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Patrick

Sparkill, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Past Reason Hated: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (87)

    A picturesque Yorkshire village is dressed in its finest for the upcoming Noel. But one of its residents will not be celebrating this holiday. Chief Inspector Alan Banks knows that secrecy can sometimes prove fatal---and secrets were the driving force behind Caroline Hartley's life...and death. She was a beautiful enigma, brutally stabbed in her own home three days prior to Christmas.

    Patrick says: "great read and reader"
    "great read and reader"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of Peter Robinson, and now of James Langton. Great to hear this rendition of the wonderful Inspector Banks series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2824)
    Performance
    (2501)
    Story
    (2487)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "eh, by far not Connelly's best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    a little too much time spent on the court room as if it were on stage, who was in the audience......family members, friends, etc....really?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2228)
    Performance
    (1994)
    Story
    (1977)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    DMT says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "Reacher and Hill, great as always"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dick Hill really brings Reacher to life, bravo.
    The story was well crafted within the obvious scope of the series.
    All in all a good listen..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (1467)
    Story
    (1475)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "somewhat interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Some good future thinking....maybe a little too much gore to wade through getting there..
    some okay salaciousness, also maybe a bit too much detail...especially the double dipping...yikes

    Head scratching a few times with mispronounced words by the narrator....probably could have used any extra pass by the editor...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (903)

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Best yet of the Revelation Space series"
    "Well crafted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good story line, fine narration by John Lee, well worth the time and money spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5308)
    Performance
    (2650)
    Story
    (2703)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "pretentious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Orders of magnitude pretentious this book is. Sort of Neuromancer meets necromancer without the style and content of Gibson.
    Couldn't wait to get through it.
    Don't waste your $

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Watching the Dark: An Inspector Banks Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    A decorated detective inspector is murdered on the tranquil grounds of the St. Peter’s Police Treatment Centre, shot through the heart with a crossbow arrow, and compromising photographs are discovered in his room. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is well aware that he must handle the highly sensitive - and dangerously explosive - investigation with the utmost discretion. Because the case may involve police corruption, an officer from Professional Standards, Inspector Joanna Passero, has arrived to work with Banks and his team.

    Lynn says: "Banks, Annie and Simon Prebble All In Top Form"
    "Big fan of Peter Robinson, not wild about narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a big fan of Peter Robinson, I like the book.
    Mr. Prebble's narration for me was really monochromatic. He almost sounds bored reading the text.

    Some one like Toby Longworth would have been a much better choice.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Deepness in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (233)

    After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. There are two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds.The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches.

    Amen-Ra says: "A science fiction classic"
    "Slow start but got better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    In this massive audiobook, one has to hang in there to enjoy it. By the end I was definitely
    engaged. I would have like a little less supercilious reading though, good as it was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    With only a handful of “tourists” - CIA-trained assassins - left, Weaver would like to move on and use this as an opportunity to regain a normal life, a life focused on his family. His former boss in the CIA, Alan Drummond, can’t let it go. When Alan uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him. Worse still, it's beginning to look as if Tourism's enemies are gearing up for a final, fatal blow.

    Joanne says: "Very complicated"
    "good story"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of An American Spy to be better than the print version?

    irrelevant question audible, if you want a review stop looking for marketing info,
    word 14m word 15


    What did you like best about this story?

    well crafted story line


    Did David Pittu do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes, believable accents for the most part, could use a little work on the Italian


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    dumb question


    Any additional comments?

    can we please get back to a regular review set up, this discourages me from a helpful review to other listeners

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tourist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    In the vein of John le Carré and Graham Greene, this contemporary international thriller follows Milo Weaver as he is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. Once the CIA and Homeland Security are after him, the only way for him to survive is to return, headfirst, into Tourism.

    Derek says: "I loved this book"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    would recommend this audiobook, nicely crafted and well performed.
    this is all I have to say, silly that audible has a 15 word minimum


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1604)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "wait for it....wait for it...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Stay Close? What did you like least?

    it seemed like it took fooooooorever for Mr. Coben to develope this story, way too much time to state the obvious


    Would you recommend Stay Close to your friends? Why or why not?

    eh.....maybe not


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

    excellent performer, always like his feel for the subject


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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