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Terry S.

I'm a private investor with an affinity for a good spy story, mystery, or thriller. WWII Biography or History also appeals greatly.

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  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1203)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "Good Story Larded with Verbatim Repetition"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Heist the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy George Guidall every time. He is easy to listen to. It is a good story that does not insult the listener by being overly predictable or tidy.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I have read or listened to every Gabriel Allon novel but it only became really apparent to me when listening to the audio books (at least the two most recent) just how much filler Silva lards them up with. He must have his computer filled with dozens of paragraphs that he reuses verbatim. These paragraphs are descriptions of characters, events, and places from previous books or times in Allon's life that I suppose he would argue are useful to a new reader as backstory. However, it seems that the least he could do is change the wording even slightly.

    It is insulting to loyal readers when an author abuses his success in this way. Perhaps I am just envious that he can get away with it! The book seems half done before he writes an original word. A comparison of The English Girl and The Heist shows this laziness at it's worst. So here is the formula..... come up with an interesting plot line (grade A) , insert multiple paragraphs from previous books, add a few new paragraphs, sort appropriately, send to publisher, cash check. Overall grade... C minus, mostly for laziness and insulting loyal readers.


    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Tequila Mockingbird: Sinners Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (99)

    Lieutenant Connor Morgan of SFPD’s SWAT division wasn’t looking for love. Especially not in a man. His life plan didn’t include one Forest Ackerman, a brown-eyed, blond drummer who’s as sexy as he is trouble. His family depends on him to be like his father, a solid pillar of strength who’ll one day lead the Morgan clan. No, Connor has everything worked out - a career in law enforcement, a nice house, and a family. Instead, he finds a murdered man while on a drug raid and loses his heart comforting the man’s adopted son.

    Terry S. says: "Laughably Awful"
    "Laughably Awful"
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    What did you like best about Tequila Mockingbird? What did you like least?

    There isn't room here to list all the stunningly ridiculous contrivances in this book. Suffice it to say the characters are not within a light year of being believable, nor is the plot. Apparently the Morgan family pretty much runs the entire SFPD by itself and they somehow manage to do this while keeping heavy Irish accents over what had to be several decades and generations in the US. They are all also somehow devoid of any prejudice AND, shockingly, have several gay siblings in this big ole Irish clan. I could go on but you get the picture.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rhys Ford again?

    Doubtful.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tristan James’s performances?

    He does a decent Irish accent.


    Could you see Tequila Mockingbird being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not!


    Any additional comments?

    This is trash. Don't waste your money just because it has a gay theme. Wait for something better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Social Skills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sara Alva
    • Narrated By Andrew Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate - until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.

    T. Amburgey says: "This is one amazing book!!!!"
    "Loved it Despite Myself"
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    Have you listened to any of Andrew Eiden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard this narrator before, but he did a good job. He changed his voice subtly for each character without resorting to cheesy accents and he hit emotional notes authentically.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is all about not letting opportunities for life to pass you by because of fears about what other people will think. The characters are somewhat unrealistically self aware and attuned to others, especially for people so young but I overlooked this as a plot device because it reinforced the moral of the story. It is hard not to kind of fall for Connor, and I found myself a little sad to see him off as the story ended.

    The gay fiction genre is loaded with some pretty awful writing but this particular book is an exception. Five stars is the most I could give it but based on the reviewer grade inflation in this genre it should get at least six stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (804)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    John S says: "Alternative to Nesbo/Harry Hole Novels"
    "Excellent Story, Well Told but Disturbing"
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    What did you love best about A Conspiracy of Faith?

    You get a distinct feeling of authenticity from this author when he is describing the workings of the police department with it's politics, budgets, and people. The story may be a bit far fetched but not so much as to be a distraction. The book is written intelligently and gives the reader credit for some intellectual capacity. American writers could learn form this as it helps explain why writers from this region have become so popular lately.


    What other book might you compare A Conspiracy of Faith to and why?

    There are a lot of similarities to other Scandinavian authors like Nesbo and Mankell.


    Any additional comments?

