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R. Pontiflet

retired writer

Fairfield, CA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • 73 reviews
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  • Presumed Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (592)

    Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of crimes. Prosecutor Rusty Sabich is transformed from accuser to accused when he is handed an explosive case - that of the brutal murder of a woman who happens to be his former lover.

    Glen says: "Excellent Book, Gripping Entertainment!"
    "Excellent Mystery, Suspense and Drama ~"
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    I was very much entertained... I loved the movie of years ago and have watch it many times over the years. Even so, I enjoyed listening to the novel because it contained more details. Very good narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Anatomist’s Apprentice: The Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tessa Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (240)

    The death of Lord Edward Crick has unleashed a torrent of gossip through the seedy taverns and elegant ballrooms of Oxfordshire. Few mourn the dissolute young man - except his sister, the beautiful Lady Lydia Farrell. When her husband comes under suspicion of murder, she seeks expert help from Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young anatomist from Philadelphia. Thomas arrived in England to study under its foremost surgeon, where his unconventional methods only add to his outsider status. Against his better judgment, he agrees to examine Lord Edward’s corpse.

    Sires says: "Gruesome but Deftly Plotted"
    "Lord Crick is Dead! Was He Murdered?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Anatomist’s Apprentice to be better than the print version?

    Never read the printed version... please do not ask this question. we are here for the audio versions.....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The anatomist


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite scene, but an unusual scene is when Lord Crick's body exhumed and opened, a storm of flies comes out and catches everybody by surprise.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.....


    Any additional comments?

    There is not much to be said about this story... it is pretty much one dimensional in that a man (Lord Crick) is dead and buried, his death ruled natural causes, but the town gossipers says that he was murdered and Lady Farrell's husband is the suspect. Lady Farrell calls on the best anatomist to investigate and -- you guessed it! -- somebody else killed him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Break In

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    Dick Francis was a jockey and horse trainer for many years. His experience gives his questrian mysteries an authenticity that has attracted fans around the globe. To honor him, the Mystery Writers of America named Dick Francis a Grand Master for his impeccably crafted contributions to the genre. Jockey Kit Fielding has been riding the de Brescous horses in a succession of triumphs on the race course. But this winning streak is about to end. Kit’s twin sister, Holly, has come to him in desperation. Threatened by financial scandal, she and her husband may lose their training stables.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "One of the Best Audio Books Ever!"
    "Horse Jockey Turned Detective: Lies & Video Tapes"
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    If you could sum up Break In in three words, what would they be?

    Light-Hearted Entertainment


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, the plot did not keep me on the edge of my seat, but I thoroughly enjoyed the easy, relaxing listen.


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

    I had not listen to Prebble before but enjoyed listening to his variety of voices. He has a good range of voices he produced for the characters. I look forward to listening to him again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An Interesting Political Twist on Wire Tapping.


    Any additional comments?

    This suspenseful drama is set in England and is largely about the behind the scenes of horse (jumping hurdles) racing... the who's who among the owners, etc. and the back biting that goes on to get the upper hand over your opponents. There is no real sex scenes but a little talk.... The main character is a Jockey who investigates to find out who is giving a newspaper rag lies and misinformation about his sister and her husband's financial information and their horse training business. Interesting and Entertaining....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1296)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "An Interesting Listen"
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    I like this writer. His stories are usually very interesting. This story had a strong beginning, middle and an ending that at first I thought "what the hell" does that do for the ending of a pretty good story and what does that have to do with redemption?!!. But upon reflection, I think the attorney did get his redemption afterall, but not in the way that he had hoped it would be.

    Suffering the loss of his wife and child, this attorney agrees to take on a "hot button" case that he believes will help him redeem himself if he can save the defendant from a "death" sentence. He had just won a case even though he knew the defendant was guilty. And now he is suffering the tragic loss the his family. He is feeling guilty that he was a workaholic and didn't spend enough time with his wife and child before they was tragically taken away from him. He thinks that maybe if he could help save an innocent man's life, he could redeem himself in the process.

    The story moves along at a good pace and had good twists and turns, and the ending had a good "didn't see it coming" twist. At first I was totally disappointed but after reflection I realized that, Yes, the attorney did save a person's life but not in the life or death kind of way he had hoped for, but from a more romantic kind of way.

    The narrator did an excellent job with differentiation between male and female voices. Kevin T. Collins' voice is soothing yet with lots of energy. The kind of narration that I like. The price for this novel is low and worth the listen... Recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Trice Hickman
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    John Small may be a successful Wall Street banker, but at heart he's a country boy from the sleepy town of Nedine, South Carolina. John wants to open Nedine’s first black-owned bank. But big dreams can bring big problems and John’s snooty New York City girlfriend is just the beginning. John is about to learn some hard truths about money, power, love, and loyalty. And when his future, and his family's legacy, is in danger, help will come from where he least expects it...

