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R.E. Vazquez

Glen Allen, VA USA | Listener Since 2006

  • 15 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 388 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2018

  • Simple Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

    Joanna says: "Better than average"
    "not Baldacci's best"

    I was somewhat dissssapointed with this book. I expected a book about the CIA's Camp Peary operation. Other than paint the CIA as evil, there is very little of interest about the training facility. The plot was somewhat disjointed and difficult to buy into. Most of it was a reach that didn't convince me it could happen. The sub-plot at the mental hospital seemed to be there to add length and had very little to do with anything else in the book. Likewise, the revolutionary war connection was just filler and very hard to accept. He has done better in the past and hopefully will do better in the future, but not this time.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Surprisily satisfying"
    Where does A Case of Redemption rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high. It has been a long time since a book ending surprised me, but this one did, with multiple plot twists at the end that answered every question.

    What did you like best about this story?

    As a non lawyer, I was led through the legal process with just enough information to make things make sense, but not so much as to be "preachy".

    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good differentiation between voices and just the right emotional inflections when needed

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

    The ending was awesome

    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Mitzner is a great craftsman. Well done.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Flight: Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Matthew Hall
    • Narrated By Sian Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates… A tragic accident or a terrible crime? When Flight 189 plunges into the Severn Estuary, Coroner Jenny Cooper finds herself handling the case of a lone sailor whose boat appears to have been sunk by the stricken plane, and drawn into the mysterious fate of a ten year-old girl, Amy Patterson, a passenger on 189, whose largely unmarked body is washed up alongside his.

    Sally J says: "forgettable storyline but very well read"
    "British accents and women readers"
    What made the experience of listening to The Flight the most enjoyable?

    The plot

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

    Not really, due to the reader

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sian Thomas?

    ANY man with an American accent. She probably is perfect for European listeners, but in America we need a Scott Brick.

    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps its me, but my American ears have trouble following a pronounced British accent. The only way I can follow the narration is to concentrate absolutely, to the exclusion of anything else. Since I normally do my work (I'm a bookbinder) while listening, I often lose the story and have to back track. In addition, her different voices are so close that I lose track of who is talking. Finally is my admitedly prejudiced opinion that women can't do men's voices (women, feel free to boo). Men have no trouble doing women's voices, but women seem to either growl or as in this case, don't even bother to make it distinct. Miss Thomas is probably charming and competent, but she has a limited range of distinct voices and all come out sounding the same.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Expats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Pavone
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

    Ariel says: "You Will Need to Pay Attention"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Hard to follow due to narrator not being able to differentiate between characters.

    What was most disappointing about Chris Pavone???s story?

    Slow. Soooo slooow. Exposition is necessary. We need to know how the characters got the situation in the book. The author takes exdposition to the extreme. Halfway through the first part I realized that absolutely no action had taken place. It was all background information on the characters. In fact action only picked up in the latter part of the second part. I never cared for the characters and neither the author no the indifferent narrator make me care. On several ocassions I considered turning it off.

    Could you see The Expats being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For years, ex–Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore has worked across the Middle East and behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA, making connections, extracting valuable intelligence, and facing off against America’s enemies at every turn. And of a potentially devastating coalition: What if two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States were to form an unholy alliance?

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Against All Enemies is a hit with me"
    "The usual Clancy"

    Have you ever wondered why Tom Clancy novels are so long? It is because he insists on describing every scene in detail, down to the most minor. In this book he describes the training of a Navy Seal for at least 30 minutes. Every weapon is described down to the last screw. Every plane and helicopter takes minutes of description. I figure that he is either trying to dazzle the reader with his intimate knowledge or he is being paid by the word. Another annoying characteristic is his habit of introducing new characters and sub-plots in each sequential chapter so that by the time he goes back to an existing one, you can't remember what was going on. The main plot is ok, but takes too long to develop.

    48 of 66 people found this review helpful
  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    smb072 says: "Superb! More Clancy/LDP!"
    "Nothing has changed in a decade"

    If it's a Tom Clancy book, you can be sure of several things:

    Mr. Clancy has done his technical research to the last detail and spends page after page explaining it to us. In a previous book, he literally described a nuclear explosion millisecond by millisecond. He does similar things here. Sometimes, you find yourself tuning the narrator off because you don't particularly care how a bullet acts after striking. This is one reason for the extraordinary length of his books.
    He also introduces so many characters and sub-plots so quickly that it is difficult to remember what the main plot is. It's easy to lose interest in what a character does when he or she only appears every five chapters.
    In short, he kills us with insignificant details and smothers us with new sub-plots and characters.

