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Steve

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  • Bad Debts: A Jack Irish Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Marco Chiappi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Meet Jack Irish: criminal lawyer, debt collector, football lover, turf watcher, trainee cabinetmaker, and the best Australian crime character we've seen in years. When Jack receives a puzzling message from a jailed ex-client, he's too deep in misery over Fitzroy's latest loss to take much notice. Next thing Jack knows, the ex-client's dead and he's been drawn into a life-threatening investigation involving high-level corruption, dark sexual secrets, shonky property deals, and murder.

    Don says: "Quality Crime Fiction"
    "First time I ever put a book down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Peter Temple and/or Marco Chiappi?

    No, the narrator was bad and the story was worse.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Temple again?

    Not if this is a good example of his writing.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marco Chiappi?

    Scott Brick is my favorite narrator but I don't think even he could save this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I have ever put a book down without finishing it (print or audio). I am an avid audio book listener and, until now, I have always stayed with a bad book until the end in the hope that it would improve. I restarted this book twice because it wasn't holding my attention and my mind drifted. On my last attempt, I forced myself to keep listening until I was about halfway through and then finally gave up. There are so many good books and narrators out there that it doesn't make sense to waste this much time on a book that can't hold my interest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conviction

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Fifty-nine days. That's how long Rennell Price has to live after spending 15 years on death row for the horrifying sexual assault and murder of a girl whose body was found floating in San Francisco Bay. But attorney Terri Paget has dedicated her life to fighting for people like Rennell Price. This time, Terri has a client she believes may actually be innocent, which means that an unpunished killer may still be free.

    N. Richardson says: "The Nature of"
    "Not his best work"
    Overall

    I am a fan of this author's books, but this one is not even close to his usual standard. I found myself constantly backing up to listen to sections again because my mind had drifted. There was way too much legal detail in what otherwise could have been a good story. The abridged version might be better. Don't let this be your first Richard North Patterson book or you probably won't read any of his other work -- that would be sad because he really is a good story teller.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Face of Deception

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jill Hennessy
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    A forensic sculptor with the rare gift for reconstructing the identity of the dead from their skulls, Eve Duncan is made an offer she can't financially refuse: to reconstruct the face of an adult murder victim. It's a simple bargain, yet its' the most dangerous one she'll ever make.

    Steve says: "Great story; poor narration"
    "Great story; poor narration"
    Overall

    This was the first Iris Johanson book I've read. She tells a great story with many sub-plots and surprising twists. If I could rate the story by itself, I would give it 4 1/2 stars. I'll be downloading many more of Johanson's books. Unfortunately, the narrator of this book earns only 1 star. There are many characters in the book and she uses pretty much the same voice for all of them. The other problem was that she took only the slightest pause between chapters and never gave an indication that a scene had changed. These things made it difficult to follow the story and I found myself having to go back several times to pick up a lost story line.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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