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Doug

Author of the Reno McCarthy and Harry Cork Series

Highland Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    It's fire season, and the hills of Los Angeles are burning. As the residents of Laurel Canyon are being evacuated from their homes, Police and Fire Department personnel find the corpse of a recluse who apparently committed suicide. Clutched in his lap is a photo album containing photographs of seven young women who have been murdered.

    J says: "Elvis & Pike Ride Again"
    "Top of the Line Story Read By Superb Narrator"
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    Where does Chasing Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read several series continuously and Crais' is one of my top five.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just effortless storytelling.


    Have you listened to any of James Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    James Daniels is the only believable voice of Elvis and Joe.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1263)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "As Fast and Deadly as a .45 Slug"
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    If you could sum up Power Down in three words, what would they be?

    Research, plotting and pacing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Power Down?

    Dewey's defense of the oil platform.


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

    He understands the plot and, more importantly, gears his narration to the author's pacing. Unfortunately, where the author's dialog is overblown, Hermann's emphasis is too. As a result, the fury shown by some of the characters is overplayed almost to the point of being funny.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not all at once, no. However, I listened to significantly long parts of it while driving, even made excuses to run errands if I happened on an exciting scene.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a terrific read even if it tips a little over the top at times. And one technical glitch glared out at me: given the author's apparent knowledge of weaponry, I was really surprised when a character fitted a silencer onto a .357 magnum revolver. Silencers don't work on revolvers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (827)

    G.Monie says: "Top 3 out of his 23 Davenport Novels"
    "Lucas Davenport Continues to Thrive"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow Prey to be better than the print version?

    One of the best in the Prey series. Subtle yet compelling and with a suspenseful plot. Richard Ferrone is a forceful and very listenable narrator.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Gray for Guilt: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    The men who killed Tush Bannon knew he was a nice guy with a nice wife and three nice kids - trying to run a small marina on the Florida coast. They also knew he was in the way of a big land development scheme. Once they killed him, they figured they were on easy street. But Tush Bannon was Travis McGee's friend, and McGee could be one tough adversary when protecting a widow and her kids.

    Doug says: "My Favorite Book In My Favorite Series"
    "My Favorite Book In My Favorite Series"
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    What did you love best about Pale Gray for Guilt?

    McGee is a conflicted but essentially moral man and his rage at what happened to his friend is very nearly palpable. It infuses the book with a tension it wouldn't have if the protagonist had been a disaffected third party investigator.
    Another thing is the realness of the plot. As someone quite familiar with criminal activity, I am always struck that the action in this book follows the law of unintended consequences that we often see in street crimes. Other authors (Elmore Leonard and John Sandford come immediately to mind) use the technique in contemporary fiction but MacDonald did it first and does it best.


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

    When a reader cares about the characters, he cares about what happens to them. MacDonald creates characters so real that each one of them could walk off the page and sit down on the next bar stool. We care, of course, about McGee's knight on a spavined steed but we also care about his friends, particularly Tush Bannon. How could you read the early description of the man and not see a decent guy? What happens to him is tragic...and thus the essence of the plot. We want to see justice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where McGee cons a description of what happened to his friend Tush out of an unwitting phone repairman.
    I have also always been moved by McGee's simplified visualization of life and death. I don't want to spoil it for the uninitiated but, suffice to say, I read it the first time when I was about 12 and it's stuck with me for nearly fifty years.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman
    • Narrated By Robert B. Parker, James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Pressure from the town politicians only increases when another crime wave puts residents on edge. Jesse confronts a personal dilemma as well: a burgeoning relationship with a young PR executive, whose plans to turn Paradise into a summertime concert destination may have her running afoul of the law.

    S. Wells says: "NOT Parker"
    "Bland by Brandman"
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    What disappointed you about Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues?

    The story is lifeless, wandering and has a predictable outcome.


    What could Michael Brandman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Handed it off to someone else to write. The last two Jesse's by Parker, and the last two TV adaptations by Brandman (and Selleck, as co-writer, co-producer) have lacked the energy and the interest of those that began the series. In Killing the Blues, Jesse wanders through without any passion whatsoever. The action is dull and formulaic and Brandman's effort to bring the books into the same setting as the TV show (Jesse moves to that house on the bay) is useless housekeeping.


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

    I like his wry style. Others have complained that he doesn't give each character a separate voice but he actually does. It's subtle but enough for me. Cracked me up to hear him doing a Cialis commercial the day after I finished the book.


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

    Disappointment. If the rest of the series is like this, I won't stick with it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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