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Paul B

Charlotte, NC, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Book of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (207)

    In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

    Nick says: "Too Much Psychobabble"
    "Story is sidetracked by repeatedness and errors."
    Overall

    I drive a minimum of 1,000 miles per week and most of that time is spent "reading" audiobooks. I have to say that this book was a let-down for 3 main reasons.

    First, I was ecpecting a "National Treasure" type storyline filled with deep conspiracies and secret societies. The conspiracies turned out to be very shallow not so much unbelievable as uninteresting.

    Second, the story is dotted with several annoying little errors. Reviewer 'Bob' pointed out that "exploding flashbulbs" are no longer used. Also mentioned in the book is a 9mm Sig Revolver -- should be pistol -- as well as a tow truck with matching yellow sirens -- wouldn't the sirens be audible and the LIGHTS be yellow?

    Lastly, although the caracter relationships are well developped -- the caracters themselves are hard to care about. The protagonist is so self-pitying and whiny, you almost hope for the worst just to shut him up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4456)
    Performance
    (1920)
    Story
    (1933)

    "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"
    "A pleasant, entertaining read."
    Overall

    This was a truly entertaining read. The charaters are well developped without boring the reader. I wouldn't say they are completely believable -- for example, our 20 year old protagonist seem wise beyond his years -- but they are not completely unbelievable as in most novels these days.

    The humor is good; I actually laughed out loud a couple times. The story is engaging -- not so much because of the plot itself, but because we come to like the main caracters and want to spend time with them and see how this all turns out for them.

    I recommend this book and may listen to it again one day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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