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Don Pearsall

Lakewood, WA | Member Since 2002

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  • 8 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 526 titles in library
  • 36 purchased in 2014
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  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2425)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (674)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Great Characters and great narration"
    Overall

    I listened to this story on a cross-country drive across the US. It was so funny, I laughed out loud, and rarely do that. The wacky characters such as the loser husband who can't ever do anything right, the "murdered" wife, and the hairy bodyguard were priceless. But a special award goes to the narrator who did the best job with his characterizations I have heard on Audible to date. Well worth the download.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4719)
    Performance
    (2709)
    Story
    (2693)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Loved it until the last Chapter"
    Overall

    This is a courtroom drama novel that will keep wanting to leave it playing long after you should be doing something else, such as getting out of the car to go to work. It is well written, well narrated, and has facts and reality on its side. You can identify with all the characters and they become real.
    All was very right with this book, however the ending was just too similar to 100 other courtroom novels with twisted endings. Not original by any means and totally expected.
    Except for the ending, this book is well worth your credits and your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5067)
    Performance
    (2833)
    Story
    (2847)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Jean says: "Dead Or Alive"
    "So much bad here, but a little good too"
    Overall

    First, as others have complained the author is one-sided as to his politics. The conservative (and presumably Republican) president is a tough hero through and through, while the moderate president is described as weak and ineffective. To bolster his ridiculous point, Clancy has the president prosecuting a soldier for killing Afgan terrorists in the line of duty. Yeah, like that would really happen. His point of view must be weak if he has to resort to that.

    Next, he goes into very contrived detail about every killing and sounds like he is describing a slow-motion video of people's heads being blown apart. It gets old and annoying and comprises about 1/3 of the book.

    The last few chapters about a few renegade privateers capturing Osama bin Laden all by themselves while he tries to set off a nuclear device is completely unbelievable and written very poorly.

    There are some good parts though. I liked that it followed the terrorists in how they plan and communicate and how they are thwarted by super-human detectives.

    It would be a much better book if Clancy left his politics out and concentrated and good storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1572)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (339)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "Where's the gene for good writing?"
    Overall

    Crighton has written many dogs in the last several years and this is certainly one of the worst. The subject and premise of the near-future gene therapy is a great one, and it will come in our lifetime. However this is a book with no cohesive plot, talking birds and talking monkeys, and outlandish scenarios, The book is written in un-related "scenes" and you could start in the middle, end, or beginning and still be just as confused. I kept waiting for all the dozen or so main characters to come together in some related event, but it never came.

    Sorry I bought this audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Ari Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (142)

    On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

    Jaimie says: "And the point was...?"
    "The book may be good, but how can we tell?"
    Overall

    I am only 3 hours into this book. I just cannot understand HOW whoever is in charge of selecting narrators thought the reader of this one was suitable for a best-selling author like Koontz. Like almost everyone else who gave a review, I feel this reader has no place narrating. Her voice is flat, no inflections, no pauses. Kind of like if Rosie the Robot were reading. When she tries to read male quotes, she sounds like she is gargling. It is very hard to get into the book when you are wincing at the narrator's bad reading.

    Wait, I know! Maybe they are trying to force people to buy the hard cover book! That's the only reason I can think of to have a bad reader narrating a best selling novel.

    Dean Koontz 4 stars, narrator zero stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (430)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Mary says: "Terrifying"
    "Lots of Fiction, Not Much Science"
    Overall

    After some very good science and good plot and character writing, (Andromeda Strain, Jurrasic Park) you would think that Crichton would get better at writing science fiction, not worse.

    This book starts out well, with a plausible plot and believable, but unlikable characters. However, it quickly progresses to the quite ludicrous plot that computer programmers are trapped at a remote desert facility and being attacked by swarms of intelligent nano-robots of their own making. Predictibly they are killed off one by one, and predictably at least one of the programmers is really a fake person working against the rest and was created by the swarm of evil nanorobots. OK, right. This is a plot that has been used over and over again.

    This is a mediocre listen, and there are better ones you can download.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Phillip Margolin, best selling author of The Undertaker's Widow, introduces the world to the first genuinely monstrous psychopath of the new century. Also available abridged.

    Ted says: "Yikes Is This Improbable!"
    "Good Story, bad narrator"
    Overall

    I am not done with the book yet, but so far it is holding my interest. I must say that the narrator (a woman) is so amateur it is laughable. Her attempts at different voices and inflections is ridiculous and hard to listen to. She makes a caricature of narration. She makes listening to the story hard, because she is the one that you focus on, not the story. It is an effort not to laugh at her serious attempts to imitate voices.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    J. Anderson says: "The Teeth of the Tiger"
    "Leaves a lot to be desired..."
    Overall

    I did not know this was an abridged download until I finished the book and read the other reviews. I would not have wasted the download if I had read these reviews.

    This is sure not good story-telling. The story lacks the basic elements that books should have. NO suspense. NO conflict. NO resolution. The story is as follows:
    1. Twin brothers are recruited to kill terrorist.
    2. They kill terrorists by stabbing them with a poison pen.
    End of story.

    Then the author makes reference to his NEXT book by saying " They have met the teeth of the tiger, now they will meet the BRAINS of the tiger." How lame.

    Save your download credit for the unabridged version, or download something by Ludlum.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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