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Lee Gesmer

Dover, MA USA
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  • Without Fail

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,963

Skilled, stealthy, and anonymous, Jack Reacher is the perfect man for the job: to assassinate the vice president of the United States. Theoretically. The head of a high-level Secret Service security detail wants Reacher to find the holes in her system - and fast. A group of desperate men already has the vice president in its sights. And it will stop at nothing to realize its objective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series so far

  • By Lily on 07-11-16

One of the worst books I've ever listened to

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-18

Ouch. After finishing the most recent Connolly/Harry Bosch novel I asked a close friend what she would recommend to hold me over until the next one appears, probably a year from now. "Jack Reacher," she said. "I've read them all, haven't you?"

With that recommendation I picked this book, somewhat randomly. I will say, without hesitation, it is one of the worst novels I've ever been exposed to. Long, long, long stretches of nothing of interest occurring, with short segments of impossible-to-believe violence. Just plain terrible. I have actually forced myself to listen to the first 14 of this 16 1/2 hour book. It has been torture and tedium. Now that the identify of the shooters appears to have been revealed (absurd), I can't stand to finish it.

I know this series has many fans. I just don't get it.

To make matters worse, Dick Hill is usually a good narrator, and I've enjoyed many books by him - some of the Bosch books and several Wallender books are excellent. But, his voicings in this book just made the book even worse, if that's possible.

  • Been So Long

  • My Life and Music
  • By: Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick - foreword, Jack Casady - afterword
  • Narrated by: Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick - foreword, Jack Casady - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

“Music is the reward for being alive”, writes Jorma Kaukonen in this candid and emotional account of his life and work. In a career that has already spanned a half-century - one that has earned him induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors - Jorma is best known for his legendary bands Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. But before he won worldwide recognition he was just a young man with a passion and a dream. Been So Long is the story of how Jorma found his place in the world of music and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'll Be Alright Someday

  • By Dubi on 09-11-18

Great Book, But Could Have Used Different Reader

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I'm part way into this book, and I'm enjoying it. I'm a huge Jorma/Hot Tuna fan, and wouldn't miss this for the world.

That said, I'm ambivalent about Jorma as the reader. I recognize the value of having him read his own autobiography. But he is not a great reader - he reads too fast, in my opinion, and it detracts from the audiobook.

So, highly recommend the book, but think it could have benefited from a better reader.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Deceivers

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200

When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. The former CIA director, now president, Vinnie Duto has plenty of people working in Texas. He wants Wells to go to Colombia. An old asset there has information to share - and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Topical political/espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 02-07-18

Another great John Wells Novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I've read all 12 John Wells novels, dating back to the first book in 2006. They are all excellent, and this is no exception. There are countless allusions to current political/international events in this book, and it's funny sussing them all out. Guidall is amazing, as always.

  • Nemesis

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Thor Knai
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Read the (fantastic) book instead

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-19-11

Have to agree with other reviews re this reader

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Was really looking forward to this book after reading/listening to other Nesbo books, but this reader is just intolerable.

  • Replay

  • By: Ken Grimwood
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,110

In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book for the past 10 years

  • By psnorb on 12-29-08

Really a Love Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-17

This may be a sort-of sci-fi novel, but the heart of the book is a love story between two "replayers". Great and beautiful novel. Relationship between Groundhog Day and this novel is tenuous at best, so don't let references to Groundhog Day discourage you from reading this novel (or encourage you, for that matter).

  • The Old Man

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,160
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,142

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The 'old man' is not old!

  • By Wayne on 08-15-17

Astonishingly Dull

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-17

This book started strong, but the middle (the Chicago love-affair) was so dull I simply could not get through it. Perhaps it picked up toward the end, but I'll never know.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chiefs

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465

In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!

  • By karen on 09-17-13

Heartbreaking Story of Hatred and Discrimination

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-16

This book has an extraordinarily slow start, but it's worth it. The portrayal of hatred and discrimination toward black Americans is truly heartbreaking, and often difficult to stomach. Excellent reader. Only criticism is that for much of the book, the next-chapter number is stated instantly after the current chapter ends. Poor production in that respect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Perfect Spy

  • A Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

Over the course of his seemingly irreproachable life, Magnus Pym has been all things to all people: a devoted family man, a trusted colleague, a loyal friend - and the perfect spy. But in the wake of his estranged father's death, Magnus vanishes, and the British Secret Service is up in arms. Is it grief, or is the reason for his disappearance more sinister? And who is the mysterious man with the sad moustache who also seems to be looking for Magnus? In A Perfect Spy, John le Carré has crafted one of his crowning masterpieces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Le Carré story

  • By William E. Bemis on 03-30-16

Wonderful novel, but a challenging audiobook

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

This is a fantastic novel - arguably Le Carre's best. But, it is quite challenging as a audiobook. Le Carre's writing is complex and intricate, which makes it difficult in an audiobook format. Add to that the fact that this novel has a very complex timeline - most of the book is flashbacks and vignettes into the protagonist's life, from childhood to present. Sometime, even the flashbacks jump around on a timeline. So, highly recommended, but be prepared to be challenged if you elect to read it in an audiobook.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,981

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Big Potter fan, but ...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

sorry, this book just went on forever, not much happened, and the endless interviews/investigation became boring. I couldn't finish it.

Has The Cuckoo's Calling turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Which scene was your favorite?

none

What character would you cut from The Cuckoo's Calling?

n/a

Any additional comments?

Very disappointing book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,344
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,197

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Narrator is perfect fine

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-16

Would you try another book from Arthur C. Clarke and/or Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) ?

n/a

If you’ve listened to books by Arthur C. Clarke before, how does this one compare?

n/a

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

After reading the multiple reviews criticizing the narrator for this book I was hesitant to purchase it. If you feel the same way, forget it - I'm several chapters into the book, and I don't know what these reviewers have against the narrator, but he is perfectly fine. He is not great, not terrible, a perfectly fine middle-of-the-road narrator. I would not hesitate to purchase another book read by him. The criticisms of him here are completely off the mark.

Could you see Rendezvous with Rama being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

na/