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  • Dick Francis' Refusal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Felix Francis
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He'd been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing...or else.

    Jean says: "Sid Halley is back"
    "I miss Dick Francis"
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who would enjoy it. The story was tepid, and the narration was awful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Felix Francis again?

    Probably not. I liked the way Dick Francis brought horses and racing into other worlds - I always finished his books knowing something new about ... oh, banking, or weaving or wine making, for example. Refusal was a pretty standard thriller/mystery.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Martin Jarvis?

    Tony Britton. He was great. To my ear, Martin Jarvis makes characters sound whiny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (936)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Waste of money and time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Storm Front?

    The story didn't make sense. I felt like the author said "hey, I'd like to write a book that involved middle-eastern characters" and made up a story to fit. Also, the "Ma Jones" interlude was just plain weird - he was fixated on boobs. I've read John Sandford / Camp novels since the very beginning, and this was one of the worst ones.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Identical by Scott Turow


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Virgil in Israel


    What character would you cut from Storm Front?

    Most of them ... there were a few funny scenes, but the characters were weak, stereotyped and shallow.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish he'd take a couple years off and get some new juice going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3250)
    Performance
    (2319)
    Story
    (2320)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "not my cup of tea"
    Overall

    I thought the characters were unbelievable, especially the immediate intimacy between the male and female lead. I stopped listening.

    I tried to rate as 0 star but couldn't.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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