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Scott

Lafayette, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2201)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (821)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Great but not best"
    Overall

    I don't agree with other reviewers that this was the best Robecheau book. Burkes writing was beautiful and Patton's naration was perfect.

    However I thought the plot was a little over the top and dragged out. Pete and Dave must be in their 60s so the things they do are a bit hard to believe. Alafair had a run in with bad guys in a previous novel so her actions in this novel don't follow that experience.

    Its still an excellent novel and worth the use of a credit especially if your a fan of burke and listened to all other of his novels.

    Tin Roof Blow Down I believe is still the best Dave Robicheaux novel.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (266)

    In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

    Ruth says: "Meet Letty West!"
    "Just can't get enough Sandford!"
    Overall
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    I love Sandford books but recently been hesitant to purchase them thinking that Lucas Davenport is going to get old and boring. Sandford Never Disappoints. this book is excellent even if you read the later books where he already has some characters introduced by the story you'll still love it. I am not going to hesitate in getting a Sanford book in the future and now going through my library to see if there are any I haven't listened to yet.

    Im suprised there isn't a whole slew of movies based on Davenport.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3554)
    Performance
    (3110)
    Story
    (3125)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Couldn't stop listening to it"
    Overall
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    Tom Clancy is back on his game. Lately I have been dissapointed with Clancy's books I felt as if they were ghost written. This book was the best book since " A clear and preset danger" . The cyber war part was excellent. Im an IT professional and felt for the most part the computer technology parts were believable, I even learned some new things.

    This book started out immediately interesting I couldn' t stop listening to it. I felt the narrator did a great job the only thing I didn't like was the voice he used for the Russian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (1398)
    Story
    (1363)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "I suffered through it"
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    I loved all James Lee Burke previous books but I found this extremely difficult to listen too. I found it very difficult to follow burke seemed to think adding more plot twists was a good thing. Where actually it just started to become absurd. Generally I can get through an audio book in a week, I was so unimpressed and unexcited to listen to it took a month. I can't believe most people gave this a good review?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (624)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "Great Movie Awesome Book!"
    Overall
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    I was a little hesitant about picking up this book since I have seen the movie dozens of times. I am really glad I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Reading this book made the movie seem even better. The movie did a great job in keeping true to the book. The book added more character development and back stories that wasn't possible to fit into a 2 hour movie.

    The author does a great job of getting you interested in the plot and charaters from the very beginning and then never letting up. The book keeps and perfect pace never too much or too little detail.

    Frank Muller one of the best narrators ever and he didn't disappoint in this book, he nailed all the characters.

    The only thing I didn't like about this book is I was so captivated by it I couldn't stop listening and finished it within the first few days instead of stretching it for a week or two by listening to it on Walks and Commuting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1251)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Virgil good as ever"
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    I was a little hesitant to listen to this at first due to some previous negative reviews. Since I haven't been disappointed by Sanders in the past I decided to go ahead and use my credit to get it. I was not disappointed this was another excellent Sanford book and I think one of the better Virgil Flowers adventures. The story was interesting and alot of twist and turns that kept you guessing who the killer was. I always like how Sanford gives you the point of view of the killer without giving away his/her identity it adds alot to the story. looking forward to Sandford's next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17687)
    Performance
    (13544)
    Story
    (13489)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Boring, not very funny for women only"
    Overall

    I bought this book thinking it would be good for my wife and I to enjoy on our summer vacation road trip. I found very little of this book inspiring or funny. I think from a womens perspective that it might have been funnier therefore Im giving it two stars instead of just one.

    I don't recommend this book for men to listen . The book is all about what it takes for you to be a women to overcome sexism in the workplace. I don't see myself as a sexist and believe I view women as equals in a professional workplace but I found her feminist values and instructions obnoxious and arrogant.

    If your like me and looking for a good book to listen to with your Significant others try something different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (720)

    It's a sad and eerie harbinger of our times that the Oprah-watching, crystal-rubbing, Whole Foods-shopping moms and their whipped attorney husbands have taken the ability to reason away from the poor schlub who makes the Bloody Marys. What we used to settle with common sense or a fist, we now settle with hand sanitizer and lawyers. Adam Carolla has had enough of this insanity and he's here to help us get our collective balls back.

    Brett says: "Hilarious Book"
    "absolutely loved it! well worth the credits!"
    Overall

    I wasn't sure that i was going to be able to deal with 6 hours straight of Adams corolla rants but this was the funniest audio book I have ever heard. Im going to get the written book so I can read some excerpts from to my friends and family. Not only is it funny but its right on I believe in almost everything he said except Immigation ( white guys don't do any hard labor jobs for me in my area no matter how poor they are) but I digress , this is a must for all guys. all previous negative comments must be from chicks

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Judas Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    A disturbing audiotape has made its way to General Charles Ferguson, adviser to the Prime Minister, and from him to the President of the United States: battlefield chatter from an ambush in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in which twelve U.S. Army Rangers and a British medical team died. Most of the Taliban voices are Afghan, but not all of them — shockingly, some of them are British, and one in particular, the voice of the commander, bears an Irish accent.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great intrigue"
    "boring and unbelievable"
    Overall

    I was very disappointed with this book , very predictable expect a bit more from this writer. The characters were impossible to believe everyone one of them was a certified corporate jet pilot, expert warrior with every weapon and spoke perfect arabic. I won't make a mistake of getting anything from this author again.

    Narrator was good though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4248)
    Performance
    (2413)
    Story
    (2416)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "gripping"
    Overall

    I'm a 3rd into this story and so far its fascinating and enjoyable. The author has put a lot of little details of daily life which really puts you right there. The narrator is excellent and for the most part can tell the difference between the many characters in the story. My only issue is there are a lot of different characters in the story so you need to pay close attention in the beginning to know who they all are.

    I have read and listened to a lot of Vietnam War books. Most have been from the perspective of the privates where all the officers are made to look like idiots who can care less. In this book the protagonists are young lieutenants, which make it a bit different and more realist view

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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