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Mark

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Hit Parade

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lawrence Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    The New York Times best-selling author and master of the modern mystery returns with a fierce and poignant new novel featuring his acclaimed killer-for-hire, Keller. John Keller is everyone's favorite hit man. He's cool. Reliable. A real pro: the hit man's hit man. The inconvenient wife, the business partner, the retiree with a substantial legacy. He's taken care of them all, quietly and efficiently.

    Mark says: "Not as good as the original"
    "Not as good as the original"
    Overall

    I fell in love with Keller in Hit Man but this one just doesn't take his character as far. Still a fun read but misses the mark. Block is not as good of a narrator as the one in Hit Man. The individual stories are not quite as intriguing and quirky. Seems to ride the coat tails of Hit Man without being as fun.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (884)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Good Bosch book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story line with the typical Bosch drama. The narrator was good but hard to get used to after several other books with another person narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Danny Mastrogiorgio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (278)

    At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemend building...

    loretta says: "Great listen, good story, BUT abrupt end......"
    "Worst Michael Bennett Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have enjoyed the Bennett saga but the last few have really gone downhill. This book did not flow at all. There were too many separate story lines that tied together poorly and the personal aspect of Bennett's life was all over the place. Just when the story started to develop with about an hour left, the ending was horrible and non-climactic. Save your money for something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Florida Roadkill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals - and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs... and the suitcase.

    Ronald Albury says: "I tried to like it"
    "Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Florida Roadkill better?

    Anything.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the worst books I've listened too. It sucks. The story is so convoluted and unconnected that it is impossible to keep track of. I was at least 2 hours into it before I realized there was a story. There are lots of characters who have no relationship or input to the story. The attempt at character development for the main characters is minimal at best. Although there are some funny scenes and comments, I have no idea how people like this book. Although it is violent, that didn't bug me. Don't waste your money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NYPD Red

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (715)

    It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

    Ann M. Lambert says: "one of the best, if not the best audio books ever"
    "Patterson is washed up"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Does Patterson even write his own books anymore or are they all written by the collaborators? This book was cheesy and read like a B movie. It was over predictable and seemed like something I had already read/heard but with different characters. The characters had no character at all. Gone are the good old days of mystery and intrigue from Patterson novels of the past. I might continue with Cross books but no more Patterson.


    Could you see NYPD Red being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. Too cheesy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (540)

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    "Great storyline, bad ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up I, Michael Bennett in three words, what would they be?

    Wasn't there an "I Alex Cross"? Come on Patterson, think of something different? With that said, I truly enjoyed the novel. The storyline was suspensful, fun and easy to follow. Just the right amount of character building and Mike Bennett's personal life. No overly corny love scenes like Patterson always writes into the Alex Cross books. Alex Cross used to be my favorite cop character but Mike Bennett has replaced him. The ending was disapointing. The book was not long enough to end mid-story like that. Patterson better not take another year to get the next one out because we need to know the ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1379)

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    Anthony says: "Somebody needs to be fired..."
    "Kept me on the edge of my seat"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. The female narrator was not nearly as bad as the other reviewers indicate. The story is quite interesting and intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (402)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    Melinda says: "Buzz-z-z-z-z-z-z"
    "Overwritten"
    Overall

    Interesting and fun plot but the story could have been written in 1/2 the length. Too much story telling and detail for every move and thought. The main characters personal problems are reiterated way too much and described in unnecessary detail.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cross Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (374)

    Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and a scheming lobbyist. Next, the elusive marksman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories - is the marksman a hero or a vigilante? The case explodes and FBI agent Max Siegel battles Alex for jurisdiction.

    Andrea D. Thomas says: "Loved It!"
    "Let down"
    Overall

    The story is a bit dry. Not the level of suspense we've had with Cross novels of the past. We've also had enough Kyle Craig. Hopefully this is his true demise. Too much Alex and Bree action. This is a suspense novel, not soft porn. The narrator doesn't compare to Cross narrator's of the past.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swimsuit

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    Syd, a breathtakingly beautiful supermodel on a photo shoot in Hawaii, disappears. Fearing the worst, her parents travel to Hawaii to investigate for themselves, never expecting the horror that awaits them...A heart-pounding story of fear and desire, Swimsuit transports listeners to a chilling new territory where the collision of beauty and murder transforms paradise into a hell of unspeakable horrors.

    Julie says: "DISAPPOINTING AND DISGUSTING!"
    "Suspenseful"
    Overall

    Although a bit gruseome this book was suspenseful and kept my attention. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the end was terrible. All of a sudden it just went into a nose dive without much involvement from the main villian. This book would have been very good if it was tweaked into a Cross book. The narrator's female voices were also terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Andrew Gottlieb
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    What is a man to do after the tragic ending of his loving marriage and a nasty divorce? How does he rediscover the essence that makes him a man after years of being forced to attend ballets, eat vegan food, and participate in intimacy seminars? There is only one way: drink, play, f@#k.

    In Drink, Play, F@#k, Bob Sullivan, a jilted husband, sets off to explore the world, experience a meaningful connection with the divine, and rediscover his passion.

    David says: "Probably not the book you think it is..."
    "Lackin"
    Overall

    This book seriously lacks the detail and insight I would expect from a title like this. Just doesn't go into the extreme drinking, playing and F@#kin I was expecting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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