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Thomas

WAUWATOSA, WI, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • White Jazz: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Los Angeles, 1958. Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns - it's standard procedure for Lieutenant Dave Klein, LAPD. He's a slumlord, a bagman, an enforcer, a power in his own small corner of hell. Then the Feds announce a full-out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire. Klein's been hung out as bait, "a bad cop to draw the heat", and the heat's coming from all sides.

    Charles says: "What a great book!"
    "I tried...twice"
    Overall

    I overlooked the other negative review because I REALLY like Scott Brick, and I thought I was hip enough to dig the lingo brevitousness. After the first 40 minutes I kept confusing people and events so I started over (even thought of taking notes). I put another two hours into my retry but ulitimately, wasn't enjoying the staccato writing style. A book this different, should give potential listeners a good 20 minute sample. Alas, I'm giving up and looking for something better (read by Scott Brick perhaps because I enjoyed his delivery and hung on about 30 minutes more than I'd planned to). Listener beware!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (346)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "Highly Entertaining! Story & reader combo works!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Having been a fan of "The Sparrow" all I needed to know was that Mary Doria Russell wrote in a different genre and I was ready with a credit. The writer's style and voice gave the prose depth, and the dialogue brought the characters to life, enhanced by great voice interpretations by the reader for the various characters. I'm also very interested to look for more about the Earp's and Doc Holliday. The reader was new to me and his voice enhanced the full audio experience, for me he's up there with Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki and Will Patton. I'm about to go looking for others Mark Bramhall has narrated. It's fun to follow a reader's work as well as an author's, as the result is often great new books that may never have been discovered otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Millionaires

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    Charlie and Oliver Caruso are brothers who work at Greene & Greene, a private bank so exclusive you need two million dollars just to be a client. But when the door of success slams in their faces, they're faced with an offer they can't refuse: three million dollars in an abandoned account. No one knows it exists, and even better, it doesn't belong to anyone.

    Glenn says: "EASILY as good as Grisham"
    "Too much detail?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've heard about Brad Meltzer's political books, I have two paperbacks on my "too read" shelf. Thought I'd check him out based on good reviews and Scott Brick's narration. I enjoyed the story for the most part, but some "scenes" went on forever with detailed descriptions of say, "turning something over in his hand" which just felt like "filler." I also balked a bit at all the types of "glances" that were exchanged between the characters, not just a feeling or emotion, but (again) detailed information like a conversation. I wanted to find out what happened next so I kept with it, but compared to a novel that uses well-crafted prose to advance the plot, this was a bit more in the "fluff" category.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21314)
    Performance
    (12806)
    Story
    (12933)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Audibly Delicious!"
    Overall

    After hearing of this book series, and having strayed from Sci-Fi for a while, I wanted an easy way back in, something entertaining and surprising. Not a "Dune" (the only book so far I've read three times) but a meaty enough story to keep my interest. It's fun to "discover" a new author and I responded to other positive reviews as making this a "safe bet" for my very first Audible purchase.The reader has a voice that really worked for me and I liked the subject matter. I was happy that I could talk with my teenage nephews about this book (one had read it in HS English) and I would recommend it to anyone as a "see how different Sci-Fi can be" book. I know there are a bunch more Ender books out there and I will probably do at least one more.
    My dog Maggie give it 5 bones because of all the extended walks she got as kept walking "just one more block..." to advance the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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