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Arizona Eagle

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Arizona | Member Since 2007

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  • A Cold Day in Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (138)

    Other than the bullet lodged less than a centimeter from his heart, former Detroit police officer Alex McKnight thought he had put the nightmare of his partner’s death and his own near-fatal injury behind him. After all, Maximilian Rose, convicted of the crimes has been locked in the state pen for years. But in the small town of Paradise, Michigan, where McKnight has traded his badge for a cozy cabin in the woods, a murderer with Rose’s unmistakable trademarks appears to be back to his killing ways.

    Arizona Eagle says: "Zzzzzz"
    "Zzzzzz"
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    What disappointed you about A Cold Day in Paradise?

    The protagonist in this book has virtually no redeeming qualities. He is not brave or smart and is constantly whining. He is constantly flying off the handle with little provocation and has more hang-ups than a telemarketer. When stalked by a homicidal maniac, he leaves his gun and flashlight laying around where he can't find them. He is so pathetic it is hard to root for him and difficult to understand why any of the supporting characters care about him at all.The author seems to be in love with himself and drags the predicable plot to the pace of a funeral procession by going off on descriptive prose tangents that appear to have no other purpose but to insert projects from his last writers clinic.There was one funny part when the protagonist's now deceased partner described how boring baseball is. Maybe that was a metaphor for the book itself but one laugh does not a book make.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by Steve Hamilton.


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller???s voice?

    Good character separation.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. None.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Russell Blake
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    When her new life on a tranquil island is shattered by a brutal attack, Jet must return to a clandestine existence of savagery and deception to save herself and those she loves. A gritty, unflinching roller-coaster of high-stakes twists and shocking turns, Jet features a new breed of protagonist that breaks the mold.

    booklover says: "International thriller with smarts"
    "Action Packed Snooze"
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    What would have made Jet, Book 1 better?

    This book has a lot of action which normally turns me on. Unfortunately, it reads like Blake wrote a thousand action scenes and used his word processor to insert them one after the other without regard to any plot of story. I tried to listen to this three times and finally gave up a little less than half way through. So, to be fair, maybe something happened later, but I was just to bored to listen more to find out.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Russell Blake again?

    This was my first attempt with one of Blake's books, so it would be hard to get me interested in another.


    What does Braden Wright bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Braden Wright was the only light in the dark tunnel that was this book. Too bad he didn't have better material to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The action scenes were reasonably good. He just needed a story line to make some sense of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (273)

    No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful.

    Pamela says: "Good story; terrible narration."
    "Good book; bad performance"
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    Would you try another book from John Gilstrap and/or Jeremy Gage?

    John Gilstrap writes a good taut, fast-paced story in No Mercy that I would like to read. Unfortunately, reader Jeremy Gage ruins it as an audio book. I don't know anything about him, but he sounds like he is quite elderly and reading for small children. He reads in a "sing-songy" voice that never varies pitch, timbre or pace. He doesn't change anything when speaking as different characters so it is hard to tell who is speaking among the characters, even between men and women. His English or maybe, New Englandish accent would be more fitting for an Agatha Christie novel. Here it makes the protagonist sound effeminate rather than like a rough and tumble commando. Too bad. This could have been good.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Next time, Gilstrap should use Scott Bricke or someone who knows how to read action.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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