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Raymond

Sterling, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Good Morning Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Shaun Dooley
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Like father, like son.… But heredity seems to have gone a gene too far when Pal Maciver’s suicide in a locked room exactly mirrors that of his father 10 years earlier. In each case accusing fingers point toward Pal’s stepmother, the beautiful, enigmatic Kay Kafka. But she turns out to have a formidable champion, Mid-Yorkshire’s own super-heavyweight, Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel. DCI Peter Pascoe, nominally in charge of the investigation, finds he is constantly body-checked by his superior as he tries to disentangle the complex relationships of the Maciver family.

    Raymond says: "No clue how to relate pub notes to actual book!"
    "No clue how to relate pub notes to actual book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Reginald Hill and/or Shaun Dooley?

    "Woodcutter" was gem; is this the same author?


    What could Reginald Hill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Liberal use of trash can for bad ideas.


    What aspect of Shaun Dooley’s performance would you have changed?

    Performance was fine; bad content.


    What character would you cut from Good Morning Midnight?

    All of 'em!


    Any additional comments?

    Wow, what a disappointment! I was really looking forward to my next Hill book.
    Any suggestions?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Aidan Gillen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (288)

    The 13 chapters of The Art of War, each devoted to one aspect of warfare, were compiled by the high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun-Tzu. In spite of its battlefield specificity, The Art of War has found new life in the modern age, with leaders in fields as wide and far-reaching as world politics, human psychology, and corporate strategy finding valuable insight in its timeworn words.

    Angelina R. says: "Aidan Gillen needs to narrate more books"
    "Well done!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Concise and well-performed. This is. An excellent treatment of what can be a difficult read. I'd love to listen to a follow-up providing examples from the U.S. civil war. I think this could well be a hit series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predator One: A Joe Ledger Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (799)

    On opening day of the new baseball season, a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it's a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens.

    Emily says: "The best Ledger so far...by far. "
    "The saga continues ... but, no new ideas!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fans will enjoy this action-packed chapter; newcomers meet the gang. I was left wondering if the title should read "Part One".

    Can I assume "Part Two" is at the publisher? Why pay for one when you can pay for two?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eternity Fund

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Liz Monument
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    A futuristic noir thriller: When Jess Green is recruited by the Unit for her unusual abilities, she hopes that she’s finally found safe haven. Unfortunately, life in Department Thirteen (Crime Solutions) is anything but. A sinister brotherhood are stealing human organs, and Jess and her uncooperative handler are put on the case. Their quest takes them into the lair of a rich philanthropist and his beautiful, brilliant daughter who together run The Eternity Fund, anti-ageing as it’s never been known before.

    Judy C. Sanders says: "Very interesting futuristic dystopian story."
    "Great new sci-fi entry!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The plot and characters are first-rate. Although I found the primary villains just a little "over the top" there is still room for the the mere two-bit and sleazy villains to add that extra color!

    Well done and highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Z14: Zombie Rules, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Achord
    • Narrated By Graham Halstead
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    Zach Gunderson and his friends have carved out a life for themselves in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by zombies. But survival is a daily struggle. In addition to frequent encounters with hostile humans, Zach has discovered something very sinister about the zombies.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Is Zach the Messiah or just a very naughty boy?"
    "Good storyline with fast-paced action!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Despite the narrator's lack of emotion, the author has an interesting and unpredictable plot. Zombies take a back seat and the focus is on the humans - the best and worst of society.

    I have not read the first book in this series, but this book can stand on its own merit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Greil Marcus
    • Narrated By Henry Rollins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects 10 songs recorded between 1956 and 2008 and then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out - a new language, something new under the sun.

    Raymond says: "Fresh treatment of Rock history!"
    "Fresh treatment of Rock history!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Original and thought-provoking history of this music genre that has surrounded my life for decades. I learned some new things and look at others from a new perspective.

    My only wish is that these books could include the actual songs!

