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Clark

Lawrenceville, GA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1617)
    Performance
    (1397)
    Story
    (1362)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "Superb writing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Creole Belle the most enjoyable?

    I've enjoyed all the Robicheaux books. They are all worth reaking, but this is one of the best of the lot.


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

    Will Patton IS Dave Robicheaux. He adds a layer of richness missing from the printed page.


    Any additional comments?

    I think James Lee Burke could probably write out a grocery list and make you enjoy reading it. His ability to paint the picture of not only what is taking place, but also the emotions of those involved is nothing short of amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    Deep within Pakistan’s borders, a secret CIA team is being systematically dismantled by a cunning enemy. Soon, Sophie Marx, a young, ambitious agent, is on the ground searching for answers. But as she gets closer to the truth, she suffers a devastating betrayal and must risk more than her life to save the world from a terrifying fate.

    john says: "Excellent Thriller"
    "Molasses-Uphill-January"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Ignatius and/or Firdous Bamji?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about David Ignatius’s story?

    It has 3 speeds: Slow, Slower, Zzzzzzz . . .


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not reader's fault. He just didn't have anything to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Out of 400 or so Audible books I have purchased, this one would have to rank in the Worst 5 list, maybe even #1. It's so slow as to be painful. I would best describe it as the Ambien of Audible. If you can't sleep, put this one on and you'll be in lalaland very shortly. The story itself could have been quite good, but it is destroyed by conversation. I mean, NOTHING happens! It's just conversation after conversation followed by train of thought. No need to worry about giving away spoilers with this one - there is nothing to give away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4570)
    Performance
    (3407)
    Story
    (3412)

    No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

    Carrie says: "I want more of Harry!"
    "Confusing"
    Overall

    This is the first book that I truly wished I had not bought. I could never get oriented in it. The plot was confusing and never explained. Perhaps if I had listened to the whole series, it would have been better, but there is no backstory. I was looking for a sci-fi with an aura of belief -- this was NOT it. If you can totally disengage your brain, you might find something here. I could not. Be careful about wasting your money on this one.

    0 of 85 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (217)

    Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

    Old Hippy says: "First rate suspense story, great narration!"
    "Weak"
    Overall

    Very disappointed in this one. I bought it on the good reviews, but "come on people!" The plot is very interesting and the narration was good, (those get it 2 stars instead of 1,) but the 'hero' of the story is lame (no pun intended). He started off kinda weak and I expected him to grow stronger, but instead he got weaker and weaker. Couple that with an ending that is unsatisfying and the whole thing comes off as weak, weak, weak. Wish I had skipped the reviews and skipped this book.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23157)
    Performance
    (9792)
    Story
    (9863)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Only average at best"
    Overall

    I have to say I was rather disappointed with this book. Much of that disappointment comes from too much expectation, given the reviews it received here. It is AT BEST ONLY AVERAGE. Excellent plot, average writing and no characters that I found the least bit likable. It started very slowly and never really gained much speed. How so many people could rate this with 5 stars is beyond me. I can only assume they don't listen to very many books. It's not bad, but it is certainly not exceptional.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6927)
    Performance
    (1677)
    Story
    (1719)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The main character is so obtuse, he's annoying. A third grader would have better deductive skills. Also the glaring factual mistakes the author makes are really not acceptable at this level of publishing. A chore to get through, but I finished it. That gives me a star and one for Brown as well.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Tristan Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    In the fall of 1940, the Nazis are at the height of their power. France is occupied, Britain is enduring the Blitz and is under threat of invasion, America is neutral, and Russia is in an uneasy alliance with Germany. Stephen Metcalfe is a well-known man about town in occupied Paris. He's also a minor asset in the U.S.'s secret intelligence forces in Europe. Through a wild twist of fate, it falls to Metcalfe to instigate a bold plan that may be the only hope for what remains of the free world.

    Charlotte Cox says: "The Tristan Betrayal"
    "The Tristan Betrayal"
    Overall

    This was not the Robert Ludlum I have always loved. Unfortunately I saved it to listen to on a long overseas flight and it only added to the tedium of the time on board. About one fourth of the way through, I wished I hadn't started it. It was a chore to complete. The main character is not the brightest bulb on the tree and the long descriptions of scenery and clothing smacked more of a romance novel. Read at you own risk.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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