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Ted

Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

Lancaster, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 237 reviews
  • 311 ratings
  • 612 titles in library
  • 90 purchased in 2014
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  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4592)
    Performance
    (2279)
    Story
    (2305)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Sadly.... Booring"
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    I wanted to like this. The period... characters.... mystery... and CHICAGO as it becomes a butterfly. But Scott Brick's portentousness, coupled with ho-hum writing made it slower than a sloth in syrup. It reminded me of why reading high school history was work.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ties That Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    On the outside, Amanda Jaffe has healed from the traumatic events that concluded the sensational New York Times best seller Wild Justice, but inside, she's struggling to regain her self-assurance. When she is forced to represent a pimp accused of murder (a case no other lawyer will touch), her client threatens her, strirring up the trauma to such an extent that she must finally seek the help of a psychiatrist.

    William says: "Good Book!"
    "Stinko!"
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    Adequate characters, and the writer had craft BUT, this "story" stinks! I have never been so disappointed with the way a writer ended a plot. He betrays the reader with one narrative, then inserts an incongruous, entirely different storyline that assumes the reader is a dolt! Margolin appears to have contempt for his readers, assuming we accept any twaddle that let's him write, "The End" when it's obvious that he's grown tired of the entire thing.

    I worried about getting this book after the way Margolin's "Wild Justuce" fell apart at the end, but I enjoyed some of his ensemble enough to try "Ties That Bind". Boy am I sorry. Margolin's needs to become a ghost writer for someone who has plot ideas, his just evaporate in the end.

    Don't buy this thing, even with George Guidal, it was - in the end - Un-saveable! Stinko!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Trojan Horse: A Jeff Aiken Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich, Kevin Mitnick (foreword)
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (393)

    It’s two years after the Zero Day attacks, and cybersecurity analyst Jeff Aiken is reaping the rewards for crippling AlQaida’s assault on the computer infrastructure of the Western world. His company is flourishing, and his relationship with former government agent Daryl Haugen has intensifiedsince she became a part of his team. But the West is under its greatest threat yet. A revolutionary, invisible trojan that alters data without leaving a trace has been identified, roiling international politics.

    Ted says: "5 STARS: Russinovich Is Tranformative"
    "5 STARS: Russinovich Is Tranformative"
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    Somewhere in the middle of “hunt For Red October it clicked. “Yoa!” I thought, “This is a new something… a genre… if not a new species, well at least a new breed.” So I read the next 16 (or was that 18?) Clancys… Until somewhere in “Shadow Warriors”, or perhaps “Search and Destroy” he lost his power to fly the class he created (and never recovered them in his own attempts at cyber-fiction).

    “Trojan Horse” goes “CLICK!” Mark Russinovich has accomplished where Neil Stephenson and the aging Clancy failed. Issac Asimov argued that if science did not drive the plot, it was not "science" fiction, but fiction in drag. Clancy at his best did the same thing with his techno-fiction where a sort of electro/mechanical engineering drove the plot. Russinovich’s transformational technology-driver has done to Clancy’s breed what the internet has done to newspapers… This is a disruptive book.

    While “Zero Day”, the first in this Jeff Aiken/Daryl Hagen series, was engrossing –Russnovich was experimenting with his powers. I enjoyed it, and recommend that you read or listen to it before starting this book since it explains the allusions to that story peppered through “Trojan Horse”. But while each of these books are VERY commercial and crammed-full with action (cinematic is the word that comes to mind), Russinovich is sucking on the cyber-pipe full-on here in “Trojan Horse”.

    BTW, this is NOT a Jeff Aiken book. While it’s a partnership, Daryl Hagen is now the stronger member of this pair. I hope someone at Audible will fix that in the series description.

    Johnny Heller does a fine, if not masterful, job of presenting this work even if his characters are incompletely nuanced. Still, I won’t do anything to pull all five stars away from “Trojan Horse”. It’s as masterful as “DaVinci” code in its story telling clout yet "cyber"-fiction in the Asimov sense.

    This is a cross-over novel that every adventure/mystery lover can enjoy and the best adventure book I’ve listened to in years.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Collision

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeff Abbott
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Collision is the story of two men living very different lives - one, a successful corporate consultant who is mourning the murder of his new bride; the other, a former CIA agent known only as "Pilgrim", whose current assignment for a fringe espionage agency is so treacherous he doesn't trust even his own boss. When they are thrown together in a violent, unexpected event, the two men realize that they've been framed in an elaborate setup.

    Ted says: "Action Without Adventure"
    "Action Without Adventure"
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    Maybe this was a first novel? Nope, this is what Abbott does all the time I guess. Anorexic characterization that's much fatter than the plot. If you believe any of this tale, hey… I've got a pair of bridges that are totally cheap… lemme know, K? It reminded me of the early summer blockbuster movies… Back in the 70s… The ones that were all shoot-em-up car chases. Fine for the times, but un-viewable today. This story wouldn't get green-lighted for cable TV.

    I stopped listening three times, but finally,with nothing else on my iPod and a long gym workout to fill… it got finished with an ending that was unexpected as a baby's birth gender after a first trimester ultrasound.

    Maybe this is aimed at prepubescent reading-challenged males? Actually I'm thinking that the interminable action scenes may have been assignments to the author in a creative writing class that he sort ran back to back without bothering to imagine a story for glue?

