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Leo W. Buss

Durham, CT USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 5 reviews
  • 594 ratings
  • 1031 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015
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  • Mandarin's Jade and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    So there I was, holed up in my office, trying to duck the bill collectors, when she walked in. She was the kind of sweet cookie that made your eyes water like you were hit with a 10-ton blackjack. She told me Raymond Chandler created the hard-boiled private eyes that rule American crime fiction, and this collection traces the genesis of Chandler's style in such stories as "Mandarin's Jade", "The Man Who Liked Dogs", and "Try the Girl".

    Amazon Customer says: "Seeds of Farewell, my Lovely"
    "Narrator problematic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Elliot Gould has great tone, but he utterly ruins this with his total failure to sense the proper pacing of the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire's Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Carrie Gibson
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Ever since Christopher Columbus stepped off the Santa Maria onto what is today San Salvador, in the Bahamas, and announced that he had arrived in the Orient, the Caribbean has been a stage for projected fantasies and competition between world powers. In Empire’s Crossroads, British American historian Carrie Gibson traces the story of this coveted area from the northern rim of South America up to Cuba, and from discovery through colonialism to today, offering a vivid, panoramic view of this complex region and its rich, important history.

    Leo W. Buss says: "Once over lightly"
    "Once over lightly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Breaks no new ground. Narrator was abysmal - sing-songy voice alternated with preachy voice was hard enough, but the repeated mispronunciations (ackee, Grenada, Dominica, etc.) was almost more than I could take.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4771)
    Performance
    (4418)
    Story
    (4416)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Algorithmic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Shoot-'em'-up (with magic) followed by minimal context necessary to set up next shoot-'em'-up (with magic), repeat, then repeat again. End cycle by promise of future editions of same. Algorithmic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8034)
    Performance
    (4987)
    Story
    (5021)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just awful, do not waste your time. How could this get such high ranking - is the ranking system hacked?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1256)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "Tedious in the extreme"
    Overall

    Mindnumbingly repetitive. This author has been done a profound disservice by her publisher - there is no evidence that any effort was expended in editing the text.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful

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