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Vikon

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  • I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Pilgrim is the code name for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone.

    Tony says: "Where is the rest of the story"
    "Highly Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up I Am Pilgrim, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Expansive mystery with lots of background.


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

    The plot was filled with background stories about all the characters. It was clear the author hoped to have all these various incidents somehow come together in the end, which they do. Unfortunately, this abundance of character information does not make the central plot about a threat to America any more original or interesting than many other books in the genre. The book is very well written and entertaining throughout, but one always has the feeling that one's heard it all before. The author is Australian and it shows, with more than the usual number of passing references to Australia, which is fine. However, the main character is American and little things in the book are obvious Australianisms, like "ring off" instead of "hang up" or "call around" instead of "stop by." It's a little bit annoying and the American editor should be taken to task for not picking up on it. In the end, this book reads like a movie with all the parts left in that won't be there when they do make a film of it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Unfortunately for an audio book the narrator was the worst thing about this selection. His reading is fine, and he's very listenable. However, he is way too youthful to sound like the main character, which rendered the first person narrative wholly unbelievable. It's not the narrator's fault he was totally mis-cast. Also, his Australian accent was laughably bad. His foreign accents were no more authentic. If the producers of this audio book wanted to turn the book into a cartoon, they succeeded by using this narrator.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I did, however, listen to it with interest and I did not listen to anything else at the same time. It kept me entertained for about 5 days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Pilgrim, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terry Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone....

    marc says: "The thriller you need to listen to this year!"
    "Highly Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Pilgrim, Volume 2 to be better than the print version?

    Read my review for volume one.


    What other book might you compare I Am Pilgrim, Volume 2 to and why?

    Read my review for volume one.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Read my review for volume one.


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

    Read my review for volume one.


    Any additional comments?

    Read my review for volume one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Counsellor

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Counsellor is the story of a lawyer whose desire to get rich, in order to impress his fiancée, leads him to become involved in a risky drug-smuggling venture. His contacts in the high-stakes cocaine trade are the mysterious Reiner and the seductive Malkina. As the action crosses the Mexican border, things become darker, more violent, and more sexually disturbing than he could ever have imagined.

    Vikon says: "don't bother"
    "don't bother"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Counsellor?

    This is not Cormac McCarthy prose. It is a screenplay. It's boring and the reading is boring.


    What could Cormac McCarthy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write it in prose.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Screenplays are not meant to be read, and this one is no exception. It's not literature. It's a poor description of a film.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Audible is misleading you by not telling you it's a screenplay. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS ITEM.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field Gray: A Bernie Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Philip Kerr
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (135)

    Philip Kerr crafts a thrilling chapter from his critically acclaimed Bernie Gunther series. In Field Gray, Bernie finds himself imprisoned in 1954—and told he can either work for French intelligence or he can hang. Accepting his new job, Bernie begins interviewing POWs returning from Germany. And things get interesting when he meets a French war criminal and member of the French SS who has been posing as a German Wehrmacht officer.

    Jean says: "Field Gray"
    "So far, the best in a masterful series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't start with Field Gray, save it for after you have listened to the preceding volumes in the "Bernie Gunther" detective series. Kerr's creation is an engaging, wryly comic, and morally challenging character. Paul Hecht's reading deeply and unobtrusively captures the spirit of Gunther, as well as the many adversaries Kerr pits against him in this expansive, complex, but eminently clear political detective story, steeped in a history no one should have the pleasure of forgetting about. Field Gray is as much a warning as it is a retelling about the depths of inhumanity in which humanity can so easily lose itself.

    5 of 6 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
    (3159)
    Performance
    (2575)
    Story
    (2545)

    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"
    "Possibly the best Bosch ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The only reason I hesitate to call this THE best Bosch ever is that I do not want to diminish all the previous wonderful volumes. Nevertheless, this book is the best Bosch in a long time. Although Connelly's style remains direct and unadorned, the subtlety with which he develops his characters' thoughts and feelings resonates throughout the story, increasing its depth as the plot continues to ravel and finally unravel in a thoroughly satisfying denouement. For those of us who have read all the Bosch novels, The Drop is a moving continuation of a man's life, a man whose purpose and ethic remain steadfast in a changing world. Bosch's relationship to his daughter, so central to 9 Dragons, takes a more symbolic role in the present novel, allowing the relationship to mature in some ways, but also allowing Bosch to regain the kind of independence that characterized his more youthful investigations. That said, The Drop is also a reflection on aging, on the kinds of questions we men of Bosch's age are asking ourselves in the later years of our professional lives, whether we still have "the edge". With this book, Connelly proves he still does have it, and it's sharper than ever, technically and creatively. As always, Cariou masterfully complements Connelly; this great actor still has "the edge" too.

    47 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2005)
    Performance
    (1747)
    Story
    (1746)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Ranks with the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is beautifully written account of a president we never should have lost. The history is expertly told by introducing the reader to the personalities of the people that lived at the time and held great power over the direction of our nation, not only politically, but socially, scientifically, and overall medically.

    The story is heart-breaking in its depiction of a heroic man, not heroic for what he accomplished in his time as a politician, but for the strength and spirit of life he brought to the long journey toward his own death.

    The performance was absolutely first rate. The reader faultlessly creates the voices of each character with such convincing narration that the listener feels as though they are meeting the people, not listening to a reader.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (598)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Unfortunate"
    Overall

    The most interesting part of this audiobook is the first 5 minutes, in which the author's son tells the story of his father's quest to write and publish this book. Unfortunately, the narrator of the actual book made it a classic bore. After the first hour or two, I finally gave up. It just failed to capture my imagination the way an audiobook usually does. Too bad there are no used audiobook shops. I would trade this one in immediately.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2563)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (939)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "If you love Connelly...."
    Overall

    If you love reading/listening to Michael Connelly's books, this one will not dissappoint you. I think Giles casts McAvoy a little too young, after all it's been 12 years since the Poet, so it's a bit hard to believe this guy is as tough as he needs to be to go against the criminals. By the middle, I thought this is the best since Chasing the Dime, my personal favorite. But in the end, it doesn't hold up to that standard. Still, listening to the VERY end makes this top notch.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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