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D. Asher

Dave

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  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kostya Kennedy
    • Narrated By Ben Bartolone
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Pete Rose played baseball with a singular and headfirst abandon that endeared him to fans and peers, even as it riled others--a figure at once magnetic, beloved and polarizing. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years ago he was banished from baseball for gambling, then ruled ineligible for Cooperstown; today, the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into perhaps the most provocative in sports, a layered, slippery and ever-relevant moral conundrum.

    David says: "Good book, not so good production."
    "Narration and Mispronunciation Reduces my Rating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Pete Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a big Pete Rose fan and feel that Mr. Kennedy treated him fairly and objectively.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pete Rose?

    Becoming the all time hits leader and leading the Big Red Machine


    What didn’t you like about Ben Bartolone’s performance?

    Very little as he apparently knows nothing about baseball. He totally butchered the names of many of the players names in the story. I can't believe someone didn't listen to this before is it released as it ruins the story for me. He called Bill Mazeroski (for example) Bill
    "Mazurksi" to name a few. One of the poorest narration jobs ever and I have listened to approximately 500 + Audible books over the years.


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

    There were many such moments in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, good book hurt by poor narration

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1680)
    Performance
    (1455)
    Story
    (1415)

    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.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "The best James Lee Burke book yet!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Creole Belle?

    James Lee Burke's fantastic ability to paint the story coupled with Will Patton's ability to bring it to life is unbeatable, epecially when the story line includes Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcel. I have listened to hundreds of books and this combination is far ahead of anything I have listened to. I hope Mr. Burke keeps this combination coming!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the story and its plot were superior!


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Everthing. I love Will Patton's narrations!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    New Orleans, the city that never sleeps


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (329)

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "Well written however title may be misleading."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Matterhorn is one of the best books I have ever listened to and I guess I expected this to be a story about Karl Marlantes preparing for and getting ready to go to war. It is not. The book is well written and has a good purpose and, being a former soldier, I think it says a lot young men going to war need to hear however the reader needs to be prepared for what they are going to hear/read. I think another title would have been more appropriate. I hope Mr. Marlantes continues to write.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4499)
    Performance
    (2650)
    Story
    (2650)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Fantastic Book!"
    Overall

    I have a two hour commute and have listened to more than a hundred Audible books over the last three years and without any reservation I am happy to say "this is the best book that I have listened to" Whether you like "war" books and agree or disagree with the Vietnam War this book is worth your time. The Author clearly wrote this based on his experiences and with his heart. I am not that emotional however on many occasions I was brought to tears from the sorrow of someone being killed or tears of joy from another who was saved due to the gallant actions of his comrades. Without reservation, I give this book and its narrator 5 stars. I salute you Mr Marlantes for writing this excellent book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (185)

    Return to James Lee Burke's "timeless, parallel universe" with detective Dave Robicheaux, as he investigates the murders of two women, tries to prove one man's innocence, and faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."

    JD. says: "Sorry I was wrong"
    "Narrator is the problem"
    Overall

    I love this author but did not care for this narration. I got so tired of this narration that I moved to the last chapter so it would get over. I do not like to criticize, however this book may have been good with Will Patton or anyone else.
    Sorry but this gets a two and probably deserves a 1 star solely due to the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2416)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1035)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "Another good one!"
    Overall

    I am happy that Len Cariou returned to narrate this excellent book. Len and Harry Bosch go together and should not be separated. A good solid 4.5 stars. Not Connelly's best but pretty darn good. I hope he continues to ask Mr. Cariou to narrate future Bosch novels.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "Richard Russo does it again"
    Overall

    Excellent. I really enjoyed the character development and story line. What a super author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (466)

    He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

    Diana says: "Nelson does it again"
    "Sorry when it was over"
    Overall

    This book was enjoyable as it was well written and of course, Scott Brick, did his usual great job in narrating it. Nelson DeMille's books that have been based on Vietnam have done a great job sharing what our soldiers went through while placing the war in historical perspective. I give this 4 stars instead of five as there are sections of the book that seem to lose a bit of continuity. Overall, an excellent book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2622)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (989)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "Not his best!"
    Overall

    I am a big Michael Connelly fan and I could'nt wait to listen to this book. The main character is a newspaper reporter however I did not get that "reporter" feeling. When I listen to any of Mr. Connelly's Harry Bosch books, I feel as if I am an LAPD detective. I dont know if this makes sense or not however, there is just something missing here. I kept hoping someone would call Harry Bosch to solve this! Pretty good listen and I gave it a 3 however I guess I expected more. I urge this author to continue with Harry Bosch!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (173)

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"
    "Great Narrator, bad book!"
    Overall

    Even Scott Brick can't make this worth listening to. I gave us less than half way through.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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