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  • The Successful Novelist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (70)

    David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose and The Fifth Profession, distills four decades of writing and publishing experience into this single masterwork of advice and instruction for fiction writers looking to make it big in the publishing world. With advice proven to create successful novels,

    Jason says: "REALITY CHECK! Very Enlightening and practical."
    "It was hard to get past the narrator's voice."
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    There were some good points. But, I felt like I had walked onto a used car lot with an over zealous salesman whose voice was like a wood wrasp put to work industriously on my central nervous system.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pastime

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Ten years ago, Paul Giacomin's corrupt father and loose mother used the boys as a pawn in their violent race: Only Spenser could call them off and straighten out the misled teen - almost getting killed in the process. Paul is now 24 and reconciled to his mother's wanton ways. But when Patty Giacomin vanishes, Paul begs Spenser to help him rescue her from the clutches of her boyfriend, a shady character he's sure coerced his mother into running.

    sousaf says: "Not up to par"
    "I love Parker but..."
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    First, the narrator was completely wrong for this. Susan's voice made me cringe every time I heard it. Hawk's voice, forget about it. This sequel compared to Early Autumn, was very weak. It seemed like an experiment by Parker. Overblown description was cringe-worthy too. I liked Paul better when he was ten years younger, and had a real reason to act pathetic. All he did here was whine like a baby about how it hurt, and after Spencer had trained him. I didn't feel it the pain. The pieces didn't add up and it seemed mellow dramatic. The real gift Parker had generally, was how his books didn't seem mellow dramatic when they could easily have, or should have in the hands of another writer. This book showed how Parker was balanced on the razor's for most of his books, and pulled off regularly. This one made me appreciate the fine craft in his other works, and his ear tuned like a master French Horn player.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2150)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1276)

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

    Ruth Adamson says: "Not Nicholas Sparks best, but ok"
    "A master writer producing a cartoon. Why?"
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    Clearly, Sparks is a master at manipulating the emotions of the reader. He doesn't bring the rest of his writing up to that level, but lowers it down to the level of a Saturday morning cartoon for teenagers.
    Alex is perfect, far too perfect, and not a hint of a flaw. Then there is Kevin. Okay, he is an obsessive nut-ball, fine, but what motivates his villainy. He is a major character and we almost know nothing on that score. There is no significant backstory to explain why he is a lunatic-wife beater. Kevin is as flawed as Alex is perfect. That does not satisfy. Kevin is like the old-time mustache-twirling villain with a black hat. He is just pure wicked for no particular reason. One or two pages would have been plenty for the reason he is cracked.
    So why does Katie take it for so long from Kevin? She really has two different personalities that seem disconnected, and a little too convenient for the plot. Her backstory did not justify her allowing herself to be victimized to that extent.
    The bottom line is that Sparks is so good at building suspense, fights, chase scenes and tugging at the heart strings that he just phones in the rest. Here is a master writer delivering up melodrama. I felt insulted, by his effort.
    And, was the relentless repetition really necessary? Did he really have to repeat "gray-haired" about twenty-five times? What about the fifteen times about the "bad neighbors?" How about the seventeen or so times "the Bible says..." maybe all the mind-numbing repetition replaced Kevin's backstory? It seemed lame to me.
    Sparks knows what he can get away with using his tricks to move the emotions, but he is letting a world-class talent wither by producing this kind of cartoon. I think he is laughing a little at the reader too, and wondering why we take it.
    I’ve read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene lately, and Sparks certainly has the ability to write at this level, but I suppose he is afraid to try. It’s such a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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