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Douglas

Sidney, OH, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3533)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1730)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Keep turning pages and corners"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. All the plot twists and turns kept me making extra trips around the block (I listen while driving) to hear just a little more. The narrator's voice and intonation made listening a real pleasure. Like another reviewer, I thought the ending a bit abrupt, but at least there are no loose ends.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1614)
    Performance
    (1395)
    Story
    (1360)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "A Belle of a book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Creole Belle in three words, what would they be?

    Burke succeeds again!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As in earlier stories in this series, Dave Robicheaux has to extract himself and others from one crisis to another, often caused by his buddy Clete Purcell.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It always amazes me how Will Patton can recreate his characters from one book to another. I wonder what his real voice is like - it is Dave or Clete or someone else? His narration is a perfect fit for the story.


    Any additional comments?

    As a reader of the Dave Robicheaux stories, I expect him to survive. The fun is trying to figure out how he will do it. In Creole Belle some of his plights are even more challenging than before. A really entertaining listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blindfold Game: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    In Washington, D.C., a CIA analyst traces the sale of black market plutonium. As the pieces fit together, he realizes that a terrorist attack is under way on a valuable, and vulnerable, American target. He also sees that the Sojourner Truth is sailing right into the attack, putting his estranged wife, the second in command on the Sojourner, at the heart of an international crisis.

    Scott says: "Excellent Book"
    "Coast Guard comes through"
    Overall

    Blindfold Game has good suspense and plot development with as many twists and turns as its ocean setting has high waves. How often do you find a story with a female Coast Guard hero? At first, I was a bit put off by the narrator's somewhat stilted style; but as the story developed, it became irrelevant. A good read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bad Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (219)

    Alex Cross' first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold. And it looks like a shadowy figure known as the Wolf, a master criminal who has brought a new reign of terror to organized crime, is behind this business in which ordinary men and women are sold as slaves.

    Ed says: "Alex Cross returns"
    "Wolfing down the Wolf"
    Overall

    "The Big Bad Wolf" is one big, bad story! After listening non-stop during a seven hour drive, we made an "extra" half hour drive just to hear the conclusion--and it wasn't what we were expecting. Patterson makes extensive use of foreshadowing to lead, and sometimes mislead, the listener. The plot is like a mountain road--you are always moving forward, but the twists and turns keep you on your toes.
    The production values are excellent. The use of two distinctly different narrators is a welcome feature; and both speak clearly, distinctly, and with just the right inflection. Unlike most books I've listened to, this one even adds some appropriate sound effects and background music at times.
    I recommend the book with the only reservation being that some of the dialogue might be offensive to those with children listening in.

    87 of 91 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Jesse Stone has a problem. Actually, several problems: dead bodies turning up, and no clues. Investigating a serial killer in an affluent suburban town is difficult, and dangerous, and with the added pressures from the media, the heat is turned up on Jesse. He's spending too much time with the bottle - and with his ex-wife - neither of which helps him, or the case. And the harder these forces push against him, the more Jesse retreats into himself, convinced that it's up to him alone to stop the killing.

    Bram says: "Most dispassionate narration, predictable plot"
    "He said - She said - So sad"
    Overall

    The plot and the suspense kept me listening, but it was a painful experience. Assuming the reader was reading the author's exact words, the dialogue reminds me of a junior high student making his first attempt at writing dialogue. Virtually every sentence ends with "he said, she said, Jesse said, etc." At the very least, the author could have some of the "Jesse said"s at the beginning of the sentences. On the other hand, perhaps the reader thought it necessary to constantly tell us who was speaking because he was strictly narrating -- no voice variation or inflection changes as the speakers changed. Just for the sake of doing it, I am going to go back and actually count the "he said, she said"s in a 5 minute passage. It is so sad that such juvenile verbiage detracts from an otherwise good story.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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