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The Doctor

Massachusetts | Member Since 2005

  • 4 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 260 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014

  • Hannibal Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

    Terry says: "Needs Professional Voice"
    "Horrible In Every Way"

    I have to say I'm astounded folks are even giving this two stars, let alone four or five! This is one of the worst books it has ever been my misfortune to encounter. Above and beyond the flat, poorly written narrative is the author's narration. Why in the world someone at Random House Audio didn't tell this guy how bad his narration was is beyond me. I agree with another reviewer that Harris sounds like Gomer Pyle trying to pronounce French, German, and Japanese. His French is unbelievably bad. Was any effort even made to correct his pronunciation? Admittedly, Hannibal Rising is such a horrible novel that no narrator could have helped it much, but Harris is, without question, the worst narrator I have ever heard. Just flat out embarrassing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Pretentious Trash"

    This book was just awful. I really can't find a good thing to say about. The writing is terrible. The characters are unlikeable and engage in the most unrealistic dialogue this side of a George Lucas film. The plot is plodding, boring, and tedious.

    A good narrator can propel a mediocre book to greater heights. Paul Michaels is, however, not a good narrator. Coupled with the unrealistic and boring plot, Michaels' poor narration makes this audiobook just about unbearable. Why, with a novel as popular as this, would the publishers not secure a more capable narrator?

    I'm not entirely clear who Brown's target audience is. This book is so pretentious that you would believe it is aimed at a fairly sophisticated audience. However, it is so poorly written it is unlikely to appeal to any reader who wants their authors to have at least a modicum of talent. I'm willing to overlook talent for an author who can tell a good story, but Brown doesn't even succeed on this front with this book.

    As has been said before, if you like this sort of thing, then The Lost Secret is the sort of thing you'll like. However, if you're interested in good writing, or even just good storytelling, this has neither.

    29 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • Sweetheart: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the body of a young woman is discovered in Portland's Forest Park, Archie is reminded of the last time they found a body there, more than a decade ago: it turned out to be the Beauty Killer's first victim, and Archie's first case. This body can't be one of Gretchen's - she's in prison - but after help from reporter Susan Ward uncovers the dead woman's identity, it turns into another big case.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Another average mystery from Cain. Meh....."

    Picks up where Heartsick left off, but isn't half as good. The story is slow and formulaic. Seemed to just drag on without really progressing anywhere. The fact that the main male character (Archie) survives is simply unbelievable. Closes with a gratuitous opening for a sequel. Disappointing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Oh Brother"

    Definitely the worst of the "Odd" books, and given the declining quality, hopefully the last. This book never seemed to get going, and when it did, it was over. While all the "Odd" novels require a suspension of disbelief, the suspension necessary to believe this book is just too much. I've also come to find Odd irritating and despite his constant, and I mean constant, self-deprecation, quite arrogant. In addition, the humor in the book is terribly weak and nauseatingly relentless. Setting it in a monastery was theoretically a nice plot twist, but was just too unbelievable. What's next? "Odd in Space?"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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