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Oz

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  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2939)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1826)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "A Great Harry Bosch"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2 the most enjoyable?

    Two things need to come together to make a great audio book - A great story and a great narrator. I'd say this audiobook has it both.

    The story here, though not perfect, is very entertaining and even teaches you a thing or two. Dick Hill is really great narrator and out of all the books I've heard to date he is my absolute favorite. In fact, I'm going to get some of his other books just to enjoy his performance.

    In short, if you like detective stories, I highly recommend this one.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (398)

    First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, "No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's."

    Janice says: "Ants"
    "In a word: Boring"
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    It appears that most people loved this novel, so my opinion is a contrarian one: I found it extremely boring.

    The first 2/3 of the novel mostly talks about people's reactions, or lack thereof, to the landing of the aliens. The aliens themselves only appear in a handful of scenes. The story just goes on an on about news in the papers which said this, then they said that, this rumor, that rumor, such and such misinformation. And when the aliens reach the cities, hear about people running away by boat, people running away by train, people running away by foot, WHATEVER.

    Towards the end of the book, the author switches gears and focuses on our hero, and his specific circumstances. He manages to make this micro view of the happenings more interesting.

    My recommendation is to spend your credits elsewhere.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (349)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

    Kitty says: "A Visit to Another Era"
    "Great narration, boring story"
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    I downloaded this book expecting to enjoy Samuel L. Jackson's narration. He did not disappoint. The range of expressions and voices really gave life to the story.

    Unfortunately, I found myself wishing the story would just end. That, to me, is the ultimate internal tell of whether or not a story is interesting. And this story was not. At least in my mind, the events folded just a bit too slowly, and the characters weren't that interesting.

    My recommendation is to skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Belfast

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart Neville
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (506)

    Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

    David P. McGivern says: "What an unexpected good read!"
    "Good story, slow start"
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    Any additional comments?

    This story starts off a bit slowly but picks up around mid way. I didn't find find the subject matter as hard to listen to as some of the other reviewers did, but I guess that's a personal thing.
    The narrator also took some getting used to, but overall I think he did a good job.

    If you like thrillers with a good dose of blood and politics, this is the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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