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Michael

Bel Air, MD, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • A Walk in the Dark: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (157)

    When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend - the son of a powerful local judge - of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a premature and messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor can he deny his attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.

    Sherri says: "Heartfelt tale with an Italian Rebus as hero."
    "Great Listen"
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    If you could sum up A Walk in the Dark in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, Identifiable, Intriguing


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the careful development of the main character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the scenes when Guido is judging his own behavior.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I have no idea. I don't believe Hollywood would ever make these beautiful stories into movies. These are compelling studies of human behavior at its best and worst. Hollywood is busy making comic books.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the look into every day Italian life. The work day, the taste in music, the taste in literature, dating, marriage and all the rest. Wonderful..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    Overall
    (5184)
    Performance
    (1879)
    Story
    (1869)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "A silly beach book......"
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    What disappointed you about Duma Key?

    I was looking for a supernatural mystery with great characters I cared about. The characters never developed for me and the story just sort of petered out. The plot became silly and I found myself wondering why I was still listening.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    After this I will go back to some of the international mysteries I had been enjoying by McKinty or Carofiglio.


    What does John Slattery bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator did a good job. He has a pleasant likable voice and his voice inflection for characters was very good.


    What character would you cut from Duma Key?

    I didn't really care enough about any character to care or not care about cutting them.


    Any additional comments?

    This will sound silly to most of you, but I became irritated by the author having his characters throwing out political jibes and one sided sniping, out of context and with no connection to the story. I got the creepy feeling that I was reading government propaganda and not good writing. I don't know if this is a habit recently with King or not but I found the tactic condescending and patronizing. I don't give a whit for King's politics and I don't form my opinions my beach books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Lose: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1644)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1067)

    Two lonely towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, 12 miles of empty road. Jack Reacher never turns back. It's not in his nature. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets is big trouble. So in Lee Child's electrifying new novel, Reacher - a man with no fear, no illusions, and nothing to lose - goes to war against a town that not only wants him gone, it wants him dead.

    Ed says: "Least favorite of all the Reacher novels"
    "Ridiculous!"
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    What would have made Nothing to Lose better?

    This was a completely ridiculous and implausible plot and story line. Lee Child had been turning out good stories. This was a complete bust.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick Hill is an engrossing reader. I have listened to him many times and always enjoy his performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Nothing to Lose?

    I would have cut this entire story premise. You could drive a truck through the holes in this story. The political insight was also off target and unnecessary. I am going to take a long break from reading this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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