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J. Eoos

South Jersey | Member Since 2008


  • The Spire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mark Darrow grew up in a small Ohio town with no real advantages beyond his intelligence and athletic ability. But thanks to the intervention of Lionel Farr - a professor at Caldwell, the local college - Darrow became an excellent student and, later, a superb trial lawyer. Now Farr asks his still-youthful protégé for a life-altering favor. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwell's very existence - would Darrow consider becoming its new president?

    anita says: "Great Book!"

    For an author as accomplished as Richard North Patterson, this was unbelievably disappointing. In contrast to the complex and intrictate plots and characters of his early novels, this is like kindergarten. This was a whodunit, whose culprit was obvious from the beginning and for whom the journey to discovery wasn't all that interesting. I listened to the end in the hope that there would be something unexpected, but it was not to be. All that transpired was a series of expository conversations that reveal the identity of the perpetrator. If you've ever heard the expression that someone has "phoned in" their comments, meaning that they barely engaged and were unconcerned with the merits of their contribution, such would be an accurate portrayal of "The Spire". It could have been written in a weekend. I liked this author years ago, but I think he's grown lazy. This is not worth reading or listening to. Unless you're on an island with no other altenative. And even then, consider taking a swim.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Revelations of Self-Absorbed Bores"

    This is the latest in a relentlessly tiresome genre -- no plot, just people-watching, and self-absorbed bores to boot! Following the activities of pathetic people does not a good journey make. Unless you're interested in watching a bore discover how shallow she really is, skip this, and in my opinion, skip all the authors who think that whipping back and forth from the perspective of one character to another is the clever new norm. It's not new anymore; in fact, it's passe, or should be.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"

    This was a terrific book and well-read. I recommend it with enthusiasm.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Piano Teacher

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Janice Y. K. Lee
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy

    In 1942, Will Truesdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, falls headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But their love affair is soon threatened by the invasion of the Japanese as World War II overwhelms their part of the world. Will is sent to an internment camp, where he and other foreigners struggle daily for survival. Meanwhile, Trudy remains outside, forced to form dangerous alliances with the Japanese.

    Martha Finney says: "Wonderful, and the narrator a jewel"
    "OK Book, Poor Reader"

    The reader was terrible and for me made it hard to enjoy the book. Her enunciation was fine, but she showed no understanding of nuance or what word in a sentence should be emphasized. In fact, when given a choice, she invariably emphasized wthe wrong word. She can read, but has no understanding of conveying meaning. Please don't use her again.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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