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Morgan

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  • The Fermata

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nicholson Baker
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The Fermata is the most risky of Nicholson Baker's emotional histories. His narrator, Arno Strine, is a 35-year-old office temp who is writing his autobiography. "It's harder than I thought!" he admits. His "Fold-powers" are easier; he can stop the world and use it as his own pleasure ground. Arno uses this gift not for evil or material gain (he would feel guilty about stealing), though he does undress a good number of women and momentarily place them in compromising positions - always, in his view, with respect and love.

    Morgan says: "I'm not offended it is just bad writing."
    "I'm not offended it is just bad writing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Fermata?

    The story is weak and slow. I was hoping for a more imaginative book with better character development.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1075)

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "just was not impressed."
    Overall

    This was the first Michael Connelly book I have ever listened to, and I was not very impressed. I felt that it was a great look at an average cop going through the basics of an investigation. There were very few creative twists in the case and the lead character did not impress me with any keen insights. My real gripe about the story is that this case has been unsolved for seventeen years and two cops get on the job and close it in under a week?just a little unbelievable. I found the narrator spot on for some characters and just awful for others. I have been listening to audiobooks for over ten years and just was not impressed.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3333)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1106)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "One must review other sources as well."
    Overall

    This book is well written, well researched and well read. It reads like a spy novel. I would, however caution reader to follow up with research of there own. There is much that is left out of this book. Primarily that the US involvement in the Afghan war is what led to Pakistan's creation of an atomic bomb. A point touched on but not developed in this fascinating read. All in all this is a wonderful audiobook; and a great start to understanding the United States' tenuous relationship with the current Pakistani administration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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