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Jim Davis

Jim

Louisiana | Member Since 2001

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • A Share in Death

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (232)

    A week's holiday in a luxurious hotel is just what Scotland Yard's Superintendent Duncan Kincaid needs. But his vacation ends dramatically with the discovery of a dead body in the whirlpool bath. Despite a suspicious lack of cooperation from the local constabulary, Kincaid's keen sense of duty won't allow him to ignore the heinous crime, impelling him to send for his enthusiastic young assistant, Sergeant Gemma James. But the stakes are raised significantly when a second murder occurs....

    connie says: "series readers, start here"
    "Easy to Indentify with the the Main Character..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the main character and found it easy to "get to know" him.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    As with any good mystery the author has you wondering early on who is/was the "bad guy(s)/girl(s).


    Which character – as performed by Michael Deehy – was your favorite?

    All of the characters were well-performed an none seem to overshadow any others.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end of the story where it all seems to "come together" is worth the wait and the read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (546)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Don't even bother"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about METAtropolis?

    The story line was passible but the execution of the story was poor. The introduction of the supposed extension of today's left wing vs right wing politics killed it for me. The ignorance of the writer regarding the long-term effects of bad economic "philosophy" and related policies precluded writing a story that would appeal to very intelligent beings.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (329)

    What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren't the only things the contestants get into? By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered—and others from being threatened with the same fate.

    BSquared67 says: "Ceepak and Boyle are worth waiting for"
    "Not Prude But Language is a Distraction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Some of my friends would probably like the book for the storyline which was ok.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The trashy characters and the cursing was unnecessary unless the author was trying to appeal to some of the semi-retarded with limited vocabulary.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jeff did a good job with reading the weak dialogue.


    Do you think Fun House needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I have read all of the older books in the series and the author can do better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Dead Dean: A Carl Burns Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bill Crider
    • Narrated By Dean Sluyter
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Hartley Gorman College, in Pecan City, Texas, is hardly a bastion of serious scholarship. The little Baptist school is more interested in shielding its students from the evil influence of The World, The Flesh, and The Devil than in turning out future Nobelists. But its staff, by and large, is worthy of a more demanding institution; they are victims of a glutted market in Ph.D.s and they do the best they can.

    Constant reader says: "Compliments to the chef"
    "Close to Home"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about One Dead Dean?

    Crider knows a lot about the academic environment and as a veteran of over four decades at various institutions I found the story fun and funny...and close to home in many respects.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters, for the most part, are quite believable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found the continual mispronunciation of certain words, particularly "Pecan", was very irritating and distracting. The narrator pronounced the word as if he was referring to a bedpan...a “pee can.” Texans, unlike many folks, know how to pronounce the word.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2412)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1698)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Ear Candy...a good listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up One Shot in three words, what would they be?

    Reacher Does Thing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack's character and his response to situations fulfills many reader's wants, wishes and desires.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    If Lee Child has written it and Dick Hill has narrated same, I have listened to it. Dick's performance, like Lee Child's Reacher, is predictable. He is a very good narrator and is at his best when doing Reacher.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4376)
    Performance
    (3905)
    Story
    (3927)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Nonsensical"
    Overall

    I was taken in by the hype of this release. The readers were quite capable but no reader(s) could overcome the nonsensical story (using the term loosely) presented in this document. I made it two thirds of the way through before throwing in the towel.

    6 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    There's a body buried behind a Mississippi farmhouse. Grace Montgomery knows who it is, and she knows why it happened. She was only 13 the night it all went wrong. And now, like then, she has no choice but to keep her mouth shut.

    Jennifer says: "Disappointing"
    "Simple"
    Overall

    This is the perfect book for the simple-minded romantic. The characters are over-developed in that after each character is introduced, defined then the author continues to pummel the reader with examples ad nauseam of what the character represents. The main characters are much like those in a cartoon except that cartoon characters are more subtle. The only thing that is worse about this book is the goofiest rendition of a southern accent I have ever has the displeasure to endure.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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