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Joseph

Canmore, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Down Here

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    For years Burke has harbored an outlaw's hard love for Wolfe, the beautiful, driven former sex-crimes prosecutor who was fired for refusing to "go along to get along." So when Wolfe is arrested for the attempted murder of John Anson Wychek, a vicious rapist she once prosecuted, Burke deals himself in. That means putting together a distrustful alliance between his underground "family of choice," Wolfe's private network, and a rogue NYPD detective who has his own stake in the outcome. Burke knows that Wolfe’s alleged "victim," although convicted only once, is actually a serial rapist.

    SANDY says: "Excellent book!"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Burke has his own morality but he is clear about it and always finds a way to follow his beliefs. He is tough without being macho. It is a great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (703)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Bodice ripper presented as a mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story line is interrupted so that we can hear about the heroine try to cope with her ghosts from the past. It is so unrealistic that it was impossible not to fast forward past the "craving for the body of the big macho. The PhD heroine cannot bother to look at the information that is key to solving the mystery. The research labs are so poorly described that it made my teeth grind.

    The reader stays true to the hero--very whiny.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Between the Assassinations: A Novel in Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By Harsh Nayyar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is an extraordinary crossroads of the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and of an India that modern literature has rarely addressed.

    nina says: "Great Listen, wonderful narrator!"
    "Compelling, but not pretty"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the performance and the stories were compelling--AND they held together. However, the subject matter was hard to listen to. The poverty and the hatred--both toward self and others who are different was hard to hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siege Perilous: The Mongoliad Cycle, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By E. D. deBirmingham
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Ocyrhoe, a young, cunning fugitive from Rome, safeguards a chalice of subtle but great power. Finding herself in France, she allies with the persecuted, pacifist Cathar sect in their legendary mountaintop stronghold, Montségur. There she resists agents of the Roman Church and its Inquisition, fights off escalating, bloody besiegement by troops of the King of France, and shields the mysterious cup from the designs of many. Percival, the heroic Shield-Brethren knight from The Mongoliad, consumed by his mystical visions of the Holy Grail, is also drawn to Montségur - where the chalice holds the key to his destiny.

    Joseph says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first 4 parts of the Mongolliad were very well written and had a good story line and the reader was very good. This last volume was poorly written and even more poorly performed. It was hard to tell which was more poorly done.

    Anyway, I recommend stopping with the 4th volume.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9200)
    Performance
    (6722)
    Story
    (6762)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Saccharine romance thinly disguised as Vampire"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a bodice ripper, this might be an okay book. As an interesting story line, it still might be just fine (witches and vampires do all sorts of interesting things). As a total story, it is horrible. The main characters are so inconsistent that they are unbelievable in terms of their actions. The main character (Dianna) is so dependent on her "man" that it is impossible to identify with her. Her man (the vampire) is so protective and controlling that even stereotyped hard core Republicans would be alarmed. The narrator is the only thing that saves this book. She is good, but she only had so much to work with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1029)

    Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

    Lannette says: "Simply another great Pendergast novel."
    "Tense and tightly written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the whole plot and enjoyed the reading. I thought the ending was a little too far fetched to be believed, but...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cobra

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    What if you had carte blanche to fight evil? Nothing held back, nothing off the table. What would you do? For decades, the world has been fighting the drug cartels, and losing, their billions of dollars making them the most powerful and destructive organizations on earth. Until one man is asked to take charge. Paul Devereaux used to run Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him for being too ruthless. Now he can have anything he requires, do anything he thinks necessary. No boundaries, no rules, no questions asked.

    Tim says: "Another Good Read by Forsyth"
    "Interesting premise"
    Overall

    I liked the premise and the narrator. The ending was very weak and rather poorly thought out.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7822)
    Performance
    (5297)
    Story
    (5333)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Good Story--Bad Reader"
    Overall

    I like the story. As a frequent listener to audio books I am generally accepting of different readers. However, in this instance I found the reader very tedious. He speaks in mostly a monotone and his accents are really very trite and unappealing.
    I have the paperback and at about page 100, I switched to the book. The story is very good and I am enjoying it a lot.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunters: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (345)

    Two brutal murders and millions of missing dollars in the growing UN/Iraq oil-for-food scandal have led Castillo and his team to an estancia in Uruguay, where the man they seek is murdered right before their eyes. Who is responsible? Most likely, the people higher up in the dirty-money chain - those willing to risk anything to keep their secrets from being revealed.

    Thomas says: "Excellent, but must read in sequence"
    "Well read-poorly written"
    Overall

    A poor plot and lousy character development mark this novel. Generally, I have liked the author, but admit this is the first time I have listened and it is the "president agent" novel I have read. The story was well read, but the reading could not save the story.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Primary Inversion: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    Victoria says: "Good Narrator and a Good Story"
    "Read well-poor story line"
    Overall

    The story maintains interest mostly because the reader is so good. The story line is mostly SciFi with some magical thinking.

    I could not identify nor empathasize with any of the characters the story line was not suspenseful nor satisfyingly complex.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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