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Richard

Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (838)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Where's George Wilson?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Hard to judge this book, I was excited as I haven't listened to a new Hiaasen book in years. Unfortunately I have become accustomed to listening to George Wilson's narration, and IMHO Arte is not anywhere close to Wilson's performance. This book just doesn't seem as funny as previous audiobooks. I'm truly not sure whose to blame- Arte or Carl.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Florida Roadkill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (305)

    Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals - and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs... and the suitcase.

    Ronald Albury says: "I tried to like it"
    "Stick With Carl Hiaasen..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know; I didn't find it particularly funny. Carl Hiaasen is light years ahead of Tim Dorsey.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tim Dorsey again?

    I'd have to finish this one first, but this book has a thin plot and is very disjointed with alot of filler.


    Which character ??? as performed by George Wilson ??? was your favorite?

    Characters seem okay, we just need a story for these characters. Alot of characterization, but no story.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had potential; i think the author is trying too hard to outdo Hiaasen. Just didn't work for me.


    Any additional comments?

    To correct a review from someone else, Carl Hiaasen's first book was written in 1986. This book was written in 1999. Clearly Dorsey is the copycat here, unfortunately not a very good one. Tried to like this book--just didn't care what happened anymore after 6 hrs of listening. The story just drags on and on; probably could have cut this book in half and it might've been enjoyable.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hell to Pay: Nightside, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (172)

    "The name's John Taylor. I'm a PI, though what I really do is find things that are lost. I work the Nightside, the city within the city of London, where the sun never rises and where the human and inhuman go to get their kicks, provided they're willing to pay the price in whatever currency the seller demands. In the wake of the war that almost brought the Nightside to total ruin, there's a power vacuum begging to be filled - and some think I should take charge. I don't agree. Neither does the immortal known as Griffin."

    :J says: "Hell to Pay"
    "Hell to Listen to..."
    Overall

    I had heard good things about this series and decided to take a chance on this book. Started out ok and I thought the narrator was good. Unfortunately this story goes nowhere. Reititious and boring. Plot made no sense, characters have unexplained supernatural powers, and a myriad of other flaws throughout the book. The writing was juvenile;for awhile I thought the book could've been written for children. But then again, sexual innuendo, transvestitism, etc. suggest not. Cannot believe I made to the end. Lame, lame, lame story. Do not waste a credit on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (507)

    Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

    Eileen C says: "You must buy this audio only if..."
    "Cliche-ridden fairy tale"
    Overall

    This book is hilarious. Supposedly a true account of Richard Kuklinski's life, none of the subject matter is verified and simply taken as truth by the author. Furthermore, as others have stated, the editing is atrocious--the book is repetitous and full of cliches and trite phrases. The author tries to sensationalize everything to the point of non-belief.

    The repetition of this book is unbelievable. You will the same ideas over and over and over and over and over and over again.

    If I had the patience I would listen to the book again and count the number of cliches in this book. It's got to be in the hundreds.

    I don't think this guy was connected to the mob--just a wannabe. Not too many specific details in this book, just vague generalizations. I don't doubt this guy is nuts and killed a few people but I think most of this is fantasy.

    As far as the story goes, it's fairly interesting if you tolerate the repitition and the triteness.

    I suggest you read some reviews on Amazon before you decide to invest a credit into this book.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful

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