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E. D. Kelly

Eric Damian Kelly

Muncie, IN USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 11 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 415 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • Black

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christopher Whitcomb
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    For those chosen to fight terrorism at its source, secrecy is the only imperative, a rule Special Agent Jeremy Waller is about to find out the hard way.

    James says: "Jaw-dropping suspense"
    "Grey"
    Overall

    This seemed like a pretty good thriller, with three separate sub-plots (maybe 4) until it got to the denouement -- which wrapped it up WAY too neatly and VERY implausibly. It also made one of the subplots (about a bizarre plot to frame a senator for murder) completely irrelevant as nearly as I could tell. Characters were only of modest interest -- it is mostly plot driven -- and, given the way the plot wrapped up, I am probably over-rating it at 2 stars. I will not try this author again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Mattie Winston Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Annelise Ryan
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (177)

    When Mattie Winston catches her husband Dr. David Winston receiving some very special loving care from R.N. Karen Owenby, she quits her job and moves out. Mattie's best friend Izzy offers her a place to stay and suggests she'd be a natural as deputy coroner. Now, instead of taking patients' pulses, Mattie's weighing their hearts and livers. But Mattie's first homicide call turns out to be for none other than Nurse Karen, and even though she saw her ex in a heated argument with the newly deceased the night before, she refuses to believe David could be a killer.

    Kathy says: "A Combo of NCIS, Bones and Physical Comedy!"
    "Escape to the morgue"
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    What did you love best about Working Stiff?

    Characters


    What about Jorjeana Marie’s performance did you like?

    She was in the background -- no strong impresson


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

    Escape to the morgue


    Any additional comments?

    Mattie was a strong character -- and there were a reasonable number of characters in this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Director

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Ignatius
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (220)

    In David Ignatius' gripping new novel, spies don' t bother to steal information...they change it, permanently and invisibly. Graham Weber has been director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents' names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads. Weber isn' t sure where to turn until he meets a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center.

    Charles says: "Well Done."
    "Excellent, engaging but timeline did not wash"
    Overall
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    Where does The Director rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15 or 20 percent


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Very solid throughout


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

    Good guy wins


    Any additional comments?

    Well-crafted story that seemed to have a solid basis in reality. The trajectory of "the director" (the person) was too fast to be plausible. No one could grasp a job like that as quickly as the book suggested -- even with the help of his "moles." But I was disappointed when it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Game

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (111)

    When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

    Joe says: "Move over Clancy, Iles is in the building!"
    "WAY over the top"
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    Story
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Cut out some of the ambushes. There were way too many of those -- requiring too much suspension of disbelief.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    Multiple voices very effectively handled.


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

    When Livvy walked out of the courtroom -- but that was WAY late.


    Any additional comments?

    Too man y characters, many of them flat. Only really strong character in my opinion was the newspaper publisher. Lead character/writer had too much of an existential crisis to be very plausible as an action hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Ambition: A Rachel Knight Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Marcia Clark
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    When the daughter of a billionaire Hollywood director is found murdered after a kidnapping gone wrong, Los Angeles Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight and Detective Bailey Keller find themselves at the epicenter of a combustible and high-profile court case. Then a prime suspect is revealed to be one of Hollywood's most popular and powerful talent managers - and best friend to the victim's father. With the director vouching for the manager's innocence, the Hollywood media machine commences an all-out war designed to discredit both Rachel and her case.

    Cynthia says: "It's a Perfect (Rachel) Knight"
    "Riveting but not Overwhelming"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good story with interesting characters and reasonable back-stories. Fully engaging but not tense. In general, a good read. I am downloading another one of this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leader of the Pack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (400)

    Over the course of his legal career, Andy Carpenter has lost a few cases. But that doesn't mean he forgets his clients. Andy has always been convinced that Joey Desimone, a man convicted of murder nine years ago, was innocent and believes that Joey's family's connections to organized crime played a pivotal role in his conviction. While there isn't much Andy can do for him while he serves out his prison sentence, Joey suggests that he check up on Joey's elderly uncle.

    John says: "Andy Carpenter at his best!"
    "Gone to the dogs -- and the dogs win"
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does Leader of the Pack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Maybe in the middle, but of a certain type it ranks high. Rosenfelt's books are entertaining.


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

    No. The overall tone of a Rosenfelt book is such that you know it will work out fine in the end -- but remain interested in how that happens.


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

    His somewhat odd voice is perfect for Rosenfelt's writing. He captures what I think is the spirit of the books.


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

    Not that I remember, but I am writing this review a good many weeks (and mysteries) later.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue to read or listen to Rosenfelt for light entertainment. Maybe a guy's version of chick lit....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Lady Wants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Lola Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (162)

    Mitch Peabody was learning pretty fast that the life of a private detective was nothing like the movies. He’d envisioned a world of tough-talking detectives and smart-mouthed, stunning dames. Instead he saw case after case of cheating husbands, suspicious wives and unsuspecting mistresses…until she walked through the door.

