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Joe

lexington, KY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1057)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
    "Many Years Ago"
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    I read this book many years ago and jumped on the audio book when it became available. As in every part of my life I remember things differently than when I was younger. I was young and easily impressionable. Then it was a romantic novel of Knights who were bold and dreamed. They were honorable filled with Idealism. Listening to the book I saw a new and revealing side that included a political agenda, an eventual pragmatic realization and a little romance.

    The issue of Might versus Right tones in the book initially irritated me as Arthur and Merlin forged on to make everyone equal, then as the book progressed this Idealist quest turned quickly to the realization it's not as easy as they thought. The same hold true today!

    I loved this book even more than I did fourty years ago. The characters are belivable the intrigue as bold and the outcome as sad. I highly recommend you listen to this wonderful tale of the origin of King Arthur and his rise to power and the creation of the Round Table, the mastery of Merlin, the brave Lancelot and the lovely Guinnever.

    The Narrater was wonderful, the story enchanting. It's a masterpiece.This is the best novel of the Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

    I will listen it it again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Retribution

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Bourne's friend Eli Yadin, head of Mossad, learns that Ouyang Jidan, a senior member of China's Politburo, and a major Mexican drug lord may have been trafficking in something far more deadly than drugs. Yadin needs Bourne to investigate. Bourne agrees, but only because he has a personal agenda: Ouyang Jidan is the man who ordered Rebeka - one of the only people Bourne has ever truly cared about - murdered.

    Gary Craze says: "Great story, terrible choice for a narrator."
    "Finally Bourne with a good storyline."
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    Except for a bit of confusion with Chinese names this is a much better novel than the last two. I waited to read this one pursuant to the last two disappointments . I'm looking forward to the next Bourne installment. This plot was typically Lustbader. He simplifies the plot, twists turns chases and hand to hand combat we expect. Mixing Israel, China, Mexico and Russia was quite the refreshing quartet to balance. Without giving the plot away this is the best Bourne since "Legacy". I'm cautiously excited the next book coming out on June 10th.

    The narrator hit all the accents but crashed and burned on Bourne. He made him sound plain and uninteresting. He has to work to make Bourne tougher!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Quiet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Ron Livingston
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (215)

    Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his 16-year-old son, Kurt, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Kurt’s chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake’s secret.

    Jen says: "I Can't Keep Quiet Because it's Sooo Good!!!"
    "Starts and ends with a non believable storyline!"
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    This is pathetic, there is no way in fact or fiction this story can be believed. Maybe it would make sense in a different family, but not this one. I read it to the bitter end and the end is better than the beginning. There are strong characters but their actions do not fit with the story. Ms. Scottoline has and will do better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7916)
    Performance
    (7137)
    Story
    (7134)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Finally a Complete Story"
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    Grisham is a talented author who's recent books lacked the needed kick of a great ending. "Sycamore Row" fulfills the missing element in Grisham's recent novels, a great end. This novel is full of intrigue, drama, characters and a storying that's a page turner. I hope the future presents us with more of the same.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (364)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Great Expectations Doomed by Narration!"
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    Through all his trials and tribulations Greg Iles', "Natchez Burning" lived up to its billing. What a thrill ride! It got a little harried during the end but it was well worth the wait. Greg, keep the pen flowing, as we await the next installment of Penn Cage's life.

    I was disappointed Dick Hill didn't narrate this one but expected the person you selected would do well. Ah, that expectation quickly crashed and burned. I'm sure the book was great but Ledoux ruined the audio version. I couldn't tell which character was taking too many times. It's a shame, I don't know the process but who listens to the audio book before its published? This is the second time in a couple months a book by one of my favorite authors was ruined by a narrator, the other was Harlan Coben's "Just One Look".

