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Hill

Bedford, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2929)
    Performance
    (2450)
    Story
    (2444)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steve says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "No vailed copyright infringement here."
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    I am sure we will be reading about this in the papers. If Lee Child doesn't view this book as a copyright infringement on his Jack Reacher series then something is wrong. Baldacci is certainly a better writer than this. The Jack Reacher series is a good read but my word it isn't worth copying. The army, the coffee, the clock in his head, being well over 6 ft tall, the headbutt to the nose, walking rather than driving, the only thing Puller has that Reacher doesn't is a change of clothes. If I didn't know better I would think David Baldacci is a pen name for Lee Child. Simply to close for me. Don't put me on the jury. Child would win hands down. Baldacci gets an "F" for lack of orginality.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Reckless Endangerment

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi discover themselves working on two sides of the same case when a set of double homicides rocks downtown Manhattan. A bloody warning scrawled on the wall above a murdered elderly couple sends the Jewish community reeling into a tension-filled confrontation with the city's Arab population. In neighboring Brooklyn, a 16-year-old Arab runaway seeks refuge in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, where she becomes caught up in the ugly world of prostitution and drugs.

    Lonnie C. Pogue says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Coming of age"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Recommend? Yes of course. I have found that writers who write series such as the Karp series take a few books to really develop the characters and theme. The first several books Tanenbaum wrote in this series felt to me like he was searching for his characters identity. I think he has found them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marlene of course. She is such a wild character. Lucy is a close second.


    What aspect of James Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    Pat first I thought what in the world. He seemed to speak to fast and his inflections seemed off but the longer I listened I kind of liked his narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    After the girl was kidnaped and Lucy told her dad what happened. Karp came alive.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the next books in this series become available very soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Irresistible Impulse: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Back as head of the district attorney's homicide bureau, Butch Karp comes up against one of his most bizarre cases yet. A series of racially motivated murders in Harlem prove to be the work of a wealthys uburbanite out to relive a twisted episode from his childhood. The killer's showboating defense attorney will stop at nothing to derail Karp's prosecution - even if it means igniting a race war.

    Hill says: "So far the best"
    "So far the best"
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    Would you listen to Irresistible Impulse again? Why?

    I think I would. This book was the most interesting to me of this series.


    What other book might you compare Irresistible Impulse to and why?

    That's a tuff question. This book added a layer that I didn't feel in the other books of this series. I felt that Marlene was the major focus in this book. Marlene is a much more complex figure than Karp. Tanenbaum did well exploring with her character.


    What about Traber Burns’s performance did you like?

    He is ok.


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

    Yes it was. I almost did do that very thing but a Christmas party got in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    Tanenbaum did a nice job with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Denied: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A Turkish diplomat in New York City is gunned down in broad daylight, and all signs point to an ancient blood feud. The suspected gunman is Armenian. His alleged motive is to avenge the slaughter of Armenians by Turks generations before. But prosecutor Butch Karp has never accepted the easy answer, and he soon realizes the facts of this murder are more complicated than they seem. To close the case, Karp and his investigator wife, Marlene, must infiltrate a cross-section of New York society, while fending off crooks and madmen from every corner of the Big Apple and the world beyond.

    Hill says: "I must be easy to please"
    "I must be easy to please"
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    Would you listen to Justice Denied again? Why?

    Probably not. The Karp series is like eating a cheeseburger. Great when your hunger but I don't want to eat the same burger twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Justice Denied?

    Anything with Marlene as the focus. She sounds like way more of a woman than Karp is a guy.


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

    Traber is fine. No complaints. He isn't my favorite narrator but he is OK.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sure I laughed. Marlene is a trip.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't find Tanenbaum as good of a writer as Sandford or Flynn but he is good enough. This is book #6 in the series and Tanenbaum has finally slowed down telling the reader Karp is jewish and that Marlene is a catholic. Yep he does mention it some but why? To me it plays no part in the story. I could care less what religion the characters are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

    Hill says: "Lesser Plea"
    "Lesser Plea"
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    If you could sum up No Lesser Plea in three words, what would they be?

    A nice introduction.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wouldn't say on the edge but it kept my attention.


    What three words best describe Traber Burns’s voice?

    Interesting at best.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No escape.


    Any additional comments?

    I had listened to Tanenbaum before and decided to start the series in order. No Lesser Plea is nice first book. It sets the characters well. I mostly likely will listen to a few more books then decide if I will continue with the series. Tanenbaum and Burns may grow on me but at this time they aren't my favorite.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (940)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Hope this isn't the last"
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    Sandford did it again in my book. Simply love his style. Flowers is a lot softer than Davenport but don't let that put you off. Sandford gives Flowere's just as much brain power as Davenport. Good story great narrator all around good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (629)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "Poor Virgil"
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    This is a keeper. Virgil is so human. Sandford's Virgil Flower is a great down to earth kind of a guy. Sandford leaves enough out to keep you guessing but not so much that you lose interest. I suspected the ending but it was funny how Sandford pulled it off. Poor Virgil.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (569)

    Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one , if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth.

    Brian says: "What audio books should be"
    "You betch ya"
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    Lucas Davenport is still the big dog in Sandford's writings but Virgil Flowers is a very close second. I may actually like the Flowers series as well if not better than the Prey series. Heat Lighting is a very good read/listen. Nice work Sandford. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1751)
    Performance
    (1537)
    Story
    (1537)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "The Field"
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    I listen to audio books at an insane rate. If a reader of many books is a book worm I must be a "tape worm". There a lot of great authors and narrators. Sometimes they actually come together on the same series. Boy oh boy did they ever in Sandford's the Prey series. This is the last title that audible has in their listing as of 10/14. I enjoyed the complete series and the Field of Prey was no exception. If you are a fan of Sandford's you will love this one. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1133)

    .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!"
    "The right mix"
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    I agree Sandford and Ferrone are a great combination. Sandford has moved to one of my top 5 authors. No the language isn't to ruff for me. I think it is down to earth and most likely just the type of vocabulary that real people in the trenches of life use. It certainly was the language the adults used around me when I was a kid.
    I like Lee Childs and his character Jack Reacher but he seems a little far fetched at times. Lucas Davenport seems real and does real life stuff. I love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1750)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1583)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Book 3 Edge of Eternity"
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    I am a huge fan of Ken Follett and I was really looking forward to the final installment of the this trilogy. Some of my friends loved the Pillars of the Earth and World Without End but didn't like the Century Trilogy. They started the Fall of Giants and didn't finish it. I didn't understand their position but something didn't catch their fancy. After listening the Edge of Eternity I think I understand what they were talking about. The Century Trilogy just didn't really create that spark that is needed to keep a trilogy going.
    I have to say that I don't think this is one of Ken's best works. Maybe the historical events that he uses as a back drop are to fresh in my mind. The earlier books like the Pillars of the Earth and World Without End and the first two books of the Century trilogy dealt with general social issues. This book spent a lot of time on one specific social issue from the sixties. Sure it was an issue but it was to specific for me. Follett used general issues like Communism when talking about the family in the eastern block countries but focused on race in the United States. Sure he talked about a lot of other social issues but this book felt like a comment on race relations.
    I had the same feeling about Jane Auel's writings in her Earth Children's series. She went to long and didn't stay with the theme in the earlier books. I felt neither of these great authors knew how to finish their great works. To me it was still worth my time to listen to this book but don't send full price on it. Maybe the abridged format would have been better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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