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  • Private Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (342)

    Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world's most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private's most high-profile cases - and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin's most dangerous investigation yet. Mattie Engel is another top agent at Private Berlin, gorgeous and ruthlessly determined - and she's also Chris's ex. Mattie throws herself headfirst into finding Chris, following leads to the three people Chris was investigating when he vanished....

    Larry says: "Even as pulp fiction, really a bad book"
    "Even as pulp fiction, really a bad book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Even as pulp fiction, this book is not worth the time. The characters, how the characters act in the story, and the action is just not internally consistent. Each problem is a small one in itself; in total the careless writing kills the story. There are lots of examples, but here are a couple. 1) Two characters rush to another city in an attempt for stop a murder (although calling ahead might have been simpler and more effective). They take a private jet for its speed and efficiency. But when they arrive they don't have a private car waiting to rush them to the site of the action, but instead take a cab! 2) One of the characters is put in situations by others to investigate the loss of her former fiancee. It didn't ring true that she, rather than someone not emotionally involved, would be sent.

    This book is about torture, past and present, which seems to be a theme these days. In the Dragon tattoo books, it was a necessary part of the tapestry of the story. Here it is just gratuitous and tedious. In fact, this entire book was tedious.

    (The only positive note was that January LaVoy was a terrific reader.)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    Overall
    (4062)
    Performance
    (3547)
    Story
    (3516)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Long, slow, repetitive, &, ultimately, unresolved"
    Overall
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    This was the first time I have encountered Murakami. I expected the book to be long and slow. It was. Given its length, I was not surprised to find it repetitive. It was. And by the half way point I began to suspect that there would be a few unresolved threads at the end. As it turned out, almost all the threads lay hanging when the book suddenly stopped. It was basically like the Bob Newhart show, where, in the last episode he awoke to find the whole thing had been a dream: never mind what had passed. At least with Bob Newhart there was some internal consistency. The fundamental theme in this book is multiple worlds. However, even that concept was not handled with any consistency. Some may view it as art. I found it sloppy and intellectually lazy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (3650)
    Performance
    (3189)
    Story
    (3226)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Surprisingly Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    At something like 38 hours, Reamde would have to be entertaining -- and it was. Rather than ideas, which is something I looked to Stephenson for in the past, Reamde's strengths were characters who I really liked learning about and a continually engaging writing style. Generally I listen to audio books only during my commute, but I found I put Reamde on whenever I had a chance. Strongly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vienna Prelude: The Zion Covenant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Bodie Thoene
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Elisa Lindheim, a violinist with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, is of Jewish heritage but has adopted an Aryan stage name. Thus she is able to travel and play in Germany even though a 1935 law forbids Jewish musicians to do so. Her dear friend, Leah, a cellist already introduced to Thoene listeners in A Daughter of Zion, and her husband Shimon must escape Austria or perish in the coming Holocaust.

    Larry says: "A not-so historical novel"
    "A not-so historical novel"
    Overall

    I listened to this book expecting a historical novel. Instead, it turned out to be a sappy romance novel. Don't get me wrong, mature presentation of relationships between people is fine. But the course of the relationship between two of the characters was just silly. That, plus the "benevolent God" theme of the book, was particularly offensive to me given the context of the impending holocaust.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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