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Robin

RKH

San Antonio, Texas, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Bad Blood: A Kate Shugak Mystery, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    In Alaska, 100 years of bad blood between the villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel. Sergeant Jim Chopin's prime suspect is a Kuskulana man who is already in trouble in both villages for falling in love across the river. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Jim. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help.

    Charlie Russel says: "Another Great Kate Shugak Story"
    "Good but not great."
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    First off, I hate cliff hangers where the plot is not resolved. I was going to read the next book anyway so we didn't have to end on a cliff hanger. While this book was good it didn't seem to be up to the author's normal standards. That said, if it was a new author I would have found it acceptable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1048)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (978)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Hassan says: "Good Addition!!"
    "Great!"
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    My only problem with this novel is that I will have to wait a year or so for the sequel. Fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (210)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "Extremely Disappointing!"
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    If you like W.E.B. Griffin books, especially the Presidential Agent books, do not buy this book. Don't let anyone loan it to you. Don't get it from the library. Pretend it does not exist.

    First, and this is true with all of Griffin's books, the first 3 or 4 books of a series are good but after that he spends almost all the book bringing you the background and current status of all the characters in the series and their background even if it has no relevance to the current book. This is the 8th book in the series so there is a lot of background and a lot of characters to catch up on.

    Second, until this book I thought the worst book Griffin wrote was the Generals and the worst decision he made was to transport the Badge of Honor series forward in time 30 years. At the end of one book we are in the early 70s and at the beginning of the next we seem to be in the early 2000s with characters still the same age as they were 30 years ago.

    Well this book tops both as worst book and dumbest decision. When you finish there is a note by the author to the effect that he found it hard to get into this book so he decided to dump this trash on us. I listened to this book on Audible and I am giving very serious thought to getting my credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (461)

    Karigan G’ladheon, running away from school, is traveling through a deep forest when a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows. With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the magical messengers of the King. Before he dies, he makes Karigan swear to deliver the message he’s carrying, and gives her his green coat, with the symbolic brooch of his office.

    McKayla says: "Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar, except WAY better"
    "Excellent"
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    I really loved this book. So much so that I went out and got all the books in the series and having finished them am eagerly and anxiously waiting for the next book in the series. This is sort of a cross between the Hobbit and the War God's Own. Well performed and an excellent plot that is well developed and very entertaining. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bitter Seeds: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (504)

    Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of World War II, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him. It wasn’t his imagination; the wired woman can see into the future and use her knowledge to twist the present. In fact, Marsh soon discovers that the Nazis are running missions with people who have special powers....

    Phelix_da_Kat says: "WW II alternate history: X-men vs Warlocks"
    "Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about Bitter Seeds?

    The plot never went any where and at the end of the book I was trying to figure out if any thing had been resolved. It hadn't. Warlocks vs Nazi supermen. Great plot material. But it never ever developed into any thing that could be resolved much less a resolution. At the end I felt that the only purpose of the plot was to get me involved enough to buy the next book. Well, that is not going to happen.


    Has Bitter Seeds turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just books by this author. I truly regret both the loss of a credit and the 14 hours I wasted listening to this book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    For the most part the performance was fine but when the reader did the cheesy German accents it was truly campy. If you just heard the German dialogue you would think it was a Saturday Night Live skit.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bitter Seeds?

    If I could have played editor I would have made the author go back and create an outline of the intended book and then make him follow it. He had great plot elements that he never ever finished.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that had great potential but when you reach the end you wonder why you got sucked in. Every character is in limbo until the next book comes out. Every plot line is still hanging. The only purpose for this book was to suck you into hoping there will be some resolution in the next book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "Extremely Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Taking out the far left political rant. I loved Beat the Reaper and when I saw a sequel I leaped on it. The story was implausible and over the top. That would have been okay but for half the book I had to listen to political diatribe that detracted from what little story there was.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Josh Bazell again?

    No! I would get my money back for this if I could. If the author had decided to stay off his soapbox he could have sold me more just to see what happens. I don't like being preached to at any time and I surely don't want to pay for a progressive rant.


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

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme disappointment and anger both.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the author thought expressing his views was worth it because he has lost a reader (listener) for life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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