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Faja4x

Central MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1127)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "Good Entertainment..."
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    This was an enjoyable listen. A good, well developed plot. In the end I was left feeling satisfied. Ferrone, while having a a narrow range with regard to voicing, still maintains a steady pace that does not detract from the story in the end having sort of a neutral influence, which if you aren't enhancing is the next best thing. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen and look forward to the next release.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (833)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (754)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    David Walker says: "Back in 3 Pines"
    "A departure..."
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    I have to agree with another reviewer that this story is rather disappointing in comparison to earlier works. Without the dynamic of Gamache battling an evil superior, the author is left trying to infuse tension and for me it failed. The story focus itself will probably appeal more to women than men. Sorry to sound a certain male bias, but the terms Venus and Mars come to mind. I love the author's earlier works and the voice talent is splendid, but I was cringing at the obvious ending and the overall focus on feelings rather than any type of real suspense.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3361)
    Performance
    (2973)
    Story
    (2965)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Ted says: "Luxury Vehicle… Does It All"
    ""Surprisingly Meh" says it all...perfectly"
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    Voice talent can really change the entire experience of a book...but in most cases it simply moves it 1 star up or down. Your previous book can influence the most recent book too. Who wants to follow a great performance? In this case you start off with a pedestrian plot...add the twist as previously mentioned that it is basically a screen play for a sequel and then add voice talent that is mediocre at best and you have a grueling experience at times. But I shelled out the credit so... I am sure Giles is a nice guy, but he can't work wonders mostly because he does not have the skill set and in this case because the 'script' is a B movie. I am really disappointed. Lincoln Lawyer...very catchy theme and title...Gods of Guilt? Ugh.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (541)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "Thank you Jo!"
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    What a wonderful continuation of the saga. I will leave any description of the story to others... Suffice it to say that Mr. Nesbø does not disappoint and in fact rewards the reader with hours of enjoyment. However being a fan of audio books to bring additional interest to activities like biking, running, laundry, etc. I found myself incredibly disappointed with the book as performed my John Lee. I felt his interpretation of many of the voices to be offputting, especially the females. He just could not capture the essence of the characters that Jo Nesbø has spent 10 books crafting. Using a Welsh brogue for one of the characters was just weird. Sean Barrett also narrates this book. And is far superior and giving you the haunting feel as the plot twists and turns. Please Jo...no more Lee. And I totally understand that the majority of listeners are simply enthralled with Mr. Lee. I am not one of them. If only Robin Sachs were still with us...both he and Sean were far better equipped to handle the special needs required to really bring Jo Nesbø books to life. Let Mr. Lee stick with period piece novels like the Century Trilogy at which he is exceedingly good.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Hush Money

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Chuck Greaves
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    A newly minted member of Henley & Hargrove, Pasadena's oldest and snobbiest law firm, Jack MacTaggart is assigned to handle an insurance claim on behalf of socialite Sydney Everett. Hush Puppy, Sydney's champion show horse, has died unexpectedly, and attending veterinarian George Wells confides to Jack that the great horse's death was anything but natural. Jack's investigation leads him into the high-stakes world of professional show jumping and down a path to romance, intrigue, and an old blackmail scheme that further implicates his client.

    Faja4x says: "I tried and failed..."
    "I tried and failed..."
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    To find any reason to continue to listen to this book. After two hours and passages like the following: "She giggled. I liked making her giggle", I have given up. I never give up. I use audiobooks like most, something to do during otherwise mundane activity, mostly running the dog in my case. I read the reviews. Clearly others find redeeming value from this title. I found absolutely no compulsion to continue to listen. I have read all of the authors this guy has been compared to and could not disagree more. Dick Francis he is not. One review described the character as wise cracking...that would seem to imply wittiness. I found not a shred of wit that could be considered humorous beyond the 8th grade level. I find that when I review reviews, that I am pretty critical of the negative reviewers such as the type I am providing here...so I imagine some will react the same. But, I am just providing fair warning. It just feels wrong to just give up after having used a credit, but why pay twice? I have had tremendous good luck in discovering material from authors I have never tried before, but ultimately it ran out. Not the end of the world though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Case: A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (602)

    "The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

    Christina says: "They never disappoint"
    "Lackluster Interval Training from Nelson"
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    Being a fan of Nelson DeMille I was dissapointed. Getting through it was no problem since its length is brief as it was intended and possibly the brevity was part and parcel of the lack of development. I am a huge fan of audiobooks as a means to occupy time, driving, exercising, etc. and am well aware of the peril to the author when 'voice talent' is introduced into mix. In general I find that it is a slippery slope. In this case, Scott Brick detracts from the overall story with his lack of comedic timing and his rather narrow range. Yeah, you can quick see that I am not a fan of Mr. Brick. Few are the narrators that add and embellish, but they are out there and I actually look for material they narrate. I am happy to listen to talent that do not detract, but Mr. Brick is not one of them. I will continue to read Mr. DeMille.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4711)
    Performance
    (2704)
    Story
    (2687)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Some nice elements, but..."
    Overall

    I really struggled to not let the voice talent for the audiobook edition of this book make the overall experience disappointing. Peter Giles as voice talent has limited range and I found his style off-putting. As for the actual content of the novel, it is somewhat of a shadow of The Lincoln Lawyer. There were some interesting areas, i.e. the FB tie in...but overall I give the effort a B-

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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