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Alex

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 56 reviews
  • 289 ratings
  • 763 titles in library
  • 62 purchased in 2014
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  • The Fourth Order

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen Frey
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Michael Rose is the chief financial officer of a top energy company headquartered in Washington, D.C. At 42, he is the odds-on favorite to become the next CEO. He is also the proud father of two kids, and he's about to find out just how far he'd go to protect them.

    Alex says: "What happened?"
    "What happened?"
    Overall

    I read "The Chairman" and "The Protege", which were both entertaining. This one was just plain bad. Dialogue was rigid. The characters were under-developed and unbelievable. A lot more adult content for little reason. Very disappointed.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • King of Swords: Assassin Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The G-20 Financial Summit is planned for San Jose Del Cabo. The world's pre-eminent finance ministers will attend, along with the presidents of the U.S. and Mexico. Captain Romero Cruz of the Mexican Federal Police uncovers an assassination plot against the attendees. In a roller-coaster race against the clock, Cruz must track and stop El Rey, the "King of Swords" - a faceless super-assassin responsible for a string of the world's most spectacular killings, before he turns the G-20 into a slaughterhouse.

    Elizabeth L. says: "."
    "Good as Reacher / Davenport"
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    This was my first introduction to author Blake, and I am pleasantly surprised. This isn't too over the top like Gray Man book. It has a bit of a different take on the thriller because it's set in Mexico. With Dick Hill as the narrator, it reminds me a bit of Lee Child's writing. Conspiracy is well done. It's not perfect, but a breath of fresh air to the genre, and I will be reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By James Langton, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (164)

    The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy... The Farm. If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son. Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

    Stefanie says: "Don't Waste Your Time"
    "Child 44, where are you?"
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    This was quite a let-down after the impressive Child-44 series. I only made it through 60% of the audiobook before I gave up.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Free Fall: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (379)

    “I didn’t do it!” is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a close friend who’s fallen on hard times, it’s tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle. It’s the start of another action-packed summer for the wisecracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now chief of detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven doctor.

    John S. Johnston says: "Just another great Ceepak book"
    "not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was fooled by the overall rating on this book. It doesn't belong in the same stratosphere as the really good 4-star reads (Child, Coben, Johnson). The dialogue is wooden, and the writing is just plain hard to swallow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10204)
    Performance
    (9338)
    Story
    (9357)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Tough Grind for Men"
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    Performance
    Story

    Men, if you are like me, you will have a hard time getting into the book and staying in the moment. From the very start, the writing is just not very good. The superlatives are forced and dialogue is unnatural. Other reviewers seem enamored with the idea of the book, but it's hard to get past the writing itself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Postal: Discworld #29

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1385)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (615)

    Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him.

    Robert W says: "Finally on AUDIBLE!!!"
    "A Real Beauty"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've never been crazy about Sci-Fi or Fantasy, but this book (and series) is excellent. It reminds me a bit of a well-written TV sitcom like 'Frasier', in that it's all about the characters and the funny situations. You find yourself rooting for the main character. Pratchett writing style is best described as whimsical. The narration by Stephen Briggs is amazingly good. I can't imagine it being done any better. He has a wide range of voices, with great interpretation that adds to the experience, especially the voice of the Golem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1209)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    chigars4 says: "Best work yet!"
    "Best of the Series!"
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    Performance
    Story

    This is one of only a few books out of hundreds that I felt compelled to read more than once. Lee Child should have won an award for the opening scene alone; it's brilliant! The tension starts on page one and the author slowly teases the reader on. This is not a book to listen to in the background, but one that is best enjoyed without any distractions. In fact, I listened to the book the first time a year ago, then read the kindle version recently and it was better the second time around ... deceivingly complex. As another reviewer mentioned, this is not a book full of B-movie scenes and big explosions... it is more grounded in reality and has a well researched background. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2095)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "A Deductive Reacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Few authors can hook you quicker than Lee Child, the opening scene usually has Reacher observing something that's not quite right, something with huge implications. Then Reacher uses his powers of observation to solve the mystery as the story unfolds. While there are a couple of big action scenes, and some surprises, this book is more about the mystery and the characters, and it kept me listening intently all the way through. I enjoyed this one a lot more than the last one "The Affair".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (328)

    An art history professor and writer and cheerful pervert, James Qatar had a hobby: he took secret photographs of women and turned them into highly sexual drawings. One day, he took the hobby a step further and...well, one thing led to another, and he had to kill her. A man in his position couldn't be too careful, after all. And you know something? He liked it.

    Nina says: "a great Sandford thriller"
    "Entertaining, but moves are telegraphed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Unlike in many of his other books, Sanford uncharacteristically telegraphs some of the events in the book. I could listen to Sanford + Ferrone all day, so it was still an entertaining listen. The author knows how to pull you along for a great ride, sprinkled with funny cop humor. While he plays only a small part in this book, recurring bad guy character Randy Whitcomb leaves a mark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6909)
    Performance
    (5275)
    Story
    (5357)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "A Little Dry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The old-style writing and dialogue makes this book a little dry and stiff. It may be one of the few cases where the movie is better than the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1573)
    Performance
    (1305)
    Story
    (1302)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Sanford at best. Wacky characters brought to life"
    Overall
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    Few authors can create such life-like dialogue, and throw in a few over-the-top characters for comedy relief (I laughed aloud a couple of times). This may be the best book in the series. Sanford keeps you guessing throughout the book, as Virgil chips away at the multilayered mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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