    R. Pontiflet says: "Life's Long... But Short!"
    "Life's Long... But Short!"
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    A Great Page Turner. I found this novel to be very entertaining. If you like "tall tales" about the power of "seers, soothsayers or clairvoyants" dead or alive, then you will enjoy this book. Of course, I had to suspend my powers of disbelief to the maximum, but I enjoy stories that entertain and I must say that this story was entertaining. It is set in the South and as most of us know, southern Black folks have a way of speaking that may be annoying to some because they use a lot of "sayings" and "cliches" and this book uses cliches up the yang-yang!. Nevertheless, this was a page turner for me. The story is about how dead great-great grandmother is able to help and guide her grandchild and her great-great grandchildren through the use of her powers as a "seer." The back stories are good too... There are about two or three love stories with only one or two serious but appropriate love scenes. The story is written from three different generations points of view. The author did a great job of developing each generation's story in a way that it was easy to follow.

    The narrator did a good job varying the voices of characters. He was able to give believable enough tones to each character and he didn't need use a southern accent because the influence of the southern words and sayings were enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America - and What We Can Do to Stop It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Thom Hartmann
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before - including during the Great Depression and the Civil War - because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the verge of the next Great Crash. The United States is in the midst of an economic implosion that could make the Great Depression look like child's play.

    R. Pontiflet says: "Heads Up Everybody!"
    "Heads Up Everybody!"
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    I haven't finished digesting the entire book yet, because there is tons of information spanning just about two hundred years. The author, Hartmann, ties previous political events to present day happenings in ways which are kinda shocking to the system and it is a bit overwhelming. Unless you are an American political history buff/expert or a member of the Billion Dollar club, some of this stuff is mind boggling. Hartmann ties the Boston Tea Party and the Revolutionary War to the present day Tea Party group that hates Obama.

    For me, I had to read the material in small doses (and re-read) because it is too much information to fully comprehend and memorize at one time. I had to make notes and review the information and particularly make mental notes of the Who did What and When which caused some, if not all of the present day high prices for food, oil and gas, and most importantly the housing market that was created with full knowledge of the devastation it would cause to families and particularly to the middle class when that bubble burst. We all know part of the story: The Bank Bailouts!

    Listening to this book in small doses was necessary for me so the lessons Mr. Hartmann set out to teach could be absorbed and digested into my memory bank... The most important thing to say here is that in order for the citizens and voting public to stop the devastation this book predicts, we as a nation needs to come to one accord and demand that public official (particularly in Washington DC) re-establish some of the Regulations that Franklin D. Roosevelt put in place to protect the rest of us from the Billion Dollar club. These Regulations were taken away a little at a time by our elected officials and presidents such as Reagan, who really got the ship moving along for the Billion Dollar club, then continued to be given power by the two Bush's who got the ship moving full steam ahead, and then Clinton who gave the ship the most power of all with all of his programs (international programs) such as NAFTA!

    Did you know that the "Billion Dollar club" does not want the U.S.A. to have a middle class? Hartmann calls the Billion Dollar club the Economic Royalists. Royalists like Royalty as in Kings and Queens....

    If you are concerned about the direction that this country is taking and why... read this book! The Economic Royalists are gutting this country from the inside out as well as other countries around the world. Oh by the way, the Billion Dollar club is made up of people from around the world, not just within the U.S.

    Also you might want to read "Bad Money" by Kevin Philips (May 2008) who wrote about why the housing market would crash as well as other very political stuff associated with countries around the world ganging up on the United States of America in order bring it down. I read that book in September 2008 and immediately knew that we were headed into a depression and was still devastated when I learned later that year that the housing market had already crashed.

    Oh by the way, the book is well narrated by Dan Woren... nice voice... I will continue to listen to this book until I can break it down well enough to teach to middle and high schoolers so they will understand that we Americans go through The Great Forgetting about every 50 years or so and that so far in this nation we've had devastating events about every 80 years... that's why this book is titled: The Crash of 2016....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1026)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "Great Narrator.. A Good Mystery"
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    Richard Ferrone's voice is an excellent match for this mystery. The grittiness and deep tones of his voice says "get ready, a mystery" is being told here." I enjoyed the novel. My first read of John Sanford and the Prey series. There were a couple of points where I thought the author went off in a weird way, ie, getting his daughter too involved, etc. But overall, the book held my attention until the very end even though we knew who the killer was about mid-way or so into the story. I am not sure if I'll read another of the Prey series (kinda long) but since I tend to like novels in a series, I may read another one because you can get to know the repeat characters better, I just might try one more to see if it is a go with John Sandford's Prey series, especially since Richard Ferrone will be narrating!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Beloved Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alana Terry
    • Narrated By Kathy Garver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (174)

