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Bluejay

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  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1542)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "Only so-so"
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    What did you like best about Delusion In Death? What did you like least?

    It started out pretty interesting, but degenerated into a less than average police novel. Anyone can envision an interesting premise, but what makes a good author is the ability to follow through with a good and interesting story...unfortunately, this one did not meet my expectations.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine.


    Was Delusion In Death worth the listening time?

    Not really. I did finish it, but was wishing it was over for quite some time before it was.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Is the Grave: An Inspector Banks Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    The Inspector Banks novel In a Dry Season was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won an Anthony Award. Cold Is the Grave won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. It takes the aging, solitary inspector from his cozy Yorkshire cottage into the dark underworld of London. The assignment is a favor asked by Banks' boss and greatest enemy: Chief Constable Riddle.

    Colleen says: "Very Solid"
    "Disappointed"
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    What did you like best about Cold Is the Grave? What did you like least?

    I like the characters. The story seemed a bit implausible to me, but i did listen to the whole thing. The reading by Ron Keith was unfortunate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Inspector Banks, and the other main characters. The story was a bit implausible and disappointing after having read his prior book, The Dry Season, which i thought was very good. I am not sure, however, how much of the difference was because I read the first book, while Ron Keith read this one to me. Banks is supposed to be a good looking man in his forties, but Keith made him sound like a rather clownish 50 something. I liked Banks a lot in the first book, but really did not like him so much in this book, in large part because he sounded very much like John Cleese in Fawlty Towers, rather than the very good detective that the author had intended him to be. I liked my Banks much better.


    What aspect of Ron Keith’s performance would you have changed?

    I have not heard Keith read anything before, so he might have been a much better reader of another book, but he really made Banks sound clownish and much older than he was supposed to be.


    Do you think Cold Is the Grave needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it was a standalone story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8674)
    Performance
    (5332)
    Story
    (5320)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Way too long"
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    Would you try another book from Ken Follett and/or John Lee?

    Not likely


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    WW1 History was the most interesting - Follett's rather liberal take on everything turned me off.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Interminable...actually living through the war would've seemed to take less time...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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