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Grady J.

San Diego, CA | Member Since 2008

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  • 8 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 195 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By A. J. Scudiere
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Nine years ago, Claymore Beller tried to do the right thing. It was the last thing he did. In retaliation for his efforts, his mafia bosses laid waste to his family. Only the youngest–Cynthia–came up fighting.Three years ago, Lee Maxwell made the same error. His wife and daughter paid for his mistake. In a haze of booze and regret, Lee disappeared.Now, Owen Dunham is following the trail of the ‘Grudge Ninja’–only all his evidence is false and the profilers can’t get their heads around anything.

    Suzanne says: "Retitle to Tedium"
    "Unbelievable but Fun"
    Overall

    The two super heros were made sort of believable by their circumstances. But it was so pleasurable when the bad guys got their just rewards that I wanted to believe in them. It was an entertaining story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3600)
    Performance
    (1887)
    Story
    (1913)

    The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

    Daniel F. Webster says: "Undoing the writer's block!"
    "My Least Favorite Book of the Dark Tower Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Song of Susannah?

    I got so bored with the Susanah/Mia situation. In the first place I could not imagine the one person/two person transition. And it just went on, and on, and on. I was really glad when this book ended.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    See above.


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

    Well, I don't especially care for George Guidall, I was spoiled by Frank Muller, but Mr. Guidall did an OK job. I guess he is growing on me.


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

    The book sparked boredom in me. Let's get on with the story, OK?


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the first few books, but maybe this series is just a little too long for me. I'm listening to the last book now, so it won't be long. One thing I really like about Stephen King is his character development, and their interaction with each other. One of my favorites was Duma Key.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7455)
    Performance
    (3835)
    Story
    (3895)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Karen says: "Not a King fan...BUT"
    "The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would recommend this title to a friend, but only for them to learn the background for the books that follow in the series. That was a review that I read, and I agree. I had trouble making it through this book. But I have enjoyed previous Stephen King books so much that I gave it a chance. Dark Tower I was not that great. But the series gets better. I don't really care for George Guidall reading, but I really like Frank Muller, who does The Dark Tower II, II, and IV.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I hoped for the story to get better.


    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I guess he did OK, but I don't really care for George Guidall. The first book that I heard him read, Everyman, I did not like. He became that character for me. Whenever I hear him, I think of that character.


    Was The Gunslinger worth the listening time?

    Yes, because it was short, and gave me the background for the stories (books) that followed.


    Any additional comments?

    Not yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23687)
    Performance
    (10272)
    Story
    (10354)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "An Involved Story That Made Me Want More"
    Overall

    It was naturally a little slow with getting to know the characters, most of them a little unusual. But you got to know the off beat ones and to understand them some what. I never knew what was going to happen next, or who the good and bad guys were, for a while. But I got to know them all pretty well by the end. There were some very nasty individuals, and some really good ones. The story grabbed me and made me want to know more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (475)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Crude, Far Fetched, but Entertaining"
    Overall

    I thought this story was far too crude, very unbelievable, but it was mildly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35960)
    Performance
    (26959)
    Story
    (27344)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "A Different Time and Place"
    Overall

    I was taken to a different time and place, but the author made the setting believable and filled with real people. The time and place were hard, but people did what they needed to do to survive. I thought there was good character development and they fit right in to the environment. I enjoyed the adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30635)
    Performance
    (23685)
    Story
    (23873)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Great Continuation of The Hunger Games"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this continuation of the story. The writer made the characters real to me, and I could relate to them in the environment they were in. I was taken on the journey with them.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (723)

    When the body of a young woman is discovered deep beneath the icy waters of Lake Grant, a note left under a rock by the shore points to suicide. But within minutes, it becomes clear that this is no suicide. It's a brutal, cold-blooded murder. All too soon former Grant County medical examiner Sara Linton - home for Thanksgiving after a long absence - finds herself unwittingly drawn into the case.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "The Whining Drove Me Crazy"
    Overall

    I read the reviews here, and this sounded like a pretty good story. But be warned, this is a chick book. It drips with estrogen. Listen to the preview and you will know what the first half of the book is like. All of the characters whine so much about how unfair their lives are, feel so sorry for themselves, and linger so much on what people think of them. It was a relief to me when the young woman was murdered, because it stopped her whining. I have enjoyed other books by female authors and that has never been a consideration before, but after this book I will be cautious, and will want to see some male reviews.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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