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Mary

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (512)

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Not Kellerman's Best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book had a superficial quality about it. Kellerman's treatment of both the plot and the characters lacked substance and plausibility.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Kellerman before, how does this one compare?

    Not very well. Give this one a pass.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1706)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "Can't stand the narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Panther rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm sure the story is great, but I couldn't make it past the horrible narration. I want my money back.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead and Buried

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen Booth
    • Narrated By Mike Rogers
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Arson: Brutal acts of fire-starting have ravaged the Peak District, and now a new wave of moorland infernos sweeps across the national park. For DS Ben Cooper, the blazes are best left to the fire-fighters, even with the arsonists still at large. Burglary: But when an intruder breaks into an abandoned pub, Cooper is on the case - and he swiftly unearths a pair of grim surprises. The first is evidence of a years-old double homicide. And the second is a corpse, newly dead....

    Tracey says: "Gripping -- can't wait until the next one!"
    "So depressing and so repetitive"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. Every single book in this series gasses on and on and on about all the place names the Peak District, and waxes rhapsodic about what a super special it is. We get it already. Move on. Plus the dynamic between Diane Fry and Ben Cooper never seems to change or develop. She's a bag and he's a pushover. Duly noted. The whole series is getting hackneyed.


    Would you recommend Dead and Buried to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, for the reasons noted above. Character development is sadly lacking, and I feel like the scenery is its own (major) character.


    Did Mike Rogers do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I like his Gavin Murphin. Completely captures the character.


    Could you see Dead and Buried being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I used to love this series, but there is no longer anything original about it, and the characters haven't developed in any meaningful way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt Club

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (17)

    A federal judge is murdered, found shot to death in his home - together with the body of his mistress. The crime grips San Francisco. To homicide inspector Devin Juhle, it first looks like a simple case of a wife's jealousy and rage. But Juhle's investigation reveals that the judge had powerful enemies...some of whom may have been willing to kill to prevent him from meddling in their affairs.

    Julianne says: "Not up to his usual excellence"
    "Could There Be a Worse Narrator?"
    Overall
    Performance

    I usually like John Lescroart audiobooks, but had to give up on this one because of the narrator. He completely ruined the characters and the plot. I wanted to follow the story...I really did... but all I could think about was how much the narrator was annoying me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2486)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1114)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Awful, Just Plain Awful"
    Overall

    I have to agree with the other reviewers who have given this book a bad rating. I kept waiting for the book to get better, but it never did. It was all I could do to stick with the story - hoping that it would improve - but all I got was a lame story that retreaded every tired cliche from Baldacci's previous Camel Club novels. Nothing original in this latest addition to the series. Don't waste your credits.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2975)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1212)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "Predictable Plot - Predictably Annoying Narrator"
    Overall

    Not one of DeMille's best. The plot left nothing to the imagination, and seemed poorly put together. In addition, Scott Brick's overwrought narration of the novel detracted a great deal from the story. A laconic, vaguely whiny drawl for all of the characters - save John Corey - appears to have become Brick's trademark. The same tone is used no matter what the situation.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (528)

    In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

    Patti says: "Loved the book and the characters"
    "Narrator is SOOO Annoying!"
    Overall

    I agree with the other customer reviewers who have complained about the narrator's reading style. He reads almost every passage in an incredibly overwrought tone, and really detracts from what is otherwise a great story. I've listened to many other audiobooks read by Scott Brick, and this emotional style is quite unusual for him.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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