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Mark

MENDON, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Gone-Away World

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nick Harkaway
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    There couldn't be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters, and nightmares the Go-Away War had left in its wake. Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of troubleshooters who roll into action when things get hot.

    David says: "Awesome style, kickin' story with many tangents"
    "Exceptionally good narration"
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    I didn't want to get involved in a whole review, but Kirby Heyborne's narration (it's a first-person narrative) in particular was so outstanding I just had to say something.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (567)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "Non-story!"
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    There's a case with incredibly weak circumstantial evidence, but for no apparent reason everybody acts as if it is decisive, damning evidence. No new evidence or insights come to light, and the defense lawyer wins the case by pointing out... that it's incredibly weak circumstantial evidence. And, oh yeah, we never learn the least hint of how the crime was actually committed! None!

    On the side, there's a separation from the lawyer's wife, and a prospective new love interest. Fighting and winning this dumb case helps the lawyer recover from his separation.

    The writing style is good, and Sean Barrett's performance is great, but there's no content of any interest or entertainment value! I cannot imagine who would like this!



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prisoner of Guantánamo

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Fesperman
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Revere Falk - FBI veteran, Arabic speaker - is an interrogator at "Gitmo," assigned to a "hold-out," a Yemeni prisoner who may have valuable information about al Qaeda. But these duties are temporarily suspended when the body of an American soldier is found washed ashore in Cuban territory. No American has ever turned up dead on the wrong side of the fence before. Suddenly, Cold War tension is back and Falk finds himself at the heart of it when he's put in charge of the investigation into the death.

    Mark says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
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    This is my favorite Fesperman novel so far, and I've read most or all of them. Twisty plot, interesting context (Guantanamo), not excessively grim. For most of the book it's not clear who the good guys are, but they end up winning. Colacci's performance is on target.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Fall: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (769)

    Haunted by the past, John Rain kills to order and leaves no trace, but the death at his hand of an old man has unforeseen complications - and soon Rain is trying to protect not just his carefully preserved anonymity but his own life and those of the people he cares for. A stunning, page-turning reinvention of the hitman thriller, Rain Fall marks the introduction of a compelling new series character and major new thriller writing career.

    George says: "Great new take on the Assassin Genre"
    "Excellent, quality, sophisticated"
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    Very good story and narrator. Of the first 6 John Rain audiobooks, I think this was both the best story and the best of the 4 narrators.

    Not only does the story have the advantage of introducing us to Rain for the first time, but I think it has a more satisfying arc to it than the subsequent novels.

    Rain has a controlled personality, and the narrator, Brian Nishii, has an understated delivery that is perfect for Rain's first-person narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for an Assassin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (292)

    If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

    Matthew says: "An ear full and a mind full"
    "Narrator Brick make this unlistenable"
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    Scott Brick's narration is over the top. He makes John Rain sound like Troy McClure.

    This is the sixth of the John Rain novels, and there have been 4 different narrators. The series is told primarily by the John Rain character in the first person, so the narrator is essentially portraying Rain. I listened to all of them in order except that I can't finish this one due to the narration.

    Of the various narrators, the only one that I liked is Brian Nishii. His understated delivery was a good fit for Rain's controlled personality.

    Dick Hill's version of Rain had a kind of wise-cracking hard-boiled tone, wrong for Rain.

    McConnohie's version of Rain wasn't on target -- it was kind of generic, but not terrible. I'd rate it better than Hill's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9086)
    Performance
    (4797)
    Story
    (4869)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Too much melodrama, laughable voice performances"
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    I quit about half-way through this audiobook -- I couldn't take any more.

    The story is overrun with tedious melodrama. I thought it was a great book when I first read it as an adolescent, but now that I don't find the cool things quite as mind-blowingly cool as I did the first time, all the crud is exposed. (I bumped my Story rating up to 4 stars to compensate for my being jaded.) Every time something cool happens or is revealed, the Fremen will have a ritual about it, and Jessica will remember Bene Gesserit sayings about it, and Paul will have a prescience about it, and some Atriedes dude will have a quote or a song or a lesson about it, and person X will stare at person Y, and everybody will do a lot of soul-searching... Puhlease, can't we just move on to something interesting? This book could be so great with a severe edit.

    For some chapters, the narrator performs all the voices, and for other chapters, other people perform the voices. The narrator (I think that's Simon Vance) is fine and does a good job on the voices when he gets to do them -- I'd give his performance 4 stars. However, the other voice performances are terrible! They are laughably bad! Negative stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2: Harry Bosch, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2641)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1554)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    Devious plot that manages to hang together. Flawless voices by Dick Hill. Interesting set of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (490)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Corinne says: "Feels real"
    "Why is Iles's The Quiet Game abridged?"
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    This is a comment about Greg Iles's The Quiet Game. I'm making it here because Audible doesn't provide a way to comment on a book you haven't bought from them.

    Why is Iles's best book to date, The Quiet Game, severely abridged?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die a Stranger: Alex McKnight #9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Late one night, a plane lands on a deserted airstrip. Five dead bodies are found there the next morning. And now Vinnie LeBlanc is missing. Vinnie is an Ojibwa tribal member, a blackjack dealer at the Bay Mills Casino, and he just might be Alex McKnight’s best friend. He’s come through for Alex more than once in the past, and he never ever misses a day of work. So Alex can’t help but be worried.

    Mystery Addict says: "Alex is back"
    "Not up to his usual standards"
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    Way too many implausible choices by various characters. Lots of very dumb or cliche dialog. I've liked all the previous Alex McKnight novels, but this one is lame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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