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S. Ferguson

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Chicago, IL USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1192)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "Best in several years"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Field of Prey to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. The narrator is ok but not great — doesn't add much. The strength is the plot and the dialogue, as usual.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucas Davenport is one of my favorite characters in hard boiled fiction. Edgy enough to be interesting and realistic.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    Not much, frankly. He does a pretty good job at varying his voice for the characters, but his voice for the villain in this book is inappropriate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes — couldn't wait to get into my car to continue listening.


    Any additional comments?

    The last Davenport book had a lame plot but this one hurtled along. The best Prey in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel - The Troubles Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (530)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    Dave says: "Utterly brilliant"
    "Best combination in hard boiled fiction"
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    What made the experience of listening to I Hear the Sirens in the Street the most enjoyable?

    There is no better audiobook experience than an Adrian McKinty novel read by the incomparable Gerard Doyle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sean Duffy is a classic, terrific protagonist in the hard-boiled mode -- quick witted, fearless, tough but with a heart of gold, resolute in his desire to see justice done regardless of the personal consequences, etc etc. He seems improbably irresistible to gorgeous women who he seems to encounter with shocking regularity for a town like Belfast -- but that's OK for this type of book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Noble but bemused Sean faces down the neighborhood IRA thugs defending a lady in distress. The neighborhood hooligans are priceless.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Started a bit slowly, but I could listen to Gerard Doyle read Adrian McKinty all day.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrific re-creation of Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Including John DeLorean as a character was a nice touch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1034)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Riveting, if a bit implausible"
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    I could not stop listening to this book. I have read or listened to all of the Prey series, and it's amazing that Lucas remains a fascinating character. My only criticism is that Sandford introduces a ridiculous sub-plot that is a mere distraction until it intersects with the main plot and leads directly to the denouement. The book is still a terrific listen, but the plot really jumps the shark, and it's too bad. I guess he couldn't think of another way for Lucas to crack the case. He should have thought a little longer. But no one writes better dialogue than Sandford, and I have grown to love comfortable, longtime characters like Del and the two thuggish detectives they call out for the rough stuff, Shrake and what's-his-name. Even Virgil Flowers makes an amusing cameo. So don't let my plot criticism put you off — this is one of those books you hate to turn off when you pull into the garage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Actions

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Gary Grossman
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    An assassin takes aim at a Presidential candidate during a primary stump speech. The instant he pulls the trigger, the outcome of the election is irrevocably changed. But Democrat Teddy Lodge, an upcoming media sweetheart, isn't killed. His wife is. As a result, Lodge emerges as the man to beat and the greatest threat to the incumbent President, Morgan Taylor.

    aussieGeorge68 says: "Exciting, entertaining story, so so narration."
    "Boring story read by a robot"
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    I had to stop after the first third. The narrator is so bad that I laughed out loud at first. He reads in a strange rhythm that I suppose he thinks feigns intensity, but every sentence uses the same wooden pattern — think Jeff Bridges in Starman. But I stuck with it for some reason, until I realized that this was also probably the dullest story I have ever listened to. The author buries you in meaningless detail about everything. I always wonder when I read/listen to a book like this, are there no editors anymore? Is there no one who can say, this would be OK but only if it was 60% as long? And speaking of editors, was there no producer who could play this recording back to the reader and suggest, how about speaking like a human? Don't waste a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2329)
    Performance
    (1988)
    Story
    (1977)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Incredibly dull"
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    This is a terrible book, the first real stinker in the Reacher series. The plot is convoluted and absurd — when you learn what's really going on, you no longer care. There is literally no action until 90% of the way through the book. I get that Reacher's OCD-like obsession with trivia, such as numbers and time, are part of Reacher's "shtick", but the hyper-focus on meaningless detail in this book occasionally makes you wonder if Child has lost his mind — or wehther his publisher employs an editor. Finally, the low quality of the writing is excelled only by the terrible performance of Dick Hill. In some books he's OK; here, he ruins the book by making tough female FBI agents sound like simpering wimps, and his insistence on incorporating Reacher's broken nose into his speech is unintentionally hilarious. I've enjoyed the other Reacher books, but this is a total waste of money and a LOT of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3468)
    Performance
    (3104)
    Story
    (3134)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "A good "read'"
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    This is an extremely interesting book. Lots of fascinating nuts and bolts background about how to become and remain a Navy SEAL, and the bin Laden section is riveting. Don't expect any secrets, though. Just a good, true story of how they got bin Laden. It's a joke that the administration is pursuing this poor guy, an American hero, so that they can preserve their own narrative to leak to Hollywood friends. The reader is fantastic -- perfect for the material and to convey the perspective of a young soldier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (914)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "If you liked his others, you'll like this."
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    Burke writes the same book over and over with the same characters, the same kind of dialogue, and the same stock evil-doers (oppressive and moneyed big business/politician types), with only the names changed. His protagonists are identical, poor tortured recovered-alcoholic war veterans who amusingly won't tolerate profanity, whether they live in Montana, Texas or Louisiana. His political diatribes have the depth and sophistication of an 18 year old Occupy Wall Sreeter. The fact remains, however, that he is such a superb writer that he keeps making this material entertaining in novel after novel. His plots are riveting, if slightly predictable by now, and no writer in any genre is more beautifully descriptive and evocative of his settings (although must every signal event happen under lightning clouds, regardless of the location or season in which they occur?). As long as he keeps churning them out I'll keep reading (or listening to) them, because he is such a gifted writer. This book is his best in a long time because he emphasizes the story and limits his tiresome anti-Bush rants of the past several years. Will Patton whispers his way through this one in the same hushed, portentous monotone he has used for every Burke book. There are no surprises here but if you enjoyed other Burke books read by Patton, you'll love this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3126)
    Performance
    (2549)
    Story
    (2520)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Superb"
    Overall
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    One of the two or three best Bosch books yet, which is saying a lot; and as always, Len Cariou is the perfect narrator for Bosch. You will really enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (634)

    Here is LAPD Detective Harry Bosch as we've never seen him before, in three never-before-collected stories. In "Suicide Run", the apparent suicide of a beautiful young starlet turns out to be much more sinister than it seems. In "Cielo Azul", Bosch is haunted by a long-ago closed case: the murder of a teenage girl who was never identified. In "One Dollar Jackpot", Bosch works the murder of a professional poker player whose skills have made her more than one enemy.

    B. brown says: "Not what you expect"
    "great but small dose of Bosch to tide you over"
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    These terrific stories will hold Harry Bosch fans until the next full-length novel is released. I was delighted to see that Len Cariou had returned as narrator. This is a perfect match of material and narrator. Cariou is a little rough, and for those who like the smooth, effete banality of a Scott Brick, this won't be for you. But Cariou sounds exactly what I've always imagined Bosch would sound like — gruff and tough, no BS. The stories are of course only hors d"oeuvres but they're fun. And the best news is that Cariou reads a preview of the first couple of chapters of the next Harry Bosch book, meaning, I assume, that he will read the full novel. Can't wait. Bosch is the best continuing character ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1026)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Terrific book, perfect reader"
    Overall

    As always, McKinty's gritty story of Northern Irish mobsters gets the ideal voice in Gerard Doyle. I've both read and listened to McKinty's books, and there is no question that it is a richer experience when you get to hear it in Doyle's lilting Irish brogue. The story has lots of twists and turns and the main character is a worthy successor to Michael Forsythe of the earlier trilogy, who makes a couple of cameo appearances. Really fun to listen to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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