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San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
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  • Bangkok Haunts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Critically acclaimed, nationally best-selling author John Burdett has earned starred reviews for the fast-paced action, snappy dialogue, and gritty realism of his thrilling tales starring Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. In this vibrant and witty novel, devout Buddhist Sonchai relies on his karma to guide him through the seamy underbelly of Bangkok as he pieces together the scattered clues of a complex mystery.

    Lehua says: "Funny, weird, horrible, terrific"
    "Alluring read with a dispelling ending"

    I really enjoyed this book and was compelled to continue to (listen) to more and more; effectively a page turner. The mystery was well paced and developed and the setting (Thailand) was very interesting, with cultural references. This murder mystery kept me going and at the end when the threads fell together it was gratifying... that is until the "climactic scene" at the end (I won't spoil) that completely too far and destroys the suspension of disbelief.

    Other than that scene, it was a very entertaining ride.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hit and Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    Keller's a hit man. For years now, he's had places to go and people to kill. But enough is enough. He's got money in the bank and just one last job standing between him and retirement. So he carries it out with his usual professionalism, and he heads home, but guess what?

    J. M. Batista says: "End of game?"
    "A novel for Keller, with little antagonist depth"

    I enjoyed the previous "short stories" of Keller's (the main character's) hits. This book is a novel form, and so is less focused on the various hits of a hitman, and more on the introspective thoughts of a man who's career is winding down; overlayed on the more interesting premise that the man is a hitman "on the run". The novel form in itself pretty much by definition means there will be a lot "in the middle" with no action. Even without the "action", it still developed the main character as he made choices as a hitman would need to, given his circumstances. For this reason, I enjoyed the book along similar lines to the previous books.

    Voice acting by Poe was professional and appropriate for the subject matter.

    My only complaint was that not nearly enough time was spent on developing the final antagonist. This reader felt that I did not know the final antagonist at all. In fact, I felt there wasn't enough material to convince me he was the appropriate target for Keller to confront. For this reason, it feels that when the book ends, it ends abruptly, and with a rushed finish.

    For these reasons, I give 95% of the book 4/5 stars, but the ending 2/5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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