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Jonathan Cook

Wheatland, WY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Summons & The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller, Michael Beck
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (465)

    The Summons: Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi. Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The Brethren: They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. In prison these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast.

    Michael says: "Great Performance"
    "The Brethren"
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    What did you love best about The Summons & The Brethren?

    I enjoyed The Summons but the performance of The Brethren made me crazy. I nearly returned the book. At the end of every sentence the reader whispered. I had a difficult time enjoying the book because this drove me nuts. In three or four places the same sentence was repeated twice, verbatim.


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

    John Grisham novels are always good but I would just read The Brethren and not listen to the audio if I knew then...etc.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The Brethren was performed poorly in my opinion and I listen to a ton of audio books. This is the first time I have ever been so disappointed that I took the time to write this review just to complain. I suggest Grisham never allows this man to read his books again and I also must note it was not very well produced as the many cases of sentences duplicated would suggest.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10255)
    Performance
    (9384)
    Story
    (9404)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "This book is so wonderful, I listened twice."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version so have no idea.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boris, he was so multifaceted.


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Boris, the accent and speech pattern was wonderful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Of course, when Boris arrived with the news he had arranged the recovery of the paintings and claimed the rewards.


    Any additional comments?

    I can only say it was a wonderful book and I listen to audio books nearly every day and I have never enjoyed any book more than this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1707)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1484)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "I enjoyed this book very much."
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    Would you listen to The Keeper of Lost Causes again? Why?

    Yes, in fact I did. I listened to it the first time a couple of years ago and just completed it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character Assad, he is a wonderful addition to the story. Assad keeps it light and fun while all the while an ace detective.


    What aspect of Erik Davies’s performance would you have changed?

    I liked it, he did a wonderful job with all of the accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised there were no other reviews so felt it deserved my input.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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