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  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2926)
    Performance
    (2007)
    Story
    (2014)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "A Little Ho-Hum"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I read/listen extensively. This is my third Reacher book. I was able to figure it all out about 2/3 through. Not a good thing. I need more complexity without gimmicks (Child did not employ these, thank goodness).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ancients

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Eons before the birth of the Roman Empire, there was a civilization dedicated to the sciences of Earth, sea, and sky. In the City of Light lived people who made dark plans to lay waste to their uncivilized neighbors using the very power of the planet itself. As the great science of their time was brought to bear on the invading hordes, hell was set loose on Earth. And the civilization of Atlantis disappeared in a suicidal storm of fire and water.… Now history threatens to repeat itself.

    Bernica says: "Not as good as the first two!"
    "Not as good as the first two!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first two books in the series were okay; nothing great, but worth the time spent listening. However, I found Ancients to be confusing and, sorry to say, boring. It has taken me days to plod through it and I always have to go back and review the last chapter to try to figure out where I am in the book. The character development was almost nonexistent and the story itself was too convoluted to flow with any consistency.
    While I will try the next book in the series, it is more because I am a devotee of series writing than am sold on this particular series. I can only hope this is just a temporary set-back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1990)
    Performance
    (1766)
    Story
    (1781)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "Back to basics"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read every Preston-Child, Preston, and Child book written. I have been with these two authors for quite a few years. I claim a level of knowledge about their writing that some might not possess.

    This story is much better than the Nazi spiral-rabbit hole the authors went down in their last two books. Although this is more about Corey Swanson than Pendergast, it does bring back some of the Pendergast traits that made him so popular to begin with. I am concerned that the authors needed to 'borrow' Author Conan-Doyle's story telling style for over half of the book through the guise of unearthing an unknown Holmes story. Holmes just seems to obvious a bandwagon to be jumping on right now. It also seems to indicate that the authors are 'running out of fresh ideas' of their own for this wonderful character of Pendergast. In trying to make him 'more human' through exploration of his flaws, they are in effect crippling him by stealing his vitality and lust for truth. The older books were much better; yet this one is still better than the last two or three they have 'churned out'.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (350)

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    Nassir says: "Incomprehensibly complete"
    "Worth the time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The professor organized this course in an understandable, accessible way. I learned much and it was entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

    Gail says: "Birth Forensics+Super Court Scene Clarence Darrow"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very good. Carr continues to deliver. Like all his books, listener must pay attention to details to fully enjoy. Cannot wait for next (?) installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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