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Richmond, VA, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 72 ratings
  • 93 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Afghan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

    BobInWA says: "Slow Part 1 - Great Part 2"
    "It ain't Day of the Jackal"

    A poor piece of bilge from Forsyth, who can do much better. The characters are somewhat two-dimensional and never fully developed. The freedomhatingterrorists' motives are never fully explained. They just hate America and everything it stands for. Too Fox News for my liking.

    Well narrated, though.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Equinox

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael White
    • Narrated By Richard Burnip

    Oxford, 2006: a young woman is found brutally murdered, her throat cut. Her heart has been removed and in its place lies an apparently ancient gold coin. Twenty-four hours later, another woman is found. This time her brain has been removed, and a silver coin lies glittering in her skull. The police are baffled. But when police photographer Philip Bainbridge and his estranged lover Laura Niven become involved, they discover that these horrific, ritualistic murders are not confined to the here and now.

    LA says: "good story but..."
    "I'll Give It Two Scooby Snacks out of Five"

    A below-par whodunnit. Resorts to cliches and has a somewhat plodding storyline. The author also uses mis-directs in the plotline. While this may work visually on TV or in the movies, it does not work in an audio play.

    The low water mark is when, towards the end, the evil villain utters, "You meddling fools!". Scooby-Doo meets Murder She Wrote.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "The Butler Did It"

    A fairly 'by-the-numbers' detective mystery - from the hero picking up the best looking woman in town within minutes, to the religious nuts and their dark secret - the characters conform to well-known stereotypes. Entertainment if nothing too demanding is required.

    I found the narrator's voice somewhat monotone; sometimes finding it difficult to distinguish between some of the characters.

    There appears to be an editing error in part two where the narrator mis-reads a line and re-reads it that has been left un-edited. Otherwise audio quality is good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tom Vanderbilt
    • Narrated By David Slavin

    Driving is a fact of life. We are all spending more and more time on the road, and traffic is an issue we face everyday. This audiobook will make you think about it in a whole new light.

    Craig says: "How's My Driving?"
    "How's My Driving?"

    This book takes an analytical look at modern driving and why we do the things we do. It looks how and why roads are planned the way they are, the way that people drive and its effects, and how we are going have to adapt as roads become busier.

    I found it an interesting listen. However there were a couple of points that are worth noting. The first is the author's interpretation of some of the data. As an example, his interpretation of the difference between late and early mergers, in my opinion, did not mesh in my mind with the description quoted from the studies that he references. Although, mostly the author does seem to be basing his conclusions on careful analysis.

    The second is that, despite stating otherwise in the audio, the book concerns itself mostly with the US. Data and statistics are included for other countries, but the meat of the analysis is often specific to US roads and driving practices (as someone who has driven for over 20 years in over a dozen different countries, I feel that I can comment on this, and road layouts and driver 'norms' do vary significantly from one country to the next), making some of the topics irrelevant for non-US drivers. Examples of this would be accident statistics, models of cars, planning examples, which are almost exclusively from the US.

    However, on the whole, the book was informative and entertaining. The quality of the audio and editing was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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