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R. Parker

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Recovery Man: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (155)

    On Jupiter's moon, Callisto, a mysterious Recovery Man kidnaps Rhonda Shindo after he terrorizes and then abandons her brilliant 13-year-old daughter, Talia. While authorities on Callisto search for Rhonda, her employers at the Aleyd Corporation try to gain custody of Talia. Somehow, Callisto authorities realize, she's part of the crime, even though she was left behind.

    Melisa says: "I hope there will be more."
    "Too much instrospection"
    Overall

    I really like these books, and think Miles and the other characters are worth following. But there's so much discussion of internal states, twisting and clenching of stomachs, and recitation of backstory that I find myself sometimes telling the narrator to just move on instead of dwelling incessantly on some of the details. Perhaps an abridged version would be more enjoyable. Nevertheless, I look forward to the next installment, having discovered some surprising information about Miles and his family. The narration is good, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5735)
    Performance
    (5348)
    Story
    (5347)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Clever, hilarious, poignant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Scalzi outdoes himself here, with a book that has a full story in it, followed by codas that continue and develop the ideas in the main story, wrap up loose ends, and are a tour de force of writing style. The idea is one that has been around for years (since the original Star Trek, at least), and Scalzi handles it very deftly and in an original manner. On the way we get hilarity as well as scenes that are very moving.

    Wil Wheaton is a good choice for the narrator, and he does a good job overall. He is very good in scenes with emotional content, but could use a little more punch in the rest of the material.

    Well worth the time and expense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walking Shadow: A Spenser Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Daniel Parker
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Spenser is investigating the Port City Theater Company, where the director claims he's being stalked. When an actor is shot dead during a performance, all clues lead to the local Chinese Mafia, whose roots run deep in this drab waterfront city. With Hawk and ex mobster Vinnie assisting, Spenser eventually triumphs in one of his most compelling adventures.

    Amazon Customer says: "If I could give this no stars"
    "Where have you gone, Joe?"
    Overall

    Please, please, give us back Joe Mantegna. While the writing is as enjoyable as ever, the narration is quite disappointing after listening to Mantegna for so many other novels. While Rudnicki is vastly better than Burt Reynolds, no one does Spenser and his friends remotely as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Small Vices: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Ellis Alves is no angel. But his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson...and asks Spenser for help.

    Vincent says: "Reynolds and the Book Were Excellent"
    "No more Burt, please"
    Overall

    I was interested in this book mainly to find out about the gray man, who appeared in a later book (I'm encountering the books out of order), and the book, itself, was not a disappointment.

    The narration, however, was abominable. Reynold's mumbling required me to increase the treble and decrease the bass and backtrack occasionally to try to hear what he said. I was amazed at how many cops in the Boston area had good ol' boy southern accents, and Reynold's renditions of Ives and others were lame. Vinnie and Fish sounded like Rick from Casablanca.

    Please, let Joe Mantegna do Spenser. Though his rendering of women is sometimes weak, it's ok, and the others are usually very good. And audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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