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Jeffrey

Mountain View, CA, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 488 titles in library
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  • Atmospheric Disturbances

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rivka Galchen
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue - a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and who audaciously claims to be her. While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love.

    Sarah says: "Worth Listening to Again"
    "Implausible story line ruins the book"
    Overall

    The author has done a nice job of writing, using a rich vocabulary, and the narrator does a very good job of reading, but the storyline of this book is so improbable I finally couldn't take it anymore. Does the author really think that if you were confronted with someone identical in appearance and mannerisms to your spouse but you thought was possibly an impostor, that you wouldn't be able to ask some "only your real spouse could know the answer" questions and determine very quickly if that person was the genuine article or not? Somehow, the main character of this book never thinks to do that, and thus his uncertainty continues. That uncertainty is what the whole story revolves around (at least up until the point I gave up).

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5772)
    Performance
    (5218)
    Story
    (5214)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Degrades into a lot of 'fill' writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or Michael Beck?

    Author: No. Reader: Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Story gets off to a good start, but then drags with off-the-story-line writing that seems to be there only to add to the page count. I found myself thinking that if this had been submitted to the publisher by someone other than the well known Grisham, it would have been rejected. I finally gave up on finishing the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rainmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (440)

    It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

    Mike Andrews says: "Excellent Story..."
    "Lots of "fill""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    After a good start, I found myself getting angry that Grisham spent so much time on tangential stuff that did not move the story along. Seemed like


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

    Reader's performance was superb.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8505)
    Performance
    (2757)
    Story
    (2823)

    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.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the da Vinci Code and was looking forward to this, but it was quite disappointed. The story line was only a "C" and writing style no better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chopin Manuscript: A Serial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lee Child, David Corbett, Joseph Finder, and others
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2037)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (432)

    15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller! Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, within it's handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to the U.S. to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins.

    BSquared67 says: "A rollicking thriller"
    "Too many cooks ..."
    Overall

    It sounded like a interesting idea having a different author write each chapter, but I think the expression "too many cooks spoil the broth" applies here. The transition from one author to the next was several times not that smooth. One author was crafting an intellectually intriguing story only to have the next take the story abruptly into improbable gunplay and chase scenes. I gave up and didn't finish after about seven chapters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Park: Harry Bosch Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1545)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (364)

    In 1993, Marie Gesto disappeared after walking out of a supermarket. Harry Bosch worked the case but couldn't crack it, and the 22-year-old was never found. Now, more than a decade later, with the Gesto file still on his desk, Bosch gets a call from the district attorney. A man accused of two heinous murders is willing to come clean about several others, including the killing of Marie Gesto.

    Joel says: "Another excellent Connelly novel."
    "Storyline becomes too improbable"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed the previous Harry Bosch books, and I was enjoying this one until about halfway through when the storyline took several turns that were so improbable and hard to believe that it spoiled it all. I found myself wondering how the author could expect us to be this willing to 'suspend critical judgment' and continue to stay involved in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Short Straw

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Santa Fe lawyer Ed Eagle fell in love with the seductive Barbara Kennerly, and married her, against his better judgment. He should have listened to his intuition. Ed awakens on the morning after his 40th birthday to find that Barbara has vanished, and Ed's money from his business, his bank, and his brokerage accounts has been wired to the Cayman Islands.

    Mary says: "am a new fan"
    "Starts OK- becomes ridiculous"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first portion of this book but as it went on it seemed the author lost any sense of needing to tell a story that was at least plausible. I finally stopped listening when it became so implausible I lost interest in the characters and started feeling annoyed at the author for being so sloppy.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Ken Wilber
    • Narrated By Denis deBoisblanc
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Science and religion have always been considered mutually exclusive concepts, but are they really? Philosopher Ken Wilber shows how we might begin to think about science and religion in ways that allow for their reconciliation, on terms acceptable to both camps.

    Paul Patterson says: "Toward Integrity in Science and Religion"
    "Maybe a better read than listened to"
    Overall

    I think this book, for some at least, would better to read, rather than having it read to them. It is rather dense and you must keep your mind well focused to follow it. Let your mind drift off to contemplate a thought it has provoked, and by the time you re-focus your attention the Audible reader may well have moved on to new territoty.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries - old underground organization - the Illuminati.

    Mark says: "Not history, not theology, just great fiction"
    "Simply too preposterous to enjoy"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the DaVinci Code, which while a fictional story at least had only limited portions of it that required you to suspend your critical judgment and allow implausible time-lines and character actions to become real in the story. In this book, there is simply too much of that. After maybe a hour of ridiculously impossible story line action, I felt the author was insulting my intelligence and lost interest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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