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Russ

Potomac, MA, USA | Member Since 2007

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (420)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "annoyed"
    Overall

    ...one of the few I have ever given up on without finishing, not because the story was so bad, but because the narration was annoying. Perfect diction is not the most important consideration...in fact too much precision can set your nerves on edge and is many times accompanied by an emotionless tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rembrandt Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (511)

    Determined to sever his ties with the Office, Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his beautiful Venetian-born wife, Chiara. But once again his seclusion is interrupted by a visitor from his tangled past: the endearingly eccentric London art dealer Julian Isherwood. As usual, Isherwood has a problem. And it is one only Gabriel can solve.

    Alexis says: "Silva and Gigante -- A Superb Team!!!"
    "More of the same"
    Overall

    I've read (listened) to a number of Silva's books, and find he has a framework (that is repeated in each story) on which he hangs another storyline.
    Frankly, it's getting boring.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "The captain, or Wolf Larsen, as men called him, ceased pacing and gazed down at the dying man. So fierce had this final struggle become that the sailor paused in the act of flinging more water over him and stared curiously, the canvas bucket partly tilted and dripping its contents to the deck. The dying man beat a tattoo on the hatch with his heels, straightened out his legs, and stiffened in one great tense effort, and rolled his head from side to side."

    James says: "Thoughtful, complex book, well-crafted"
    "good book"
    Overall

    good book...BAD narrator

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Above the Law

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J.F. Freedman
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In a remote northern California town, a huge task force from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration conducts a raid on the stronghold of one of the biggest drug-dealing rings in the country. During the raid, the infamous, reclusive leader of the ring, Reynaldo Juarez, is shot and killed - despite direct orders from the Attorney General that he is to be taken alive at any cost because of his immense value to the government as a witness in other drug cases.

    shelley says: "Good Book great ending"
    "Hollywood audio"
    Overall

    The author is a screenwriter? A 60's-type? Why do I think 'Oliver Stone'? PC?....you 'betcha!

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (408)

    CIA agent John Wells returns, in a novel that reaches beyond today's headlines to foretell dangers yet to come, from the author of The Faithful Spy.

    Matthew McLelland says: "One of Berenson's best"
    "...more of the same"
    Overall

    ...if you like the NYTimes, you'll appreciate this; condemnation of US practices and confirmation of the correctness of PC thought

    27 of 62 people found this review helpful
  • Exit Music

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    It's late in the fall in Edinburgh and late in the career of Detective Inspector John Rebus. As he is simply trying to tie up some loose ends before his retirement, a new case lands on his desk: a Russian poet has been murdered in what looks like a mugging gone wrong. Rebus discovers that an elite delegation of Russian businessmen is in town, looking to expand its interests. And as Rebus's investigation gains ground, someone brutally assaults a local gangster with whom he has a long history.

    Russ says: "Best so far"
    "Best so far"
    Overall

    Good plot...have listened to all available Rebus in US...the narrator is EXCEPTIONAL: wish he could narrate every one I buy...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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