    LeftyMom says: "Story cute, narrator...so-so"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to What the Lady Wants the most enjoyable?

    Jennifer Cruisie is the best laugh-out-loud writer I have found. I think it is chick lit and I am a guy, not a chick, but I LOVE her stuff. Starting a book and knowing that it will have a lovable and much-loved dog and lots of laugh-out-loud scenes is always a joy.


    What other book might you compare What the Lady Wants to and why?

    Jennifer Cruisie's other books. Light romantic plot with some adventure and a dog tossed in and lots of entertainment.


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

    Not that I recall.


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

    I laughed a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Having said all of that, I actually like a couple of her earlier books better -- just got a copy of Welcome to Temptation to give to my hair stylist (female), who likes chick lit and likes laughing -- my book on tape version of that was shared with so many people that it long ago disappeared. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power and the Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessness—he is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate child—he is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured.

    connie says: "at last!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Power and the Glory the most enjoyable?

    It had been a LONG time since I had read Graham Greene. This book made me glad that I had returned and led me to read or listen to two or three others immediately -- and I will do more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The power of the characters as woven into the plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure I can pick one.


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

    I was ready to cry as it finished. We were listening in the car and I turned to my wife and said, 'That is not just fiction. It is too powerful." That led me to read some biographical information on Greene which confirmed that in fact the affair was probably based on one in his own life. Normally on a long car trip I finish one book on tape and start the next one. I could not start another one for a good while after finishing this -- I wanted silence.


    Any additional comments?

    I try to be positive in general, but for me to give something 5 stars across the board is VERY unusual. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Motion to Kill: Lou Mason Legal Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Joel Goldman
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Richard Sullivan was at the top of his profession, a rainmaker in a powerful Kansas City law firm - until his body washed up on the shores of a Missouri lake. Now questions about his death, and his life, reverberate through a firm that has more to cover up than it ever knew. Dark secrets pit partners against each other and their clients in a desperate struggle to stay alive.

    Christine says: "I really enjoyed Mason"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Motion to Kill the most enjoyable?

    This was my first in this series and I liked it enough that I will try another.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Motion to Kill?

    None that come to mind, but I have read four mysteries since then and it can be hard to remember.


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

    Not that I can recall.


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

    The Nitty Gritty of Law Practice (that is not very good but all that I can come up with at the moment)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Stone, by Blade, by Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    Travis Morgan’s case seems open and shut: A plot to kill his estranged father, fundamentalist preacher Arlie Morgan, goes awry and his bullet slays an innocent bookkeeper. Two eyewitnesses seal Travis’ fate. But despite damning evidence and an admitted hatred of his father, Travis staunchly maintains his innocence. Beseeched by his anguished mother, veteran defense attorney Barbara Holloway agrees to represent Travis. With the support of her father, attorney Frank Holloway, and crack private investigator Bailey, Barbara reveals a zealot, his ultrarich backers, and unimaginable atrocities.

    Rebecca says: "Kath Wilhelm at her best"
    "Typical Wilhelm"
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    Would you listen to By Stone, by Blade, by Fire again? Why?

    No. Not that interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Wilhelm? Why or why not?

    Yes. Her leading characters are interesting and grow over the series. The plots vary, but she always provides good material for long car trips.


    Which character – as performed by Carrington MacDuffie – was your favorite?

    Bobbie, the lead character.


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

    No. Not that challenging.


    Any additional comments?

    This plot was a little less credible than some of hers -- the Secretary of Defense manipulating a state cop in Maryland was weird, and the prosecutors' motives did not make much sense -- they should have dropped the case much earlier.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Political Suicide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (151)

    Lou Welcome, from Palmer's bestselling Oath of Office, is back in this heart stopping medical thriller. A desperate phone call embroils Lou in scandal and murder involving Dr. Gary McHugh, known around the Capital as the "society doc." Lou has been supervising McHugh, formerly a black-out drinker, through his work with the Physician Wellness Office. McHugh has been very cavalier about his recovery, barely attending AA and refusing a sponsor. But Lou sees progress, and the two men are becoming friends.

    Kitty says: "Unusual story line..."
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was on a two-day car trip and it kept me awake for much of the trip, so that was good.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Palmer’s story?

    Plot was VERY contrived. Two educated people put themselves in ridiculous peril repeatedly with no back-up plan -- no one knowing where they were going or when they should be back. I can suspend my disbelief for one or two instances of that, but 8 or 10 in one book is WAY over the top. Parts of the plot were interesting and somewhat credible (use of drugs to control soldiers' behavior and reactions), but some of the activities that supposedly took place on military bases were beyond the pale. And the author's grasp of the American court system was thin at best -- he should have done more homework or just cut the courtroom scenes.


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

    Not that I know of, but i would not turn away from his readings -- he rendered what he had just fine.


    Did Political Suicide inspire you to do anything?

    Not read or listen to Michael Palmer again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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