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James

Sylvania, OH, USA

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  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1951)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (972)

    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"
    "good read"
    Overall

    Well paced who-dunit in the Sanford style. I disagree with a previous reviwer and find the narration very good.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9153)
    Performance
    (3562)
    Story
    (3602)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    I wish I had purchased the abridged copy. Or maybe skipped this book altogether.

    Ken Follett knows how to tell a crackling good story, but this is not it. The book is ponderous and slow. I can imagine his editors telling him to put some sex scenes in, and they appear at regular intervals, often comically out of place.

    The 21st Century social views of his main characters are as anachronistic as a quartz watch.

    All in all a disappointment. I gave it a third star largely for the few spots where the plot gets exciting and does move.

    19 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (117)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "not all it could be"
    Overall

    The book is well read, and the author knows how to build excitement. Unfortunately, the plot too often approaches sci-fi, and resorts to the modern deus ex machina -- a dasterdly plot by government villans -- to get one more plot twist.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Web of Evil: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    As she passes the site of a horrifying accident, Ali is grateful that it's no longer her job to report the news, until she finds out that the news is her own: the victim is Ali's cheating husband. And soon she'll find herself the prime suspect at the center of a terrifying web of evil.

    Cheryl says: "Disappointed in you, Judy!"
    "not her best"
    Overall

    Jance books are always a good listen and so is Web of Evil. Compared to her other books, however, the plotting is weak and the lead character's actions sometimes lacking in credibility.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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