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Ronald

Ridgecrest, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1704)

    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"
    "Flat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Adam Mitzner and/or David LeDoux?

    Maybe. I like legal thrillers. This was a dull book though.


    What was most disappointing about Adam Mitzner’s story?

    Very slow and tedious.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Good


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

    no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mission to Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (191)

    At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

    Darwin8u says: "Cary Grant Goes to Paris"
    "Very Slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book has very little story to it. In fact, it really does not get started until almost halfway through.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Furst again?

    Maybe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Port Mortuary: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (334)

    In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

    Terry says: "once again angry"
    "Every once in awhile, I just can't listen any more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

    This was one of those times. I was two-thirds of the way through and I just did not see the point of going on. I was no longer interested. The main thing wrong was the main character - Scarpetta. Cromwell has turned her into one of the most self-centered egotistical paranoids I have ever seen. The story is lost as the mental ramblings of Scarpetta as she goes on and on about how this person slighted her, lied to her, or is out to get her. Even her closest family and friends (Benton, Lucy, and Marino) are lying or undercutting her. It just kept going on and on. It was just too painful to listen anymore. Usually, even with a bad book, after I have this much time invested in the story, I want to see it through to see the resolution. But in this case, there was not even a significant story to keep my interest,


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was OK. I actually began to feel sorry for her.


    What character would you cut from Port Mortuary?

    Drop Scarpetta.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (287)

    Few know the city of Los Angeles the way #1 best-selling author and acclaimed suspense master Jonathan Kellerman does. His thrilling novels of psychological drama and criminal detection make the capital of dreams a living, breathing character in all its glamour and infamy. That storied history of fame, seduction, scandal, and murder looms large in Mystery, as Alex Delaware finds himself drawn into a twisting, shadowy whodunit that’s pure L.A. noir—and vintage Kellerman.

    Marion says: "As one narrator to another"
    "The Delaware novels seem to getting old to me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better linkage in the plot to the killer. I did see the story in the last 30 minutes, but until then I did not see much of a path. It all hinged on a huge coincidence in Delaware seeing a man at an event that just caught his attention. Then one leap after another and the crime is solved.

    Also the dialogue style has gotten annoying to me. All interviews are always one way. This style is practiced by both Milo the cop and Delaware the psychologist. Not saying it is not realistic. Just boring and annoying dialogue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Kellerman again?

    maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Loved the introduction of the girl Mystery. She would have been a more interesting character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Altar of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Philip Carter
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Cryptic dying words from a murdered homeless woman in present day San Francisco unlock a decades-buried secret that changed history. Now a pair of ruthless assassins are sent to cut the few living "loose ends." And a young, resourceful woman on the run encounters a determined man with his own connected past and vengeful agenda. Forced to partner for survival and answers, a fast-paced and deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.

    Jack says: "Fast Moving Exciting Read"
    "Mystery, intrigue are just fillers for chase"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Philip Carter’s story?

    Did not enjoy the endless chase from killers who always seem to be able to find their prey. Just seem to go on forever. The story, or mystery was treated as occasional filler.


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

    The plot seemed to resolve all issues in the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spycatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Matthew Dunn
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Matthew Dunn spent years as an MI6 field operative working on some of the West’s most clandestine missions. He recruited and ran agents, planned and participated in special operations, and operated deep undercover throughout the world. In Spycatcher he draws on this fascinating experience to breathe urgent, dynamic new life into the contemporary spy novel. Featuring deft and daring superspy Will Cochrane, Dunn paints a nerve-jangling, bracingly authentic picture of today’s secret world. It is a place where trust is precious and betrayal is cheap....

    Ronald says: "Juvenile and just bad"
    "Juvenile and just bad"
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    This is a simplistic and at times nonsensical and contradictory novel.

    First all characters not only seem one dimensional, but they are the same dimension. Good guys, bad guys, men, women, old and young all seem to be the same person. You can only tell them apart by the different over acted voices. I cannot blame the reader for that however, because the dialogue was so bad.

    "I AM SPARTAN"
    "I AM MAGEEDO"
    "I HAVE COME HERE TO KILL YOU"
    "I WILL STOP YOU",

    The main character was not just unbelievable, he was annoying also. Very early the story pointed out how the SPARTAN was so special. If this is the best in MI-6, they have problems. At one time he chose not to kill an innocent person who came between him and his objective. Yet he killed four allies earlier for the same reason earlier.

    In the second half, I had a hard time keeping my mind focused on the story.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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