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Norman

Santa Monica, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3472)
    Performance
    (2118)
    Story
    (2107)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Connelly at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Poet is a well crafted thriller that is hard to put down. Buck Schirner is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2308)
    Performance
    (2064)
    Story
    (2046)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    DMT says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "This book is painfully slow"
    Overall
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    Story

    There's very little plot, mostly just characters reflecting on something around them in a way that attempts to be witty or knowledgable. Reacher is a clever guy but some care should be given to making the plot so too. As usual Dick Hill brings the story to life with his narration. This isn't the worst book in the series but it's down in the bottom 5 - if you're new to the Reacher series, choose one of the earlier books. Child makes interesting characters for his good guys but his bad guys are one dimensional. Even so, Reacher will bring me back to the next in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Damascus Countdown: The Twelfth Imam Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (437)

    Israel successfully launches a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads. American president William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression. And the Twelfth Imam prepares to order a genocidal retaliation.

    Joseph says: "Is it a story it is it today's news?"
    "Rosenberg delivers BUT"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Rosenberg puts together another page turner but intertwined in the espionage, bombs and intrigue are too many personal stories of characters finding Jesus. I don't know if he's trying to broaden his appeal or just doesn't realize how these ill fitting, forced and interruptive these subplots are to the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9819)
    Performance
    (8903)
    Story
    (8977)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "A bit tiresome but enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lots of fun stuff but this book just kept repeating itself with a silly formula (spoiler):

    - Look of terror
    - History lesson
    - Amnesia clears just enough to reveal a pertinent clue
    - On the run, narrowly escape
    REPEAT ad nauseam

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1017)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Best Holmes since Laurie R. King"
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    Very, very, good, hard to believe it's Faye's first book, can't wait to read her next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1138)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Enjoyable, but lots of unnecessary fluff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book needs an editor. Reading entire chapters that develop the back story of a character that gets killed and then has no impact on the plot is tiresome. Lots of interesting bits here, but equally there are side stories that an editor should help the author see are unnecessary. Coes has lots of potential if he can learn to focus on the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (431)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Bazell is an author to watch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    To graphic for my tastes but this book was a brilliant surprise, a contender for the best book of the year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Whammy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (507)

    A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

    David says: "First For Me"
    "Don't read in bed, laughing sure to wake"
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    Probably the funniest book I've ever read, certainly Clinton Tyre is the best character. This is Hiaasen at his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blowback

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (864)

    Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scott's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.

    John K Stratmann says: "Thrilling"
    "Worst book of the year"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Thor uses this book as a forum to call a former first lady a bitch, ball buster, and then have the climax of the book including her being video taped giving someone a BJ. It's a bummer to pay for a book for entertainment and then get some guy's mean spirited political views, even if you suspect they're the same party as yours.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Treason: Navy Justice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    When Muslim terrorists infiltrate the Navy Chaplain Corps, Lieutenant Zack Brewer, just three years out of law school, is pitted against the world's greatest defense attorney in the court-martial of the century.

    Richard says: "Don Brown's Treason, Navy Justice"
    "Notably bad"
    Overall

    I bought this book because the reviews were so positive and I kept reading it for the same reason. The plot is predictable, the religious views are simplistic and mean spirited (even compared to AM radio), the hero is self righteous, the author's treatment of the woman characters is belittling, and I suspect the biggest problem with this book is that it is boring.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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