    Phil Gigante made a buck here, probably deserved, not so much for his performance which is OK, but for his tenacity in reading "Collision".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3231)
    Performance
    (2636)
    Story
    (2606)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "It's BOGO Bosch!"
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    Pay for one, get two Harry Bosch novels entwined here in "The Drop" AND…. a bridge to Connelly's next Bosch… "The Black Box"! Plus this is totally great Michael Connelly. Here Harry goes puzzling-out the mysteries of a "Splatter" who's found seven stories below his penthouse terrace while Bosch's also working through the mindset of a pedophile who's got an astonishing alibi as a suspect in a rape/murder.

    Of course both cases are cemented together with procedural detail and cop-politics. Connelly's never been better, nor has Michael McConnohie. As usual, I recommend you start Bosch from the beginning of this epic series to capture all the whorls and whims of Connelly's imagination, but hey… If you just want to start your Bosch experience somewhere…

    Drop in here…

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Time for Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    The house was deathly quiet. That was the first sign that something was terribly wrong. Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge woke that morning to find herself alone. Her family - mother, father, and brother - had vanished without a word, without a note, without a trace. Twenty-five years later, Cynthia is still looking for answers. Now she is about to learn the devastating truth.

    S. Johnston says: "I truy enjoyed this book!"
    "Schmucks!"
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    Every male (I can't use the word "man") in NTFG is built around a spine that's wispier than stuff Victoria's Secret uses to make panties. Think of the word "manly" then think of its most extreme opposite. There, you've described every male character in this book.

    Actually the mystery here is interesting, and adequately worked out. But these panty-waist guys are so weak… no "weak" is to these creatures is like using the word "dull" to describe Uncle Dan's family slide show. Barclay's women are shrews, his males pansies and this story what happens when the word man is surgically separated from the word testosterone.

    As for Christopher Lane… I guess this was work. We all need to make a buck, and this chore was probably better than digging ditches in winter during a storm.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Phillip Margolin, best selling author of The Undertaker's Widow, introduces the world to the first genuinely monstrous psychopath of the new century. Also available abridged.

    Ted says: "Yikes Is This Improbable!"
    "Yikes Is This Improbable!"
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    I really like Amanda Jaffe, Phillip Margolin's star character here in Wild Justice. And yeah, Margolin is like a great carpenter, but in this case, not a designer of fine furniture. There's a difference, right? While he puts the story together with competent precision… Well if this story were a cabinet, it'd sure have a lot of gaps, holes, bulges, clashing colors, and improbable joints.

    Still, I listened to the end because Anna Fields is a terrific actress (can't wait to hear her tell me more stories) and Margolin is a master carpenter and its entertaining to watch him saw, bang, paint, and join stuff. I'll get more of his books, but like a quarter mile secret tunnel snaking out beneath a suburban home… This one's too improbable to believe.

    If I had it to do over again… Nope, I wouldn't.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Demolition Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In Demolition Angel, he delves into the life-on-the-edge world of the Los Angeles bomb squad. Three years ago, Carol Starkey was one of L.A.'s best bomb squad technicians. Then, a freak accident while disarming a bomb left her scarred inside and out. Now a Detective-2 with the LAPD’s Criminal Conspiracy Section, she is struggling to rebuild her shattered world. When an explosion claims the life of a technician who was a colleague and friend, Carol is assigned to head up the investigation.

    Ted says: "WOW! I mean…. W.O.W.!!!!!!!"
    "WOW! I mean…. W.O.W.!!!!!!!"
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    This is just plain, old fashioned…. THRILLING!!!! Okay, Paul Hecht doesn't even try to do female voices. FUGEDABOUDIT! This thing is perfectly designed to entertain till almost the last tick of the clock…. LITERALLY! Totally liked it. Recommend it. A blast from beginning to end.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (886)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "A Fulcrum Moment Uncovered"
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    There are times on history's vector when its slope doesn't just get steeper but when the damned thing gets discontinuous… it doesn't slope upward as much as it takes a big step. Here Stephen Greenblatt meticulously reveals one of those leaps… or as he calls it… The Swerve. Don't worry, your eyes won't glaze in spite of that word "meticulous" up there. This is scholarly yet popular history writing wedded. And Edoardo Ballerini leads us through with patience yet with all of the appropriate drama. Nowhere does he make this seem a lecture… rather more like a good thriller. I liked it… And have bought the physical book as presents for a number of friends thanks to this listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Artist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (736)

    After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

    Snoodely says: "Reluctant Assassin"
    "Gripping? Yeah… Gripping Will Do"
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    Spy versus spy. A LeCarre mood of multi-crossing darkness. A tale of momentum as the moral alternative. Pace comes fast, morality a lot slower. Intellectually, that's a good thing in this middle eastern drama. Emotionally though… that's where the questions burble up. Silva is masterful and George Guidal is, as usual… the perfect ensemble creator with a voice that wraps around dialects he thrives in international thrillers… just like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (535)

    Tell No One is an irresistibly suspenseful thriller infused with nail-biting tension and packed with shocking plot twists. It has been eight years since Dr. David Beck’s wife, Elizabeth, was murdered by a serial killer. When Beck receives a message containing a phrase only Elizabeth should know, he is tormented to tears. Either someone is playing a sick joke, or the wife he’s never stopped loving is still alive. He’s been warned to tell no one, and as the desperation of his search for the truth intensifies, he heads straight toward a deadly secret.

    Patricia says: "Great Fun"
    "Not Coban's Best, BUT Still a Coban."
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    Oh so much belief to suspend here. At times the plot has more holes than a lace shawl. BUT it's still a lace braided with precious thread. I'm guessing this is an early Coban. But the ending's plausible if you buy Coban's set up and Coban's strength is in set up.

    Frankly, if you/ve not read this author before… don't start with this. If you have read him, don't expect as much. Ed Sala does a journeyman job.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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