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Amy Metz

Louisville, KY, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 5 reviews
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  • 594 titles in library
  • 58 purchased in 2014

  • Robert B. Parker's Lullaby: A Spenser Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When 14-year-old Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s murder, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the police investigation four years ago was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years, left to care for her younger siblings and an alcoholic grandmother in a dilapidated apartment in South Boston. But her need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives - they’re the very characteristics he abides by.

    Ed says: "Ace aces Spenser!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wanted to love this book. I've read all of Robert B. Parker's books, and Spenser is my favorite fictional character. So I really want more of Spenser, and I really wanted to love this book. But I didn't. It may have been largely due to Joe Mantegna's performance, or it may be a combination of things. I felt like the story was formulaic. Spenser's wise cracks were more sophomoric smart ass comments than Parker's Spenser. I found it hard to care about the characters. I've never been happy to see one of Parker's books end. This one, I couldn't wait until it was over.

    Would you recommend Robert B. Parker's Lullaby to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. For the reasons above. I also felt the plot was weak. I never did feel like we should care why Julie was murdered. I never understood why Gerry Broz was brought into the story. Time and time again, people told Spenser they wouldn't help him, and then boom--for no explained reason they were helping him. The involvement with the FBI man didn't gel. There was no point. None of it seemed to have a point.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Mantegna’s performances?

    Maybe for another character, but never again for Spenser. Mantegna's rendition felt like Mr. Rogers channeling Micky Spillane. I cringed when I heard some of Spenser's dialogue come out of Montegna's mouth. I know some people think he's great for the part, but this voice was not Spenser. I thought the performance was awful. Sorry. I like Joe Montegna, but not as Spenser. I felt like a first grade teacher was reading to six-year-olds.

    Do you think Robert B. Parker's Lullaby needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I never got emotionally caught up in the characters. I was glad when the book ended. No more!

    Any additional comments?

    I don't like giving bad reviews, and usually if I don't like a book I just quietly move on. But this is Spenser. Except it wasn't. And I was sorely disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Scrambler: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fun ride on the Mind Scrambler"
    "Wish I'd skipped this one"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who wants to read about the worst kinds of human beings would like this book.

    What could Chris Grabenstein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one. But I wouldn't call anything about this book a favorite.

    What character would you cut from Mind Scrambler?

    All of them but John and Danny.

    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, but I wish I'd skipped this book. The murder victim is Danny's old girlfriend--sweet, innocent, loveable Katie. If that's not bad enough, add in pedophilia, uninteresting characters, and Ceepak's horrible old man, and the only thing that was good about this book was the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Ted says: "Luxury Vehicle… Does It All"
    "Michael, you could have done so much better"
    Any additional comments?

    Michael Connelly, I love your books. But I was disappointed in the ending of this one. I think you had a chance to make a really exciting revelation/gotcha scene in the courtroom, thereby getting both bad guys, clearing the innocent man's name, and winning the day. The path you took was very unsatisfying for me. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy the book. I did. You wrote it. It had Mickey Haller in it. How could I not enjoy it? But I think it could have been so much better. Your justice in the end was different, I'll give you that. But it didn't give Mickey the win that I so badly wanted.

    I also have some bones to pick with you. I've noticed the tendency in a lot of your books for you to over explain. You don't give the reader enough credit. Stop dumbing it down for us! It's condescending, and it slows down the pace. Stop it!

    And why do you have to kill off likeable characters? The one you killed in this book makes no sense. Are we supposed to hate the bad guys more? Are we supposed to feel more? Are you following the logic of "write a character the reader loves, then kill him off?" It doesn't work. It just ticks me off. It seems senseless. IMO, it added nothing to the story and took away a lot.

    Are all judges as snooty, egotistical, disdainful, and patronizing as the one in this book? I love your courtroom scenes, and I marvel at how well you can write with such detail and not be a lawyer. But this judge really got on my nerves with her superiority. Yes, I know judges are supposed to be superior. But this judge was over the top. And really, really annoying.

    Lastly, why do you have a tendency to make your main characters do really dumb things? I know mc's need to be flawed. But come on. We're rooting for Mickey (and Harry), and you make them SO dumb at times. In this book, I think you let the bad guys "win" too many times in the small skirmishes with Mickey. We're pulling for the good guy. When you let the bad guy get the last, best, word over on Mickey, time and time again, it doesn't make him flawed. It makes him stupid. And it makes me mad. Who wants to root for a stupid main character?

    I did like this book. I'm a fan of your work, and I enjoyed this one. Just make the good guy come out more of a winner in the next book. Please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Loved it...until..."
    What made the experience of listening to Odd Thomas the most enjoyable?

    Dean Koontz's characters, and David Aaron Baker's performance made this book so enjoyable to read. The characters were unique, memberable, fun, and real because of the writing, and Mr. Baker's many voices brought them alive. The mystery was excellent, the character development was excellent, all of it was excellent...until the end. I won't spoil it, but suffice it to say I have a bone to pick with Mr. Koontz.

    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    Each character had their own distinct and unique voice. The performance was outstanding.

    Who was the most memorable character of Odd Thomas and why?

    Definitely Odd Thomas. There were so many layers to him, and I enjoyed the first person narrative.

    Any additional comments?

    I read for enjoyment, entertainment, and escape. I do not read to feel depressed, or sad. I don't understand why authors think that's a good idea. I have enough sadness in real life. I don't want real life in the FICTION I read. I want a happy ending. If you don't mind a less than happily ever after ending, read this book. If you're like me and do mind--this probably isn't the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Double Deuce: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Spenser is forced by loyalty into an alien world where violence is a way of lie and outsiders enter at a lethal risk. When Spenser's cohort Hawk is hired by the tenants of a gang-plagued Boston housing project known as "Double Deuce," he enlists his friend's aid. A friend's girl and her infant daughter have been gunned down. Though the act at first appears to be an accidental drive-by shooting, it soon becomes clear that it was premeditated murder.

    Judy Stone says: "Good Story, Lousy reader"

    I love the Spenser series, but this one disappointed. Not so much the story, but the reading of the story. Usually I'm sad at the ending of a Robert B. Parker novel, because I've enjoyed the book so much. The voices of the various characters in this one were so awful I couldn't wait for this book to end. Michael Prichard is not only missed as the reader of this one, David Dukes ruined it, in my opinion. I recommend reading the book yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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