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K

VANCOUVER, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Grave Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (188)

    Powerful entertainment from the crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Best selling author Kathy Reichs "keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore," says Publishers Weekly.

    Don says: "Good story"
    "Yawn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When the book started, I didn't think I was going to make it through. The narration is some of the most monotonous I've heard in a long long time. Her accents were great, but the narrative was boooooring.
    The story was disheveled and almost felt piecemeal. Not really cohesive.
    I did love the science when it did rear its beautiful head.
    This is NOT 'Bones', so do not come in expecting anything even close to those characters or that banter. I judge this book on its own, not on its dissimilarity to the TV show, although I can say that the witty dialogue from the show would have been a welcome addition, but perhaps I will find that in later books.
    Worth the listen once you can get past the single tone narrative, and for the hope that the series (and narrator) warm up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32027)
    Performance
    (25132)
    Story
    (25215)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Ok"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Good: in depth characters, great language, interesting concept, great mystery.
    The bad: too many characters. Characters with similar names. Drawn out.
    The Ugly: bad narration. Bad narration. Narrator can't read a sentence past the end of the written line. The voices range from good to horribly annoying. Pronunciation is all over the place.
    I was disappointed in this, although, it was still quite enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21620)
    Performance
    (17219)
    Story
    (17271)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Yawn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a great story to go to sleep to, except for the terrible narration that makes screaming children on a plane sound pleasant.
    We have way too many characters and the overall story is boring as hell. Sansa and Arya are the only interesting storylines. Every other one could have been dealt with in two chapters, except for the end. It takes about 60 chapters to get interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leftovers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (659)

    What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

    glamazon says: "The title is the best part"
    "Not for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Did not enjoy. A disjointed story about the human condition. Too many characters and storylines that are left open-ended.

    0 of 0 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
    (1729)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1554)

    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
    (4634)
    Performance
    (2147)
    Story
    (2137)

    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
    (7338)
    Performance
    (3555)
    Story
    (3574)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3511)
    Performance
    (2348)
    Story
    (2353)

    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
    (1493)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1345)

    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
    (3082)
    Performance
    (2584)
    Story
    (2591)

    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
    (262)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (242)

    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

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