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Ronald B. Johnson

Largo, fl USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 412 ratings
  • 1043 titles in library
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  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4531)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1826)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "Half book terrible, other half good--don't read"
    Overall

    Lead character(written in first person) is so annoying you want him written out of the book. Story of terrorist (written in third person) is excellent. Not enough to save book. DeMille should stick to third person writing.
    Book has unfinished ending, which leads you to sequel (The Lion) which has same problems.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10077)
    Performance
    (9129)
    Story
    (9207)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Wow ,why did i preorder?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to almost all of the first half and had to stop. No drama. No tension. No character development. And so much detail about the buildings and paintings and hallways and floors and doorways in Florence.......you get the picture.
    Worst of all I loved all of Dan Brown's other books, especially the last few. I was really looking forward to something great.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17064)
    Performance
    (15184)
    Story
    (15226)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When this book started out I thought I was reading a romance novel. Glad I stuck with it.
    Excellent plot development and really takes a turn around halfway through.
    A new and refreshing approach to a crime novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1704)
    Story
    (1721)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "Less than mediocre"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Slow moving with an unimaginative plot. I finished it, but it was a struggle. I want more mystery and twists and turns in a book like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25607)
    Performance
    (19449)
    Story
    (19520)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Don't get started on this series!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I just finished the entire series. This review is to give people an overall idea of the five books and why not to start them.
    I started this book after I had immensely enjoyed the HBO series. I had hoped book one would give me more more plot and more character development than the tv show.
    Sadly, it did not.
    The tv show has all the major plot lines of the book without hours of meaningless prattle.
    It's amazing how this author can say nothing in so many, many words. And I like long books--I loved Stephen King's The Stand and Justin Cronin's The Passage.
    I went on to book two because I was curious how all the cliffhangers from the first book would turn out. I got hours of boring details a little plot movement and everything left hanging at the end. Speaking of the end, almost all plot of importance happens in the last part of each book.
    Book three was like book two with slightly more interesting endings, but with hours of boring fluff.
    Book four was absolutely horrible. Major characters from the first three books are not even addressed in this book. It is basically more hours of boring listening about secondary characters. THE AUTHOR EVEN APOLOGIZES FOR THIS AT THE END!!
    Book five was the biggest letdown because it came years after book four and one would think the author would come up with some better plots. Nope, just more boring stuff in the longest book of the series with the usual ending of all things being left hanging for the major characters.
    I finished the series because I liked the tv show so much, and hoped to see how everything turned out.
    I won't read any future books.
    For those of you who watch the tv series here's an example of how slow the plot moves.
    In the show and in book one "winter is coming" keeps getting said. In book five it's still coming.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2999)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1236)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "Half book terrible, other half good--don't read"
    Overall

    The half of this book written in the third person and is about the terrorist is excellent.
    The other half written in the first person and is about the hero John Corey and is horrible simply because of his constant jokes and sarcasm during any situation no matter how serious. No one would be able to stand being around him and you won't either as you read this book. I hoped the terrorist would win and put him out of my misery.
    Unfortunately, I also read the Lion's Game, this books prequel. It has the same problem. I only read both books because this book promised an end to the story that is left unfinished in the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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