    This is getting contagious, writers and producers need to find a cure for this malady.
    Please find someone else to narrate the next two "Penn Cage" novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    Dennis says: "Just Shoot Me"
    "I Want My Credit Back!"
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    The female narrator is awful! Staccato sentences and nothing flowed. A fifth grader could read this book better. What were the director and editors thinking??? Whomever was responsible for proofing the audio version needs to find another profession. I love Coben's novels, alas I'll never find out how this one ends. If you must read "Just One Look" buy the abridge version maybe you can get to the end. I'm bummed!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (796)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Flower has moments of levity."
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    This quick moving shell game is more suited to "Evanovich's",Stephanie Plum than Sanford's Virgil Flowers. A fun thrilling ride with an interesting side bar where the girl gets the guy. Sometimes difficult to follow but a good light hearted novel. The absence of a sinister villain where nobody is a killer and ends up dead or goes to jail is unique but a bummer. Looks like Virgil has a chance to settle down with a smart sexy adventurous lady makes this book intriguing. It was worth the credit but I hope Sanford gives Flowers a break and backs this one with a juicy "Prey" offering. Dan Brown doesn't have to worry about losing his place I'm the antiquity and historical genre. I smiled, laughed and shook my head in this one, defiantly out of the box for a Sanford novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beloved Enemy: A Jack McClure Thriller, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Shortly after McClure leaves a late night meeting with Dennis Paull, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Paull is found - shot dead. The President is furious but equally frightened of a scandal, since Jack McClure is one of their own - an operative and Paull's friend. Who will protect the country if even McClure cannot be trusted? With top officials in the CIA and FBI after him, McClure, still devastated over his friend’s death, goes on the run.

    Roy Fisher says: "Many Twists in this story"
    "Bulletin: It wasn't Jack McClure's fault!"
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    Eric you can do better. There were too many obvious situation. Too many throw away lives and nothing to stimulate the mind. The end was obvious. The only way to renew listeners confidence is to write a great story that makes us sit in our cars waiting for a Chapter to end.

    The villain had no gravitas, he acted like a spoiled child. The men from the "alphabet divisions" of our country had no class, character or style. It's fine to portray them as idiots or traitors but make them believable. The book didn't flow well. The new characters seemed to be rushed into life without clear development.

    The next book is a tremendous challenge. You did it in the past but I'm afraid Jack's at a huge disadvantage after this novel. I'll read Book 6 and anticipate a story that captures my imagination and puts Jack back as a preeminent hero.

    The new narrator had a challenge following Richard Ferrone and failed. Berkot didn't do the book justice. Comparing Berkot to Farrone is like comparing Inspector Clusoe to James Bond. I trust you will select a better wordsmith next time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1903)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1018)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "I Can't Get Enough of "That F*****G Flowers"."
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    What a rush! Most the characters weren't very well developed. However the insidious subject matter and the final outcome far overshadow the shallow characters.
    In "Rough Country" the sidebar of Flowers not getting the girl was super and developed into a fun side bar. In this book no sidebar could derail the plot line. Sandford takes Flowers up a notch. I can't get enough of "That F******G Flowers"!

    Lucas you need to put the fire back into your work, I love you too and I never thought I'd see the day anyone would upstage you. Time to put your big boy pants on get away from that damn political anvil and restart kicking ass.

    Conger is the man for Flowers. I love different narrators for each hero.

    I recently warmed up to Flowers. I boycotted him because I loved Davenport. I was disappointed Davenport seemed to lose his edge and avoided the new series. Sanford upped the ante in Flowers and I missed it for months.

    Oh my where can the plots go from here.....#4 next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1017)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Victims are pushing up Flowers"
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    The creative mind of Sanford creates villains who are believable and not people you want to run into while they're on the run. This is a brutal tale of poor and desperate characters who screw up and make their situation worse when they have to run. Sandford shows the mindset of villains who know there's no way out.

    The subplot of police who look for revenge, use the law and public opinion to justify their action is fascinating. Flowers on the other hand is not of their ilk. The ending is a great one, unusual and unexpected. Mad River is a social look into the minds of the killers, the police and the public. It was a wonderful read and a page turner.

    Virgil Flowers is fast becoming as good as Lucas Davenport! Conger is Flowers and that's great. Most authors change their hero's but make it difficult for the listener the differentiate between them when they don't change narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (481)

    Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one , if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth.

    Brian says: "What audio books should be"
    "Heat never stops"
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    The Prey series was getting stale, the author needed a new vehicle to jump start his creative juices. Virgil Flower's resuscitated Sandford. This is the second Flowers novel I've read and it's resuscitated me too.

    The title is the only complaint I have with "Heat Lightning". The characters are strong, well developed and interesting. The story flows with ease even though the plot isn't believable, but hey, its fiction. I still loved it and couldn't put it down. I was able to predict the villain early in the book, but the catching the killers was an intense and well written journey.

    Flowers and Davenport are great characters, few authors are blessed with a pair of hero's.
    It's smart of Sandford to use a different Narrater, Conger is the face of Flowers. Other authors should consider this as many Series seem to be the same when the same person narrates everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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