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Ronny

hendersonville, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Hospitalized after a liaison with another man's wife ends in violence, Paul Cole has just one goal: to rebuild his shattered life. But with his memory damaged, the police hounding him, and no way to even get home, Paul's facing steep odds - and a bleak fate if he fails. This final, never-before-published novel by three-time Edgar Award winner Donald E. Westlake is a noir masterpiece, a dark and painful portrait of a man's struggle against merciless forces that threaten to strip him of his very identity.

    jycarter says: "A very poor and disappointing book"
    "I still can't believe it happened"
    Overall

    I love Westlake and while this is a completely different style in all ways and while it was depressing in its reality, it could have been among his best, EXCEPT, the ending. The ending was so weird and abrupt i still can't believe it was the end. If the Moderator had not come back on telling us that "This has been ..." i would be sure the file was corrupted and it was not the end. The reader was great though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4028)
    Performance
    (3396)
    Story
    (3387)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Worse than Garbage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Racketeer?

    I disagree with the reviewer who headlined the review "Garbage". It was worse than garbage! Save your money, and time. The only possible explanation is that Grisham took the first half of one implausible, rediculous story, and added it to the second half of an entirely different, implausible, rediculous story, and did not even bother to link the two together.
    I actually went back and listened to the first half again to see if i missed parts that would explain what the relationship was to the second part! (It didn't help).
    This might be what a first time author, who was just out of high school would write, but he woud never get it published.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything but Grisham


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader was OK but he was not very good. Maybe he was as confused as Grisham was about what was going on.


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

    Sadness at the pitiful depths to which a very good author has sunk


    Any additional comments?

    I am returning this book for credit. Maybe if enough people actually do that we won't be subjected to stupid trash like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Wind: A Joe Pickett Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (289)

    When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do-especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin. But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck.

    Dennis says: "Excellent, edge of my seat the whole time"
    "Cold Dead Fish, Not Cold Wind"
    Overall

    This book is nothing more than a diatribe against wind power. I might have been able to overlook that if anything else ever happened in the story. The main character is nobody you want to know, like or listen to. Characters pop up at random. Ove half way through the book and still nothing has happened except a guy was killed and hung from a wind mill.
    I will never buy a Box book again.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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