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James

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  • Sucker Bet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Swain
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Tony Valentine is a retired Atlantic City cop and a master hunter of casino cheats, or "grifters." He has the talent to spot cheats over a casino's surveillance cameras from the moment they come off the street and begin to take a part in the action. Valentine IDs his prey and moves in for the kill.

    James says: "Interesting and entertaining"
    "Interesting and entertaining"
    Overall

    Swain's books have gotten consistently better as his voice has developed and the character of Tony Valentine has established itself. Loaded Dice is well worth the price of admission.

    All the things that were pretty good in the first two novels are now great. The pacing is terrific, and the information on casino cheating and on gambling rings with the voice of experience. If you want a mystery that has a different flavor, Swain's books may be the answer.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanished Man: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    It begins at the prestigious music school in New York City. A killer flees the scene of a homicide and locks himself in a classroom. Within minutes, the police have him surrounded. When the scream rings out, followed by a gunshot, they break down the door. The room is empty...and it's up to Lincoln Rhyme to find the man dubbed "the conjurer".

    Richard J. Riker says: "Truly a terrible book."
    "suffer the listeners. . ."
    Overall

    Some books don't abridge well, some do. I don't know if this one would, but this version is, simply put, awful.

    This is by far a terrific reading of an awful abridging of a book. I had to borrow (not wanting to throw good money after bad) the novel to see just how poorly this version was cut. Important plot and character development seem to have been willy nilly taken out, and the work as a whole suffers for it. Seemingly unrelated events pop up unexpectedly in what seems an amateurish manner. Deaver's writing deserves far better.

    The reader, though,was great, I thought. I enjoyed a good performance of what was in effect a horrible script. If the unabridged version is ever released, try it, but don't waste money or a credit on this version. An editor somewhere at Simon & Schuster needs a new career.

    Don't get this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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