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Kent

Salt Lake City, UT, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 419 titles in library
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  • Dreamcatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (1765)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (534)

    "The genius shines through...flat-out riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
    "Makes for great midnight reading." (The New York Times)
    "Dreamcatcher is a comeback and an infusion of rich new blood into King's body of work." (Amazon.com)

    Click the sample icon to hear an extended excerpt from Chapter One of Dreamcatcher!

    Murray Zetterholm says: "King Fans Will Love Dreamcatcher"
    "Mindless and confused"
    Overall

    This book is a waste of time. Especially in audio format where it is difficult to go back and try to untangle a confused, confusing, and fundamentally pointless tale. I know that Stephen King is highly regarded and this is the first book I have "read" by him but he writes here like he learned his writing by reading the National Enquirer and watching Entertainment Tonight. His characters are not well developed, the story is implausible, and there is no surprise factor to any of it - almost predictable.

    Don't waste your time.

    7 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1776)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (367)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Caveat Emptor"
    Overall

    I suppose that, like any other purchase the burden is on the buyer but it seems that after making so much money from his books and movies that Grisham would have some respect for the people who have bought his books over the years and refrain from releasing something that is a waste of time and money. Maybe there is something in the water in Mississippi that makes lawyers greedy - his buddy Dickie Scruggs couldn't resist bribing a judge even though he had successfully ripped off tobacco companies for billions of dollars but didn't want to share the proceeds with the other sharks. When is enough money enough? This book should have stayed on his hard drive until he could find a way to end it with something interesting. But then the characters and plot were pretty unbelievable from the beginning. This isn't the blatant paean to ambulance chasers that he perpetrated in The Appeal it's just poor craftsmanship.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (427)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    teresa says: "no wonder it was on sale"
    "Boring, predictable polemic"
    Overall

    This book started out with promise. An interesting and appealing story about people wronged by a greedy corporate titan. But by about 1/3 through the book it started to slow down and really drag. The story about the dimwit promoted for the supreme court wasn't believable and it just went on and on. Grisham is usually clever but in this book all the alleys he built had predictable, anticlimactic endings and the book itself was predictable throughout. I love a book where I think "I know where this guy is leading me" and then find out he has thrown me a curve. There are no curves here, all the characters go just where you think they will. The ending is also extremely unsatisfying. The book is a poor attempt at a polemic about the poor underappreciated trial lawyers (read 'ambulance chasers') in this country. Since Grisham's buddy Dicky Scruggs, Bill Lerach, and others are now guilty of felonies it is a little harder to appreciate this point of view but Grisham has been a trial lawyer (a.c) himself so it is understandable -just boring. Don't waste your money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dana Vachon
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Tommy Quinn has just landed the job of his dreams as an investment banker at J. S. Spenser, as well as the perfect girl, Frances Sloan, the daughter of one of New York's oldest moneyed families. As he travels from the most exclusive ballrooms to the stuffiest boardrooms, from the golf links to the bedrooms of Park Avenue - and from the debauched yacht of a Mexican billionaire to the Ritalin-strewn dorm room of his younger brother - he finds that the job and the girl are not what they once seemed.

    Kent says: "Stupid and unbelievable"
    "Stupid and unbelievable"
    Overall

    Satire should be based on characters and situations that are exaggerations of plausible situations. This book isn't satire, it is childish fantasy. As I listened that was the main impression - the writing and situations are juvenile. One of the worst books I have purchase, if not the worst. Total waste of time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Laws of Our Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In The Laws of Our Fathers, the latest drive-by shooting in a notoriously drug-plagued housing project has taken the life of an unusual victim: the ex-wife of a prominent politician. The case that ensues reunites a once like-minded group of men and women whose views have evolved considerably since the 1960s. New York Times best-selling author Scott Turow is renowned for his thrilling, thought-provoking courtroom dramas.

    P. Giorgio says: "Terrific"
    "Wanders"
    Overall

    This book seems like it would be worthwhile if it were one fourth the length. I like long books but they need to be long for a reason. This book seems to wander around among the characters and to have no real purpose. Other Scott Turow books have had some dramatic twist that made them worth the read but this one contains no surprises. When the secrets of the characters are revealed my response was 'ok, what was interesting about that?'. This book is a very large commitment of time without a commensurate return. Not recommended at all. A shame from such a talented and well educated writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashman and the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Flashman is back! When the memoirs of Sir Harry Flashman, the celebrated Victorian soldier and scoundrel, first came to light 30 years ago, we were introduced to adventures related with verve, dash, and meticulous historical detail. Now come three new episodes in the career of this eminent and disreputable adventurer.

    Michael Burton says: "But I hate Anti-heroes!?"
    "Barely Intelligible"
    Overall

    I get the sense that the book would be fun to read but the narrator gives one the sense that he is doing a camp imitation of a British valet playing Flashman. I almost feel guilty criticizing the reading because he sounds like he may have some speech pathology. If that is the case I apologize. I find that it is so hard to understand that I can't concentrate and drive at the same time so I miss large sections and am not inspired to rewind so I am just getting an overall impression of the book rather than really delving into it.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Soundwalk: St. Germain des Pres, Paris

    • ORIGINAL (49 mins)
    • Narrated By Helene Sevaux, Asa Mader
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This urban tour of Paris' St. Germain des Pres brings you to the intimate and intriguing spots of the neighborhood that no tourist atop a double-decker bus would ever see. For curious Parisians and bold visitors alike, this is the best way to really feel, know, and understand Paris. Guided by a local personality, packed full of interviews, insights, recollections, and cinematic sound effects, Soundwalk St. Germain des Pres, Paris is a living documentary about the neighborhood from an insider's view.

    Caren Bianco says: "We just got back..."
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    Having been to Paris many times, and knowing that the St. Germain des Pres area is charming with a lot of possibilities for unique insider knowledge, I thought maybe I would find it here. Alas, the tour is mundane, and the point of the whole episode completely escaped me. The narrator seems to be trying to achieve a mellow mood and instead sounds like she is drugged. I was very disappointed and didn't find it helpful on my last trip to Paris. Don't waste your time or money.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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