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K

VANCOUVER, WA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Survival of the Fittest: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (112)

    Psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware confronts a killer who takes as much pleasure in matching wits with the police as in robbing human life. A diplomat's retarded daughter is murdered on a school field trip. The girl's father denies the possibility of a political motive, leaving LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and his longtime friend, Alex Delaware, stymied. When another killing occurs, Alex finds himself ensnared in one of the most menacing cases of his career.

    K says: "Decent Book, Bad Sound"
    "Decent Book, Bad Sound"
    Overall

    The actual book was pretty good, but the ending just sort of came up and there were lots of unexplainied things. Entertaining though, for sure.

    The narration and the sound were terrible. Lines were repeated that were obvious edits. The volume of the narration would go from practically inaudibly quiet to startingly loud. I don't think that a single internal person listened to this recording post-edit for quality control.

    A few voices were great, but others either sounded alike or were very very odd. There were several mispronunciations and misreadings that were irritating.

    Fine for pure entertainment, but a real subpar recording overall.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1576)
    Performance
    (1405)
    Story
    (1422)

    Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

    janet says: "Still funny"
    "Same old thing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's the same Stephanie Plum formula with a few new variables.

    Bond capture fails because Lula screws up.
    Stephanie can't decide between Joe and Ranger.
    Bella hates Stephanie.
    Some weird side story.
    Lula gets mad at being called fat.
    They eat chicken and donuts.
    Granny goes to funerals.
    Granny fits the modern granny 'shocking' stereotype.
    Stephanie loses/ruins several cars.
    Stephanie's mom is disappointed in Stephanie's life.
    Stephanie is in peril and Ranger rescues her.
    Stephanie comes through.


    You now have the basic story of the last 5 books. Time to change the formula up.

    Lula is excruciatingly annoying. Granny needs less focus. Stephanie needs to grow up. The narrator is fabulous, despite the terrible stupid story/dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4343)
    Performance
    (1889)
    Story
    (1880)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Another great Connelly book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am revisiting this series on its own - not in the shadow of Harry Bosch, whom I adore. This book is a not quite as strong in the main plot, but is well written and really stands as a second book. It suffers a bit from transition-itis, meaning a bit of exposition and character discovery that is important but distracts from the main plot. It's still a very good listen, but not as engaging or suspenseful as Lincoln Lawyer. Still, completely worth the listen and not just because it's there.

    I love serials and Mickey is worth investing time in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6766)
    Performance
    (3057)
    Story
    (3071)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I originally listened to this after a binge of Harry Bosch books and just relistened. I loved it. Excellent narration, good story, and very engaging. There were a few painfully slow parts, but overall, a very fun listen.

    This is not a Harry Bosch book. Don't get it if you want that darker noir crotchety detective style. If you want a fun ride with new characters but by a trusted writer, do it. Worth the credit. By far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    Overall
    (3008)
    Performance
    (1900)
    Story
    (1908)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "A miss for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have no problem suspending disbelief over the premise of having a double. A Tale Of Two Cities has no problem overcoming such a far fetched idea. This book, not so much. Without giving too many spoilers, the idea that a police force is going to place a detective undercover for the murder of a nobody and with no suspicions of larger criminal activity, is where they lost me.
    The narration is wonderful, with my only complaint being not enough vocal individuality for each character, but the attempt was made.

    The book is too long and the climax, rather underwhelming. By the time the reveal came around, I just didn't care. And after the big reveal? There's still like another hour of book!

    I really wanted to like the book more and really tried to suspend disbelief, but I couldn't wait for the book to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1156)

    Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

    The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

    Kathy says: "Addicting"
    "I guess I don't get it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was difficult for me to get through. The first part is horribly boring and I get that it's exposition, but really unentertaining. The book then drones on and on and on. Seemingly unrelated things all end up relating, even though they are a huge stretch. There are too many characters to keep track of unless you keep a chart or binge listen. I did neither, so by the end, I had no idea who half the characters were.
    With all the words, by the time you get to the final 5 chapters, details are skipped over while other events never seem to end.
    The foreshadowing of times to come (fingerprints in the eighteenth century?) is too smug and happens a number of times. A rape of a drugged male by a female is given almost no attention and the character basically carried on like it was nothing but a bad dream.
    Great bedtime listening for me since I couldn't seem to listen for more than 20 minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2632)
    Performance
    (2185)
    Story
    (2194)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    90% of the book is fairly interesting and exciting and detailed, then you hit the end and there are huge detail gaps and and serious rush to finish. It was like the author hit his word limit and had to end so voila, it ends and you have to guess as to the details.

    The narration is adequate, but is extraordinarily staccato at times, to the point that it detracted from the book.

    An obviously male writer with the female protagonist being an unachievable ideal of beauty (except for that lucky 1%), in need of male rescue, a victim over and over, and irrational but convinced by the know it all man. Of course, they fall in love immediately after she comes 3 seconds from being brutally viciously graphically gang raped. Whew.

    A decent listen, but other than the lead male, everyone else is a stupid caricature. The main protagonist is Jack Reacheresque and I would be interested in reading more with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diviners

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    Something dark and evil has awakened.... Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

    Amazon Customer says: "A delightful surprise."
    "Ok tween book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lots of bad cliches and slow moving through much of it. The ending is an obvious set up for a sequel.

    Heroes x X-Men set in 1920's NYC, without the charm or great back stories.

    Entertaining, but I would not recommend it to anyone over 13.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6166)
    Performance
    (5340)
    Story
    (5333)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Quite enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A lovely story with interesting characters. The only negative was the amount of jumping around with multiple story threads. To me, this makes it difficult to invest in characters. Because of this, it took awhile to get going and into it.

    The final chapter was a bit heavy handed, but wonderful and beautiful. You did kinda have to rack your brain to remember who was who and the audio version of the book made the delineation of some stories cloudy, but not to the point of anything overly negative.

    The narrator was very good, with a few pronunciation issues, but overall was fantastic.

    I do recommend. Especially great vacation book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2169)
    Performance
    (1891)
    Story
    (1891)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Burns says: "Liked the story but not the narrator"
    "If you listen on a headset, don't bother."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was the worst narration I've ever heard. The gasping for breath before each sentence becomes a complete distraction. Within a chapter, I spent my time going nuts over the breathing rather than listening to the story. I ended up spending time waiting for her next gasp rather than caring about the actual words.

    I stupidly bought the first 3 Plum novels unheard, assuming the narration would be on par with Lorilei King; I was mistaken. I couldn't finish this book because of the narrator.

    So many reviews don't mention the wheezing, so I can only assume that it's more evident on headsets or that others don't let bad editing and gasping bother them. Boy, I wish I were one of those!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (376)

    Lucas Davenport has had disturbing cases before - but never one quite like this, in the shocking new Prey work from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

    Maura Smith-Mitsky says: "Get off Richard Ferrone's back!"
    "Let's get real"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ok. Let's get real.
    Yes, the narration runs hot & cold, just like all the other prey books. However, in this book, he narrator has turned 'the fairy' character into Tangina in Poltergeist. I kept waiting for her (him) to say "go to the light".
    The story is totally over cooked. There are far too many characters to even remotely follow. Less than halfway through, I gave up on trying to keep track of who was who. And since all the voices were basically the same, it's easy to not care.

    I've listened to all the Prey books that audible offers in chronological order and this is the weakest, by far. Had I not already prepurchased more of the series, this would have been my last one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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