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Gary Regan

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New York | Member Since 2009

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  • London Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    The murderee is Nicola Six, a "black hole" of sex and self-loathing who is intent on orchestrating her own extinction. The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts; or the rich, honorable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch. As Nicola leads her suitors towards the precipice, London--and, indeed, the whole world--seems to shamble after them in a corrosively funny novel of complexity and morality.

    Dr. says: "Brilliant book, brilliantly narrated!"
    "Brilliant"
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    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The book is not only very clever (I'm sure lots when clear over my head), but the narrator is absolutely fabulous. He made the experience of listening to this masterpiece like true theater, never stepping out of character, no matter which character he was playing at the time


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Slip of the Knife

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Jane Macfarlane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    Paddy Meehan is no stranger to murder - as a reporter she lives at crime scenes - but nothing has prepared her for this visit from the police. Her former boyfriend and fellow journalist Terry Patterson has been found hooded and shot through the head. Paddy knows she will be of little help - she had not seen Terry in more than six months. So she is bewildered to learn that in his will he has left her his house and several suitcases full of notes.

    Lehua says: "Another winner"
    "Great Read"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book held me page by page by page. I had genuine concern for the characters, and just had to find out how this would all unravel


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

    The narrator is fabulous, she has a wonderful gentle lilt, and brings the characters to life, one by one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books I'll probably pick up again in a year or so--definitely worth a re-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (305)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "Fabulous"
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    If you could sum up Atonement in three words, what would they be?

    The best book I've read in the past 5 years


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atonement?

    The ending is beautiful, and there's just enough of a twist here to put a smile on your face


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

    First time I've heared Jill Tanner, I think. She was PERFECT for this book


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

    The book made me neither laugh, nor cry, but it made me smile and despair over and over again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2437)
    Performance
    (1762)
    Story
    (1747)

    Jack Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. "I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States," she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP's security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team's shield. He has the skills and the stealth and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?

    Joseph says: "Series is getting better."
    "Not Jack Reacher Quality"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    I'd never buy another Lee Child book after this. Boring boring boring. After loving the first JR book I expected more of the same. This was full of nothing. Hardly any action, and tone and tons of boring analysing by a Jack Reacher who is nothing like the original.


    Has Without Fail turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not in this genre, but I'll stay away from Lee Child forever. He obviously became one of those authors who thought that his first JR book gave him a license to get away with cr*p.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    good. decent, adequate


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

    Anger and disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    There's nothing left to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Me Go: Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    With escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell on the loose, a murder investigation demanding his attention, and journalist Susan Ward showing up at his apartment, it’s going to be a long weekend for Archie Sheridan. Soon Archie finds himself crashing a masked ball thrown by Jack Reynolds, a notorious drug kingpin. By morning, Archie is back on pain killers, a guest is dead and Archie quickly realizes that little is what it seems. One thing is clear: Gretchen is back, and Archie’s nemesis and sometimes lover has something special in mind.

    Catherine J. Pondozzi says: "Unhooked"
    "Laughable"
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    Would you try another book from Chelsea Cain and/or Christina Delaine?

    The narrator was just fine, but this book is a clear result of an author who thinks that she's so successful that she no longer needs an editor. And every writer needs a good editor.

    There are obvious gaffs: (paraphrased): "But he never downloaded anything to his laptop, so how could there be malware on it, " quickly followed by, "He only just downloaded that to his laptop a few weeks ago."

    And there's lots of unbelievable dialogue. At one point a character screams (again paraphrased), "I've been kidnapped by a serial killer today, and this happened and that happened, and if one more thing happens, I'm, I'm, I'm just gonna lose it." I bet you are.

    I've read and loved earlier books in this series, and I'm sorry to see these charcters henceforth lost to me. I enjoyed them muchly when they were well written. No more for me, though.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Talking to the Dead: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harry Bingham
    • Narrated By Siriol Jenkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    At first, the murder scene appears sad, but not unusual: a young woman undone by drugs and prostitution, her six-year-old daughter dead alongside her. But then detectives find a strange piece of evidence in the squalid house: the platinum credit card of a very wealthy - and long dead - steel tycoon. What is a heroin-addicted hooker doing with the credit card of a well-known and powerful man who died months ago? This is the question that the most junior member of the investigative team, Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths, is assigned to answer.

    mindusq says: "Not the best thing I've ever read, but..."
    "Don't miss this"
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    Any additional comments?

    Fabulous book with wonderfully complex and unusual characters, beautifully read. What more could you ask for?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9551)
    Performance
    (8665)
    Story
    (8737)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "very disappointing"
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    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    This is one oif those books that makes you think that the author considers himself a major success so now he can just churn out garbage, whilst boasting about his knowledge of art history. This it the last dan brown book for me.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2413)
    Performance
    (1683)
    Story
    (1700)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Ruined by the Narrator"
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    If you could sum up One Shot in three words, what would they be?

    Tense, hard, annoying


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator portrays all female characters in this book as whining women who are unsure of themselves. He manages to put inflections into their voices that make them sound inadequate as people altogether, and he does this with sentences that could be read as coming from confident professional, which most of the main female characters in this book are. It's very annoying. I'll remember his name.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drinking with Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rosie Schaap
    • Narrated By Rosie Schaap
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Rosie Schaap has always loved bars: the wood and brass and jukeboxes, the knowing bartenders, and especially the sometimes surprising but always comforting company of regulars. Starting with her misspent youth in the bar car of a regional railroad, where at age 15 she told commuters’ fortunes in exchange for beer, and continuing today as she slings cocktails at a neighborhood joint in Brooklyn, Schaap has learned her way around both sides of a bar and come to realize how powerful the fellowship among bar patrons can be.

    Jeff says: "EYE OPENING, REFRESHING,AND HONEST"
    "A Book About Life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Drinking with Men to be better than the print version?

    I loved hearing Roie's voice as I listened to this book. It felt as though we were in a cozy snug at the back of some Irish joint, sharing stoies and whiskey


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so beautifully written, and although it's about life in bars, it's also about life in general. Tears came to my eyes on more than a few occasions as I read Drinking with Men, and I got my fair share of chuckles from it, too.

    When I reached the end, I not only felt as though I knew Rosie Schaap really well, I felt as though I loved her, too, just like I love many of the people I've hung out with at bars over the years--for their insights, for their honesty, and because they've been kindred spirits.

    This is a book that I'll re-read over and over again. Sort of a bar-goers Bible if you will.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In for the Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood. Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine.

    Larry says: "A great read"
    "Is this a parody?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd recommend this book to ayone who might enjoy what seemed to me to e a parody of a hard-boiled cop vs serial killer story. The conversations were cynical beyond belief, and there are character inconsistencies throughout the book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was fast paced and filled with tension, even though I found myself laughing out lous at some of the things that were said. I'm paraphrasing here, but there was one sentence that went something like, "She was average looking, but if she managed to grow much older in this lousy world of ours, there was a chance she'd be pretty one day."

    Why is this world of ours so lousy? I don't know, but every character in this book seemed to agree with that premise.

    And veryone in this book is also jaded; they all hate each other; they are tired of life, and none of them treats anyone else with even a modicum of respect. Still though, they are so over the top, they made me laugh, so . . .


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Scott Brick did a great job of differentiating the characters, simply be giving each one of them a distinct accent and/or speech pattern. and he also gave me the impression that he was aware of how over the top this book is, so he read it with so much attitude that I swear I could see him laughing all the way home from the studio.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite everything I hated about this book, it kept me riveted to the story, and I've no doubt that I'll sample atr least one more of Lutz's books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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