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Fred

Gilbert, AZ, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Harry Bosch Box Set: 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1845)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1282)

    Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

    Jami says: "nice collection -- one missing in the order though"
    "Harry Bosch Box Set"
    Overall

    After listening to "The Lincoln Lawyer", I looked into more Michael Connelly material and found out about the Harry Bosch series. It was okay, but listening to the Bosch character got a bit tedious, which is something I never experienced with the lawyer, Mickey Haller. Bosch’s “my way or the highway” approach treaded into the realm of fantastic, in the purest sense of the word. Over the course of this box set, the FBI agent, Rachel Walling, morphs into a puppet for Bosch’s shenanigans. If all agents were this weak and easily manipulated, then a career in organized crime would be an attractive option for those just graduating high school. On a final note, “The Overlook” is a shorter novel that has been embedded with interspersed solo music. I am not sure what kind of a wind instrument it is, but it was so awful that I nearly had to stop listening. I had this vision of Squidward playing his flute in the background.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2704)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1058)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "This is the best Audible purchase yet!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Scarecrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the most enjoyable audio book I've listened to, and I've probably been through 50 or so in the past few years. Peter Giles' narration had as much to do as the story. All the characters were distinct, which is hard to accomplish. I really have enjoyed the Jack McEvoy and Mickey Haller series books books from Michael Connell. The characters seem like real people, not super heroes- Harry Bosch is a bit incredible at times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dynamic between Rachel and Jack. They met during The Poet book and then there was a hiatus. This brought the duo back together after a significant time apart. I've read other books that included them, but this was individually. The Scarecrow brought everything full circle.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Giles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've probably listened to all of his work that is available through Audible. I wish there was more stuff!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but there aren't any. I like to break them up.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that Michael Connelly writes more Haller and McEvoy books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (209)

    Jason Bourne takes on a mission to rescue his only friend in the CIA, Martin Lindros, who disappeared in Africa while tracking shipments of yellowcake uranium. Once safely back in America, Lindros persuades Bourne to help track the money trail of terrorists buying the nuclear material in Odessa. But once there, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashbacks, and he wonders: is someone brainwashing him in order to throw him off the trail? Worse, is the man he saved in Africa really Martin Lindros?

    timchi says: "Disappointing"
    "I tried not to give up on it, but it is awful!"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal?

    I read the previous release by Eric Van Lustaber, and it was enjoyable, so I thought that this one would be similar. This was easily the worst pick in my Audible experience. I typically enjoy Baldacci, Connelly, Grisham, and Clancy, and my next purchase will be back in this group. The Bourne books/movies have been very enjoyable, but The Bourne Betrayal is just too far out there to enjoy. I kept going, "C'mon, really, now he has ice skates built into his shoes!", and other similar exasperations, based on the ridiculousness of the escapades. He can never die or get hurt, which makes this more like a Roadrunner/Coyote cartoon, rather than a suspense novel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Baldacci or Grisham.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeremy Davidson?

    It would not be my preference.


    What character would you cut from Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal?

    The CIA director


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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