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Richard

I live on Puget Sound and my wife and I spend our summers on our boat out on the water.

Mount Vernon, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Riptide Ultra-Glide: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    Freshly laid-off Wisconsinites Patrick and Barbara McDougall are going to sunny Florida for a modest romantic vacation. But the motel they picked isn't quite a pastel paradise, and they have to be midwesterners and make the best of a bad situation. Except bad goes to worse, and a string of misfortunes renders them unable to leave the state. Meanwhile, the next Mexican-American War is being fought, this time in Fort Lauderdale, between the Kentucky mafia and the Oxy cartel over control of the lucrative pain clinic market.

    James says: "More Serge and Coleman"
    "Lots of Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the most fun you can have reading about a serial killer. Serge and Coleman are up to their old tricks showing non-Floridians the "real Florida," including Mac 10's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (187)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    B.J. says: "Great conclusion to a terrific trilogy."
    "Adrian McKinty is Amazing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The combined works of Adrian McKinty are excellent. Joseph Wambaugh has cop talk down, Adrian McKinty has the complex street talk of Northern Ireland even better. Sean Duffy, his character, struggles with his own devils while he frustrates his superiors in the RUC, the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Through it all he slogs on to solve problems and mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2255)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1411)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "A Lot Like Reacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you liked the Reacher novels, you'll like these. The hero is a former sniper who takes on bad guys who are really bad. He has internal demons that he battles as well as the bad guys. Dick Hill, as always, does a great job bringing the novel to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Expats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

    Ariel says: "You Will Need to Pay Attention"
    "Say What?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    My friend and I listened to this book during a road trip. The author jumps back and forth in time without any notice to the listener. This makes it VERY hard to follow. My wife is currently listening to it and she is complaining about the same thing. Perhaps the print version is easier to follow, but his is very difficult.


    What does Mozhan Marno bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marno makes the best of the reading. She is skilled and performs wonderfully.


    Any additional comments?

    The main character is female. She is a former CIA assassin who travels to Europe to be with her husband. This in itself should appeal to women listeners, but the book is so hard to follow that this is not enough to make it worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1616)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "The protaganist was nuts"
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    Would you try another book from Adam Mitzner and/or David LeDoux?

    I think David LeDoux does a great job reading the book. Its written in a first person narrative that wears rather thin. Although the story has a few twists and turns, the ending is predictable and the entire book leaves you a bit unsatisfied.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Mitzner? Why or why not?

    I don't think I'd try another Mitzner book for awhile.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pilgrim of Hate: The Tenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    As England's civil war draws to a close, two travelers arrive at Cadfael's herbarium door: the dark-eyed Ciaran who has vowed to walk unshod as a kind of penance and, his companion, Matthew. When Cadfael's old friend arrives with a tale of murder, the youths' puzzling association becomes darker and more inscrutable.

    John Roush says: "Another Nice Addition to the Brother Cadfael Saga"
    "Patrick Tull adds greatly to this series."
    Overall

    I've listened to all of the Patrick O'Brian series, Sharpe series, and now most of the Brother Cadfael novels. In each of these series Patrick Tull does an amazing job with the narration. His voice and skill as a reader adds tremendously to my experience as a listener. When you have a choice, select the edition with Tull as the narrator. Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter) has done a wonderful job with this series. From the first, the characters have grown and become more fully developed. It is a wonderful way to enjoy a first class murder mystery and feel you're in the 12th century as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Copperhead: Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    It is the summer of 1862 and the northern army is threatening to capture Richmond, the Confederate capital.

    Leslie says: "Copperhead (Unabridged"
    "Richard Sharpe Lite"
    Overall

    I read Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series and found it wonderful. The books of this series that he has completed are a good read, but not in the same league as Sharpe. If you haven't read Sharpe's Rifles, that is a more interesting series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Rent: The Thirteenth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    A wealthy widow rents her house to the Shrewsbury Abbey for the price of a single rose cut from the bush near the house. Shortly before the rent is due, the rosebush is destroyed and the widow kidnapped. Brother Cadfael must discover who stands to gain from these peculiar crimes.

    Yvette says: "Patrick Tull reads Ellis Peters ... Great!!!"
    "A very compelling listen"
    Overall

    I bought this book because I am a huge fan of narrator Patrick Tull. I had listened to his reading all the way through the Patrick OBrian Aubrey-Maturian series. I am glad I did buy it because I found this Brother Cadfael novel to be very entertaining. You have to hang in there a bit if you start with this book because you don't have any of the backstory. That said, once you sort out the characters the book stands alone apart from the rest of the series. I will go back and start reading this new series from the beginning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4966)
    Performance
    (2499)
    Story
    (2508)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "Pushed the author's political views"
    Overall

    The characters in the book mouth a lot of words like honor, courage, and values. The author has little of these has he does a thinly veiled smear of a number of Americans that do not share his political views. While the story line and action are certainly compelling, his Fox Network view of the world is a bit off putting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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