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William

Attleboro, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Vigilante

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (193)

    Lita Mendez was a thorn in the LAPD’s side. An aggressive police critic and gang activist, she’d filed countless complaints against the department. So when she’s found dead in her home, Shane and Hitch fear the worst: that there’s a killer in their ranks.Outside the crime scene, Nixon Nash, the charismatic host of a hit reality show called Vigilante TV, has set up shop with his television crew. Nash’s show is dedicated to beating the cops at their own game, solving murders before they can. Now he has the murder of Lita Mendez in his sights....

    Livia says: "Wonderful dialogue! Wonderful characters! A win!"
    "Another winner"
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    A good read, and the usual excellent job by Scott Brick. So sad to lose Mr. Cannell. Both he and Shane will be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By John le Carre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
    "Tough to listen to."
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    Le Carre is a wonderful author, and I have enjoyed his books in the past. I suspect there is in fact a good story in this one, somewhere, I have just found it impossible to listen to. With the author as narrator, I expect the accents and inflections are genuine and accurate, but it strikes me as listening to an aged relative recounting a story from their youth that you've heard a hundred times before. You love them dearly, but sitting through the story makes you want to scream. I've made it through an hour or so, and can't go any further. Can't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (243)

    James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

    gerald says: "If you enjoy JP don't waste time with this one"
    "Not good"
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    I have been getting into Patterson's novels in recent weeks, and gave this one a try. A few chapters in, and I am not happy. The first person narrative by "Ben" is tedious and annoying. I keep hoping it will get better, or maybe move on to another character, but probably not. I am not an expert on psychology, but whatever Ben's psychoses might be, they do not make for a pleasant narrative. Manic depressive, bipolar, paranoid schizophrenic, OCD... He seems to have many psychological problems. And perhaps that is an interesting study. But it is very difficult to listen to the audio narrative while sitting in traffic.

    And then...he rides his motorcycle to Potomac Airfield, hops into HIS Cessna, taxis out while holding his internal mental debate, nearly hits another plane on the runway, before finally taking off and happily flying off to Wisconsin. I'm a pilot and have some expertise in this regard. There's at least one major problem here. Back to the psychoses, combined with whatever cocktail of medications he talks about needing to get through the day. No way on earth this guy would ever pass a medical and get his FAA ticket. I hate when novels present situations that are just plain wrong. From the way its written, the authors seem to understand aviation ("just fly the plane..."). I don't know why they would have the main character be a pilot when he clearly can't qualify. He could just as easily have hopped on a commercial flight, chartered a plane with some of his trust fund dollars, or just ridden his motorcycle worst case.

    Just can't recommend this one at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4157)
    Performance
    (3706)
    Story
    (3703)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Great read, great dog."
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    An excellent read. And as a devoted pet parent to a 3 year old German Shepherd, I can say that the author got the dog right in every respect. When the narrative switched to Maggie's point of view, I could see and hear my own girl every time. How she learned, how she responded, her pack instinct, her protective instincts, all on the mark. Great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Yesterday: A Sharon McCone Mystery, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Three years ago, Caro Warrick was acquitted for the murder of her best friend, Amelia Bettecourt, but the lingering doubts of everyone around Caro is adversely affecting her life. Sharon McCone is confident that she can succeed where other detectives have failed (though at times it's hard to shake her own misgivings about what happened), but when Caro is brutally beaten right at Sharon's doorstep, the investigation takes on a whole new course. How many more people remain at risk until Amelia's murderer is finally caught? This audio includes a bonus McCone story, "Skeleton in the Closet"!

    William says: "Narrator needs to practice"
    "Narrator needs to practice"
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    Not the best Sharon McCone mystery, but still an enjoyable story. Not sure why certain elements were introduced, like "Jake" being involved in illegal arms dealing, if it apparantly had little or nothing to do with the plot and then was just left hanging at the end, but no big deal. Another worthwhile listen from Ms. Muller.

    But the one thing that drove me crazy, is the one that most frequently drives me crazy about narrators. Ridiculously mis-pronounced words. It would seem that anyone hired to narrate a recorded book would first read the book, perhaps highlight the words they don't know, and then look them up. Or listen to previous narrators who got them correct. Or most basically, ask the author who certainly knows them very well. Some are local dialect, in which case the reader might ask someone who lives there. Some are less commonly known words in general. But if the author has chosen to include them in the story, the reader should prepare and get them right. Small stuff maybe, but it's jarring to the ear, and diminishes the enjoyment of the book. I've spent many wonderful days in the wine country. Someone please look up how to say Lytton Springs. I'm also a pilot. McCone long flew and loved a delightful aerobatic plane. It's called a Citabria (basically aerobatic spelled backwards). Not a common name outside aviation circles, but...really not that hard! Ms. Hicks absolutely butchered it. Please Laura, if you ever read another McCone novel, prepare better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (781)

    Best-selling author Brad Thor has crafted a must-read blockbuster featuring hard-nosed U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath. Fiendish al-Qaeda terrorists are planning to rescue their imprisoned WMD expert during the chaos they create with their July 4th destruction of all bridges and tunnels to Manhattan. Now it's up to ex-SEAL Harvath to stop the evil-doers -- and neutralize the diabolical three-foot-tall villain known as "The Troll" who supplies their intelligence.

    Shane says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I had just finished Foreign Influence, my first Brad Thor book, and enjoyed it. Decided to go back and read his earlier books. This was very disappointing. Too much emphasis on a running gun battle with some less than believable terrorists. To suggest that a band of terrorists could effectively cut Manhattan off from any military, National Guard, or even NY State Police support, leaving the nation with no one else to turn to but Scott and his small band of brave warriors is foolish at best. Add the sniveling, whining President and various intelligence agency bureaucrats, and the story line is almost intolerable. The final blow, I'm afraid is Mr. Guidall's narration. I've enjoyed his work on other books, but I just don't think he's right for this series. After listening to Armand Schultz read Foreign Influence, there's really no comparison. Not recommended at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Patrick Macnee
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A brave young American in Vietnam saved the life of a Frenchwoman whose husband was presumably dead. The two had an affair which ended abruptly when the lovers discovered that her husband was alive after all. Now, 20 years later, the young man has become the President of the United States and has discovered that he had a daughter with the Frenchwoman.

    William says: "The wrong narrator"
    "The wrong narrator"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed other Jack Higgins novels in print, however this is one book that I've found difficult to get into. The plot in the early stages may be a little thin, but my primary complaint is the narration. Patrick Macnee's acting is excellent. I'm a lifetime Avengers fan. But the voice is wrong for the book. Pace, cadence and inflection are all off. It becomes difficult to envision the main character when his dialog is read with a very cultured British accent. I expect there are any number of books for which Mr. MacNee's narration would be an excellent fit. But this novel is not one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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