "I SAID---SHE SAID"
    Overall

    Perhaps I am listening to too many books. Parker's use of "I said, she said, I said", and Joe Mantegna's narration bugged me for the first time in the Spencer series. The plot was OK and the humor was there as usual. I missed Hawk. Mantegna portrays him well. In this book all of the characters had a Joe Mantegna accent. As I said, maybe its me....

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5350)
    Performance
    (2860)
    Story
    (2869)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "HOME RUN!"
    Overall

    If you enjoy the macho man, you will love Mitch Rapp as the CIA recruit and his relationship with his "drill instructor". The plot was excellent and filled with humor. Vince Flynn is the master in this genre. His most usual narrator is George Guidall and he couldn't be better. George also narrates Craig Johnson's wonderful series placed in Wyoming with Sheriff Walt Longmire. If you have missed these I recommend them-different than Flynn's novels but also FIVE STAR quality in writing and narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3083)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1300)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "I can only tell the truth-I could not put it down!"
    Overall

    I have worked as a child psychologist for 45 years. During my semi- retirement I've listened to 100s of books from audible.com. This was one of the best. The author wove a very plausible plot associated with the challenges of a son with Asperger's Syndrome. The clinical picture was spot on. I am a little embarrased to admit to twelve hours of straight listening. I do have a life(lol). I was just awed by the story and the wonderful portrayal of the effects of this disorder on the family and the school mileau. The book had great passion, humor and truth! Kudos to Audible but most of all to Jodi Picoult. No one could write such a book without a first hand experience with an Aspi. I will recommend it to all the Special Ed teachers, diagnosticians, and legal professionals I know.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2300)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (935)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "WOW!"
    Overall

    I have read all of M. Connelly's books. This one gives you an intricate and nicely developed who-done-it plot with realistic emotional intensity. Guilt, remorse, redemption-it was gut wrenching for me. I listened to J. Kellerman's "Evidence" last week. It was horrid and I used to be a big Alex Delaware fan. Connelly now surpasses Kellerman in all areas including psycological aspects of the novel. By the way, I am a clinical psychogist-40 years including forensics and police consultation. Connelly is my favorite.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • True Detectives: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    In Jonathan Kellerman's gripping novels, the city of Los Angeles is as much a living, breathing character as the heroes and villains who roam its labyrinthine streets. Sunny on the surface but shadowy beneath, this world of privilege and pleasure has a dark core and a dangerous edge. In True Detectives, Kellerman skillfully brings his renowned gifts for breathless suspense and sharp psychological insight to a tale that resonates on every level and satisfies at every turn.

    A User says: "Disappointing"
    "Warning-buy at your own risk"
    Overall

    I also have read all of Kellerman's books as soon as they were released. This one was bad, I am sorry to say. Rambling, circumspect and irrelevant dialogue. The plot was lousy. Delaware's input was trite and equivalent to Psychogy Course 101. Ahab's written confession was impossible. I could go on but I don't want to reveal the plot for those unfortunate ones who buy the book. Jonathan's earlier books are 5-star and if you have not read them, avoid this one and enjoy Alex Delaware, Milo Sturgis, Robin as they are principles in exciting and plausible psychological thrillers.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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