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R. Broome

the game is...a foot

Atlanta, GA | Member Since 2010

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  • Bright Orange for the Shroud: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Travis things he's in for a quiet summer until a walking zombie of a man, Arthur Wilkinson, stumbles aboard The Busted Flush. He's the latest victim of a fragile-looking blond sexpot who uses the blackest arts of love to lure unsuspecting suckers into a web of sordid schemes. Gone, suddenly, are the lazy, hazy days of summer as Travis becomes embroiled in one of the most dangerous, dirtiest cases of his career.

    Marilyn says: "Finally, unabridged!"
    "Like Etta James sang: "At last...""
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    HOLY SH*T....I haven't even listened to this or read the novel yet, but I have been waiting for this day for two years! I discovered McGee 12 years ago during my teen years and never finished the series. When I became an Audible member I checked every two months to see if McDonald and McGee had docked the Flush on Audible.
    Just got an email on my lunch break and downloaded Book 5 sitting in class. Can't wait to listen to it....I'm hoping Petkoff if awesome, but even if he isn't, MacDonald and McGee will make up for it.
    Now just waiting for DiCaprio (or whoever) to find enough cojones to bring the big guy to the big screen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All I Did Was Shoot My Man: A Leonid McGill Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Seven years ago, Zella Grisham came home to find her man, Harry Tangelo, in bed with her friend. The weekend before, $6.8 million had been stolen from Rutgers Assurance Corp., whose offices are across the street from where Zella worked. Zella didn't remember shooting Harry, but she didn't deny it either. The district attorney was inclined to call it temporary insanity - until the police found $80,000 from the Rutgers heist hidden in her storage space. For reasons of his own, Leonid McGill is convinced of Zella's innocence. But as he begins his investigation, his life begins to unravel.

    Nicole says: "I have fallen in love again!"
    "Perhaps the best of the series."
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    *NOTE: SPOILER INCLUDED (if you've read the previous book "When the Thrill", then it's not a spoiler)

    I have long been a fan of Walter Mosley, and perhaps the only one I know of who liked Leonid McGill almost as much as Easy Rawlins from the start. This is because, though Easy tells a more base, raw story (having a racist, Civil-Rights world around him), Leonid is much more multi-faceted and complex, with a highly intelligent voice and dealing with many more problems than Easy. For this reason, McGill stands as the more relevant of the two heroes, if not the more popular. Hopefully (if Mosley gets his wish) Jeffrey Wright can bring McGill to HBO's small screen with all the intelligence Mosley has poured onto his pages. "All I Did" has been criticized as being too convoluted a story, but if you read it quickly, you won't get lost, and Mosley keeps you reading quickly. Every member of McGill's family brings problems for him to solve (the wife is a drunk, his oldest son moves out, his daughter is sleeping with an older married man, and his criminal genius youngest child works for him but makes his own decisions on his first case). Not to mention he has to solve a decades-old robbery, keep himself and his client alive, and is still searching for a father who has been resurrected*. And why should it not be this way? Don't we all have a myriad of trials and victories each day we live?
    Mosley weaves his six or seven subplots better than most, and gives us a hero we can believe in, because despite his external windmills, this dark-skinned Quixote is a man from our time, seeking the same redemption we are all searching for (as Americans, as humans)...to be ever better than we were the day before.
    Mirron Willis, though he emphasizes EVERY letter, reads clearly, with the intelligence deserving of Leonid McGill's voice.

    With further character and story development, and leaving us with a cliff-hanger ending, this is the best of the series thus far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Man with a Pistol: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is close to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad. Trying, as always, to keep some kind of peace - their legendary nickel-plated Colts very much in evidence - Coffin Ed and Grave Digger find themselves pursuing two completely different cases through a maze of knifings, beatings, and riots that threatens to tear Harlem apart.

