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David

DaveO

Glendale, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2853)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1105)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "Big Let-Down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Every sequel faces a number of challenges. First is what to do for character development for the reappearing characters. Nothing new was learned about John Cory, no substatial new characters were introduced and nothing was done to elaborate on the 2-demensional Kate. Kate with her beauty, power, education and gender-challenging position in the FBI combined with the absurd relationship evolution with Cory in the previous episode could have been developed in any number of ways, but instead she is sidelined.

    Another challenge is building on the previous plot without repeating it. this was a complete repeat.

    Cory was most interesting in contrast to the feds and especially Kate. Almost none of that here. It was an NYPD show without the interesting aspects of the NYPD. NYPD just serve as the 'establishment' who demonstrates that their plodding methods aren't effective against 'this' kind of bad guy and provide an authority for Cory to disrepsect.

    The killing-machine villian who was so frightening because of his elaborate, surpising methods and his speed has developed an appetite for prolonged hand-to-hand combat. The swift, clever Kalil reduces the ranks of Lybian cab drivers and disaffected Serbians, contibutes nothing at all to the doomsday sub-plot and then devolves into Dolf Lundgren in the final showdown. Only knowing about explosives and such from book and movies, I was never really convinced that a conventional bomb set off in the middle of an enourmous crater was going to harm anything other than dump trucks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2435)
    Performance
    (1796)
    Story
    (1809)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "A Wild Ride"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sharp Objects goes places you don't expect - places no other novel I've read would ever go. The plot is disturbing and gripping. The flawed heroine is fascinating and she develops throughout the story which a refreshing change from the average flawless, shallow characters we come to expect from a murder thriller. A gripping plot combined with a relentless series of twists in plot and character development make for a complelling read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (303)

    Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

    Beverly says: "For the Love of Children and Dogs"
    "Started Early, Took My Dog"
    Overall

    Another terrific novel from Kate Atkinson. This was my first Audiobook and now I think I'm hooked. The narration was terrific. I have a 1 hour communte each way and this made the time fly. I found I was actually looking forward to the drive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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