    The thing I remember most about this book is how unrelentingly dark it is. Not a good choice if you are already depressed or are looking for something to make you feel good. The Scandinavian crime writers all seem to project a very melancholy view of the world. Makes you wonder if the suicide rate there isn't sky high!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1003)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Typical Sandford Fare"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure I would, as long as I knew they didn't mind a good fun, light read on occasion.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It is a decent suspenseful plot that keeps a pretty high level of interest. Sanford always has at least two threads going in his stories which helps keep it moving along.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

    You would have to like Virgil Flowers if it was realistic for him to actually exist. He is independent, resourceful, thoughtful, and intelligent while being both blue collar and intellectual in his pursuits.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't go that far! This a pretty light fare designed for easy enjoyment. You don't look to this author for deep inspirational moments or heavy thoughts. His characters say "huh" as a full sentence for goodness sake.


    Any additional comments?

    John Sandford has developed a great franchise out of a few recurring characters and he always delivers a fun, suspenseful storyline. Like all authors in this genre, he pads the word count, in his case with overly detailed explanations of geography that only a local would care about, but I have no real complaint with this since he delivers a good product. There is definitely a mass market playbook that most of them are following. It's only irritating when they get lazy and take their readers for granted. So far Sanford has not done so for me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Witness: Henri Poincaré, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Leonard Rosen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    It is late spring 1978, and Henri Poincaré has worked nearly to exhaustion preparing for a salvage operation to find the gold and silver in the long-sunken Lutine. Before the salvage season begins, he meets Liesel Kraus, who is smart, able, appealing - and troubled. She and her brother Anselm are haunted by a violent history that generates both rage and, as the directors of Kraus Steel, an enormous, corrupting wealth. The closer Poincaré draws to Liesel and Anselm, the more warped life becomes.

    Terry S. says: "Excellent story very well read."
    "Excellent story very well read."
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was a difficult story to turn off. Grover Gardner is easy to listen to and Leonard Rosen has created a character, Poincare, who is nuanced, human, fallible, and easy to care about. He has a terrific backstory tied up in mid twentieth century Europe and if you like history, other cultures and plot lines that require a little thought on the part of the reader, you will enjoy this as much as I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this after having read his other novel, "All Cry Chaos", which is set later in Poincare's life and is five stars all around. Normally I am skeptical of prequels but I was not disappointed here. I think the author boxed himself in a little because he developed such a great character but started him so late in his career. I guess Rosen didn't get the memo from most American authors today about how to squeeze every penny out of an idea. I hope he finds a way to bring us more of the Inspector.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Spymaster

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (126)

    Charles "Jay" Tice was a legend throughout the world of international intelligence. But secretly he was also a traitor, reputedly selling information that will seriously compromise the security of the United States for decades to come. Since his treachery was exposed, Tice has been kept under strict surveillance in a maximum security prison. Then one morning, his cell is discovered empty. Jay Tice has vanished - without tripping an alarm or leaving any trace of his passing.

    A User says: "fast and furious"
    "Cardboard characters/thin plot"
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    What was most disappointing about Gayle Lynds’s story?

    The plot was a little predictable and the characters were neither interesting nor believable. I found it a struggle to just finish the thing and only came back to it if I was working out and had nothing else on my phone at the time.


    What three words best describe David Colacci’s performance?

    He did what he could with the material he had to work wih. The characters and the plot had very little nuance.....he was probably as bored as I was.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Spymaster?

    I wouldn't cut anything specific. Rather, I would send the whole thing back and ask for a lot more character development focusing on making them more human, more believable, less like bad TV characters from a show like 24. Ditto for the plot. Rewrite!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1723)
    Story
    (1710)

    In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not up to par"
    "Disappointing story, sleep inducing performance"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I very much enjoy Michael Connelly's work....except for this one. The story Is dull and doesn't even seem like the same author wrote it. The narration is even more dull than the story. So, no, I don't recommend this one.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write it himself?


    What didn’t you like about Titus Welliver’s performance?

    This is a dull story and the narration was delivered in a monotone that just made it worse.


    Did The Burning Room inspire you to do anything?

    Indeed it did. It helped me fall asleep for several nights.


    Any additional comments?

    I think my previous comments are enough. I am just disappointed that this author did what so many others have done and phoned it in in order to fulfill a contract or just make a few extra bucks from loyal readers. Its a shame to bring a great character to the end of his career in such a lackluster fashion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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