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MJ

Uncasville, CT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Mystic River

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car drove up their street. One boy got in the car, two did not, and something terrible happened - something that ended their friendship and changed the boys forever. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay - demons that urge him to do horrific things. When Jimmy's daughter is murdered, Sean is assigned to the case.

    Jane says: "Wonderful writing,"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Mystic River again? Why?

    Absolutely. I think this book was THE best book I've ever listened to! I first heard Scott Brick read The Passage (by Justin Cronin) and really enjoyed that, so his voice was familiar to me. I'd never "read" anything by Dennis Lehane but I had seen the movie Mystic River, a few times (it's also one of my favorite movies!) I'd NEVER really cared for Sean Penn until I saw him in this - he was fantastic!


    What other book might you compare Mystic River to and why?

    So far I have no comparison. I love most of Stephen King's work as well as the Jack Reacher Series by Lee Child, but Mystic River just took that top slot for me. Now I'm looking into reading other books by Dennis - I want to know if he writes as well in his other books, and if he does, I'll be totally thrilled!


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. The Passage, by Justin Cronin. I think Scott is a fantastic reader. I think part of why I enjoyed listening to Mystic River was because I was already familiar with his voice and reading style.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All I can say is I really "felt" it. If the story is good, the reader should "feel" it.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slay Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Scott Wilkinson is a young advertising executive on his way to the top. Christopher Miller is an FBI legend who has been willing to do whatever it takes to see that justice is done. Two weeks before Christmas, Wilkinson goes on a business trip that will forever entangle their two lives. It starts like so many others. Wilkinson calls for a car service to take him to the airport. But the driver drives like a maniac, and Wilkinson feels fortunate to reach the airport alive. Then he makes a big mistake.

    LB in Dallas says: "Scary Ride!"
    "I Thoroughly Enjoyed the Ride"
    Overall

    I totally enjoyed Slay Ride, by Chris Grabenstein. The narrator, Jeff Woodman, did a wonderful job as well, and although I am French, I really loved listening to his Russian words :)

    I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking for a good audiobook. It's only 8 hours long, for those listeners who don't like long stories, which of course wasn't long enough for me. I love a good 15-20+ hour long audiobook as I listen quite often in my car. Although some parts of the story have some graphic language and scenes, it all went with the story quite well.

    A+ to you both - I will definitely listen to more books written by Chris Grabenstein and narrated by Jeff Woodman!

    MJ Allaire

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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