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Robert

WYLIE, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Big Red Tequila: A Tres Navarre Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    Edgar Award winner Rick Riordan captures San Antonio at its grittiest with his mysteries featuring Jackson "Tres" Navarreunlicensed P.I., Tai Chi master, and imbiber of Big Red cream soda laced with tequila. It’s been a decade since his father was murdered and Tres left town. But he’s got an itch that can only be scratched by looking for answers. Returning to San Antonio with his enchilada-eating cat, he uncovers a conspiracy involving the Mafia and dirty politicians.

    Robyn says: "Love It!"
    "Great story!"
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    I grabbed this book because I had listened to some other books by the narrator. Since I enjoyed detective novels and since I'm from Texas I figured this would be a good choice. Like any first book in a series it takes a little bit to get going, but this one isn't too bad. We get into some action right on the outset. Great story!

    However like another reviewer has said, sometimes it can be a bit tricky to get over the mispronunciations. For most people they won't notice, but being someone who lives in Texas it seemed to throw me off a bit every time. Otherwise a great listen.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Southtown: A Tres Navarre Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Award winner Rick Riordan is a master of Texas crime writing. In Southtown, maniacal convict Will Stirman escapes from the state penitentiary. With his gang of murderous thugs, Stirman pursues Erainya, the boss of college professor turned P.I. Tres Navarre. Erainya’s husband Fred helped put Stirman behind bars, and although Fred is dead, Stirman wants his revenge. Now only Tres can stop him.

    Robert says: "Going downhill."
    "Going downhill."
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    If you've been listening to this series thus far, one thing you will notice about this book is that it's about half the length. Personally I feel as this story isn't as up to par as the earlier books in the series. Again great performance by Tom Stechschulte.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Widower’s Two-Step: A Tres Navarre Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Rick Riordan’s first book in the Tres Navarre series, Big Red Tequila hit the mystery market like a Texas tornado. Readers couldn’t get enough of its hero’s offbeat combination of academic degrees, tai chi skills, and nose for danger. When the second adventure, Widower’s TwoStep, was published, it quickly earned an Edgar Award.

    Robert says: "Fav Tres Navarre Story so far!"
    "Fav Tres Navarre Story so far!"
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    I've so far listened to the 5 of the books, and am in the middle of the 6th book. I must say that this was my favorite out of the bunch. Great story, with great tension. Shows how different City and Country life in Texas can be.

    Again with all of the books, being a Texan sometimes the immersion in the story is broken with all the mispronunciations. Like someone said on a review of a previous Tres Navarre book, you would think it wouldn't come up too often... but it does more often than you think. Like Gruene Hall is pronounced "Green," and there are other mispronunciations of other cities.

    However even with this, it is a great story with a great narrator that really brings the characters alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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