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Risdon W. Hankinson

Bartlesville, OK USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 32 ratings
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  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4263)
    Performance
    (1983)
    Story
    (1997)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "The Devil in the White City (UA)"
    Overall

    Outstanding book. The colorful/descriptive language and the vocabulary make the book worth reading. On top of that was a well told and fascinating historical story of the creation and consturuction of the great Chicago World Fair of 1893 and embeded in the telling a true crime story of Americas first serial killer. A gripping and fascinating book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (785)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "The Bat by Jo Nesbo--greaat story-poor delivery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Bat? What did you like least?

    THe story line was great--a real detailed description of the culture of Australia coupled with Harry Hole's excellent detective work. The major characters were well developed and the plot was excellent and, as usual, well presented by Nesbo


    What other book might you compare The Bat to and why?

    This one is in the midst of the remainder of the Harry Hole novels--I enjoyed the local detail and sociological description of Australia. Others may think it was too detailed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Too many different characters presented by changes in audible tone. the deeper basetones were unrecognizable when blended with a Norwegan accent on a drunk or anattempt to convey a Australian accent on a woman. I lost some of the detail of the story. Performance was not good


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

    Probably--I think I will get the book and read it also


    Any additional comments?

    Disapointing because of poor performance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quickie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (136)

    Lauren Stillwell isn't your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.

    Sarah says: "Implausible plot"
    "The Quickey"
    Overall

    Fast moving,continuous excitement. Well plotted and executed--unique stream of thought style--great phrase and word useage--well read/acted. I recommend this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (433)

    In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder whether the items are actually so small and the victims so random; if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge, and it leads him to...certainly nothing he ever expected.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "Another great read"
    "Invisible Prey (unabridged)"
    Overall

    Loved it--it was my introduction to Lucas Devenport and Sandford's works. Since this one I have read or listened to the entire Devenport series. Well plotted with interesting lead characters. Good stories with excellent local color and description provided.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life, and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

    Bethany says: "An entertaining read"
    "Kill the Messenger-Unabridged"
    Overall

    Excellent story--told in the first person in a fascinating and interesting fashion. Well plotted with a surprise ending--very much unexpected. I recommend the book to those that like drama, suspense and hard-knock type stories

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • St. Augustine: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert O'Connell
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    St. Augustine (354-430 A.D.) was the first great systematic Christian philosopher. He attempted to combine the philosophical insights of Plato with the faith explicated in the Bible. Augustine thought of Plato's eternal forms as ideas in the mind of God; he believed that the Eternal Christ provides the light of knowledge to the human mind.

    Risdon W. Hankinson says: "St. Augustine (unabridged)"
    "St. Augustine (unabridged)"
    Overall

    Excellent book--writing interesting and lucid--presented in an interesting and informative manner.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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