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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 Member Since 2011

    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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    Dianne Monterey, CA, United States 08-07-14
    Dianne Monterey, CA, United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2012
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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 2010
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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 SAN CLEMENTE, CA, United States 04-30-14
    JoHanna SAN CLEMENTE, CA, United States 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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    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 02-01-14
    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2009
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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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    Daniel Encinitas, CA, United States 09-22-13
    Daniel Encinitas, CA, United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Not DeMille's Best"
    What did you like best about Spencerville? What did you like least?

    Great narration by Scott Brick. This was not the most interesting DeMille book I've read. I am a big fan of DeMille, but this book was not as compelling as his others. I felt it was a waste of a credit.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    Yes, I've enjoyed is other books.+


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Cliff Baxter


    Do you think Spencerville needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the main characters were not interesting enough for me to care what happens to them next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, USA 08-24-13
    Stephen Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, USA 08-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "This is a Love Story not DeMille Action"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a chick version of DeMille. I struggled to get through it. Long sequences of people expressing their love and talking about their feelings. I found it not DeMille's typical style.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story dragged through long sequences of lover's talk of reconciliation. These could have been much shorter.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Scott Brick and have listened to multiple audible recordings of his. He reads DeMille well.


    Was Spencerville worth the listening time?

    Barely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrew tracys landing, MD, United States 06-04-13
    andrew tracys landing, MD, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2007

    Regular guy from the midwest. Love my kids and the outdoors. 15 years of commuting in D.C. has helped to put a few titles in my library.

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    "Corny, almost unbearable."
    What would have made Spencerville better?

    Less corny


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Talbot Odyssey - i like most of DeMille's work.


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

    Elmer Fudd


    What character would you cut from Spencerville?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    What the? How did this get published?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Elk Grove, Ca, United States 02-25-13
    Carol Elk Grove, Ca, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A worthwhile listen: Captivating and engaging."

    While this is not one of his best, Demille remains a really great storyteller. It tends to drag on at first and I was begining to wonder if there ever was going to be any action ... I am glad I hung with it. There is enough stealth and suspense to keep the reader hooked in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John MARTINEZ, CA, United States 11-19-12
    John MARTINEZ, CA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Another Great Read From DeMille."

    I loved almost everything about this book. The only thing that let me down was that I was expecting more of a "Bad Ass" from the main character. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone and it is well worth the time and cost to read, but I'd hoped for some real action as described in the Publisher's Summary i.e. "Keith will have to draw on all the skills of a violent lifetime".

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