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William

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  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2924)
    Performance
    (2005)
    Story
    (2012)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "One Third In and am Considering Stopping"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Plot is ridiculous so far, and excruciatingly slow to develop.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Yes--loved every Reacher book so far, but this one stinks


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    He's AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL at voices, particularly women and children. I've listened to hundreds of books and he's the WORST.

    And, and, and, his volume reduces by about half when he's pathetically doing women and children--which means you need to listen at excessive volume to the rest of the book if you're interested in the dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    May have to give up the Reacher series if future Hill performances are even close to this bad.

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  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1494)
    Story
    (1499)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Embarrassment for Follett"
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    What disappointed you about Edge of Eternity?

    While the first two volumes had plenty of Zelig-like implausible connections between the characters and true events, they just became a joke in this book. Like all of Follett's books, each character is either good or evil, full stop, but here the lines seemed to have been drawn entirely based on politics--left equals good. Non-left? Not just bad, but pure evil. And it's not just that Follett is a leftie--what successful novelist isn't? It's that he's embarrassingly ignorant. The great climax (spoiler) has the token (evil, of course) American conservatives acknowledging to one another that the West had absolutely nothing to do with the fall of communism. Also, it's not just that Ronald Reagan was bad, he was a murderous terrorist. George Bush was a buffoon who wished for communism to continue. The Catholic Church in Poland was torn, because it loves authoritarian government--so it did little to nothing to help the resistance. Margaret Thatcher never existed. The Soviets never invaded Afghanistan. The Cold War ended because Gorbachev maneuvered himself in to chairing a single meeting of the Politburo. The list goes on and on. So the book is 35 hours of unconvincing characters showing up on the scene of history's great events, and observing leftist virtue triumph over right wing evil. Yup, that's the story of the Cold War. Edge of Eternity and all that.


    Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    John Lee is the best, the greatest. I'd listen to anything he read. But it has to be acknowledged that his American accents, especially Southern and Boston ones, are simply inept. And his renditions of famous voices like MLK's and the Kennedys', well, they're just painful.


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