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  • Child's Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Colin Buchanan

    Andy Dalziel was preoccupied with the illegal book that one of his Sergeants was running on who was to be appointed as the new Chief Constable...and how to make sure his own bet paid off. But when a battered Ford Escort containing one very dead Italian turned up in the police car park, Peter Pascoe and his bloated superior were plunged into an investigation that made internal police politics look like child's play.

    Geoff says: "Fabulous"
    "Too many unnecessary plot lines"

    I found this to be very confusing and boring. I've enjoyed many books that have several plot lines that smoothly come together (The Egyptologist, Prey series), but this one was off track. This story seemed to have an amateur feel to it. Why did the author give the life history and political ambition of each character no matter how minor they were? Too much unnecessary information. Even when the plot lines attempted to merge, they were unbelievable and far-fetched. This is the first book I have heard (or read) by this author and am guessing that some of the others are better as this author is popular. Even with only 45 minutes left to listen to, I really don't care if I finish it or not.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert

    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    Hassan says: "LOVED it from the beginning"
    "She's found a formula and she's sticking to it."
    If you’ve listened to books by Jeaniene Frost before, how does this one compare?

    After listening to several books by Jeaniene Frost, I've discovered her formula: Take one young extremely beautiful, athletic, curvy, feisty woman: add one super-powerful, ruthless, dangerous, smolderingly gorgeous vampire and throw them together in a dangerous situation. She mouths off to him and swears to have nothing to do with him, but she can't resist his charm, they have mind-blowing sex (told in mind-numbing pornographic detail) and you have a book. That said; I continue to listen to them. The story lines are not your usual; she is creative - I did enjoy them and liked them better than the Sookie Stackhouse series. Most of the accents are ok with the exception of Gregor (from Destined for an Early Grave) who sounds like Steve Martin doing the "Wild & Crazy Guy"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Not up to usual Prey series standards"
    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    Absolutely. I have read and/or listened to the entire Prey series and the Virgil Flowers series as well. John Sandford is an excellent writer and I've really enjoy all the locations as I've been to most of them having grown up there. This one, however, was out of place. Mostly political, little intrigue, little danger and the name doesn't fit. What's the silken prey?

    If you’ve listened to books by John Sandford before, how does this one compare?

    Richard Ferrone predictably does an outstanding job - except for his trouble with some pronunciations. Many Minnesota cities and counties have Native American names. The city of Shakopee is pronounced "shock-a-pea", not "shack-a-pea" and he really slaughtered Kandiyohi, (the gem, the 'Star of Kandiyohi') which is pronounced "candy-oh-high". If you're not from the area you wouldn't notice, but knowing the correct pronunciation and hearing it wrong is a big speed bump in the listening experience.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The banter between Lucas & Virgil. And, of course, this bit: "They were all now dear friends, Annie and Letty and Virgie." Virgie! Cracked me up.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not this one, no. Too political. Too tame. Boring.

    Any additional comments?

    Dump the politics and bring back more action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Good book but would prefer different narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is great, but I'd warn them to put a bib over their speakers or earphones because this narrator likes to slobber and you can just hear him drooling when he does that. Gross.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    Not sure. It's gross the way he makes the eunuchs slobber when they talk. He must be wearing a bib when he does those parts. It's really gross and hard to understand. He also makes a few of the really old people mumble and hard to understand. Where was the director?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Deep in the Rocky Mountains, a gruesome discovery - hundreds of mummified bodies - stirs international attention and fervent controversy. Despite doubts to the bodies' origins, the local Native American Heritage Commission lays claim to the prehistoric remains, along with the strange artifacts found in the same cavern: gold plates inscribed with an unfathomable script.

    Sandra says: "Sigma to the rescue - again!"
    "Painfully bad - don't waste your time"

    Yes it's fiction and yes I've read all the previous Sigma Force novels - which I enjoyed. James Rollins has run off the rails with this one. He's preaching his religion, inventing history and trying to pass it off as a Sigma Force novel. The world is headed for unstoppable destruction because an advanced ancient civilization (who else?) has created an unstoppable force that no one today can disarm. Unstoppable. Did I mention the end of the world is unstoppable? Bad guys are everywhere and at all the key times to shoot the good guys. Lots and lots of bad guys dressed in black against a few good guys. The supposedly super elite Sigma Force is helpless and out-maneuvered at every turn. This is without question the end of the world and nothing can stop it. Except that a little C4 and a woman's body blocking a crack in the rock manages to save the day. Sure. Why not? But even more annoying is the non-stop preaching about mormons. No one is reading Sigma Force novels to hear about religious beliefs. We want adventure, not preaching.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"

    Ron Perlman does an awesome job of narrating. Sadly, even his talent could not pull this book off as scary. Author tried too hard to make this scientific. Vampires are not real, OK? So changing some basic vampire "facts" in an attempt to make this seem like a scary possibility failed. And I was really surprised at his nerve taking a page out of the Anne Rice novels at the end. My first time "reading" anything by this author and I wish I could get my credit back.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Room: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Dupayne, a small private museum in London, is in turmoil. As its trustees argue over whether it should be closed, one of them is brutally and mysteriously murdered. Yet even as Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team proceed with their investigation, a second corpse is discovered. Someone in the Dupayne is prepared to kill and kill again. Still more sinister, the murders appear to echo the notorious crimes of the past featured in one of the museum's galleries: the Murder Room.

    Jim says: "Classic P.D. James"
    "Slower than molasses in January."

    This book was on the list for the mystery club I attend which is why I bought it. I literally had to force myself to finish it. Otherwise I would have stopped after the first 2 hours. Why spend 15 minutes describing a room that 2 characters simply meet in for 30 seconds? Do we really need to hear the entire life history of each and every character no matter how minor a part they play in the story? The murderer is so improbable its laughable. I think this is just an 83 year old author who is riding on her past fame. Does she still have an editor? If so, this book would easily be 200 pages shorter. And that last scene where Adam's girlfriend reads his letter through the end of the book is enough to gag you. Gooey nonsense. Had this been P.D. James' first book, it would never have made it.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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