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Gregory

Waterloo, IL, USA

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  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert L Stevenson
    • Narrated By David Buck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    With buried treasure, treacherous buccaneers, a young hero, and Long John Silver, the one-legged villain, Treasure Island remains one of the most popular of pirate adventures.

    Gregory says: "Outstanding Book and Narrator"
    "Outstanding Book and Narrator"
    Overall

    Some books are considered classics because the story is unique and compelling. Others are praised because of the superlative writing style of the author. A handful of books have both qualities. Treasure Island is one.

    This is the quintissential pirate book. Peg legs. A talking parrot perched atop a pirate's shoulder. Swashbuckling adventure on deck and atop the jib. And of course, Long John Silver. It's all here.

    This is an astonishing book made even moreso when you consider Stevenson was just 31 years old when he wrote it. Subtle humor, action, sea adventure, double-crosses. And gorgeous prose.

    And this particular audio version showcases an outstanding narrator. His various character voices were so distinct that at times I supposed I was listening to a dramatic retelling using various actors.

    Buy it. Download it. Relish it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Moon

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    On a freezing December night, with a full moon hovering in the black sky over New York City, two people are brutally murdered, the death scenes marked by eerie, matching calling cards: moon-faced clocks investigators fear ticked away the victims' last moments on earth. Renowned criminologist Lincoln Rhyme immediately identifies the clock distributor and has the chilling realization that the killer, who has dubbed himself the Watchmaker, has more murders planned in the hours to come.

    Gregory says: "Strained Believability (Possible Spoiler)"
    "Strained Believability (Possible Spoiler)"
    Overall

    I've read or listened to a number of Deaver titles and really enjoy his stories and style. Without giving too much away, this story was clipping along right well when it suddenly became farcical and unbelievable. As a result, the rest of the book became fodder that I simply limped through.

    The reader was good but I'd select a different Deaver title such as "The Bone Collector," "The Coffin Dancer," "The Empty Chair," or "The Blue Nowhere."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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