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Books and Crannies Recycled

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  • Pronto

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (248)

    The feds want Miami bookmaker Harry Arno to squeal on his wiseguy boss. So they're putting word out on the street that Arno's skimming profits from "Jimmy Cap" Capotorto - which he is, but everybody does it. He was planning to retire to Italy someday anyway, so Harry figures now's a good time to get lost. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens knows Harry's tricky - the bookie ditched him once in an airport while in the marshal's custody - but not careful.

    Corey says: "It was good"
    "Great dialogue, great performance!"
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    I'm a big fan of Elmore Leonard for several reasons; first and foremost of which is...fantastic dialogue! This is always what I look for first in a book. "Pronto" is no exception. It always feels natural when a character like Givens speaks. Even the non-dialogue passages sound like dialogue. Alexander Adams' performance feels perfect for this style, and Leonard's work in general. This is a fast paced listen, meaning there is very little wasted on needless prose. It doesn't feel like Leonard is TRYING to make his characters funny...they just are! Bing, bang, boom...good story, great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1162)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Keep 'em coming!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Intense, imaginative, impassioned, impeccable, inconceivable!

    This series is simply engrossing! It has quickly become one of my favorites along side Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Lynch's Gentleman Bastards, Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles, and Flynn's Mitch Rapp series.

    The despicable things the villain is capable of in this volume made me cringe out loud in my car, at work and in bed (while listening of course) several times over. Bravo to Maberry for being able to bring out such a guttural response!

    I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the utterly impeccable performance of Ray Porter. I'd listen to a reading of the phone book if he was narrating! Mr. Porter is the reason I discovered the Joe Ledger series in the first place. I searched for more of his work after listening to Power of the Dog by Don Winslow which, along with Code Zero, I highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2410)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "I said nothing...again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Average, aggravating, aloof, amateur, arrogant, arduous, adequate, Annoying!

    I could not get past the phrase "I said nothing" overly-peppered throughout the book. I mean utterly doused, thoroughly riddled and repeated way too many times.

    I'm a reader whose most important criteria for a good book, is good dialogue. So imagine my dismay with an author who, for whatever damn reason, be it for some odd quirk I don't understand or just sheer laziness, omits the potential for an exchange in dialogue.

    I've read and enjoyed a couple other Reacher novels in the past, but I don't recall getting this worked up about their short-comings. Dick Hill has always been just OK as a narrator for me. He doesn't ruin a book, but he doesn't quite bring it to life either.

    Grrrr! Mr. Child, just plain Grrrrrr!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18201)
    Performance
    (14274)
    Story
    (14313)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "The Half-man rules!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Witty, weighty, whopping, widespread, wonderful!

    After listening to this entire series several times, A Clash of Kings, Book 2 has emerged as my favorite of the existing 5. The one over-riding factor is Tyrion Lannister. The twisted monkey-demon has wit and cunning like a Roose Bolton...no wait...like a dolphin or killer whale writ small in a sea of numerous, lesser equipped beings.

    Roy Dotrice, a fantastic narrator, and this series as a whole is the reason I "read" at all. I became addicted to audiobooks because of this series. I noticed several bad reviews about Dotrice and sure it's a tad annoying when he pronounces a name inconsistently once in a while, but that just lends to the organic nature of his performance. After all, there are 224 distinct characters in the 1st book alone! (Guinness World Record) His performance of the Late Lord Frey is one of the funniest things I've heard in any audiobook. His range is from various "common-folk" voices to haughty lords is impressive. I love him!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26853)
    Performance
    (20619)
    Story
    (20701)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    ""The American Tolkien" label no longer needed."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Convoluted, complex, crass, comical, colossal, comprehensive, crafty, colorful, cryptic, creative, contagious!

    What can I say that others haven't?
    This book, alone is why audiobooks are a big part of my life. It's where it all started for me. I've just recently finished my 6th listening (read it once too!) and I still discover new things about the story each time. I've spent well over 200 hours with just this book. That's more than the cumulative time I spent with my last girlfriend and there was a lot less drama with her!

    I love this series! A Song of Ice and Fire is truly masterful work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3533)
    Performance
    (2797)
    Story
    (2798)

    An orphan's life is harsh---and often short---in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains---a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans---a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Stupendous, but be warned."
    "Martin, Rothfuss, Lynch...more please!!"
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    Gentleman Bastards is now amongst A Song of Ice and Fire and Kingkiller Chronicles as one of my favorite series (fantasy or otherwise) I've ever listened to. This is complex, adult fantasy and right up my alley. The narrator is a blast, particularly as Chains.

    I take my 1 credit/month very seriously and spend hours and days reading reviews to make sure I get the most enjoyable experience possible. I would have gladly spent 3 or more credits for this book and each of the rest in the Gentleman Bastards series. I need more!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (631)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Lofty Civil War-Era prose...not!"
    Overall
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    This is a dramatization of events that took place in and around Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War and I loved it! Normally I would steer clear of a novel like this, because I'm not very fond of the lofty prose that is prevalent in Civil War Era literature, but I'm glad I didn't!
    As stated in the introduction, a more contemporary take on what the dialogue "might" have been like was applied with much creative license. This is OK, because I have been exposed to something that I may have gone my life without...a truly great work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3204)
    Performance
    (2275)
    Story
    (2275)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Was hoping for more sniper stuff"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Good, not great. At it's heart, this book is a detective story. I was hoping for more of a military feel with lots more sniper activity.

    Dick Hill is a good narrator, but sometimes I'm put off by his somewhat Shatner-esque delivery.

    Got this book from a 3 for 2 sale, so I'm not disappointed with my purchase. However, I will probably not continue the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Assassin's Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1589)
    Performance
    (1492)
    Story
    (1493)

    When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

    Melinda says: "Hang On To Your Shorts!"
    "J.I., V.I., M.S."
    Overall
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    I highly recommend reading this book (and the others in the series) to find out what this code means. The concept of the bad guys is out there...wayyy out there, but I love that Cpt. Ledger's reaction is as incredulous as my own.

    Ray Porter's narration is fantastic! I listen to everything I can find read by this guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1926)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (951)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "Deadpan Narration"
    Overall
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    Maybe I'm a bit spoiled, having listened to a lot of books narrated by the likes of Ray Porter, Roy Dotrice, and George Guidall, but I couldn't get past the deadpan performance of the Narrator.

    If I couldn't understand English, and relied only upon the fluctuation of the narrator's voice to tell me this part was funny, or that part was exciting, then I would only be left with...blah.

    The story? Ok, I suppose. It just doesn't stand out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4102)
    Performance
    (3433)
    Story
    (3426)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Changed my view..."
    Overall
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    ...on zombie books. I abhor the stuff as a whole, zombie/undead/etc., that is. But I love this narrator and I gave it a try. I'll pick up the others in this series and see if I'm still ok after reading lots of zombie material. What a great book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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