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Robin

Clackamas, OR, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Inquisitor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Allen Smith
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. And in his business - called "information retrieval" by its practitioners - that gift is invaluable, because truth is the hottest thing on the market. Geiger's clients count on him to extract the truth from even the most reluctant subjects. Unlike most of his competitors, Geiger rarely sheds blood, but he does use a variety of techniques - some physical, many psychological - to push his subjects to a point where pain takes a backseat to fear. Because only then will they finally stop lying.

    Rick Gmail says: "Engaging story wrapped in narrative that hooks you"
    "Suspensful and fairly believable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Grabbed my attention from the start and kept it throughout. Well-written. Once you accept its premise (which was easy to do for me) it holds together well. Only downsides were its relative brevity and the fact that this appears to be Smith's only novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1642)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As I listened to this unbelievable mess I kept trying to remember why I thought I liked novels by Harlen Coben. By unbelievable I mean the characters' motivations and actions, and the premise that multiple murders could have been committed in the same spot over so many years without any bodies having been discovered. None of this was helped by Scott Brick's overacting (over-narrating?), reading everything, even chapter numbers, with deep emotional gravitas. I'm not sure how (or why) I made it through to the end.

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Flower: Jane Whitefield Series # 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (125)

    In this exciting seventh entry in Thomas Perry's Jane Whitefield series, Jane spirits James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife's murder, out of the criminal court building in downtown Los Angeles-but the price of Shelby's freedom is high.

    John says: "Non-stop action all the way"
    "Enjoyable, but not one of Perry's best"
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    Performance
    Story

    I'm a fan of Perry (and Jane Whitefield), and did enjoy this book. But it did not have the hold on me that his earlier Whitefield books had. For example, it always bothers me when the hero/protagonist fails to take obvious steps that would improve his/her chances of a good outcome (eg, why didn't Jane take one of her captor's cars--or at least his money--when she escaped?) or does things that put her at risk w/o taking obvious steps to mitigate that risk. These things could have been done w/o compromising the plot (which was borderline believable at best). Jane's motivations were weak as well--eg, how did she know that her client really was innocent of the crimes for which he had been convicted?
    I'm talking myself into an even lower rating, but I did enjoy the book, so I will stick with 4*.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17873)
    Performance
    (15891)
    Story
    (15848)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Best time-travel book ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've liked most Stephen King novels, but this is probably his best. As an engineer and geek, I particularly appreciated the internal consistency of its basic concept, which, given the premise of the time portal, remained believable throughout. And it was just a good story.
    And Craig Wasson's reading makes me want to look for other books he's narrated, regardless of their authors.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Aim

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Robert Mallon has lived for ten quiet years in affluent Santa Barbara, when an encounter on a beach with a mysterious young woman shatters his peaceful, carefully constructed life. Despite Mallon's desperate attempts, he loses her and becomes obsessed with discovering why. He hires detective Lydia Marks to uncover the secrets of this stranger's life, and what they learn propels them into a terrifying world of sinister secrets and deadly hatreds.

    Ed says: "Exceeded my expectations"
    "Good read (or listen), but not Perry's best"
    Overall

    Many of the Amazon reviews downgrade this novel b/o its implausibility. I have to agree that it requires several leaps of faith to accept its premise, but then I've found that many of Dean Koontz's and Stephen King's works are implausible, but I still enjoy them immensely. Perry is a good enough writer that I had no trouble dealing with the unbelievable parts, and I enjoyed the novel without difficulty. And Kramer's narration was excellent.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Salvation in Death: In Death, Book 27

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (550)

    As Eve pieces together clues that suggest identity theft, gang connections, and a deeply personal act of revenge, she hopes to track down whoever committed the unholy act of murdering a priest. Until a second murder, in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers, knocks the whole investigation sideways.

    Share Faerber says: "Another Winner"
    "Intolerable reader"
    Overall

    Horrible overacting (overreading?) by Susan Ericksen. The book itself was probably okay, but I couldn't continue to listen after the first few hours. The exaggerated voicing drove me away.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful

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