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John Reed

Listener Since 2008

  • 4 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • Mystic River

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When they were children, Sean Devine, Jimmy Marcus, and Dave Boyle were friends. But then a strange car drove up their street. One boy got in the car, two did not, and something terrible happened - something that ended their friendship and changed the boys forever. Twenty-five years later, Sean is a homicide detective. Jimmy is an ex-con. And Dave is trying to hold his marriage together and keep his demons at bay - demons that urge him to do horrific things. When Jimmy's daughter is murdered, Sean is assigned to the case.

    Jane says: "Wonderful writing,"
    "Pronunciation can kill an audio book"

    The story is a typical Lehane story and that is a very positive statement. BUT, when someone lives in the area where the story is supposed to be placed and the pronunciation is profoundly wrong, it's something of a turnoff. For example there is an amusement park in southern NH whose name is Canobie Lake Park. Scot Brick pronounces it with a hard c and it sounds like KA NO bee where anyone in New England knows it's CAN o bee. There are several instances of this issue. That said, I enjoy books that are located in cities in which I have either lived or spent time.

    Lehane is a master at weaving his stories through personalities and situations. This story is no exception. We get to learn about families, in-laws, childhood friends and sweethearts, ex-wives and ex-husbands, children of questionable parentage, short people and organized crime. We hear, as Lehane is an excellent voice, murder, liars, friends who are anything but, lifelong enemies and the police.

    I will listen to this book again at some time in the future, I enjoyed it that much.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "This performance is above all others"

    The story is great. It has the requisite intrigue (who is the murderer?), a smidgen of politics, the local cops and the FBI and of course the culture war that is rob ably endemic in museums. The star is undoubtedly the narration. The voices of David Colacci and the very appropriate use of sound effects (echoes and radio chatter for example) to dramaticize the reading is just fabulous. I already have book two and although I thoroughly enjoy Dick Hill in the Jack Reacher books, I hope he matches the intensity David Colacci projected into Relic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Makes Noise

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Gregory Widen
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a summer’s night in 1955, CIA officer Michael Suslov is summoned to a secret vault in the heart of Buenos Aires. His mission: transport the corpse of Eva Perón to a safe hiding place in the wake of her husband’s fall from power. But before Michael can comply, everything goes tragically, horribly wrong.... Fifteen years later, Suslov is a ghost of a man living off the radar - and the only soul alive that knows where Evita is buried. When a shadow from his past appears and asks him for help in bringing the body home, as part of a peace deal to end the civil war tearing Argentina apart, Michael agrees, hoping this last mission will quiet the demons from his former life.

    Amy says: "Over-the-top absurd"

    I read (listen to) 8 to 10 books a month in 1, 2 or 3 hour sessions so I've followed many story lines. I found this book to be difficult to follow. Perhaps it's one of the few that should be listened to in one sitting or with few and short breaks. After 4 hours of listening I am unable to effectively explain more than the basics of what is actually happening in this story. I don't think the character development was done well nor am I able to comfortably flow between scenes and time periods. David de Vries does a good job with the narration. His tempo, diction and emotion are what kept me going after 2 hours. I would not recommend this book to a friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Valerie Plame Wilson
    • Narrated By Valerie Plame Wilson

    Valerie Wilson, the object of the "Plame" CIA leak case that resulted in the conviction of the vice-president's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, has spoken publicly only twice since she was outed in July 2003. Now she tells not only the real story behind the leak, but describes her life at the CIA and what happened when her cover was blown.

    Leighboy says: "Interesting but for the bleeps"

    I suspect the story is worth listening to, but the incessant beeps that accompany the CIA's redacted words or phrases are far too annoying for me. I wish they had rewritten those sections instead of making their point that the CIA did them wrong. I struggled through about 20 minutes before I stopped the recording and deleted it. If the author and/or editor ever realize that the reader is their audience not the CIA, and rewrite the book, I would be very interested in buying that version. Until then it's gone and forgotten.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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