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Barry

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  • Strip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (128)

    An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

    Barry says: "Great book overall"
    "Great book overall"
    Overall

    I loved the many little stories within the story. I also loved how the author was able to humanize the bad guys. Perry made the reader understand each character and sympathize or even empathize with some of the baddies.

    From reading comments on other Perry novels it appears that he tends to stop his stories abruptly. This story was similar in that respect but I was okay with it because everything came together - and he allowed the reader to make his/her own ending on a couple of subplots. Overall a great read. One small issue was the fact that the narrator mispronounced a number of the Los Angeles street names which can be annoying to a local. For example, imagine the street name Sepulveda in the wrong hands. LOL.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2830)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2100)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "An enjoyable read and a very good narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Mr. Child has a great imagination but it is necessary to suspend disbelief to get past some rather unlikely events. The USSS would not give any private person (military experience or not) carte blanche as was done in this book.


    What was most disappointing about Lee Child’s story?

    Further research could have been done to assure accuracy. For example - Glocks do not have external safety's. This is something the writer should have known. Maybe I'm just too picky.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed his performance. Great, as usual.


    Could you see Without Fail being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1426)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (598)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "Disappointing. Much too silly."
    Overall

    I purchased this audio book knowing that it wouldn't be the same as the TV show but hoping it would still be entertaining. What I found was that the author's style was way too comedic for my tastes. We are supposed to suspend all logic. We are also to believe that he and his sister would step into some situations that clearly no person, let alone police officer, would consider without significant backup. I caught myself fast forwarding through the last 1/3 of the book. I guess I'll stick to Showtime. Two stars was actually charitable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody Move

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Touched by echoes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Nobody Move is at once an homage to and a variation on literary form. It salutes one of our most enduring and popular genres - the American crime novel - but does so with a grisly humor and outrageousness that are Denis Johnson's own. Sexy, suspenseful, and above all entertaining, Nobody Move shows one of our greatest novelists at his versatile best.

    Barry says: "What the???"
    "What the???"
    Overall

    First of all, I don't understand why the other reviewer refers to this as a Christian religious book. It isn't.

    If this book was a film it would be considered "Film Noir." I enjoyed the author's writing style. That being said, I didn't think much of the characters. The most likable of the bunch are the American Indian girl and the gambler... and that's not saying much. Also, without giving it away, I'd have to say that when the book ended I found myself unsatisfied.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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