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Garry

Honolulu, HI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4046)
    Performance
    (3412)
    Story
    (3404)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Glad I listened"
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    I haven't read/listened to a Grisham novel is a while and I'm glad I did. Good story that kept me guessing, very good character development and satisfying conclusion. J.D. Jackson nailed the performance.

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5994)
    Performance
    (5199)
    Story
    (5191)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "A Delightful Read"
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    This is a delightful book in every way. Jess Walter brought a te touch to a a story that made me stop and think more than a few times. Edoardo Ballerini is the perfect narrator. I had a smile on my face the entire time I listened this book. I've also recommended it to 5 different people and I've heard from them all about how much they enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (1412)
    Story
    (1373)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "Just keeps getting better"
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    What made the experience of listening to Creole Belle the most enjoyable?

    It is as though Will Patton lives inside James Lee Burke's head as Burke writes. These two make make it hard to ever "just" read one of Burke's book. What I hear in my own head sounds like a stutter in comparison,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Creole Belle?

    Creole Belle is one very long glorious moment.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The extreme reaction to Creole Belle is the extenguishing of the thought that I could ever write a work of fiction. Burke's prose and Patton's interpretation amongst the violence brings a smile to my lips.


    Any additional comments?

    I read The Neon Ran after listening to an interview of James Lee Burks on NPR's Fresh Air. Since then, I've read each of his books as soon as they'e come out I don't understand how he could have started out so good and has managed to get better and better. I heard an interview with Janet Fitch after she wrote White Opealder where she said that one of her teachers said that some is trite if you've ever heard it before, even once before. I don't believe Burke has ever written a trite phrase.

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