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Black Orchid

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Stillwater, OK | Member Since 2015

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  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3936)
    Performance
    (2538)
    Story
    (2525)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Good...up to a point"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The final plot twist was forced and did not hold up logically.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

    It should have ended sooner. It went one suspect change too far for credibility. Sometimes, if you reach for the most unlikely suspect, that's just what it is....unlikely.


    Which character – as performed by Buck Schirner – was your favorite?

    I didn't really like any of them.


    Do you think The Poet needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18361)
    Performance
    (17036)
    Story
    (17038)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Martian?

    The science and the fact that the main character used his head to solve problems. Also, it was a very positive book. The main character had a can do attitude with great humor. The ending was great.


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    It would be hard to find one like it. It's unique and totally enjoyable.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first. He was awesome. He really made the main character come alive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I don't want to give out any spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    This book currently ranks at the top of my list of books to recommend to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1821)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1003)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
    "Too much middle school level drama"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Everybody needed a dose of maturity.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    Nearly every character at some point said, "you don't understand." I felt like I was listening to a bunch of 12-13 year olds. Too much emotional reaction and self absorption by all the characters. There were also a few continuity problems with the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Some of the scenes with the 6 year old daughter were charming but that was spoiled by the fact that there were several time spans in the book when the daughter was totally ignored by the author.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick did his usual great job of narration...probably the only reason I finished the book. His pacing was a bit unusual but it fit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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