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Varshal

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1848)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (746)

    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Nicole says: "Great plot twist...."
    "Horrible narration"
    Overall

    I'm only about an hour into this one, and about ready to throw into the recycling bin. One main narrator and two voice actors. The narrator has a high-pitched carnival-announcer tone, and the voice actors use essentially the same voices for all characters. It's irritating in a dialogue between two to three characters for the silly narrator to chime in between each sentence with "Leo said", "Tony asked", "Tony asked gruffly", etc., etc. Makes it ridiculously hard to listen to. I liked "The Camel Club" and was hoping to enjoy the next adventure of the Camel Club, but I think I may have to buy the print version. I find it much easier to listen to one person doing everything than this insipid method. Please find a better narrator and re-release the book. Why hire a narrator who can't do different voices? What's Scott Brick up to?

    27 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Elixir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, heroes of Raymond Khoury's best-selling Templar thrillers, return in an edge-of-your-seat story that reaches from the present day back to 1800s Mexico-and possibly beyond.

    Varshal says: "Done with Khoury"
    "Done with Khoury"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Devil's Elixir better?

    Stick with 3rd person narration. I don't understand why, on the third book of a series, the author suddenly decides to have 1st-person narration by one of the protagonists. Oh, and a better story would've helped.


    What could Raymond Khoury have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the antagonist seem a little more relatable. A great villain is someone that the reader can almost identify with. This guy was just pure evil just for evil's sake. I think most readers/listeners know who the bad guy is, so there's no need for overkill.


    What three words best describe Richard Ferroneā€™s performance?

    Not very imaginative. He only has the ability to do Male, Female, and both with a bad Brooklyn accent. One of the primary characters is a Latino drug lord. Apparently this guy sounds like every other Gringo male in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this book. I am a little OCD about completing series, and this one I will ditch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3123)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1354)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "Scott Brick is killing me..."
    Overall

    Having been a Scott Brick fan early in my audio book lifetime, I have to say that it's become almost a chore to listen to him. If...he...spoke...any...slower... Any other narrator, and the book would've taken half the time.

    As for the novel, it was just OK. Extremely predictable. Eerily similar to other books in this genre: Vince Flynn (Rapp), Alex Berenson (Wells), etc. DeMille is a good author, but this is not his finest work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (734)

    Oliver Stone and the Camel Club are back in their most dangerous adventure yet, a war on two fronts. Casino king Jerry Bagger from The Collectors is hunting Annabelle Conroy, who conned him out of millions. Stone and his colleagues Reuben, Milton, and Caleb marshal all their resources to protect Annabelle. Yet all their skills may not be enough when a deadly new opponent rips off the veneer of Stone's own mysterious past.

    Louise says: "Stone Cold fantastic"
    "Intriguing plot(s)"
    Overall

    If you read/listened to The Collectors, you will know what one of the plots is. It is a little frustrating at times to switch between the two story lines, but they're both written well enough that they both capture your attention. Stone Cold was a very engaging listen, and as anyone who listened to The Collectors will tell you, it was SOOOOO much easier to follow, as the narration was spectacular, with great voice characterizations. Maybe the female voices could have used a bit softer tones, but that's just nit picking. I am curious to see how Baldacci will follow up on this, and what the next chapter in the saga of the Camel Club will be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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