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Idaho Rancher

Post Falls, ID United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Last Don

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    The last don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins. This is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry and the casinos - where beautiful actresses and ruthless hit men are ruled by lust and violence.

    James says: "Daunte has a Bloody Mouth"
    "A Cheap Imitation"
    Overall

    I could hardly believe that this was written by the same author who wrote The Godfather. So many two-dimensional characters to keep track of; characters who I frankly didn't care about. The whole thing seemed like a cheap imitation of The Godfather written by some talentless hack.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2368)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1094)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "I love Ken Follett"
    Overall

    I started out with Pillars of the Earth, then World Without End. I have listened to both of them twice. I listened to a couple other of his shorter books next, but neither were as good as this one. Once you become familiar with the main characters, the momentum builds to the climax.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (4558)
    Performance
    (2176)
    Story
    (2226)

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    A User says: "Good but not complete."
    "Keeps getting worse"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first book, tolerated Eldest, and hate this one. The things that annoyed me in the first book just keep getting worse. Paolini strips the magic out of magic and the mysterious romance out of adventure. He insists on explaining and analyzing everything endlessly. He is unceasingly introspective, and lacks the moral authority to kill his enemies without suffering sleepless nights of recrimination. What a whimp. I seem to be identifying the author with the main character, but I have little doubt that he does himself. The dialog in this book drones on endlessly, interspersed with pointless exposition on minutia that I suppose was intended to add color, but succeeds only in adding bulk. It will leave you praying for some action. Paolini needs to get himself a cheeseburger with everything on it, a girlfriend, and a job digging ditches so he can learn what life is like in the real world. Then he will be able to put some color into his writing.

    14 of 25 people found this review helpful

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