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Jim

CYPRESS, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Cypress House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

    Michele says: "Great book read by a great narrator!"
    "Suspenseful and enjoyable"
    Overall

    Just finished this one and enjoyed it very much. The characters were rich and believable and had complex motivations that kept me interested. The paranormal elements added some flavor to a good story and but did not overpower it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Darker Than Amber: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    Travis McGee never shies away from damsels in distress. But this Eurasian beauty was different. When Travis and Meyer rescued her from the water, she had a block of cement wired to her feet, and she wasn't so much grateful as ready to snare them in a murder racket to end all murders.

    Anne says: "At last, but hoping for a better Meyer"
    "MacDonald hits his stride"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One of the best Travis McGee novels and the first where McGee's friend Meyer takes a prominent role in solving the mystery.

    Without giving away any of the plot the action takes off immediately with a beautiful girl falling almost into McGee's lap.And of course, she's in need of his help.

    With plenty of plot turns and craftiness, McGee uses his charm, bulk and libido to come to solve the situation he's uncovered and to right the wrongs, but not before he's damaged, emotionally and physically.

    Although written in 1966, the story has aged well, and is well worth the price of admission.

    Petkoff's reading is masterful, as we've come to expect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (7165)
    Performance
    (5080)
    Story
    (5064)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "The beginning of the Jack Reacher series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the first book in the popular Jack Reacher series. There is a lot of action and the author really does a great job painting the scenes where Reacher combats the enemies. The plot is suspenseful and is developed slowly. Details are slowly revealed at a pace that keeps the reader interested and engaged. Even though Reacher's motivations are simple, there is some complexity and mystery about his past. He is a larger than life character who seems somehow enhanted. At the end of the book, most of the mysteries are revealed but enough is still unknown abou Reacher to makethe reader eager for the next adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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