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Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 268 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    Erica says: "One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to!"
    "King of the Spy Thrillers!"

    I've read this book at least five times now and it remains as my personal champion in the spy thriller genre; heck - it falls in my top 10 favorite books of all time.

    If you've seen the movies and are hesitant to approach the books allow me to allay your fears - past the first 50 pages or so this isn't even the same STORY. Characters that are killed in the movies serve to play a central role across all 3 books, and characters that critical to the books (Carlos comes to mind) aren't even mentioned in the book. In short, they're both fantastic, but other than the name "Bourne" there really isn't much there to compare between the books and the movies.

    Also, I thought Scott Brick did a fantastic job with the narration; I have no idea what other people are complaining about.

    Do yourself a favor and pick this one up - you'll love every second of it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Leaves Much to be Desired"

    For the record - I devoured the first three books with abandon. George R. R. Martin's fourth entry into this marvelous series, however, leaves much to be desired. I struggled to get through it, forcing myself to listen while telling myself it would be worth it in the end. I was half right.

    I think what stands out in my mind far above anything else is George R. R. Martin's decision to have *nothing* of substance really happen in this entire book. I've heard of filler on TV shows, but when you have them in books, especially when its the ENTIRE book, I really tend to question what the overall strategy is. To be fair, there are a few quick moments where Martin lays out obvious plot elements that will play a critical role in the books to come, but they are far too few and in between; you'd be better off reading a quick recap of these story elements somewhere else and skipping the book altogether.

    Dotrice's performance... I'm not sure I have anything to add that hasn't already been said by previous reviewers. He takes a lacking story and makes it worse.

    Overall I was dissatisfied with this book, but if you're like me you'll probably read it anyways. Just go into it knowing that you'll be gritting through it for the sake of completion and not for the sheer enjoyment that the previous entries will bring you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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