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Michael

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  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (254)

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Jefferson says: "The River of Sewers, Stars, Life, and Death"
    "Most intense novel I have experienced in years"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a fan of Faulkner, Steinbeck, Williams this is a most logical and welcome progression.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Knife: Cork O'Connor, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose. When the head of the Red Boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, white against red.

    Fritz says: "BAD CHOICE AS NARRATOR"
    "Turning Cork O'Connor into a sniveling liberal."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from William Kent Krueger and/or Buck Schirner?

    Buck Schirner, no.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Kent Krueger again?

    Maybe


    Would you be willing to try another one of Buck Schirner’s performances?

    No.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The first half dozen books fleshed out a complex yet harshly moral, man's man character in Cork O'Connor. "Progressively" - the second-worst word in the English language- the author transforms a Northwoods hero figure into a sniveling, DFL Nancy-boy.
    At least there are still Joe Pickett and Walt Longmire to carry forward the torch of masculine, responsible fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Bay: A Cork O'Connor Mystery #7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (180)

    The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

    Patti says: "Needs another narrator"
    "Indeed why the change in narrator?"
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is the weakest of the Cork O'Conner series and the new narrator does not help.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Longmire series by Craig Johnson


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I've listened to David Chandler through both the C.J. Box and William Kent Krueger novels. Hearing this Buck guy tell the story, for me, is jarring and off-putting. I am certain Buck is a nice guy but he does not serve Joe Pickett or Cork O'Connorwell.


    Did Thunder Bay inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, look for another heartland/outdoors thriller author.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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