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R. McGrath

WESTON, FL USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (445)

    Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brilliant, Funny, a GREAT READ"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    David Rosenfelt's character, Andy Carpenter is wonderful. This lawyer/investigator/detective is clever and amusing. The interpretation by reader Grover Gardner is outstanding. Between the drama, chuckles,thrills, and semi frustrated romantic interests, one can't stop listening. The cast of regular characters is unforgettable and, thankfully, Rosenfelt cleverly weaves them into each story in the series. Perhaps most reassuring, Carpenter's neuroses are steadied by his faithful Lab, Tara.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny Cash: The Life

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert Hilburn
    • Narrated By Charles Pittard
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The definitive, intimate, no-holds-barred biography of Johnny Cash. People don't just listen to Johnny Cash - they believe in him. Although part of his life has been told on film, there are many compelling layers to his story that have remained hidden - until now. Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized.

    Scott says: "Great Book - Poor Narrator"
    "A Genuine American Artist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Johnny Cash?

    Hilburn presents an unvarnished yet heroic tale of one of America's most outstanding artists. He brings insight to Cash's deep and abiding interest in singing, writing, family, relationships, underdogs, and gospel. He details Cash's his successes, struggles, determination, drug addled behavior, faith, falls, and resurrections. But throughout Hiburn gives us a very well written, riveting, and human story of a monumental figure in the annals of music.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book's subject, John R. Cash.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At times one is touched by the enormous decency of this focused and gifted man and at times one is repulsed by the depths of his addiction and its abhorrent consequences. As one reads the book, it is compelling to also pause and listen to the music he created. It is amazing that he did so much work on stage as well as in recordings even during the darkest of times. Hilburn's account, commensurate with the magnitude of his subject, evokes every form of emotion. That Johnny Cash could finish his career and his life under the supportive and inspiring umbrella of Rick Rubin and the songs they recorded is a gift for all who cherish music and musical interpretation nonpareil. That Robert Hilburn has told the personal story of music's foremost chronicler of the American experience is a gift for everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    While Hilburn writes of Cash's magnetism, sound, commanding performances, and ability to imbue songs with his enormous imprimatur, he does not delve much into describing that unique resonant baritone quality that instantly identifies Johnny Cash to any and all listeners. Perhaps Hilburn's understatement in this regard is understandable. Written words can describe the force and extent of the man's artistry and influence, but simply cannot describe the auditory impact of Johnny Cash's voice and music. But this book surely will motivate readers to seek out his recordings and be rewarded anew by the auditory and emotional power of Cash's sound that extends so far beyond his recognized hits. Example? Try "Danny Boy" sung as Johnny Cash, in a hoarser voice, nears the end of his life. It is a tour de force rendition of a song you thought you knew. Hilburn points out others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    When best-selling mystery writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California to Maine, he thought he had prepared for everything. They had mapped the route, brought three GPSs for backup, as well as refrigerators full of food, and stoves and microwaves on which to cook them. But traveling with 25 dogs turned out to be a bigger ordeal than he anticipated, despite RVs, the extra kibble, volunteers (including a few readers), and camping equipment.

    Trudy L. Soura says: "Check the facebook page woofabago2011"
    "Could this be from Andy Carpenter author?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    Has Dogtripping turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Had we not been Andy Carpenter and Grover Gardner fans, we would not again listen to a book by Rosenfelt. Boring tale, little detail about the actual trip the title promises. The author and his wife offer an irrational dog obsession even for dog lovers, a lunacy he repeatedly reminds us of. Seltzer presents a highly irritating narration that strips the intended humor; It is similar to the self deprecating humor that works for Carpenter/Gardner but is utterly ridiculous and unfunny here. On top of that there are innumerable instances of bad grammer ( i.e. " between my wife and I" ) . One has to wonder if the author really is somewhat illiterate, or if the editors didn't edit, or if no one cared as long as there was a book to sell.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Steitzer’s performances?

    Unlikely. Good voice, but overly dramatic delivery of material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A few pleasant dog anecdotes buried between endlessly boring passages and tales that seemed calculated to fill enough pages to justify a book. Even telling how Tara will never age in the Carpenter series presents an unnecessary letdown.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this. Stick to Andy Carpenter stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1706)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1517)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Irritating Tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or January LaVoy?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of January LaVoy’s performances?

    Not without mitigating circumstances - an author I respect.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Missing You?

    Every character- principal or villain - repeatedly uses the term "fair point" and/or "good point" repeatedly as part of the terrible dialogue that characterizes this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The villains are unbelievable. The plot, the main characters' background and stories, and the denouements are far fetched. So are the emotions and the concocted circumstances that two principals endured for 18 years. But as bad as those are, the dialogue descends to being awful and trite. It sounds like a man trying to write his interpretation of the mindset and voice of a female and making an embarrassing mockery of it. And worse is the reading- delivered in over the top style, especially when delivering the thoughts and words of the main character. Hard to call her a heroine in this trashy and gory tale. Kept hoping it would get better. But unlike progressing through a good thriller, one can't wait for this one to end in order to be done with it. Better not to have started it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1519)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (522)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "Great Series"
    Overall

    David Rosenfelt's character, Andy Carpenter is wonderful. This lawyer/investigator/detective is clever and amusing. The interpretation by reader Grover Gardner is outstanding. Between the drama, chuckles,thrills, and semi frustrated romantic interests, one can't stop listening. The cast of regular characters is unforgettable and, thankfully, Rosenfelt cleverly weaves them into each story in the series. Perhaps most reassuring, Carpenter's neuroses are steadied by his faithful Lab, Tara.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sudden Death

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    Edgar-nominated author David Rosenfelt returns with his hero, Andy Carpenter, who must defend a football player accused of murder. The Giants' running back Kenny Schilling stands accused of killing Troy Preston, a wide receiver for the Jets. As Andy investigates, he finds that Troy is not the only football player who was killed after contact with Kenny...and his snooping starts to set off alarms with a drug king.

    Rob says: "Why must it be abridged?"
    "Another in a great series"
    Overall

    David Rosenfelt's character, Andy Carpenter is wonderful. This lawyer/investigator/detective is clever and amusing. The interpretation by reader Grover Gardner is outstanding. Between the drama, chuckles,thrills, and semi frustrated romantic interests, one can't stop listening. The cast of regular characters is unforgettable and, thankfully, Rosenfelt cleverly weaves them into each story in the series. Perhaps most reassuring, Carpenter's neuroses are steadied by his faithful Lab, Tara.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • When the Lion Feeds

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Into the wilds of Natal in the 1870s are born Sean and Garrick Courtney, the twin brothers who could not be more different. Fate, war, and the jealous schemes of a woman are to drive them even further apart. But as history unfolds, a continent is awakening. And on its horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny, and love.

    R. McGrath says: "Crudely abridged"
    "Crudely abridged"
    Overall

    Too much is left out in the abridged version of this great novel. After introducing the villanous brother Bill, his role is never again brought up. Hal's death scene has nothing to do with the way Smith wrote it and the narration ends very suddenly leaving the listner dismayed by the many edited loose ends. Does not do Wilbur Smith's work justice.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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