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Spencerville | [Nelson DeMille]

Spencerville

Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police--an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.
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Publisher's Summary

Back from the Cold War, intelligence officer Keith Landry returns to his hometown of Spencerville, Ohio. Twenty-five years after their last encounter, Keith runs into his first love, Annie, now unhappily married to the town's chief of police - an abusive alcoholic. In his efforts to reclaim Annie, Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime.

©1995 Nelson DeMille (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    GyAzJRD Goodyear, AZ, United States 07-13-11
    GyAzJRD Goodyear, AZ, United States 07-13-11

    Retired math & CS majors that grew up on SF of 50s-70s, and now is a devotes of Clancy, Ludlum, Greaney Child, Connerly, DeMille ,& Baldacc

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    "DISAPPOINTING"

    Slowest moving DeMille novel I've read. Leading characters, also, seem to be the stupidist. Very disappointing!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 07-29-15
    Joseph 07-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story and performance"

    Loved it. Great story and performance. It kept me captivated right to the end.

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    Lisa Lizton, India 07-08-15
    Lisa Lizton, India 07-08-15 Member Since 2010

    I love thrillers!! Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Michael Connolley, John Sanford, David Baldacci, and others! These authors can make a long road trip very enjoyable!

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    "Good Themes, A Bit Long"

    Loved the themes in this book. They rang true and matched up with some of my own thoughts.

    The scenes of Cliff Baxter's brutality were too frequent and too long.

    Not my favorite DeMille book and still worth listening to.

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    Brian Ferlis 03-31-15
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    "Not his best"

    I am a big fan of Demille and Brick however the book was not on par with his best novels. Also the reading made me think Boss Hog in Alabama vice some jerk in Ohio.

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    Linda Lebo 01-29-15
    Linda Lebo 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "language was awful"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would warn them about the use of the f... word. It must be used 500 times! The word is used way to often!!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I love to listen to Scott Brick. He always does a great job and brings the story to life.


    Was Spencerville worth the listening time?

    Other than the language, it was a good story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William R. Schmidt Katy, TX United States 11-27-14
    William R. Schmidt Katy, TX United States 11-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Are you sure this is DeMille??? Not his best work"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I love DeMilles other works, so this was disappointing.

    The story line need a lot more attention and focus. It seemed to stumble all around not sure where to go. The "Hero" is introduced as a soldier-spy expert, yet can't do anything right and is out-maneuvered by the supposedly Neanderthal villain at every turn. It is painful to watch the hero miss every sign of the disaster to come, page after page.

    The story had a lot of potential, but it was never developed. It comes across as a lot of random thoughts thrown together and wandering blindly through the night.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Gold Coast is the one I'm listening to now. MUCH BETTER.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne 08-07-14
    Dianne 08-07-14 Member Since 2012

    A good listener!

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    "Not my favorite DeMille"

    Of all the ND books I've read and listened to, this is my least favourite. It was just too predictable, and some of the scenes were drawn out far too long. Most significant, any real-life woman as strong and intelligent as Annie is purported to be would never be as unaffected by such a long-standing abusive relationship as Annie is here.

    That said, I continue to like Scott Brick as a reader. But even he couldn't rescue a doomed plot and story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 07-19-14
    Barbara 07-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible!"
    What would have made Spencerville better?

    Nothing...it was too repetitive.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    Of course. I have enjoyed many of DeMille's books. If I had read this one first I probably would never have tried another one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick was not at his best in this book. The story was so bad I don't think a different narrator would have helped.


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

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JoHanna 04-30-14
    JoHanna 04-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I NEVER THOUGHT DeMILLE COULD DISAPPOINT ME! UGH!"
    What would have made Spencerville better?

    The use of foul language was really excessive -- it became so common that the vulgarity didn't even register after a while. Narrative was long and drawn out -- I love suspense but after 20-30 chapters of waiting for the unexpected to happen, it got a bit tedious.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I certainly haven't given up on DeMille. I have read most all of his books and his name was on my 'Favorite Authors' list, but after suffering through Spencerville, I think I'll scout out another book by Connelly, Sanford or Grisham.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. He was absolutely the redeeming feature of the presentation.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spencerville?

    The repetitive descriptions of abuse.


    Any additional comments?

    I realize that this book was written many years ago and DeMille has obviously improved with age! So I'm going to "forgive and forget" and move on to some of his other truly wonderful efforts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 02-01-14
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story Line,however"

    I was expecting more from this book than I got. It moves rather slowly even though the plot is a good one. My biggest objection is the dialogs between Keith and Annie. Their conversations at times sound like they are still in High School. With Keith hints are dropped of his world travels and spy craft but he talks like a High School Junior. Cliff comes on as this real mean tough guy and drops the "F" Bomb every other sentence. I am a Scott Brick fan but he really dropped the ball on this one by making Keith sound like a whimp. After reading "The Gold Coast" and it's sequal I wanted the same experience with this one and it just did not deliever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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