    I recommend this book to all Rock 'n' Roll fans.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Alchemist: A Crispin Guest Medieval Noir, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeri Westerson
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Once a Knight of the Realm, Crispin Guest was stripped of his title and his lands and now must earn his living with his wits. In various corners of late fourteenth-century London, Guest has become known as the Tracker, a man who can solve any puzzle or find any missing object - for a price. Because of that reputation, Guest is sought out by Nicholas Flamel, a famed alchemist. Both Flamel's wife and his apprentice are missing, and he wants Guest to find them and bring them home.

    Sherry says: "Great Series"
    "Angry old man!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Shadow of the Alchemist better?

    Skip this audio book unless you enjoy listening to a performer with permanent hemmoroids. Why is he so irritable? Who cares!


    What was most disappointing about Jeri Westerson’s story?

    I have no idea; the reader hurts my ears so much that I couldn't listen much past the second chapter.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    You have to ask?


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

    Great title.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be returning this book ASAP!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    A strange plague called the "Gets" is decimating humanity on a global scale. It causes people to forget - small things at first, like where they left their keys... then the not-so-small things like how to drive, or the letters of the alphabet. Then their bodies forget how to function involuntarily - and there is no cure. But now, far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, deep in the Marianas Trench, an heretofore unknown substance hailed as "ambrosia" has been discovered - a universal healer, from initial reports.

    Charles says: "Troubling"
    "Well, it was just my imagination ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mr. Cutter crafts a perfect horror story that depends upon our fear of "things that go bump in the night" coupled at the hip with the horrible things we do to our loved ones. In Mr. Cutter's mind, The Apocalypse is caused by a rampant and severe strain of Alzheimer's Disease; just as scary as a Zombie attack. Scientists are looking for a cure in the deepest part of the ocean.

    And so it begins ....

    I've enjoyed two of Mr. Cutter's books immensely (The Troop and The Deep) and look forward to my next trip with him as my travel host.

    Buy this book!

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10832)
    Performance
    (9947)
    Story
    (9986)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "An EPIC series begins!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mr. Sanderson has created a fantastic new world for our young hero, Jonathan, to spread his wings and soar. Although he loses his father at a tender age, Jonathan develops the character and attitude of a winner; grow stronger in mind and body and one can overcome tremendous obstacles. His story unfolds in this action packed and entertaining novel.

    This book is highly recommended for science fiction enthusiasts of all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insatiable Appetites: Stone Barrington

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (231)

    It's a time of unexpected change for Stone Barrington. A recent venture has achieved a great victory, but is immediately faced with a new challenge: an underhanded foe who is determined to wreak havoc at any cost. Meanwhile, when Stone finds himself responsible for distributing the estate of a respected friend and mentor, the process reveals secrets that range from merely surprising to outright alarming.

    Carol D. says: "Better than expected!"
    "Light and fluffy; perfect for a rainy day murder!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Stone Barrington novels remind me of a 1950's romantic comedy. All of the principle characters are rich, accomplished highly successful New Yorkers. Servants and oddball assistants handle the menial labor leaving our hero to gallop around The Big Apple meeting other "swells" and interacting with members of the criminal underworld.

    Crimes are solved and wrapped-up quickly and neatly allowing justice to prevail. But our man Stone remains the City's most eligible bachelor!

    The book is enjoyable and won't interfere with your need to multi-task.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Fortunate Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier, Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (362)

    When veteran operator Pike Logan and partner Jennifer Cahill receive a letter from Blaisdell Consulting - the umbrella cover company for their real employer, a top secret counterterrorist unit called the Taskforce - they expect orders for their next mission-impossible tasking. Instead, they learn that their latest actions have gotten them fired, despite having saved thousands of innocent lives. Pike's shock and fury is redirected when their commander Colonel Kurt Hale asks him and Jennifer for help with a personal matter.

    L. G. Scott says: "Best one yet!"
    "Terrific plot! Very realistic politics."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an excellent representation of the covert action thriller. I finished it within two days and can't wait to dig into the next Pike Logan adventure. I think that the inter-agency squabbles are on target and that the loop holes left for private, "consulting" firms paint a true picture of how important objectives are accomplished in the Federal government.

    The plot is innovative and ought to become one of the Homeland Security disaster scenarios (if it isn't already). Buy this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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