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Shadrach Smith

Kansas City, Missouri USA | Member Since 2010

  • 8 reviews
  • 305 ratings
  • 741 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Probably better with visual effects"
    What disappointed you about Lexicon?

    This book feels like it would be great as a 1 3/4 hour sci-fi futuristic movie. The underlying plot is interesting, but the author jumps back in forth in both time and geography. Therefore, the reader spends unnecessary time just trying to figure out details that could better be shown on the big screen. On the plus side, the female lead character shares some of the same basic personality traits with the heroine from the Girl with Dragon Tatoo, so this made the read more interesting..

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Term Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

    Tundrabeast says: "IN THE BEGINNING"
    "Don't waste your credits"

    This is the first book of the Mitch Rapp series. With a very weak story line and the absence of George Guidall (the reader of the later books in the series), this book is one that may make many listeners angry that they wasted 15 hours of their life. The best part of the book is that several key characters that play important roles in later books are introduced, including an aide to Irene named Mitchell ( I assume Mitch Rapp), who has only a cameo appearance.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in 18th-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

    Joanna says: "Definitely Recommend"
    "Nobody's going to sleep"

    Kurt Wallander's back again chasing another serial killer. This time, a local policeman is one of the victims and Wallander has developed the acute symptoms of diabetes. The disease drains his energy and blurs his vision as he leads a 24-7 search for the illusive killer. Wallander is driven to catch the killer before he/she strikes again and before his illness forces him off the case. Between working on the case 20 hours a day and having to urinate every 15 minutes, Wallander barely has the energy to make it to the end of the book.

    This is my second Mankell book and I am excited about going back in time to read the earlier books and learning more about the Swedish police detective. With Dick Hill's excellent narration, Kurt Wallander has a very Harry Bosch-like feel. So if you miss Harry, give Kurt Wallander a chance.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Southern comfort food"

    My 80-year old mother was a "colored" maid from the 1950's to 1990's and grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She used to take me to work with her to the homes she cleaned, and prided herself in the quality of her work. Katheryn Stockett and the brilliant actressess that read "the Help" took me back in time when I bonded with my mother and her "white children", much like Constance bonded with Skeeter. Listening to the book has made me proud to be her son and I can not wait to share the listen with her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "makes you want to learn Swedish"

    Once you get past the Swedish names and geography, the story moves along and comes alive. It was great reading a book written for a culture with different social norms. I think that is one reason this book is such a good read. Since this is the first of three books, and the other two are already written, it makes you want to learn Swedish so you don't have to wait another year to learn how the story ends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Merciless: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Montanari
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    On a frigid December night, Karen sits at the edge of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River, dressed in a flowing gown, like a visitor from the distant past. A beautiful and shining young woman, she gazes up at a bone-white winter moon like a fairytale princess. At first glance, one might not even notice that she is dead, coated in a patina of ice. Homicide cops Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano take the lead on the case, uncovering a plethora of eerie clues, each more warped and spine-chilling than the last.

    Penni says: "Great Book"
    "Fast paced"

    This is the best of the series. Scott Brock does an excellent job as the reader, adding to the listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"

    I liked many of his previews books, particulary those written with Lincoln Childs, but with Blasphemy, Douglas Preston gives us an extremely boring book that is made more painful to listen to by the reading of Scott Sowers. His hero, Wyman Ford lacks the personalty he had developed in Tyrannosaur Canyon. I have no idea why Preston made him a lead and then just placed him in the middle of a predictable plot. This is one of the worse audio books I have listened too, but I have found a use for it. When it's late in the evening and I am having problems getting to sleep, I can but this on and will be able to fall asleep within a few minutes.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Story

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this hot and steamy mystery, Tennyson is an actor struggling to hang on to his career and redeem his sex-for-pay history, which estranged him from his family, especially his father, a decorated LAPD captain who raised Tennyson to call him "Sir". Now, in the wake of his father's sudden stroke, Tennyson has to save himself from taking the fall for a murder. In the process, he discovers his hidden talents - the hard way.

    James Gordon says: "What's The Beef?"
    "Made for TV- not for reading"

    It seems like the goal of this novel was to sell the rights for a TV series. Tennyson "Ten" is a former male prostitute with the heart of gold. His one dimensional character is thrown in the middle of a murder case where he is the number one police suspect. Unfortunately, the author forgot to give him a motive for the murder and therefore the book was unable to create enough inner drive for Tennyson, an unskilled, financially challenged wannabe detective, to constantly put his life at risk. Just did not add up. Overall, should make a good made for TV piot, but not a new detective series thriller.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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