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Larry

Pacific Palisades, CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Supreme Justice: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    New York Times best-selling author Phillip Margolin returns to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., with an exciting thriller about a ghost ship and the President's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sarah Woodruff, on death row in Oregon for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy.

    Daniel says: "Good but..."
    "Supreme Justice by Philip Margolin"
    Overall

    I have never been disappointed with any of Philip Margolin's books. Supreme Justice is no exception. BUT, this is the first time I have listened, instead of read one of his books. For the record I listen to about 2 books per month and read as many if not more each month (retired).

    The narrator of Supreme Justice is Jonathon Davis who single handedly almost, I say almost ruined a perfectly good thriller. His narrative was slow and lazy in depicting almost every character, male or female. I suspect he was trying to create an atmosphere of suspense, mystery and dread. What he did was make the book slow, boring and plodding. Every character sounded like they were falling asleep. In any event it is a very good thriller and I suggest you read not listen to it.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (875)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Boring, slow moving Dean Koontz novel."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read almost all of Dean Koontz's novels and have enjoyed them very much over the years, but his last INNOCENCE, is a huge disappointment. It is excruciatingly boring and
    I had a very hard time getting through it. The two main characters are so pious and just too good to be believable. I have also found that his most recent series of the Odd Thomas novels have much of the same characteristics and I have passed on the last two.

    I don't like giving one of my favorite writers such a poor review, but he deserves it with his
    effort..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Ranger: A John Wells Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (339)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. Two men, two women, each with their own reasons for being there. But after twelve weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for. Bandits hijack them. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages. As a personal favor, John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn’t his usual playing field.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Wells is finally moving out of the desert"
    "Could be Berenson's best John Wells thriller!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Alex Berenson and narrator George Guidall combine for the best John Wells thriller so far.
    Its filled with great characters. The least of which is Elliot Schaffer Well's friend and mentor at the CIA. He brings great comic relief to Berenson's dark plot.

    Its not often that an author's 7th novel in a series is his best, but in this case it is.

    George Guidall's narration is teriffic as usual. He is one of the best along with David Colacci.
    If you are already a fan of these books, don't miss this one!!




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (899)
    Story
    (890)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    Theodore says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "Hurwitz under performs with this book..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Has The Survivor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    NO


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    David Collacci


    What character would you cut from The Survivor?

    No thoughts on that.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read several of Gregg Hurwitz's books. This is the first one I have not liked.
    I found it depressing from start to finish..

    0 of 1 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
    (3977)
    Performance
    (3356)
    Story
    (3342)

    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.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "THIS IS THE LAST JOHN GRISHAM BOOK I WILL READ!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Racketeer better?

    I don't really know. It was jusst plain boring>


    Has The Racketeer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of J.D. Jackson’s performances?

    Probably not


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Some writers get better with time, not John Grisham. He has been very good getting yourattention in the beginning of his novels then disappointing you with a weak ending.He did neither with The Rackateer. It just fell flat. I dont think JD Jackson's performance helped it at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1372)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1140)

    After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

    Audiophile says: "When will Gabriel retire?"
    "Its time for Gabriel to retire...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Fallen Angel?

    Its time for Gabriel Allon to retire and for Daniel Silva to create some new characters.
    I have been a long time fan of the series, but the last couple of books have been below par.
    One man can only save the world and Israel so many times. Gabriel's continued angst
    is becoming boring and frankly excruciating.


    What could Daniel Silva have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing< I have just become tired of the series.


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s voice?

    No comment


    What character would you cut from The Fallen Angel?

    Refer to my rreview


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lock Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (684)

    Marked by tragedy, traumatized at the age of eight, Michael, now 18, is no ordinary young man. Besides not uttering a single word in 10 years, he discovers the one thing he can somehow do better than anyone else. Whether it's a locked door without a key, a padlock with no combination, or even an eight hundred-pound safe...he can open them all. It's an unforgivable talent. A talent that will make young Michael a hot commodity with the wrong people.

    G. Sabin says: "A decent story, a little slow"
    "The Lock Artist"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Steve Hamilton. His series of thrillers starring ex Detriot cop Alex McKnight set in upper Michigan near the Canadian border were suspenseful well plotted and contained some great dark humor.

    I can not say the same for his latest book The Lock Artist. It is incredibly tedious, repetitive and the protaganist is a boring angst ridden teenager, who also happens to be a mute
    due to a mysterious childhood trauma.

    I don't want to give away any more of the plot, but if you are a fan of Steve Hamilton, I think you will be very disappointed in his latest novel.

    He should get back to Alex McKnight and his buddies in Paradise, Michigan.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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