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Lincoln, Nebraska | Member Since 2007

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  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3000)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1237)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "Not for the liberals amongst us......"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I had to quit 'reading' this novel about an hour into it. I downloaded it because I was attracted to the theme and I like thrillers. The author, at least up to where I quit listening, seemed even handed in setting up the situation with either side; Islamists and Westerners. However, I had to give off because of his perpetual rants against even the most moderate of liberals to the point where my blood pressure was on the rise. Adios, Lion!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    Probably not.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for political moderates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intercept: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    A left-leaning judge liberates four of the most dangerous al-Qaeda terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and the CIA field officers track them back to Pakistan's northwest frontier mountain range. But the men vanish and rejoin the dark and mysterious forces trained by Osama bin Laden high in the Hindu Kush. These are men with hatred for the United States and Great Britain, and they are sworn to hit back at the USA, which imprisoned so many of their high command.

    Mark Laskow says: "Bottom Decile Writing"
    "Prejudice makes novel unreadable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Intercept better?

    Forty minutes into this book I had to give it the hook. All middle easterners are 'camel jockies', even the ones who represent their countries at the U.N. I love a good thriller, but it wasn't possible for me to respect this one because of the ethnic biases so obvious from the start.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Robinson again?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Charles Leggett’s performances?

    Yes


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

    I gave it short shrift so really shouldn't try to answer this question.


    Any additional comments?

    A zero.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Killing Kindness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Colin Buchanan
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    When Mary Dinwoodie is found choked in a ditch following a night out with her boyfriend, a mysterious caller phones the local paper with a quotation from Hamlet. The career of the Yorkshire Choker is under way.

    Dean says: "This is how it should be"
    "Great Writing But Irritating Reading Style"
    Overall

    I was immediately engrossed by the story but could not finish this book due to the readers bizarre delivery. Be sure to listen to a sample before downloading this one. I have loved all of the Reginald Hill books that I have listened to and so selected this one without checking the reader. I wish Audible would reissue this with another reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1267)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "I hoped for more..."
    Overall

    I gave this 4 hours and it never developed into either a History or a Story. Some of my dear friends love this reader but I found him painfully self-conscious, slow and breathy. This is a great period of history waiting for a better book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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