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John

San Rafael, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A Foreign Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By Jot Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. It is the gravest crisis MI6 has faced in more than a decade. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britain’s top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell.

    John says: "After a good start, story drifts"
    "After a good start, story drifts"
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    What did you like best about A Foreign Country? What did you like least?

    After an interesting beginning, the story loses some steam and the plot gets a little far fetched. The reason for the French secret service being the bad guy is given a weak explanation. Over all, this proved to be just an ordinary audiobook.

    Jack in Marin


    Would you be willing to try another book from Charles Cumming? Why or why not?

    Yes! I have listened to several other Cumming books. I enjoy the stories involving the WWI nurse.


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

    The reader did a good job and made it easier to finish the story. Had I read the book, I might have given it up.


    Could you see A Foreign Country being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It is not a blockbuster story. I doubt it is unique and/or compelling enough for a movie or TV show.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy my Audible membership. On the rare occasions that I have had problem your customer service staff resolved them promptly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    It's a deadly dilemma for Martin Odum: both remembering and forgetting his past are dangerous options. A discharged CIA agent turned private detective, Odum is struggling through a labyrinth of memories from past identities, "legends", in CIA parlance. Is he really Martin Odum? Or is he Dante Pippen, IRA explosives specialist? Or Lincoln Dittmann, Civil War expert? Or another, hidden legend?

    Johnnie Walker says: "Outstanding Reading"
    "Almost "goofy" in its back and forth storyline"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The reader did a good job but the storyline kept moving back and forth in time to such an extent that the plot line got lost. The main characters various "legends" were not interesting enough to warrant the time spent on them. Some may like the uniqueness of the story telling, but it was not for me.


    What could Robert Littell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Focused more on the core storyline and less on the multiple "legends".


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Gardner did a good job on the various characters and their accents. My problem with this audiobook had nothing to do with his performance.


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

    My reaction was one of some confusion and disappointment in the clutter in the story telling approach.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Final Sins: Sinclair & McCallum, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Prescott
    • Narrated By Suehyla El Attar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A decade ago, artist Peter Faust murdered a woman and was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Today, unrepentant and living in L.A., he's become a cult celebrity among the radical fringe. When one of his fans appears to be stalking him, he hires rogue security consultant Abby Sinclair for protection. Unfortunately for Abby, her longtime adversary, FBI agent Tess McCallum, also gets drawn into the case. Both are about to discover the true meaning of evil.

    John says: "Pretentious ramblings of a psycho"
    "Pretentious ramblings of a psycho"
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    What would have made Final Sins better?

    The villain is a German serial killer who subjects the listener to his endless philosophical psycho babble. This is made more intolerable by the narrator using a faux German accent that sounds like the Count from Sesame Street!
    I regret being so critical because I am usually a Michael Prescott fan. But the awful accent of the villain and the one dimensional characters made this audiobook a major disappointment!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Prescott again?

    Yes! He is a good writer but was sure "off his game" with this stinker!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Worst German accent for the villain and his naïve girlfriend sounded like a Valley Girl on a bad day!


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

    Disappointment and a slight cringing at the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Pilgrim: A George Smiley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Nothing is as it was. Old enemies embrace. The dark staging grounds of the Cold War, whose shadows barely obscured the endless games of espionage, are flooded with light; the rules are rewritten, the stakes changed, the future unfathomable. John le Carre seized this momentous turning point in history to give us the most disturbing experience we have yet had of the frail and brutal world of spydom. The man called Ned speaks to us. All his adult life he has been in British Intelligence - the Circus - a loyal, shrewd, wily officer of the Cold War....

    Darwin8u says: "Finish Line & NOT Starting Point for George Smiley"
    "Great fun to revisit George Smiley"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Pilgrim to be better than the print version?

    If you enjoyed the George Smiley books, this series of short stories, that include the Smiley character, will be a pleasure to read. Michael Jayston was the perfect narrator for these stories about the world of British spies.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (512)

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Great series, this time, storyline was weak"
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    Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and/or John Rubinstein?

    I am a fan of the Alex Delaware series and particularly enjoy John Rubinstein's narration. This current storyline was rather predictable and not very compelling. I still enjoyed listening to "Guilt", though it was not one of the better ones in the series.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The new Alex Cross audiobook


    Do you think Guilt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I look forward to the next book in the series, but expect a much more compelling story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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