    In a small North Korean village, a young girl struggles to survive. Catastrophic floods have ravaged her countryside. But it is her father's faith, not the famine of North Hamyong Province, that most threatens Chung-Cha's well-being. Is Chung-Cha's father right to be such a vocal believer? Or is he a fool to bring danger on the head of his only daughter? Chung-Cha is only a girl of twelve and is too young to answer such questions. Yet she is not too young to face a life of imprisonment and forced labor.

    Annie Douglass Lima says: "Deeply Moving"
    "A Good Read"
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    A good read about the religious biases of North Korea. A young girl is sent to prison and raped and beaten over the years because her father was a Christian activist. This is the beginning of her journey that will ultimately lead her into father's footsteps as an activist but now, 10 or so years later, she has a baby daughter she must leave behind in order to take up where her father left off... spreading the gospel. Thus, she write a diary to her beloved daughter so that her child will know how much her mother loved her. Mother does not expect to return to her daughter. A feel good read... okay narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jeffrey J. Selingo
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    What is the value of a college degree? The four-year college experience is as American as apple pie. So is the belief that higher education offers a ticket to a better life. But with student-loan debt surpassing the $1 trillion mark and unemployment of college graduates at historic highs, people are beginning to question that value. In College (Un)Bound, Jeffrey J. Selingo, editor at large of the Chronicle of Higher Education, argues that America’s higher education system is broken.

    Calliope says: "Unfocused and unconvincing"
    "The Future is on the Horizon"
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    The future of college education seems to be on the horizon for some and already here for many others. I have listen to this book once and on my second listen because the information is critical for my family's teens and 'tweens to know now. The future of college education seems to be in "online courses" or a combination of online and on campus, which means less money spent and to some extent, the best education that money can buy. Some of the Ivy League colleges and universities are getting on the bandwagon even though they continue to tout the physical campus as the best "experience" for the student.

    According to this author, some colleges and universities are holding on to the "status quo" because their jobs are on the line. I liked what this author had to say and he gave plenty of supportive evidence to backup his premise.

    Fred Stella's narration is a good fit for the material... his voice and tone keeps your head in the book. A good read for anybody who is interested in the future of college degrees: i.e., the bachelor's degree is now the high school diploma and the ph.d is becoming the master's degree! So, how does a student standout from the crowd of bachelor's or master's degrees? The author had a couple of suggestions on that too. Good info.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accounting

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    Jon Willing was just a teenager when he and his buddies Augie and Ben stole a fortune in drug money. Brazen with youth and stoned out of their gourds, they thought they had the perfect plan for getting away with it. They were wrong. Twenty-five years later, Jon’s marriage is in ruins, his kids are virtual strangers, and the recession has decimated his finances. When he finds Augie murdered in Vegas, Jon knows his past has risen from the grave to grab him by the throat. Now Jon Willing faces a choice: run to a paradise of wine and women and endless sunshine or confront the demons from his past and fight for what’s left of his imperfect suburban life.

    Charles Atkinson says: "A Great Suspense With Great Depth of Character"
    "The Truth Shall Set You Free!"
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    I enjoyed the novel, a great diversion. It held my interest from beginning to end. A story about a teenage boy and his pals stealing drug money and thought that they would get away with it. They had a good plan on how to keep the truth hidden. They did for about 30 years! and then the truth came bubbling up when the housing bubble came crashing down. There were a couple of spots where I thought the leading character made some rather stupid moves that not only got himself into grave danger but also got his teen daughter kidnapped by the folks who wanted their money back... it all came together decently in the end. The narrator did a wonderful job. I enjoyed listening to Eric Dove.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Matthew Iden
    • Narrated By Lloyd Sherr
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (288)

    In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer.

    William says: "This book was a distraction"
    "The Who and the Why Didn't Make Sense....."
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    I am not sure about this one.... I listened to the entire novel, but believe that I missed something essential to understanding the ending (the who and why). I guess I thought the who and why was a little too far fetched. I will take a second listen at some point because most of the audible reviews raved about the story and characters. I did love the main character "Marty" and how realistic his character and personality was drawn (can't get more real than having cancer, chemo treatments and all that entails). I also liked how there were a few dead ends in the investigation, but the conclusion didn't make sense to me at all. The narrator performed very well,nothing negative there... just didn't get the ending... oh well, this may not be the one for me.....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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