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Ronn

BRENTWOOD, TN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2134)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1874)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Connelly at the top of his game (again)"
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    The Gods of Guilt is another great addition to the Mickey Haller series and on par with The Lincoln Lawyer. Per vintage Connelly, there is a dynamic balance between the action inside and outside of the courtroom as Haller continues to seek solace from his work while his personal life remains in a state of disrepair. I especially like seeing Haller's increasing reliance on 'Team Haller' and in particular on his mentor, 'Legal' Siegel.

    Peter Giles provides another seamless read; would be very hard to imagine another actor doing this series justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5965)
    Performance
    (5219)
    Story
    (5220)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "'Men In Black' with a conservative undertone"
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    This book was a series of hits and misses for me.

    The hits? An interesting if familiar premise - monsters secretly living among us and secretive groups battling them. The protagonist is a likable, self-conscious guy with a complicated past. The back story of the bad guy is well-crafted. And the narrator is quite good with his range of voices.

    The misses? Whole lotta gunporn - cool for a while, then tedious. An anti g-man subplot that portrays the monster-hunting feds as largely incompetent losers. (Really? The elite gov't paramilitary forces battling the most evil beings on the planet are bumbling bureaucrats?) And like many books, the progression of the main character from simple everyman to uber-hero feels rushed and (at times) overly predictable.

    Overall, this book deserves 3.5 stars. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll continue with the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    Joe Pitt's life sucks. He hasn't had a case or a job in God knows how long, and his stashes are running on empty. What stashes? The only ones that count to a guy like Joe: blood and money. The money he uses to buy blood; the blood he drinks. Hey, it's that or your neck, buddy.

    crazybatcow says: "Even better than the first!"
    "Not your average vampire story"
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    I downloaded this title based on listener reviews alone, though still skeptical that there were many fresh twists on the vampire genre. I am happy to say that I was wrong - WAY wrong. "No Dominion" does not disappoint on any level.

    Joe Pitt is a complex anti-hero and the hidden turf wars of the various vampyre clans in Pitt's New York City are a cross between "The Godfather" and "Gangland." Great plot (and plot twists) and Scott Brick's narration was even better than usual - and his 'usual' is great.

    This title is easily worthy of a full credit but at $4.95, it is a no-brainer. You will NOT be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1184)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Another solid Pendergast story"
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    A fascinating historical subplot involving Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes White Fire an especially fun listen. Special Agent Pendergast remains one of the most interesting anti-heroes in the genre. Kudos to Preston and Child for keeping this series fresh and compelling.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (317)

    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Judith says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
    "Just meh"
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    I am a huge Pendergast fan but this story felt contrived. I was expecting far better, which I suppose is a compliment.

    This short story is the literary equivalent of a Twinkie. It hits the spot if you're really hungry for an inexpensive snack but you would be better off eating a regular meal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1272)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (647)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Leesa Scott-morrow says: "Brain Candy"
    "A great side story for Pendergast fans"
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    Even if you're not that interested in recurring Pendergast characters Nora Kelly and Bill Smithback, the plot of this story alone is deserving enough of a credit. I've listened to most of Preston & Child's books and this one ranks in my top 4.

    Scott Brick's narration is as solid as ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2862)
    Performance
    (1473)
    Story
    (1484)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Pendergast on the edge...in a good way"
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    Action-packed plot and helpful character development more than make up for the minor misses in this story.

    Child and Preston keep managing to reveal more about Pedergast, D'Agosta, and company while leaving the reader wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9844)
    Performance
    (8945)
    Story
    (8959)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Interesting premise but..."
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    ...makes a couple of giant plot leaps that are difficult to swallow, even for the genre.

    On par with a mid-level Stephen King book. Not great, not horrible. Just okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Riptide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (963)

    A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

    Allan says: "very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure."
    "A worthy spin on an old topic"
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    Preston and Child introduce Treasure Hunting 2.0, but are there some mysteries that even 21st century science should leave alone?

    Hubris and the need for closure drive two very different men to join forces in an attempt to extract a well-hidden treasure off the coast of Maine that has eluded treasure hunters for centuries.

    Would make a great movie IMO.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1773)
    Performance
    (1636)
    Story
    (1640)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Jefferson says: "Fine Romantic Urban Historical Immigrant Fantasy"
    "This book lives up to the glowing reviews"
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    Helene Wecker's re-creation of early 20th c New York City alone would be worth the listen, but add a touch of mystical Judaism, multiple ethical quandaries, and two wonderfully conceived and developed otherworldly characters and you have a truly fascinating tale. But fair warning: this is an Audible title that may keep you up until 2 or 3 a.m. All in all, this is an amazing first novel by a supremely gifted (and hopefully prolific) writer.

    Reader George Guidall was the perfect choice to narrate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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