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Jon

I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well

College Place, WA, United States

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  • The Bloomsday Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (377)

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    Johnnie Walker says: "SIX STARS ******"
    "I love this guy!"
    Overall

    This book, like the others in the series, is not only a suspence novel, a crime novel, and an adventure novel. It is also a wonderful development of character. Granted, the character is violent, but the level of self-interrogation in this book goes far beyond the normal suspence, crime, action thriller. And the narrator captures the novel's voice in an excellent way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4144)
    Performance
    (3494)
    Story
    (3488)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Racketeer?

    The plot is interesting; how can a convicted (although innocent) lawyer get out of prison and become rich at the same time? The problem is that the telling of the story involves too much unbelievable human reactions. For example, would you believe that a US customs official - the guys who check your passport when you enter this country from a trip abroad - would let you in on your old passport after you have had so much plastic surgery that you are "unrecognizable?" We are told that the customs official is white, and since our protagonist is black, the official lets him into the country, since white people think "all black people look alike." I cannot believe that in a work of fiction. Would you believe that a young woman could deter two hillbillies from entering a house by taking off her blouse and bra? This embarassed the hillbillies so much that they left, even though their friend - the guy they are looking for - is in the methamphetamine business? I don't believe that, either. Fiction needs to be believable. And this plot is not.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    Most disappointing is the lack of believability, as mentioned. But I have to say that the story is boring as well. It goes on and on with details that are, well, just not connected to character or to story.


    Have you listened to any of J.D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of this narrator's work before. I have to say he did a very good job with challenging material. I actually felt sorry for him several times, having to read this stuff.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'd say that narration was redeeming. But that's about it.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the early Grisham; but this is my last one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1085)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Virgil being Virgil"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Mad River the most enjoyable?

    It is great being back with Virgil Flowers in his hometown, meeting his parents, and riding around with him on a crazy case!


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    Eric Conger has a great voice, very versatile when it comes to characterization. I identify his voice with Virgil, of course. But he is also really good with Lucas Davenport.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The kids are dangerous as hell, but hey, they aren't all that bad.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy John Sandford novels, you will love this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2158)
    Performance
    (1451)
    Story
    (1454)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "We all have a purpose"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Dog's Purpose the most enjoyable?

    The novel is in the dog's voice, and you get to really love this animal.


    What other book might you compare A Dog's Purpose to and why?

    If you like dogs, or if you like the Chet and Bernie novels (Dog on it, etc.) you need to prepare for a more serious side of dogs. But this novel, have no doubts, is very much about how deep dogs love us.


    What about George K. Wilson’s performance did you like?

    A really good narrator fades into the background, and Wilson does that so well, you forget that the dog is not telling this tale.


    If you could take any character from A Dog's Purpose out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Oh, no question that it would be the dog, in any of the incarnations.


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared for a really great book, one that goes deeper into what matters in life than you expect. But it is also a really fun book, very well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crack in the Lens

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    In 1893, Otto "Big Red" Amlingmeyer and his brother, Gustav "Old Red," find themselves in a situation that they never expected: they have a bit of money and time to do something other than scramble. It's enough to confound even that most unconfoundable of men, their mutual inspiration, Sherlock Holmes.

    Jon says: "A great series and a great narrator"
    "A great series and a great narrator"
    Overall

    Steve Hockensmith has three of these novels; they are delightful stories that are as humerous as they are intriguing. But the narration makes them all the more enjoyable. If you like some humor mixed in with your mystery and if you have a liking for the wild west, and if you think an illiterate cowboy with an affection for Sherlock Holmes is worth your time, you will love this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Messenger of Truth: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (336)

    London, 1931. The night before an exhibition of his artwork opens at a famed Mayfair gallery, the controversial artist Nick Bassington-Hope falls to his death. The police rule it an accident, but Nick's twin sister, Georgina, isn't so sure. For help with this case, Georgina seeks out Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator.

    karen says: "Excellent book!"
    "Fun Listen"
    Overall

    The series takes place in post WWI England, and is informative in capturing both time and place. Maise Dobbs is a unique personality, easy to like. The story is well-paced and intelligent. The narrator is excellent. I really enjoyed this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kingdom of Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In Kingdom of Shadows, pre-WWII Paris sets the stage for a small business owner's clandestine activities against the rise of Hitler's Germany.

    Jon says: "Alan Furst is a master!"
    "Alan Furst is a master!"
    Overall

    If you haven't listened to Alan Furst yet and you have an affection for the noir spy story, you have a great treat in store. Every one of his novels is full of intrique and adventure set in morally ambiguous pre-WWII Europe. The narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Dove: A Holmes on the Range Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Crime-solving cowboys Gus "Old Red" and Otto "Big Red" Amlingmeyer are wandering around San Francisco when they stumble onto another mystery to be solved: the death of their acquaintance Dr. Chan. It turns out that no one wants this mystery solved, but that doesn't stop the brothers from riling up the locals with their heavy-handed investigations.

    Valerie says: "Funny and Different"
    "Fun Book!"
    Overall

    I actually liked Hockensmith's two earlier books better than this one - but that was because both of them are so entertaining. The humor centers on the two brothers - one an illiterate would-be Sherlock Holmes, and the other a dutiful Dr. Watson. Both are fully developed characters that go far beyond the stereotypes we so often find in humor these days. These books are far superior, in my mind, to those Florida-based crime stories.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5152)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1838)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Nothing happens!"
    Overall

    I downloaded this book thinking it would be a cool summer read. After all, King is the master of suspence, horror, whatever. I wanted a beach book. What I got was really slow-moving and, frankly, disappointing in its lack of creativity and intelligence. Too many cliches! The narrator was the best part of the experience. He did a great job with a really boring book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    When prosecutor Vicki Allegretti arrives at a rowhouse to meet a confidential informant, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is almost shot to death. She barely escapes with her life, but cannot save the two others gunned down before her disbelieving eyes. Stunned and heartbroken, Vicki tries to figure out how a routine meeting on a minor case became a double homicide.

    Joel says: "Good story but narrator detracted"
    "Well-paced and fun"
    Overall

    Lisa Scottolini's novels have good characters, interesting settings, and good plotlines. And they are fun. This is no exception. And the narrator is excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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