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Ernest

hayden lake, ID, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1056)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "performance lacking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Light of the World the most enjoyable?

    This is a typical James Lee Burke story with all of the usual cast of amusing and entertaining characters


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This is a very good Dave Robichaux story with all of the expected twists and turns. The presentation is lacking. The speaker's attempts at emulating the accents of the characters and the speech patterns especially of the women in the story is poor enough to be distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (580)

    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

    Fran Murphy says: "Jo Nesbo hates Harry Hole"
    "hard to understand"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Phantom to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but the audio is very difficult to understand and therefore I imagine the print version would be better.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A combination of the Norwegian words and the fact that the reader spoke softly and seemed to slur made understanding difficult. So difficult in fact that I gave up and didn't finish the book.


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

    N/A


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3581)
    Performance
    (1294)
    Story
    (1298)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "boredom, utter boredom"
    Overall

    this book came highly recommended. a ny times reviewer exclaimed, "the great american novel". i made it through the first hour of the second section of the audible edition only because i had paid for it and felt compelled. this book creates a new paradigm for absolute boredom. i resent the time i wasted listening to it but am redeemed by the fact that at the same time i was exercising. a one star review is generous. don't buy it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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