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Linda

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  • In for the Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood. Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine.

    Larry says: "A great read"
    "Tiresome"
    Overall

    It's not clear what the intent of the author was in writing this book. Either he wanted to write a character study or had an editorial deadline and needed filler for his "mystery". There are endless ruminations by the characters that add nothing to the story and are so pointless that I eventually fast forwared through them. The detectives spend no time detecting but rather are inappropriate, obtuse and inept. An example is when the female detective becomes involved with a man who dated a dead woman. Her excuse for not being suspicious or investigating him is that would mean she is a cynic about men. When a man and woman present themselves as brother and mother to a killer, the lead detective does no investigation of them. He uses the mother as bait in a hotel room to catch the killer and when she asks for a shotgun, gives it to her. Even a civilian might wonder how safe that is.

    It is a common albeit lazy method of plot advancement for a writer to make the bad guy omniscient and the good guy incompetent but in this book, the good guy never becomes competent. Nor does the writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sacred Cut

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Hewson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    It's approaching Christmas in Rome and snow is falling in a way that only happens every 20 or 30 years. The city is soon paralyzed by an unseasonably icy grip, and in the dark corners of the Pantheon a grim and mysterious story begins to unfold.

    P. Griffin says: "Promises much, delivers little"
    "Real talky"
    Overall

    This is a very talky mystery but the mystery is more when is will end. It ends with a whimper whereby the killer just fades into the jail and the "cast" talks some more. I listened until the story quit.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The One from the Other: A Bernie Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (103)

    Munich, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing war criminals, and all the backstabbing intrigue that prospers in the aftermath of war. It is also a place where a private eye can find a lot of not-quite-reputable work: cleaning up the Nazi past of well-to-do locals, abetting fugitives in their flight abroad, sorting out rival claims to stolen goods.

    Linda says: "Excellent plot"
    "Excellent plot"
    Overall

    This is my first experience listening to a book by this author and I was very pleasntly surprised. Not only is the plot well developed, it is not obvious until near the denoument. Some of the villians are actually likable until they are revealed. There is a refreshing lack of plot crutches such as making the bad guys much smarter/skilled than the hero to create tension or making players do things that are completely out of character. The author also infuses the main character with a clever sense of humor. As usual, John Lee does an amazing narration and, thankfully, doesn't effect a German accent throughout the book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8325)
    Performance
    (2800)
    Story
    (2829)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Not Perfect"
    Overall

    Initially, this book appears to be a "bodice ripper" as it primarily describes the sexual encounters of the various characters. Eventually, a storyline does develop. The theme of the first book was unrelenting evil with sex on the side, The theme of this book is sex with unrelenting evil on the side. I had to continually remind myself that the lack of morality by much of the clergy, nobility and commoners was a way of life in the 1300's.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Templar

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (358)

    As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

    Ed says: "A Good Listen"
    "A disappointment"
    Overall

    The premise for this book is intriguing but the author apparently didn't know quite what to do with it. His protaganists are very unappealing. The woman is a liar and self serving. After every deception, she ruminates how much she regrets the lie and then does it again at the next opportunity. The man is absolutely the worst FBI agent ever penned. He continually ignores the woman's behavior that interferes with his investigation with a "promise me you won't do it again". It is typical for authors to advance a plot with behavior by protagonists that doesn't make sense given who they are but this author's uncharacteristic characters are ridiculous.
    The ending seems conjured to meet an editor's deadline. It will leave you wondering if you missed downloading a part.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "Inspector Clouseau"
    Overall

    Ths protagonist is a bumbling CIA agent who tells a doctor that he is a cleaner with the CIA because she saved his life and he "owes her the truth". He tells a policeman because the police "run the intelligence agency" in his country. He picks up a pack of cigarellos that a very suspicious man has left on a table and smokes one (even I wouldn't do that if I smoked). The author's similes are very tired. One person "lies like a Persian rug". I was tempted to delete it and load the next book but decied to listen to the end because I paid for the book. I doubt that I will select anything by this author again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crisis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    When Dr. Craig Bowman is served with a summons for medical malpractice, he's shocked, enraged, and more than a little humiliated. A devoted physician who works continuously in the service of others, he endured grueling years of training and is now a partner in an exclusive concierge medical practice. No longer forced to see more and more patients while spending less and less time with each one just to keep his office door open, he now provides the kind of medical care he is trained to do.

    Linda says: "I should have read the reviews"
    "I should have read the reviews"
    Overall

    Robin Cook's foray into legal mystery was a failure. His courtroom diaglogue and judicial rulings didn't seem plausible. These legal proceedings went on in excruciating detail to make sure that it was clear (for the obtuse) that it was a hopeless predicament. It made me wonder several times what purpose they served to advance the plot or prepare for the conclusion. The ending was sudden and did not answer questions about why certain events had occurred during the story (how does a narcissus suddenly become a sociopath?). It seemed as though the author had rewritten the ending in response to a deadline or at the insistence of an editor. All of this was made worse by an epilogue

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (220)

    High in Nepal, a monastery erupts with savagery and madness. Deep in a German mine, abomination wears the innocent face of a child. Hidden in the jungles of Africa, experiments rooted in a dark past have found fertile ground again.

    Barry says: "Absorbing and Intense"
    "Technique"
    Overall

    This is the first book by this author that I have listened to. I was disaapointed that the advancment of the plot and creation of suspense relied on the ineptness of various members of the Sigma Force.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Unknown Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Gerald Seymour
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Hidden in the vastness of the Saudi Arabian desert, a camel caravan of fugitives moves slowly toward its goal. Deep in the sand and out of sight are the men they seek, leaders of Al Qaeda, regrouping to strike again. One man in the caravan stands out for his strength and self-discipline. His identity is masked, his past blanketed from memory. His obsession is to be briefed on his next target.

    Linda says: "Ends with a whimper not with a bang"
    "Ends with a whimper not with a bang"
    Overall

    The author's technique of fragmenting the story makes it intriguing for much of the book but eventually becomes tiresome. It also makes listening to this audiobook a bit challenging. The narrator has a wondeful voice and is excellent with accents-except for the American accent. He gives them all the same extra syllable pronunciation and it makes them seem a bit stupid. The ending will leave you saying, "huh?".

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Consent to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3508)
    Performance
    (1542)
    Story
    (1551)

    For years, Mitch Rapp's bold actions have saved the lives of countless Americans. His battles for peace and freedom have made him a hero to many, and an enemy to countless more. In the tangled, duplicitous world of espionage, there are those, even among America's allies, who want to see Mitch Rapp eliminated. They have decided the time has come.

    Timothy says: "One of the Best Stories I've Ever Heard"
    "One Failing"
    Overall

    The writing is not brilliant but it adequately moves the story forward quickly. It is an easy listen as the author does not bog the plot down in digresive rhetoric. The most notable flaw is the implausible ending. Can 2 sociopaths find redemption in the birth of a child? Considering the mayhem that had transpired in the book, the ending seemed a bit silly.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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