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Alex

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Phantom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (604)

    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

    Fran Murphy says: "Jo Nesbo hates Harry Hole"
    "Dark, Twisty and Heartwrenching- Harry Hole"
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    The best crime novel I've listened to in a long, long time. I had to rewind the end twice to be sure I heard right! It was a shocker! In this novel, Harry Hole is every bit the tortured detective with a heart of gold and penchant for self torment. The other characters are also deeply layered. Jo Nesbo eloquently illustrates the thinnest strands of the human heart that seem to tether us to one fate or another. A bad decision, an impulse, such tiny things can have such an effect on our lives. The twists are frequent, and don't fall into the typical cliches that poison so much crime fiction. In retrospect, I could have predicted some of the plot reversals, but an unconscious sense of optimism blinded me to what should have been obvious. The end result was a book that was very tense- when the traps were sprung, I gasped! Listening to the heartbreak that Harry has, and also brings to others, was at times stomach churning.

    I love Robin Sachs elegant, tough and exhausted portrayal of the guy whose live is defined by his failures. Infinitely listenable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shalimar the Clown

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Aasif Mandvi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (118)

    When Maximilian Ophuls is murdered outside his daughter's home by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, it appears to be a political killing. Ophuls is the former U.S. ambassador to India and America's leading figure in counter-terrorism. But there is much more to Ophuls and his assassin, a mysterious man calling himself "Shalimar the Clown", than meets the eye. One woman is at the center of their shared history, a history of betrayal and deception.

    Barry says: "Incredible"
    "An Exquisite, Lush and Hypnotic Story"
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    From the first sentence to the last, this book is a masterpiece. It's fascinating, perfectly paced, gorgeously written, and was a pleasure to listen to. After the book was finished, I contemplated for several days the depth of genius Rushdie must possess. It is a perfect novel- an enchanting spell that takes a while to wake from. Amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Irene: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pierre Lemaitre
    • Narrated By Peter Noble
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In Irene Lemaitre ingeniously uses five contemporary and classic literary murder scenes - from William McIlvanney's Laidlaw to Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho - as the framework on which to craft a diabolical prequel to his award-winning novel Alex. Camille Verhoeven, whose diminutive stature belies his fierce intensity, has reached an unusually content (for him) place in life. But when a new murder case hits his desk - a double torture-homicide - Verhoeven is overcome with a sense of foreboding.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Napoleonic Inspector & Lovely, Pregnant Wife Irene"
    "Not nearly as good as Alex"
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    Maybe this book lost a lot in translation. I could not identify with the characters, and found the story line to be contrived, over the top and melodramic. It lost the sense of suspense with so many cliche characters and predictable plot twists. I read the book 'Alex' by the same author; that book suffered from many of the same flaws. The ending of Alex salvaged the book somewhat, but 'Irene' kept getting worse. The ending was sufficiently stupid, and didn't tie together the sloppy storyline or unbelievable characters. Overall, a real disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1742)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1463)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "Requires a belief in magical thinking"
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    After listening for several hours to the author speak about why charisma is important, and list examples of people who are known for their charisma, the book goes from dull to ridiculous. One of the tricks to "mastering charisma" is to close your eyes and imagine all your stresses, worries and responsibilities lifted off of your shoulders by a higher power. If you actually feel better after this ludicrous exercise, you might like this book. It is not for people who value self respect. It is long on exercises designed to wish away your anxiety and sadly short on practical tips. These type of self help books are a dime a dozen, and the majority of the book is the author talking about how successful her method is. What that method actually is, and how to employ this method remained a mystery. Try "The Like Switch" instead. That book is utterly practical, pragmatic and full of completely reasonable advice that is easy to apply to your daily life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sentry: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (279)

    Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it — and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.

    S. Harvey says: "Vintage Crais"
    "Worst Narrator Since Scott Brick!"
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    Actually, amazingly, Scott Brick would be an upgrade! Joe Pike is like Dirty Harry- a super badass whose patience with lowlife criminals came to an end several decades ago. Ron McLarty perfected the tough guy in LA Requim. So imagine a Dirty Harry movie with Clint Eastwood being replaced by Keanu Reeves circa 1990- Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure-!! Luke Daniels sounds like a teenage surfer boy who is being forced to read his report on the Mayflower in front of the class. High pitched, monotone, very little pause betweem sentences- worst of all-kind of dumb. I can't believe how many narrators this series has used! It ruins the whole book- I found it to be so grating, I couldn't get through the first hour. If this is your first Robert Crais book, it might very well be your last! That is a shame because he is a great writer. His characters are engrossing and the plots are suspenseful. Go for LA Requim instead, and make sure to press the preview button before purchasing any more titles in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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