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J. A. Black

J.A. Black, English Major

San Diego, CA

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  • The Crime Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (153)

    Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.

    Kelbey says: "Excellent"
    "Great Mystery with Protagonist's LOL Remarks"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The classic mystery has traditionally been the domain of intellectuals to which Gregg Hurowitz certainly belongs. He has not only met the mystery challenge with verve but has included humor in the well placed yet self effacing remarks of his protagonist.

    Drew, the writer, experiences a series of "life as is hoped for" setbacks. From a small cadre of friends, he acts on their advice and encouragement to overcome life's obstacles by using his own talents to prove his innocence.

    As Drew forges his own investigation, he becomes a Big Brother to a 14 year old delinquent, gains the trust of a brutalized psychologist, accepts protection from the Rottweiler/Doberman, Xena, Princess Warrior, gets street wisdom from a baseball pro, and discovers treachery in one of his trusted friends.

    All in all, Gregg Hurwitz is the author who does not judge the human condition but describes it sincerely. His protagonist, Drew, defies a defeatist attitude and pursues justice using his own talents and the knowledge of his friends.

    The mystery is my favorite of literary styles. To have humor cleverly inserted into the prose is especially enjoyable.

    J. Black

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    Eddie says: "Great book"
    "Snow Crash"
    Overall

    Hero Protagonist, the main character in SnowCrash, resides in a windowless USTORIT cubicle that has been tricked out electronically to allow him to act as a dynamic government agent in a created reality of his own design wherein he protects the innocent, throttles the wicked, and solves the mystery.
    The unique characters, the fast pace adventure, the intelligent vocabulary, and the author's talent for creating sensory images, make Snow Crash a great listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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