    I was hoping that time had mellowed his fondness for verbosity. It hasn't.

    88 of 125 people found this review helpful
  • The Thieves of Darkness: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Doetsch
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Michael St. Pierre, a reformed master thief, thinks he has left his criminal days far behind him when he receives word that his best friend, Simon, has been locked up and sentenced to die in a brutal desert prison. Breaking into jail for the first time in his checkered career, Michael is stunned to discover that his new girlfriend, is connected to Simon’s case. With a madman on their heels, the three adventurers make their way to Istanbul....

    R.E. Vazquez says: "Dissapointing"

    Mr. Doescht isnot a very good writer and as such, he depends heavily on cliches to advance his plot. The most over-used is the oldest, otherwise known as the cowboy movie cliche. "Drop your gun, or I will kill her!" At this point, 100 ten year olds in the theater are screaming: "Don't drop the gun! If you do, he will kill both of you." Of course, this is obvious to the most mentally adled, but not to the hero. He drops the gun, and incredibly, the villain feels a need to express himself before shooting them, allowing the hero and heroine to escape. Mr. Doescht uses this tired cliche at least 5 times. He also uses the variation where the hero gets the drop on the villain, but instead of shooting him, he also feels the need to express himself, giving the heroine a chance to walk in to be captured and used as a hostage again. There are many other flaws including the man who finds the most evil place on earth and warns his friend: "Don't ever let anybody come here and open the door to this unspeakable evil. By the way, enclosed are the key to the door and a detailed map. Don't let anybody get them." PLEASEEEE! What ever happenned to "?? destroyed the key and burned the map." I realize that without these contrived situations, there would be no plot, but a better writer would have found a more credible premise. Get this book only if you are willing to suspend all brain activity and enjoy a yarn without thinking.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "Love him...Hate her"

    Christopher Moore is by far my favorite author and I have enjoyed every one of his books. In the case of "Bite Me", I find myself stuck by a narrator that thinks she is on the Broadway stage. Narration is a specialized type of performance, whose main purpose should be to convey the author's words clearly, so the reader understands what is going on. The narrator should never sacrifice clarity for acting. Ms. Bennett gets so wrapped up in acting the role of Abby that I have to copnstantly rewind to try to understand what she is saying. She assumes that Abby speaks very fast and so does she. She may be right, but it requires a great deal of concentration to keep up with her. If she underplayed the character a little bit, it could be better. At this point, this may be the first Christopher Moore book I won't be able to finish. My solution is to obtain the written version.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    "Dissapointing in the extreme"

    As usual, Dan Brown promises more than he can deliver. His hype about the item being hunted grows and grows to the point where he paints himself into a corner. By the end of the book, anything short of God's personal cell phone number is bound to be a dissapointment. When he finally gets to it, after an interminable amount of exposition, it is laughable and almost as ridiculous as the threat to national security. No doubt that Brown will make a ton of money out of this book, mostly based on his previous best sellers, but readers don't have an unlimited amount of gullibilty. Unless he follows this with a good piece of fiction, his reign as a best seller author will likely end. It is my last Dan Brown book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways -- not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

    Ramon says: "Teenage detective story"
    "Bad reader"

    I know I'll make some enemies when I say this, but the sad fact is that women readers have a great deal of difficulty in doing men's voices. This is a case in point. The narrator's idea of doing a man's voice is to sound loud and fast. This makes me miss a lot of what is being said, which is a shame, bacause when doing straight narration, she has a great, even paced voice. Most narrators use loud, fast voices during action filled scenes, which is ok. She uses it so much that sometimes when the character orders coffee, it comes out: GET ME COFFEE!!!! and I get the impression that something meaningful happenned or is about to happen. I am struggling to finish this book and I keep loosing the story line, forcing me to back up. A very dissapointing performance by Ms. Pawk.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    chigars4 says: "Best work yet!"
    "Enough with the exposition"

    Great characters, great plot, great action, but I'm afraid that technically Mr. Child is not a very good writer.I have a problem with his propensity for over description. One thing I know is that if the scene starts with entering a room, I have at least five minutes to step out because I know that the author will describe every item in the room, including the ashtrays. It's a bit annoying. One other fault is his use of repetition. At one point I thought I would get sick if I heard "I am not allowed to volunteer information" one more time, then he did it three more times. Finally, I kind of like a clean end. Not wanting to spoil it for others, I won't be specific, but suuffice it to say that there was one very big thread left unexplained at the end. I still like the book, but as a writer, Mr. Child leaves a lot to be desired.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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