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Jason G. Cons

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ithaca | Member Since 2004

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  • Three Stations: An Arkady Renko Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    In Three Stations, Arkady Renko’s skills are put to their most severe test. Though he has been technically suspended from the prosecutor’s office for once again turning up unpleasant truths, he strives to solve a last case: the death of an elegant young woman whose body is found in a construction trailer on the perimeter of Moscow’s main rail hub. It looks like a simple drug overdose to everyone—except to Renko, whose examination of the crime scene turns up some inexplicable clues.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Arkady Jumps The Shark"
    "a disappointing stopgap"
    Overall

    i am a huge fan of Smith's Renko novels. Gorkey Park is one of my favorite thrillers of all time. This was a disappointment though. it really felt like the book was being phoned in. weak on character development, weak on plot, low on surprises. Renko isn't even as cynical as we have come to expect. i'm still looking forward to the next one thought....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for Jose: The Minutemen's Pursuit of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Harel Shapira
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Who are the Minutemen? Patriots? Racists? Vigilantes? Harel Shapira lived with the Minutemen and patrolled the border with them, seeking neither to condemn nor praise them, but to understand who they are and what they do. Challenging simplistic depictions of these men as right-wing fanatics with loose triggers, Shapira discovers a group of men who long for community and embrace the principles of civic engagement. Yet these desires and convictions have led them to a troubling place.

    Jason G. Cons says: "Amazing book with deeply offensive narration"
    "Amazing book with deeply offensive narration"
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    This book is outstanding. It's an evenly balanced, keenly insightful ethnography of border patrol. It's an outstanding example of sociological ethnography. Unfortunately, the reader is intent on undermining everything of value the book has to offer. The whole point of the book is to ask us to unthink our preconceived notions of what and who the Minutemen are. The point is to challenge our stereotypes. The narrator, on the other hand, seeks to reinforce these stereotypes. Every Minuteman who speaks is given a Gomer Pyle Southern Accent that is targeted to make them sounds stupid no matter what they are saying. Members of opposing border groups that seek to give shelter to those crossing the border are given winy liberal accents, despite the fact that they are from Arizona. If this book is about making us think, the narrator seems to want to us to be unthinking morons. An unfortunate and deep disservice to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pettit, Robert E Goodin
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Political philosophy has become an increasingly active area of research over the past four decades. In response to the growing interest in the field, this new edition of A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy has been extended significantly to include fifty–five chapters across two volumes written by some of today’s most distinguished scholars. Straddling analytic and continental philosophy, the first part of the Companion considers the contributions of economics, history, law, political science, international relations...

    Jason G. Cons says: "Great read, idiotic narration"
    "Great read, idiotic narration"
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    This is an outstanding collection and it's an absolutely luxury to be able to listen to this on audiobook. My only complaint is that it's read by someone who seems to speak no languages (or have no exposure to languages) other than English. This leeds to a hackneyed butchering of the names of many of the key thinkers covered in this text. Derrida, for example, becomes "Dereeda," making him sound like a commercial snack food. We are also treated to "Mike" Foucault. This is a minor complaint, but it happens so regularly throughout the text that it is quite jarring. It seems to me, that if you're going to narrate a 50 hour long book, it wouldn't be a terrible thing to confirm simple things like how to pronounce its subjects. Otherwise, this is fabulous.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (697)

    Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

    rlovegreen says: "Good story - Narrator tries hard to kill it..."
    ""I didn't know Santa had slant-eyed reindeer"!?!"
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    Okay, I enjoy Clancy despite the fact that my politics are significantly different from his, but this book is over the top. I have never downloaded a book from Audible full of so much racist claptrap. The above (Ryan's remark on finding out that lots of toys are made in China) is about as mild as it gets in this book. Where the casual racism gets really offensive is the point where Ryan visits Auschwitz and Clancy uses the detour to reflect on America's role to protect the world against racist regimes that might do the same. Given the content of the book, that borders on the unforgivably offensive. Clancy's editor must have been asleep at the wheel. Give this one a pass.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alistair Horne
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused the fall of six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict, and as many European settlers were driven into exile. From the perspective of half a century, it looks less like the last colonial war than the first postmodern one.

    Judith says: "A fascinating book"
    "A fabulous history"
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    This is an absolutely great listen. I have learned a tremendous amount from this book. It is worth noting that this is a classic, liberal account which seems to work from the assumption that the great tragedy of the war is that the liberal and progressive idea of Algerie Francais was never realized. It is a bit dated in language at times. But overall, it's a riveting account.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "A really fun ride"
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    I really enjoyed Beat the Reaper, and this was as good or better. Bazell writes at the edge of the absurd, is fast paced, and laugh-out-loud funny. My only complaint about this book is that I found it pretty hard to get anything else done until I finished it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misterioso: Intercrime, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Arne Dahl, Tiina Nunnally (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    After successfully - but bloodily - dismantling a complicated hostage situation at a bank in the suburbs of Stockholm, Detective Paul Hjelm is faced with the requisite investigation by Internal Affairs. It is a potentially career-ending inquiry, but he is plucked out of it by the National Criminal Police commissioner, who drops him into an elite task force of officers assembled from across the country to find an elusive killer with a sophisticated modus operandi and even more sophisticated tastes.

    jackson says: "Terrific"
    "Pretty weak"
    Overall

    This one squeaked through the cracks of attempts to find the next Steig Larsson. It's written (or translated) in a fairly disjointed style. It's plot and climax are overburdened with coincidence. The author seems to acknowledge this by throwing in lines like "it seemed an unbelievable chain of coincidences." That really doesn't make up for the poorly constructed plot. I'd give this one a pass.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Narrows Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Joe Pantoliano, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (87)

    A powerful epic novel in the spirit of The Godfather and On the Waterfront, Narrows Gate follows the lives of three men as they clash with the dangerous and seductive environment of a Mob-riddled New Jersey waterfront town before, during, and after World War II.

    James says: "Great fun!"
    "Weak story, over the top narration"
    Overall

    I'm not sure there's much to recommend this, unfortunately. The story is pretty minimal at best and the character development certainly doesn't make up for the lack of plot. Joe Pantoliano's voice is interspersed with Joe Barrett's narration. This is not only jarring, but Pantoliano overacts each of the characters to the point where this sounds like a 17 hour long ethnic joke. Your credits and money are better spent elsewhere.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2464)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1304)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "False Advertising"
    Overall

    It's nice to see that now Audible has listed Joe Hurley as a second reader of this book. They didn't when I purchased the book. Be warned. The book is great. Depp is great. He disappears about four hours in and is replaced by Joe Hurley, who is absolutely abysmal. Terrible cockney accent that slips at strange places. Terrible renditions of American Southern accents. Hurley succeeds in making Richards sound like an absolute idiot. I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the book and desperately hoping that Depp comes back soon. I've had pretty close to as much Hurley as I can stomach.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (537)

    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "neither allan moore nor allan furst"
    Overall

    but entertaining. It's worth the listen, but don't expect greatness. The book drags in places, but one gets the sense that the next installment will be really fun.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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