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zippyrich

Gardiner, NY United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Getting Off: A Novel of Sex & Violence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Lily Bask
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    So this girl walks into a bar…and when she walks out there’s a man with her. She goes to bed with him, and she likes that part. Then she kills him, and she likes that even better. On her way out, she cleans out his wallet. She keeps moving, and has a new name for each change of address. She’s been doing this for a while, and she’s good at it. And then a chance remark gets her thinking of the men who got away, the lucky ones who survived a night with her.

    antonio says: "A disappointment.. Matthew Scudder where are you ?"
    "Keller with some kink"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love me some Lawrence Block, particularly the Keller books (I've long considered Robert Forster's read of "Hit Man" a high-water mark for entertainment audiobooks). With "Getting Off," Block once again displays his penchant for crafting endearing sociopaths. Expertly-paced, colloquial and smart with some truly horrifying passages–Block fleshes out the main character's motivations by painting a hideously uncomfortable childhood–the book really cooks and gets under the skin. Lily Bask turns in a terrific performance, particularly when called upon to read some of the story's more risque action. Good fun & worth a listen.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2318)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (829)

    Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

    Graham S. Stafford says: "Love the Camel Club"
    "Recording artists overindulged in distracting sfx"
    Overall

    Fine enough Baldacci yarn; perhaps a bit implausible but suspension of disbelief is part and parcel of suspense thriller fiction. What is NOT a part of it is spoon-feeding the listener by dropping an inordinate number of distracting sound effects (I know what a gun firing is supposed to sound like). McLarty delivers a more than fine enough performance--I'd like to hear his voice and not a ton of gun shots drowning him out.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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