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Matthew

Mays Landing, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Long Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL , PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It's a name that takes a little explaining, but he's used to it. Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill's an old-school P.I. working a city that's gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by - keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side - mostly because he's never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck.

    Matthew says: "constant back story to do the heavy lifting."
    "constant back story to do the heavy lifting."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Long Fall?

    Author seems to rely way too much backstory. He keeps telling you why he's thinking this and why he's doing that and why other people are doing what they are doing. He also inserts way too many characters many of whom are poorly conjured and inconsequential leaving the reader to feel that they haven't kept track of them all. He also makes too many references to race for no apparent reason. Lastly, his analogies and similes are strange and disjointed making the description confusing. I think that there is a good story in there which could have been told in a better way.


    Has The Long Fall turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. Mystery and suspense is king. So many fabulous writers in the genre.


    Did Mirron Willis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. The narration wasn't really the problem.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Plot itself was okay.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17055)
    Performance
    (15141)
    Story
    (15098)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Masterful King and his best narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    fabulously told tale


    What did you like best about this story?

    King manages to make two plots become one without any confusion. He does this by putting one before the other.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Al sends Jake into the pantry for the first time. And boy is it an experience of a lifetime.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could have done it in one sitting, I would have. However, this one is a title to savor. I found myself saving it for later, never wanting it to end. I wanted Jake to have another objective.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor. Let Craig Wesson read for you. Especially this one. For, his voice never gets old like mine can.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1173)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "dumb, politically safe one sided tale of race"
    Overall

    It seams as though Grisham true to form has taken an oath, perhaps to Reverand Al Sharpton wherein he agrees never to create an African American character who is less than upright. In this terribly plotted disaster, even the dark skinned drug dealers are somehow on the good side of things, while the hate mongering whites just never rest in their efforts to execute the little black boy. And the inter-racial romance which caused so much vitriol is so unoriginal that I think the writer thought this entire plot up after watching a tv show. I couldn't bare to finish it. Just kept getting more and more silly. And to make matters worse, the narrator when reading the one villain, takes on a highly annoying tone, over and over again.

    6 of 10 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
    Overall
    (22834)
    Performance
    (9491)
    Story
    (9564)

    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"
    "Well descripted, pleasant dialogue"
    Overall

    Nice narration, well translated, decent plot, interesting. I liked it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Between Good and Evil: A Master Profiler's Hunt for Society's Most Violent Predators

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Roger L. Depue, Susan Schindehette
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    In this first-person account of becoming the FBI's top serial-killer hunter and a member of a religious order in an attempt to discern the true nature of good and evil, Roger L. Depue searches for an understanding of how evil develops. Between Good and Evil is Depue's look back at a life spent apprehending criminals, especially serial killers, first as a small-town police chief, then an FBI-SWAT team member, Behavioral Sciences Unit chief, and a developer of revolutionary law enforcement programs.

    Scott & Cissy Wolfe says: "Fascinating"
    "self absorbed 101"
    Overall

    Amazing, according to himself he was the toughest guy on the block, the smartest man in the universe, and an example for us all in the area of morality. He's a genius just ask him. This nothing but an exaggerated tooting of ones own horn. This guy should never be allowed to write about himself ever again. This title is also very uninformative, a bragging pack of stretched and self filtered recollections. Don't waste your time.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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