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gregg

santa maria, ca, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2577)
    Performance
    (2301)
    Story
    (2283)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Marci says: "Expect the Best"
    "Where has Lee Child gone?"
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    I was hoping beyond hope that Child's last book (Wanted Man) was a fluke. I thought that he got the terrible writing out of his system and now he will be back in form. Unfortunately this new book is nearly as bad. The only blessing is this time we didn't have to listen to Reacher speak with a broken nose. I am no longer willing to sit through the seemingly endless redundant dialogue to get a couple of minutes of my "Reacher fix".

    Come back to us Lee!!

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Koban, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Patrick Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (519)

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    Richard says: "Well Developed Story Line, Well Developed World!"
    "This is a TOUGH book to listen to."
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    This review is a bit premature as I have only made it about half way through the audio book. The narration is nothing short of bizarre. I'm not quite sure how to describe it. It is almost like the voice over for a movie trailer. No matter how benign or tense a particular scene it is read with equal emphasis....and odd emphasis and cadence at that. I have enjoyed the story so far so I have forced myself to try and ignore this. I have had success for entire minutes at a time....but not much more. I can ignore the odd reading but it all comes crashing down again due to an inexplicable addition of a chuckle after nearly every sentence the main character utters, and every third sentence of 2 of the more minor characters. It does not matter at all what the situation is. Okay, Okay, I exaggerate. But I promise you, it doesn't feel that way. "Two crew members were just horribly killed by Wolf Bats (chuckle), But you survivors did great! (chuckle)."....not an actual quote, but unfortunately I didn't take very much liberty with my paraphrasing. I didn't read the book so I don't know if this was just something added by the narrator or producer, but really bad call. One last comment on the narration, and this one is petty but I can't get it out of my head. The voice used for the Artificial Intelligence Computer (who's voice is described as smooth and male) sounds like a man doing a cartoon voice for a big-boned, mannish woman. This stuck with me so much because I had the misfortune to have to sit through a cartoon called "Brickleberry". The AI's voice is a dead ringer for the previously described woman. I honestly hope you don't get the reference, but I can't get it out of my head....get out, get out please!!!
    I noticed they changed the narrator for the next book in the series. I haven't read the reviews yet, but my advice is READ this one. It has been an interesting story so far.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2456)
    Performance
    (2101)
    Story
    (2094)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "I ignored the bad reviews and paid the price."
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    I put off buying this book because of the bad reviews. This was difficult to do as I'm a Jack Reacher fan. After seeing the new movie...Tom Cruise, really? (still enjoyed it)....I was in the mood for more. Big mistake. This was one of the most painfully slow, repetative, and ill conceived stories I have yet to listen to. I won't bother going into details as other reviewers have dissected it at length. Suffice it to say as much as I want another great story from Lee Child I will absolutely not buy one without seeing good reviews first. To all of you out there who tried to warn me I apologize for not listening. It won't happen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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