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Pat Herrmann

Member Since 2007

  • 3 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 561 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014

  • A Soldier of the Great War

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By David Colacci

    On his last long walk, septuagenarian war hero, deserter, and professor Alessandro Giuliani shares his past with an illiterate young factory worker, spinning a remarkable tale of heart-stopping escapes, of loves unrequited and won, of madmen, dwarfs, and mafiosi. But overshadowing all is his most miraculous and terrible adventure, the Great War: a surreal parade of horrors that devastated and defined Alessandro, yet enabled him to experience fully the magic and beauty of the absurd human comedy called life.

    Stuart says: "Painting with words"
    "Clever but slow"

    Helprin's story is detailed and intricate. He is also the rare author who uses language and imagery in a delightful way - the sort that makes you stop and wonder how he creates such art in his words. The story has many high points but its pacing seems off in many places. There were a number of times that I wished I could skip ahead to help move the story along. If your delighted with a clever writer who knows his wordcraft you'll enjoy the work but if you want a story that moves along this isn't the one for you

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Who lost the bet?"

    I think this is how it happened: Baldacci and Child are at dinner one night and Baldacci says in a playful tone "Lee, anybody can write that Reacher stuff." And Child responds: "Oh yeah, wanna bet! Why don't you give it a try." And so he did.

    It's still a worthy read (listen). McLarty is as good as ever and the story is reasonably intriguing.

    Maybe he should have given a Puller a like for tea - just to keep it completely tongue in cheek.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"

    I have to agree with the many comments about the narrator. This narrator's pace and flatter approach doesn't serve well. The book drones on and doesn't seem to go anywhere. It makes me wonder whether Martin's publishers are coaching for more pages (i.e., more revenue) rather than reaching a satisfying conclusion. I'll buy book five but it needs to improve a lot before I'll invest any of my credits on the rest of the series. After the first three books I was anxious to get on with the story but at this point I'm bored and a little worried that Martin doesn't know how to end his tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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