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Brian

A trial lawyer from Milwaukee

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  • Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (214)

    Six years ago, Jack Till helped Wendy Harper disappear. But now her ex-boyfriend and former business partner, Eric Fuller, is being framed for her presumed murder in an effort to smoke her out, and Till must find her before tango-dancing assassins Paul and Sylvie Turner do. With masterful plotting and unnerving psychological insight, Thomas Perry delivers another mesmerizing thrill ride.

    Js Banks says: "Longer is better"
    "Brilliant prose for an action adventure novel"
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    Story
    What did you love best about Silence?

    The way Mr. Perry crafts a character, with beautiful economy and a wonderful sense of social psychology is a treat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are all well drawn--it feels just like a movie with great casting


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Kramer is one of the absolute best--up there with George Guidall. I really appreciate the lack of histrionic vocal gymnastics--he is tight, spare, with wonderful pace.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    With the wonderful plotting and the top flight narration, I could have listened forever!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to over 500 books from Audible--this author/narrator combination really deserve your attention

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Star of Istanbul: A Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert Olen Butler
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The first World War is underway; Germany has allied with the Ottoman Empire, and the Turkish caliphs have declared jihad on the British Empire. Meanwhile, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson hesitates to enter the fray. Aboard the passenger liner Lusitania, war correspondent and American spy Kit Cobb has been assigned to shadow a German intellectual and possible covert agent who is believed to have information vital to the war effort. During the voyage Cobb is smitten with famed actress Selene Bourgani, who inexplicably seems to be working for the Germans.

    Brian says: "The narrator is simply painful"
    "The narrator is simply painful"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Star of Istanbul?

    I couldn't get beyond the " over acting" approach used by the narrator. The intonation was just all wrong--using his voice to impart unwanted content and flavor which detracted from the prose. I have had the very same reaction to Scott Brick--so if you like Mr. Brick, you'll like Mr. Chase. This approach completely spoils the story for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Olen Butler again?

    Yes with a different narrator


    What didn’t you like about Ray Chase’s performance?

    He quite simply destroys the best efforts of the author-- no one could read this to ones self and impart the unwanted, unwarranted, and really off putting cadence and tone of Mr. Chase. Please Mr. Chase read it straight!--save the histrionics for your next acting audition.


    Any additional comments?

    There should be such a thing as a narrators school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Privilege

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (284)

    When private detective Dana Cutler is hired by an attorney with powerful political connections, the assignment seems simple enough: follow a pretty college student named Charlotte Walsh and report on where she goes and whom she sees. But then the unexpected happens.

    Lu says: "Entertaining"
    "Trombone1"
    Overall

    The dialogue was so terrible that I quit half way through. Try anything by Harlan Coben or John Sandford-- you won't be able to go back.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (508)

    Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one , if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth.

    Brian says: "What audio books should be"
    "What audio books should be"
    Overall

    Very satisfiying--straight ahead clever plotting, spare prose, wonderful dialogue, and narration that made this book come alive. I've read or listened to Sandford's other Virgil Flowers novels and highly recommend this work for those of you who enjoy mystery thrillers.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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