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Old Bushpilot

Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 186 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Traffickers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Griffin's popular Badge of Honor police series returns, with a story of murder and lawlessness as compelling as today's headlines. Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne is used to murder, but lately there's been an awful lot of it in Philadelphia. A gangland shooting in a popular tourist location has left six dead, most of them innocent bystanders, and days later the body of a headless Latina turns up in the Schuykill River.

    Mario says: "Decent Story"
    "Really disappoing for a Griffin fan."
    What disappointed you about The Traffickers?

    This is a pretty good novella that was stretched into a novel with entirely too much filler. The shooting scene exiting the hospital is repeated at least four times, (seems like a hundred) and other meaningless details drone on and on. Scott Brick, as always, does an excellent job with unfortunately very poor material. My son and I are real Griffin fans, and I have read all of his series' more than once. Sure do hope this particular book is not an example of what to expect in the future.

    What was most disappointing about W. E. B. Griffin???s story?

    The actual storyline is fairly short. Unfortunately, all of the oft repeated filler material dominates the book.

    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Brick brings the characters to life. I can visualize Matt Payne and each of the others as they move through the story.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Traffickers?

    Some repetition is necessary to emphasize a particular segment or scene in any book, but the constant repetition and minute details in this book actually get boring.

    Any additional comments?

    I hope Griffin reverts to his previous writing style. He remains overall (despite this bomb) my favorite author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "The last three hours are pretty good!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was really disappointed. The first eight or nine hours slog through the humdrum daily activities of almost any trial lawyer. The last two or three hours are an exciting read.

    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

    My wife and I are both Michael Connelly fans. We have either read or listened to all of the Harry Bosch series, and five of his Mickey Haller series. The Gods of Guilt was downright boring for the first several hours, but then built to an exciting climax toward the end. We did not think the first half of this book was up to Michael Connelly's standards. (Ghost writer perhaps?)

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

    Peter Giles's performances are always very good. His portrayal of various characters and voice inflections keep his books interesting.

    Do you think The Gods of Guilt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO, I would not buy a follow-up for the reasons listed above.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Becky says: "Don't waste your money"
    "A real disapointmnet"

    I have been a Patricia Cornwell fan for years, and have read almost all of her books. I wonder if she has retired and is using a ghost writer for this book? It is without a doubt, the most boring book I have ever listened to. It is loaded with filler discriptions that add nothing to the story. I am sorry I purchased this one, but when she publishes a new one, I'll try one more time. Maybe the next one wil be better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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