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Time Bomb | [Jonathan Kellerman]

Time Bomb

A sniper opens fire on a crowded Californian schoolyard but is killed before any children are harmed. When the sniper’s identity is revealed, a media frenzy erupts – why would they want to take innocent lives? Psychologist Alex Delaware is brought in to help the kids cope with the ordeal but is quickly drawn into exploring the motives of the would-be assassin. Alex soon finds himself on a bloody and twisted trail into the world of political extremism from which there may be no way back…
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Publisher's Summary

A sniper opens fire on a crowded Californian schoolyard but is killed before any children are harmed. When the sniper’s identity is revealed, a media frenzy erupts – why would they want to take innocent lives? Psychologist Alex Delaware is brought in to help the kids cope with the ordeal but is quickly drawn into exploring the motives of the would-be assassin. Alex soon finds himself on a bloody and twisted trail into the world of political extremism from which there may be no way back…

©1990 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Ms. United States 08-01-13
    Ms. United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Narration puts a stop to listening"

    This review concerns only the narration. This may be a great book, but I simply cannot get past the narrator's technique. I really tried. I was just a little nervous at first with the narration (every sentence has the same stress: (da-da-da-da DA), but I thought I could get used to it for the sake of the story.
    Then, less than 2 minutes into the recording comes the voice of 'Milo.' A parody of 'hard-bitten cop.' Almost unbearably unconvincing. Okay, well, maybe he won't be a main character. Then comes the principal, Linda Overstreet, Ed.D. OMG! It was fascinating to try to figure out what kind of audio manipulation created this voice. and what, exactly, was supposed to be conveyed by her absurd breathlessness (sexy? overmedicated? just weird?). I knew there would be children's voices coming up, so I masochistically listened on and, yep, distractingly bad.
    It's hard to do voices. Really hard. But not impossible. Sorry this book wasn't matched up with a more skilled reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PJPackwood Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-18-12
    PJPackwood Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2004

    I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.

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    I really did not care for the naration of this story. I did not like the verbal portrayal of Milo, and found it 'grated' on my nerves.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Giorgio Illinois 07-22-12
    P. Giorgio Illinois 07-22-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Should have been a short story"

    The basic story was good... all the other "junk" thrown in was distracting, diluting and depleting to my patience. The narrator was horrendous, as was noted here by others. His pronounciations of some words were baffling. Pat Metheny (musician) pronounced Pat Methanee (as in methadone). There are several more, each painful and without logic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Howard Oregon 06-18-12
    Kelly Howard Oregon 06-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good book, excruciatingly awful reading."
    What did you like best about Time Bomb? What did you like least?

    Another good one by Kellerman. It's been years since i read it in print, but this narrator is so criminally bad that it's difficult to fairly judge the merits of the book itself. Milo often sounds like a vary bad imitation of Michael Keaton's "Betelgeuse," & the voices of other characters vary wildly. The women are cringeworthy. The only character who sounded 1/2way decent (the rabbi) was a minor one. The reader's voice often sounds so strained I kept getting a vision of him with fold of skin being twisted in a pair of vice-grips. VERY unfortunate that 'Alexander Adams' (a.k.a. Grover Gardner) didn't do all the Alex Delaware books.


    What didn???t you like about Jeff Harding???s performance?

    Anything, everything. His voice, accents, performance, timing, and characterizations seemed middle school level at best. I will in the future avoid this reader like the plague.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dee ALPINE, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Dee ALPINE, CA, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not Kellermans best work, but fair"
    What did you like best about Time Bomb? What did you like least?

    There were some irrational plot leaps and assumptions by the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Kellerman? Why or why not?

    Most of his stuff is very good 4-5 stars


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was terrible. Mispronounced words, flat tone -not very professional

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 10-30-12
    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Recommend"

    I liked it. I would recommend it. There were some places where the narration was off. Almost liked they pieced together parts. It was distracting, but brief. :-) It was kind of a conspiracty theory book and I didn't see where it was going. It's a good "read."

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    Lees Tampa, FL, US 06-17-12
    Lees Tampa, FL, US 06-17-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Time Bomb?

    I am a huge Kellerman/Delaware fan, but this book seemed to drag on without any of the usual suspense that I've grown accustomed to with the series. It dwells on details ad nauseum. I'm also not a big fan of the reader, Jeff Harding, and his vocalizations of the characters.
    I've read every Kellerman/Delaware novel published to date. This is the one I would not recommend.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan NEWNAN, GA, United States 04-26-12
    Susan NEWNAN, GA, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Just an okay read..."
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and/or Jeff Harding?

    I've read almost everything Jonathan Kellerman.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I prefer John Rubenstein as a narrator.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dede Bonham, TX, United States 03-02-13
    Dede Bonham, TX, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2008

    I am an avid hot rodder and enjoy restoring antique airplanes and automobiles.

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    "Worth the Credit- not the best Kellerman novel"
    What did you love best about Time Bomb?

    Good suspense and interesting characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    It could happen


    What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

    Good pronunciation and inflections


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me really think about what could happen today or any day


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like the split of Alex and Robin. I believe in your in a relationship for life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bull Blacksburg, VA, USA 09-21-12
    Bull Blacksburg, VA, USA 09-21-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Jonathan Kellerman meets Marvel Comics"

    80% of this book was classic Alex Delaware, but ...

    When Alex gets himself in a life-threatening situation (NOT a spoiler, he always does), the situation and cast of characters get quite fantastical. I thought all of the bad guys had already been dealt with by Sergeant Fury, but no, they're still around.The fellows who save Alex don't wear masks like Batman and Robin, but they are otherwise from the same mold (as is their car).

    Jeff Harding does a very good job. He may want to brush up on regional accents, especially southern. His Texas is located somewhere in Mississippi or Louisiana.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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