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James

Chatham, VA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Hard Stop: A Sam Acquillo Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Chris Knopf
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    After finally achieving some measure of peace and contentment on the tip of Oak Point overlooking the Little Peconic Bay, Sam Acquillo is yet again an accidental player in other people's dramas. It takes him into the world of private security goons, predatory financiers, and lifestyles of young hedonists, some brave, some beautiful, all a bit lost.

    James says: "Home run"
    "Home run"
    Overall

    Thoroughly entertaining; if you listen in the car, you'll hope for a traffic jam. Narrator Richard Ferrone does an excellent job voicing and pacing this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cure for All Diseases

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Convalescing in Sandytown, Dalziel befriends Charlotte Heywood who is researching the benefits of alternative therapy. With much in common, the two soon find themselves in league when trouble comes to town. Sandytown's principal landowners have grandiose plans for the resort -- none of which they can agree on. One of them has to go, and when one of them does, in spectacularly gruesome fashion, DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate -- with Dalziel and Charlotte providing unwelcome support.

    Ellen says: "Excellent!"
    "Seaside barbeque"
    Overall

    Hill's initial format is a bit unusual; he uses it to pull your mind's eye into the story. You'll suddenly find yourself hip-deep in an English shore community with a cast of characters that are not quite what you expect.

    There is an element of that dry British humor, mixed with excellent character development.

    The narrator augments this fine story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Grand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (134)

    An illegal immigrant is killed in a hit-and-run on a frozen mountain road in the town of Fairview, Colorado. No one is prosecuted for his death and his case is quietly forgotten. Six months later another illegal makes a treacherous run across the border, barely escaping with her life. She finds work as a maid and, secretly, begins to investigate the death of her father. But she isn't a maid, and she's not Mexican.

    David says: "Anxiously Awaited"
    "Surprising and enjoyable"
    Overall

    After reading several other reviews, I wonder if all had read/listened to McKinty's other books? His stories are violent, with language; one can 'feel' the pressure circumstances exert on the main characters. "Fifty Grand" is no different; McKinty hits you with both barrels. His research on locations, including Cuba, are entertaining and educational.

    It did take a few minutes to get used to the narrator, but she certainly did not detract from the story.

    If you are a McKinty fan, this book will sate your appetite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Road Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Jack Foley is serving a 30-year sentence in a Miami penitentiary, but he's made an unlikely friend on the inside who just might be able to do something about that. Fellow inmate Cundo Rey, an extremely wealthy Cuban criminal, arranges for Foley's sentence to be reduced from 30 years to three months, and when Jack is released just two weeks ahead of Cundo, he agrees to wait for him in Venice Beach, California.

    Richard Delman says: "Pretty fine Elmore Leonard."
    "A-Z Entertainment"
    Overall

    Classic Elmore Leonard, he always leaves you wanting more. Twists and turns, humor, and an excellent read by the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oracle Night

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, 34-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality.

    Dean says: "The Master Speaks"
    "Stellar"
    Overall

    Having listened to Auster's The Brooklyn Follies, and The Book of Illusions, Oracle Night proved to be another gem. Auster, like Lawrence Block, is the perfect author/reader; well paced, understandable, and adding that something extra to the experience.

    His stories often highlight those unexplainable moments and circumstances that many experience in their lives. Oracle Night is a tapestry, a story within a story, within another story. Entertaining, provocative, well worth the time. Auster, I think, intentionally does not 'finish' some of the sub-stories, allowing the reader/listener to develop their own ending.

    An enjoyable, thought provoking literary and aural experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon vs. Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Paul Levine
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    She's old-money Miami. He's barefoot Coconut Grove. The only thing they had in common was the law, until they faced each other in the steamiest murder trial of the century, a case that would make sparks fly, headlines scream, and opposites attract. Surrounded by crooks, con men, and a cast of colorful characters, Steve Solomon and Vickie Lord must solve the crime before they end up in ruin, in jail, or, worse, in bed.

    S. Johnston says: "thoroughly delightful"
    "Solomon vs Lord"
    Overall

    The book reminds me of the “Thin Man” movies. Enough twists and turns in the plot, humor, emotions and feelings the reader/listener can enjoy, and you won’t be disappointed with the story, characters, or reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Salty Piece of Land

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jimmy Buffett
    • Narrated By John David Souther
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    If Tully Mars had known what he was getting himself into when he agreed to help find the lost lens belonging to the lighthouse on Cayo Loco, well, he might never have agreed to help in the first place. Then again, maybe he simply would have taken a slightly longer nap before setting off on his wild adventure. And it isn't just Tully, whom Buffett fans will remember well from Jimmy's best-selling Tales from Margaritaville, on the madcap quest.

    Sean says: "ParrotHead Reading"
    "Buffet Magic"
    Overall

    Buffett, like most good song writers, offers a musical "hook"; he somehow moves this talent to his latest book. He creates a hook with every character, drawing you into the story, and develops their persona in a believable fashion. Entertaining, uplifting, laugh-out-loud humor, one feels refreshed at every turn of the page. We've all, hopefully, experienced the taste of a perfectly ripe peach, or well made margarita: this is what Buffett delivers, in some part due to the fine read by J. D. Souther. My favorite line: "I'm just a nice guy with a few bad habits."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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