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jaci

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  • The Lay of the Land: Frank Bascombe, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that, 10 years later, after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, was hailed by The Times of London as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the 20th century itself." Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), and more acutely in thrall to life's endless complexities than ever before.

    Daniel says: "Richard Ford, get out of my mind!"
    "Amusing"
    Overall

    This was a read about everyday life, in an area of the US I’ve never visited, and from the viewpoint of a man in the decade of his life I’m preparing to enter. Character, Frank Bascombe has great insight and amusing portrayals of family members, neighbors, and friends. I may have to go back and read the previous Richard Ford novels about this character. The book did move a little slow, but I smiled quite a bit, and it was a nice change of pace from fast action or high intrigue.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2191)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1910)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Burns says: "Liked the story but not the narrator"
    "2 Dumb"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This character, Stephani Plum, was just too stupid. It was painful to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2020)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (999)

    The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

    V.A. says: "Not bad"
    "Love the odd Pendergast brothers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Book of the Dead rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I have enjoyed most of the Pendergast stories, and this final is one of the best. They are set apart from other thrillers by the in-depth, descriptive background and thought processes of the characters that make them believable.


    Which character ??? as performed by Scott Brick ??? was your favorite?

    The psychotic brother, Diogenes is very scary. He lurks in the back of the mind as the story progresses. The revealed origin of his psychotic behavior in this book is so detailed it made the hair rise on my arms and I had to stop, wondering if I could really listen to the rest. Brother and FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast is further revealed as the caring, intelligent, deep thinking individual that everyone would like to know.


    Any additional comments?

    The complex plot, descriptive scenery, and compelling story made me wish the book was longer. I recommend reading earlier books Relic, Brimstone and Dance of Death - they set the stage for Book of the Dead. I look forward to more books from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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