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N. Casper

nsc99

Minneapolis, MN | Member Since 2005

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  • 59 purchased in 2014
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  • The Broken Promise Land

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Ricky Savage is Sharon McCone's brother-in-law, and the hottest country singer in the business. He's on top professionally, but hitting rock bottom in his personal life. His longtime marriage to Sharon's sister, Charlene, is breaking up, forcing him to question if it was all worth it: the struggle, hard times, and hopes of stardom that finally came true. Even worse, Ricky has been getting anonymous letters threatening not only himself, but also his children.

    MidwestGeek says: "Couldn't finish this soap opera!"
    "Not very good"
    Overall

    This was like listening to an episode of "Murder She Wrote". The reader even sounded like Angela Landsbury. There were about 200 characters and none of them were very memorable. And I need to check the publication date because the characters were talking about getting a car phone in addition to their "Cellular Phone". Just and out of date and out of touch snooze fest.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Assault: Star Force, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (959)

    In Storm Assault , the eighth book of the Star Force series, the story moves in a new direction. Massive fleets are built by both Star Force and the Imperials - but there is a third player in the game: the Blues.

    Diane Rivers says: "The Emperor must DIE!"
    "1 book too many, two hours too much."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think that this series has played itself out. The story was kind of dull.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm going to give Star Force a rest for a while. I couldn't wait for the next one to come out after my first listen and now I'm just no longer interested.


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader does a good job of using voice to differentiate characters. I actually like him as a reader very much.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I just couldn't wait for the book to end by the last third.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that this is the final book in the series but I'm sure it isn't. The last 3 hours of the book just dragged. There was a ridiculous fight scene near the end that had to make even the most die hard fan grown. In the last 10 minutes 2 characters are taking and character 1 asks character 2 if they can just go the evening without talking about something (trying not to spoil anything) and character 2 says "sure, I just want to make sure you know . . . " then rambles on again for another minute. Then character 1 asks again if they can not talk about it again and character 2 says "yes, as long as you understand that. . . " then rambles on again about pretty much the same thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment [Trout Lake Media Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    A young student is haunted by the murder he has committed. Overwhelmed afterwards by guilt and terror, he confesses and goes to prison. There he realizes that happiness and redemption can only be achieved through suffering.

    N. Casper says: "Fine Book, Awful Narrator"
    "Fine Book, Awful Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Crime and Punishment [Trout Lake Media Edition] again? Why?

    No. The book was fine. It is over 100 years old and shows some wear, but is an interesting look into the past. My real issue is that the narrator is just so bad. Let me explain. He has a fine voice for audible. But he emphasizes words and syllables in the middle of sentences and pauses in the middle of sentences for no reason, that the sentence loses its meaning or causes confusion. He doesn't just do it on occasion, it is throughout the entire book. It made listening to his version of this book so unenjoyably that I will never listen to a book with this narrator again.


    What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

    Terrible. Why pause in the middle of sentences for no reason? Why the emphasis on words or syllables in the middle of sentences? How did this get past the producer?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very surprised as the production quality of this book seems well done that the performance by the reader was so bad.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1667)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1410)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "What am I missing?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Criminal?

    Gripping? Heart Pounding? Edge of your Seat? Where? It is a bunch of boring, and frustrating, flashbacks to the 70's. Yes, I realize that the 70's were difficult for women in the police departments but an other male police almost raping a female officer? Officers not responding to backup calls and instead calling you honey and telling you to take care of it? In one scene, the woman officer doesn't shoot a man as he is attempting to rape her partner because "me and my husband don't want a loaded gun in our house" tee hee. The book is just not believable for me.


    What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

    I just could not believe the story. Yes, fiction, but at least make it realistic.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 24/7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Brown
    • Narrated By Aaron Fryc
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    On a small Caribbean island a woman joins the newest reality TV show: 24/7. For Dana Kirsten, winning the $2 million prize could mean saving her child's life. But while the country is watching her every move, Dana is entering a fight for her own life - and a conflict that will shake the world...

    Vassa Island has been rigged with remote control cameras, a surveillance satellite system, and the most powerful television transmitter ever created. And that's not all.

