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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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (961)

    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
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "The narrator can sure make or break a book"
    "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!

    3 of 3 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
    (780)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (682)

    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
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    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
    (1842)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (958)

    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!

    0 of 0 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
    (1106)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (948)

    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
    (797)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (422)

    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
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8482)
    Performance
    (7713)
    Story
    (7772)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "A Novel and Art History Lesson"
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    Dan Brown is the Master at building a story around Historical sites and unbelievable Art.
    Inferno is masterful look at the future of science set in the realm of a majestic past.
    The characters are well developed interesting and important to the harrowing plot. Who can you trust is the byword throughout this Brown intrigue. Perhaps we have a budding love for Dr.Langdon, Brown may build on in his next book.

    Some may find the details used to describe the beautiful Art and Buildings as slowing down the book but I found them interesting and vital.

    There are so many twists, turns and changes of allegiances. I was amazed Brown could keep everyone together and everything tight and cohesive. He's a master of this type of novel. Others have tried to but they are rookies in comparison.

    Paul Michael's narration is impeccable, it's hard to believe it was only one voice narrating. He is Robert Langdon!

    I'm listening to it again to see what I missed and if I could have figured out any of the intricate plot entanglements than enhanced this wonderful novels. It's a must read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (860)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Sandford's Finest Prey in Years"
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    Lucas Davenport and the cast of characters trap you from the first riveting chapter to the scintillating end. The killers are real, the motives obvious but catching them proves to be life threatening. Danger lurks in unlikely places. I was weary Sandford had lost his passion for the Prey Series, I missed the panache' of older novels. I love this thriller. There are good guys, bad guys and good guys turned bad that......sorry I can't ruin the plot. "Silken Prey" gives you more than you can ask from an author.

    We are blessed with atypical villains we hate, comfortable characters we embrace, a hero everyman would love to become and a fresh story. The sprinkle of new characters fit well and make you smile. I loved the Governor. This is the only mystery I can remember that the bad guys aren't Big Business, Right Wing Conservatives or the Military full of Greed or Righteousness Thanks John for the refreshing story line.

    Richard Ferrone would make a Filibuster sound interesting......he is Lucas Davenport!

    "Political Prey" is a better title but that aside "Silken Prey" is a must read and read again. Easily one of the top three Prey novels, pick it up and you won't put it down. Pick it up and it won't let you down!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Go

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (128)

    When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will bring his wife, Chloe, and their newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but a healer. However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparently freak household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart.

    laall says: "Annoying"
    "It Just Missed"
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    The first 27 chapters was slow, laborious and repetitive. If it wasn't Scottoline I wouldn't have finished the book. Once it started, the fire it swept like an Arizona brushfire only to peter out at the end. She attempted to take on a number of important, timely issues but she never tied them them together thoroughly enough for me. I loved the effort but I expected a more cogent novel. The characters were great, there roles we identified and were carried out wonderfully but the storyline missed the mark.

    I would recommend the abridged version of Don't Go. Scottoline's last few book have taken her out of her comfort zone from the Rosario and Associates novels, I commend her for taking the plunge and I hope she continues to write books that make us try to understand important issues we never face or want to think much about.I must admit I'd love to see Benny and the girls again.

    Davidson was at his best conveying each character with distinction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1996)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1718)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Baldacci at his finest!"
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    The Hit is a big hit. It has great characters that are defined and developed to continue the Roby series. It captivates from beginning to the end, a must read. I couldn't put it down and I hated it to end. Roby's character is well defined and made more human without taking away his edge. The plot was different, intense and riveting.

    Ron McLarty is vintage as Baldacci's reader and Cassidy is growing on me. The editor have gotten the sound effects to fit well with the authors intent without being overbearing.

    I wasn't sure how he would close it but but he blindsided me and without giving anything away was justify fitting and unusual. While I'd like another dose of The Camel Club, I'll take Roby a few more times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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