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Ron

Sherman Oaks, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Hard Time: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Jean Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    What secrets hide behind the razzle-dazzle of the entertainment industry? V.I. Warshawski is about to find out. Her friend, reporter Murray Ryerson, has just landed a plum job as host of a Global Entertainment network television show. On her way home from the party celebrating the event, V.I. stops to help a woman lying in the street. Her Good Samaritan act exposes dark truths, and suddenly V.I. finds herself playing a game she can only win by staying alive.

    Ron says: "Excellence Marred By Poor Technology"
    "Excellence Marred By Poor Technology"
    Overall

    This is a rip-roaring "V.I." novel read with versatility and passion by Jean Smart, but the microphone bumps and shifts in sound quality knocked this down to four stars. If you are listening with headphones, turn down the volume about 2 hours and 25 minutes before the end. The volume jumps to DEAFENING and the sound is comparable to bad AM radio. Still, it's worth the listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cleaner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (457)

    Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But his latest assignment will change everything. The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead.

    Bernie says: "excellent from start to finish"
    "Good Story Idea; Wretched Writing"
    Overall

    I slogged through this dry as powder adventure with some hope of it becoming more vibrant to no avail. The idea is really intriguing, but the writing is so A to B rote and uncolorful that it tasks your patience at every turn. Just about everyone is so cold and heartless that you kind of hope the bad guys will succeed, even though most of their work is as ham-handed as the author's. The two stars are for Scott Brick who does his best to enliven this turkey that arrives C.O.D.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Wire: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (220)

    Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear. The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.

    Joanne says: "I love Lincoln Rhyme but..."
    "Good book; disappointing narration"
    Overall

    I'm always enthusiastic when a new Deaver book is released. Unfortunately, Dennis Boutsikaris doesn't share my enthusiasm. More often than not, he doesn't even bother to pronounce the hero's name right - Rhyme is often pronounced "Rahm"(like the Chief of Staff) making scenes with "Ron the recruit" difficult to distinguish. And this narrator doesn't worry about making any effort with voice timbre or even accents, so often there are several characters in a scene speaking with the same voice. Very lazy work.
    The book is a four-star winner with some very creepy moments and Deaver's mastery of suspense is in evidence. I'll be thinking twice before I plug anything in. But the final moments are very positive and hopefully will lead to more Rhyme books - just not ones read by Boutsikaris.

    35 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • I Thought You Were Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Pete Nelson
    • Narrated By Josh Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In I Thought You Were Dead, author Pete Nelson delivers a novel that is all at once heartwarming, heartbreaking, and heart-wrenchingly funny. Most of all, it's a story that proves that when a good dog is by your side, especially one with whom you can have an engaging conversation, life can be full of surprises.

    glamazon says: "Huge suspension of disbelief"
    "For All Lovers; Particularly Dog Lovers"
    Overall

    This is a bittersweet tale. Our hero has a lovely relationship with his aging dog Stella, although the reader can't be sure whether Stella is talking to him or she is his conscience. As he goes through his passage to maturity with his girl and his family, is Stella the voice of reason or is she his enabler? All this will be solved by the ending, but I caution the reader not to expect a comedy. It is funny, but mostly it will take your heart on a marvelous emotional excursion.

    0 of 0 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!"
    "Pretty grisly; fast paced. Rummel is terrific."
    Overall

    The violence, gore and cruelty may put some off, but it's a typical Patterson yarn - once the story begins, hold on for the ride. Special mention must be given to Christian Rummel, who's pitch perfect on both men and women and whose mastery of dialects is uncanny.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tunnel Vision: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Shannon Engemann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, she's become a hold-out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the basement, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, she's been implicated in a murder after the body of Deirdre Messenger, a prominent lawyer's wife, turns up sprawled across her desk.

    Shaliali says: "What a Shame"
    "No Adult Supervision"
    Overall

    The one star is for Peretsky's book, which isn't bad. Though she deserves some heat for the lack of supervision, the production company that allowed this to be released is the main culprit. The narrator mispronounces so many words that one would think English isn't her first language. The engineers ruin the pace with slap-dash editing and jarring volume shifts. Doesn't this company supervise their productions?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2230)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1436)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Ham-Handed Audio Editor"
    Overall

    I liked this book from the beginning. As it progressed, I thought that my iPod was skipping(something it never does). The last word of each chapter is clipped by the announcement of the next chapter. It jarred me so that by the middle of the book, I was taken out of the story each time it occurred. Audible should remaster the recording, giving it some breathing room between chapters to fix this sloppy error, as the book and the narrator are four-star material.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Garp

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (225)

    Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

    Sarrie says: "What is up with this narrator?"
    "Bad Sound; Great Book"
    Overall

    I love this book. I hate this audiobook. Its sound is so irritating that I gave up after an hour and went back to the paperback version to finish it. So, five stars for the book; one star for the audiobook experience. The Audible people were kind enough to give me a credit to lighten this experience.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross's TRIAL

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (213)

    From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.

    Carolyn says: "In a word ... miserable"
    "Grand History, Excellently Narrated"
    Overall

    The story here is brilliant in its ability to show the parallels between our time in history and the social upheavals of a hundred years ago. It is heartbreaking and funny ; uplifting and heartwarming. Enough cannot be said about the narration by Dylan Baker, an actor I've admired for years. This performance displays a range of emotion, dialect and versatility rarely equalled. This is a vital and entertaining audio experience.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappeared: Retrieval Artist, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (272)

    Retrieval artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a retrieval artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Joshua says: "An Intriguing New Universe"
    "Free was too expensive"
    Overall

    Although this was a giveaway promotion, it cost me two hours of my time trying to see if the writing would improve. It didn't. Some good ideas are squandered by cookie-cutter characters and scattershot plotting. Forget about saving your money, save your time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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