    Eva says: "Worth the time"
    "Started out strong"
    Overall

    This book starts out O.K., I liked the concept and it had potential. But in the end, this book doesn't deliver. The characters are pretty bland and the island challenges are just too much to believe. And the "mysteries" were too much. For example: (not from the book) . . . ice is made out of water, water is wet, the soinso must be hidden in the island wetsuit factory! or some such BS. In the end, it is like listening to a 8 hour episode of Scooby Doo.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lawman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Diana Palmer
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    When San Antonio FBI agent Garon Grier buys a ranch in Jacobsville, Texas, the strong, silent loner is hoping to mend some broken family fences. He is not looking for love when he finds an unexpected, unwanted attraction to the girl next door, a shy, lovely woman who believes some secrets are best kept hidden. But the truth will prove just as dangerous when Garon tackles the most difficult case of his career: hunting an escaped convict, a child predator whose former victims are all dead. All except one.

    margarita says: "Not Recommended"
    "Horrible . . . Avoid"
    Overall

    OMG, this was the worst book I've ever listened to. It was 10% "mystery" and 90% bad bad bad "romance". Note to the editor; putting 'ly' at the end of a word does not make it an adverb. ". . . he said, huskely" or "as he drank thirstily" or ". . . she whispered throatily". The description sounds very good but this book is terrible. My wife may divorce me because it was all we had to listen to on our car ride to WI. Avoid this book and hope that the author stops trying to write books. Just bad. . . so bad.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In the Shadow of the Glacier

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vicki Delany
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Trouble is brewing in the small town of Trafalgar. Constable Smith nearly stumbles over a body, the victim of a murder. The deceased was a highly unpopular newcomer who had big plans for developing a luxury resort outside of town.

    Rachelle says: "Left in the cold"
    "Awful, Awful book"
    Overall

    Wow, this book was bad, I didn't even go past part two. I listened to better writing in my English 101 classes in collage. The descriptions where as basic and uncreative as anything I've ever read and the characters were clich? after clich? . . . the weight lifter was big and dumb, the small town reporter was naive, the big city reporter was smart but bad . . . and the worst character of all is the main character. A shy, easily embarrassed, whimpering woman police officer with no backbone (no department in the world would ever hire her). It was so irritating to even listen to I go angry just thinking about what the author was thinking about when writing this book. Apparently everyone in Canada (in this book, anyway) is kind of slow and/or uber liberal.

    The Narrator sounds like Howard Kosel and the voices she uses make everyone sound like they are 10 years old. I've listened to about 3 dozen books now and this one was the worst.

    Seriously, awful!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (93)

    In Washington, D.C., a cell phone rings. The White House chief of staff needs Jacob Winter now. His chief investigator and an Army Intelligence veteran, Winter knows how to move quickly and decisively, but he's never faced a problem like this. The disappearances are bad, but when the blackened body shows up barbed-wired to a tree, Winter knows there is much worse to come. And soon enough, there is. Large forces are at work, determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their ends.

    P. Minor says: "Predictable"
    "Boring, boring, boring"
    Overall

    How did this book get 3 1/2 stars? Let me set the picture for you, the main character is a "forensic bureaucrat". Yes, seriously! The characters are not engaging, there is all kinds of behind the scenes "plotting" there are tons of characters that you meet for 2 minutes then who are referenced throughout the rest of the book and you can barely remember who they are and the plans that the protagonist comes up with are far fetched and kind of silly but they still work perfectly. This book is 90% boring dialogue and 10% boring "action". Read some of the Prey books by John Sandford but save yourself agonizing hours with this one.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4522)
    Performance
    (1816)
    Story
    (1817)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Torn"
    Overall

    I really wanted to like this book and the actual story and the parts about the terrorist were excellent but the main character, I mean come on! Supposed to be some 'witty' former NY police detective, however nothing he said was funny. I dreaded every part where the main character was the narrator. Also, most of the other characters were written with the same kind of spoken language, that coupled with the narrator's inability to change his voice for the characters make them all blend together. Good story . . . poorly written main character. . . what to do. The story kept me interested but the writing was very poor in my opinion.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (546)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "EXCELLENT!!!"
    Overall

    Wow, I got more than I was expecting with this book. Great character development (GREAT main character), excellent story, great narrator. A very classic mob/revenge story with and Irish twist. When I was done with this book I got the other book by the same author (also excellent). You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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