    Parola138 says: "best narrator ever"
    "FINALLY....a relic uncovered"
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    I'm almost finished with my first listen to Chester Himes' Coffin Ed/Gravedigger books. Chester Himes was one of the predecessors to many detective novelists today (along with those before him, i.e. Chandler, Hammett, etc) who was largely ignored by the media due to his color. Only now, due to the resurgence of awareness AND admiration for minority writers (Walter Mosley, Junot Diaz, etc.) and the acceptance of minority voices in all forms of literature, are Himes' mysteries being reprinted and now voiced by Dion Graham. The stories themselves can appear as campy pulp fiction, but Himes' writing, and Graham's voice overshadow any cartoonish happenings with Ed & Gravedigger. It's really good to see that Audible & the publishing industry are opening doors and making one of the forgotten writers on the 20th century available to all of us.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (228)

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "Not bad for my first Coben, but...."
    Overall

    I cannot give this five stars because I can't think of a book I've read without flaws except maybe the Bible...Coben's plotting is pretty darn good, with decent plot twists and a never-saw-it-coming end but the 3 stars come from the slightly annoying Myron Bolitar and the cartoon caricature sidekick Win (sp?)...I can't suspend disbelief long enough to buy into two characters that deal with such violence and terrorist plots with so much James Bond-like flippancy. It's hard for me to become tense or moved to tears in one chapter when something deep or dangerous happens when these two clowns have been trading jokes (like the consistent puns on the Asian girlfriend named "Me"...really?) for three hours.
    Weber's narration is great and fits the character, it's just hard to buy into the character himself. But again...Coben's plotting is awesome...just wish his character took things a bit more seriously. But...I would encourage others to give him a try...he's a bestseller for a reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Thrill Is Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    How can Leonid McGill say no to the beautiful young woman who walks into his office with a stack of cash? She's an artist, she tells him, who's escaped from poverty via marriage to a rich collector who keeps her on a stipend. But she says she fears for her life, and needs Leonid's help. Though Leonid knows better than to believe every word, this isn't a job he can afford to turn away, even as he senses that - if his family's misadventures don't kill him first - sorting out the woman's crooked tale will bring him straight to death's door.

    Nicole says: "No The Thrill is not Gone"
    "Not his best, but mediocre Mosley is still strong"
    Overall

    This, the third of Mosley's McGill mysteries, isn't his best work (and I'm not even comparing this to Easy Rawlins like COUNTLESS other readers still do)...in my opinion it's his 2nd book "Known To Evil" that stands the strongest. This one reads like a weekly TV series entry and there is no huge plot twist or involving mystery. With Mosley, there never is...he's no Jeffrey Deaver...but it's his beautiful prose and character depth that always shines and it does here. The best thread running through this book is the subplot "favor" that McGill is doing for his "Uncle" and the revelation it leads to, along with Leonid's new take on his hatred for his father. This one is a great character study for Leonid, but not a superb mystery. Loyal fans (like myself) will love it, newcomers may sulk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blonde Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend, Christmas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. But Easter's appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems.

    Timothy Frescona says: "Good but not great"
    "Not his best, but a mediocre Mosley's still great"
    Overall

    The story isn't as heartfelt or convoluted as some of his earlier works...or as poignant and relevant as 'Little Scarlet'...but Mosley's poetic prose and the way he airbrushes his characters make for great storytelling as usual. And Michael Boatman's narration gives voice to a classic detective hero as well as the angels and demons he navigates in finding the truth. Some readers overdo female voices or drop three or four octaves when reading as bad guys but Boatman strikes the correct pitch each time. A sad ending to a great series, but a fitting one...Easy's place is secured in ten novels and he doesn't become a caricature (like Spenser), having thirty plus stories on a shelf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Scarlet: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Just after devastating riots tear through Los Angeles in 1965, when anger is high and fear still smolders everywhere, the police turn up at Easy Rawlins' doorstep. He expects the worst, as usual. But they've come to ask for his help.

    Vincent says: "Little Scarlet (Unabridged)"
    "Excellent rendition"
    Overall

    Mosley is a grand wordsmith whose words are utilitarian so as not to be too flamboyant, and yet he remains poetic and is able to invoke realism and authentic music to his characters.

    Boatman is a perfect choice for putting a voice to Easy...he moves seamlessly from old man to young woman, black hospital patient to white policeman. Kudos.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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