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David Seybert

Pittsburgh, PA United States

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  • Nightmare in Pink: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (274)

    Nina - a career girl living alone in Manhattan - offers Travis McGee companionship and the first loose thread in the elaborate fabric of a gigantic swindle. Now, she's leading McGee on a wild and tortuous chase into the decadent world of high society, the ruthless world of big money, and the weird world of hallucinatory drugs.

    Bonnie says: "Trav McGee just gets better"
    "Very much a product of its time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Nightmare in Pink in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, but flawed


    If you’ve listened to books by John D. MacDonald before, how does this one compare?

    The second in the series finds McDonald still developing the character of Travis McGee. Oddly, the writer spends more time with the romance and McGee's relationships with women more than he does the thriller aspects which, at times, seem s little over the top. Taking McGee out of Florida this early in the series reduces the effectiveness of the character considerably. Not nearly as good as The Deep Blue Goodbye, it's still an enjoyable entry in the series. Terrific narration.


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

    I wasn't certtain he would be a good fit for McGee but in the space of two books, he's won me over. I look forward to listening to his work on the rest of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who enjoys a good "Since you're going to die anyway, I'll explain my entire sinister plot to you" villain will be be right at home here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Great narration, simplistic depressing story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Ruins?

    The simplistic story with its unlikable characters was basically an extended EC comic story from the 50's, right down to its


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    More information than You Require by John Hodgman


    What does Patrick Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He solidly underplays everything, adding believability to the story. His solid matter-of-fact reading would be of benefit to any thriller.


    What character would you cut from The Ruins?

    I disliked them all (which is a positive, considering their fate).


    Any additional comments?

    A major disappointment from Scott Smith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Areas of My Expertise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.

    Margot says: "Wow!"
    "Delightfully silly."
    Overall

    The word "droll" was invented for this pleasantly silly, highly-listenable collection of nonsense. The production is actually an improvement over the print version as Hodgman wisely avoids literal readings of much of the material (which included endless charts and lists), instead treating it as an extended radio broadcast, incorporating music, sound effects, and continuous banter with longtime friend and collaberator Jonathan Coulton. Listened to in small segements, this low-key offering provides the perfect antidote to a high-stress filled day.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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