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Michael

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  • Fiddlers: A Novel of the 87th Precinct

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Ed McBain's latest installment in the 87th Precinct series finds the detectives stumped by a serial killer who doesn't fit the profile. Seemingly random targets shot twice in the face. But most serial killers don't use guns. Most serial killers don't strike five times in two weeks. Now it falls to Detective Steve Carella and his colleagues in the 87th Precinct to find out what, or whom, the victims had in common before another body is found.

    Michael says: "I disagree"
    "McBain is boring"
    Overall

    I've been a McBain fan since he started, literally. The 87th P books have gotten so formulated that they are beyond saving. The story is weak, the reader's effeminate style is incompatible with a police procedural, and I could not wait until it was over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Audio Version Far Superior"
    Overall

    I had difficulty reading the print version of this novel. I don't know why; perhaps keeping track of all the characters was the reason. I downloaded the audio version and absolutely loved it. The readers brought this book to life (or at least undead) and I couldn't turn it off. This book is well worth it and an outstanding listen. Masterful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven on Top

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (474)

    Trouble seems to find Stephanie Plum no matter where she goes, and once again she's struggling with her tangled love life, her chaotic family, and her God-given gift for destroying every car she drives. This time, Stephanie has decided to quit her job as a bounty hunter. She wants something safe. She wants something normal. She's tired of creeps, weirdos, and stalkers. But just when she thinks she's out, they pull her back in!

    G. Heideman says: "More Plum Fun"
    "Not a Jersey Girl any more"
    Overall

    I love Stephanie Plum...that is until I listened to this version. It ruined all my illusions and imaginings. First off, the reader simply doesn't do justice to the sasssy, brassy Jersey Girl of the previous books. I should have just read the book. But then, I'd be disappointed by the story which is nothing more than more of the same meandering, unconnected ramblings of a woman who simply cannot grow at all. One would expect an adult, even a Jersey Girl, to learn something and grow, even a little bit, from novel to novel. But alas, Stephanie is doomed to be less than she should be. The reader doesn't do justice to any of the other characters, especially Ranger and Grandma. This version ruined Evanovich for me forever, I'm afraid. If you are a real Plum fan, please don't buy this version. Read the book. At least you have a chance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2582)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1047)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "Exciting"
    Overall

    I loved it. Well read, good story, paced will, and I was kind of sad when it was all over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (388)

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Amazon Customer says: "Why all the bad reviews?"
    "Interesting journey, destination not so hot"
    Overall

    I enjoyed it. The scenes in Italy were very real. The story wes read well and it helped a lot. The story sort of disintegrates at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • London Bridges

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (163)

    In broad desert daylight, a mysterious platoon of soldiers evacuates the entire population of Sunrise Valley, Nevada. Minutes later, a huge bomb detonates a hundred feet above the ground and lays waste to homes, cars, and playgrounds: a town annihilated in an instant.

    Leslie says: "What a ride!!!"
    "Exciting and predictable"
    Overall

    Well read which helped a lot. Patterson is running out of steam. Time to get a new hero or something. Not up to his previous thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Service

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    When Spenser's closest ally, Hawk, is brutally injured and left for dead while protecting bookie Luther Gillespie, Spenser embarks on an epic journey to rehabilitate his friend in body and soul. Hawk, always proud, has never been dependent on anyone. Now he is forced to make connections: to the medical technology that will ensure his physical recovery, and to reinforce the tenuous emotional ties he has to those around him.

    Dan says: "Parody of Parker--Pass it by!"
    "Fair story, wrong reader"
    Overall

    I've read or listened to every one of Parker's books. I'm a fan. But he's in a rut. The same converstations and observations between Spenser and Hawk. The same characters. The same basic plot. Actually, I can live with all that but Joe Montagne is absolutely the wrong guy to read this kind of book. He sounds like a nerdy English professor trying to play the role of a tough guy. His attempts to change his voice to be Hawk are painful to listen to. It's like a white minstral player trying to do blackface and it is just not well done. It was bad enough when he played the part in a movie, with his scrawny arms and small stature, but his voice is even weaker and wussy. Buy the book instead.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (172)

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "Fascinating and funny"
    Overall

    Wolfe's work is normally uneven and one always takes a chance with him. Charlotte Simmons is addictive, funny and a bit disturbing. His proses is wonderful and his observations are lethal. Way too much has been made of the sex in the book. If anything, it's an interruption, but nothing more. Much of the story isn't much different than college was in the 50's-60's when I attended. We always had our sex hounds, nerds, jocks and such. This is almost like a teen romance novel on grass (or beer) and one wonders what kind of nerd Wolfe was. I sustpect he's getting some of his frustrations worked out here. The reader is absolutely superb and he makes it worth the ride. If I were reading this thing, I'd have given up after about 100 pages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (263)

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Drayton says: "Less than I expected"
    "The best way to read this book"
    Overall

    Political bios are best listened to than read. Clinton's book was most interesting and, I thought, honest. In his words, "interesting and self-serving." I would have gladly listened to an unabridged version because I find his insights useful and fun. I've grown to like him and respect him and his book helps make the case. His understanding of world politics is superb and so refreshing when one compares him to his replacement.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Former President Bill Clinton's BookExpo America Keynote 6/3/04

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    At BookExpo America in Chicago, former President Bill Clinton delivers the annual keynote address about his much-anticipated autobiography, My Life. This address, Bill Clinton's first public statements about his memoir, was recorded on June 3, 2004.

    Rob says: "Bill Clinton is a Genius"
    "Clinton matures"
    Overall

    Clinton seems to have gotten a bit more balanced, offering a balanced view of things. It appears this book will not resort to cheap rebuttal and revenge, but will provide a balanced perspective of his life and things that influenced him, his presidency taken as a whole, and will not blast the current administration with cheap political rhetoric. He is a thoughtful man who continues to learn as his life progresses and he doesn't profess to know it all. I respect him and will read/listen to his book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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