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  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,738

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

So very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Lee Child is one of those authors that I have read everything he has written and that I eagerly await his next book. I bought this as soon as it was available and I am sorry to say, there is nothing there. I am about half way through and have given up, its not worth the effort. Reacher searching here and there to connect with his family and a couple of knuckle heads with a mysterious package who can't get out of there own way. I need a murder by now, or at least
Reacher getting into a couple of brawls.

Perhaps it will eventually connect, but seriously, is it worth the effort to get there. Scott Brick does as good a job of reading as he possibly can with this turkey. It is the only thing that has kept me going.

Once again I am mystified at all the great reviews, I don't think I am that picky, but maybe so.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Depth of Winter

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934

In Craig Johnson's latest mystery, Depth of Winter, an international hit man and the head of one of the most vicious drug cartels in Mexico has kidnapped Walt's beloved daughter, Cady, to auction her off to his worst enemies, of which there are many. The American government is of limited help and the Mexican one even less. Walt heads into the 110-degree heat of the Northern Mexican desert alone, one man against an army.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I miss Vic and Henry!

  • By Nancy R on 09-06-18

Even Guidall couldn't save this turkey

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Craig has exhausted his story line capacity, time to copy Patterson and hire young writers to do the heavy lifting and just put your name on the credits.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,747

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

Astounded by the reviews

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

What genius thougt it was good idea to have a black man read a novel about an Irish cop. His pacing is so bad and his accent so out of place hat it is impossible to listen to it. I guess I will get my credit back, buy the printed version and see how that goes.

Usually, unlike Amazon, these reviews are pretty reliable...not this time. Possible there is a decent story here, but I sort of doubt it, though I admit I could not get pass the naration.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tier One

  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,844

John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This One's a Keeper!!!

  • By shelley on 09-11-16

So very boring, almost asked for a refund

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

The very first thing an adventure book about going after terrorists...rule one is keep the story moving. This very boring novel over described everything event and thought. When a Seal Team arrives on site, don't describe how hard the wind was blowing, unless it affects the events, similararly, the moon, the sore leg and on and on and on. Very disappointing book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Destroyer Angel

  • An Anna Pigeon Novel, Book 18
  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 546

Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation - an autumn canoe trip into the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is 13. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting-edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • survival

  • By Jean on 04-11-14

horrible

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

i have read/listened to all her books with the exception of the one set in New Orleans that was a real stinker...this was so much worse. I wonder if I can get my credit back as I only listened to 4 really bad chapters. I'm shocked that Rosenblat, who has done all her reading agreed to read this dog.

Don't waste a credit, I guarantee you won't finish it.

  • The Deep Blue Good-By

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,720
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,314

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

  • By Michael Cavacini on 06-15-12

Sadly, didn't hold up over time

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

Back in the day, I could hardly wait for the next Travis McGee novel to be published, always in paperback. I'm not sure if he even published in hard cover, but I certainly couldn't afford those in any case. As a big fan I downloaded this book soon after it was available and just got around to listening to it. Sadly, it just did not hold up over time. He was clearly the model for Jack Reacher and other heroes with a soft heart, but this big tough guy just seems so dated. There is endless meaningless dialog that seems to go nowhere and the scenes with the several damsels in distress just didn't work for this day and age.

The reader was more than adequate, fitting voice to characters unerringly.

This is certainly not a bad book and like all McDonald novels short enough for a long plane ride. Give it a try, for old times sake.

I just bought Quick Red Fox on sale, I'll give you all an update on that one soon.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Day

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,078

From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Big fan of David Baldacci, not a fan of Zero Day

  • By William R. on 11-22-11

One of Baldacci's best...

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

Reviewed: 11-29-11

This was one of Baldacci's best in a long time. Expect to see more with this protaganist. Some other reviewers have compared this with the Lee Childs' Reacher novels and it certainly is an apt comparison, but what the heck, I love those books. It took a little getting used to the two naratators, but after a while, it seemed quite natural. Probably not my first choice, but with such a major female lead, it worked out quite well.

The only problem I found and the reason for four instead of five stars, was he just seemed to run out of steam in the wrap-up. A really unrealistic conclusion and bad guy.

  • Feast Day of Fools

  • A Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,396

Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding story with remarkable delivery.

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-13-11

Another awful Burke book!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-11

A truly awful book! There was a time when James Lee Burke wrote great books, books one looked forward to reading or listening to. For the last few years he has become fasinated with flowery prose that does nothing to advance the story line and makes listening impossible. If someone is going out at sunset, we only need to know that it is sunset, every color in the sky, every blade of grass, every sound, the crunch of the gravel, does not need describing and only distracts from the story. Of course that could be the plan, the story line is so thin that it won’t stand on it on. In any case I gave up on this one after an hour. I’d ask for my credit back, except I should have known better, his last couple have been the same, label me a slow learner.

  • Shock Wave

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288

The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I think I'm in love with Virgil Flowers!

  • By Barbara on 10-12-11

Sandford remains the best

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

Reviewed: 10-29-11

John Sandford remains my favorite author, and this book continues his tradition. With “That F’ing Flowers” as the protagonist this book is difficult to put down, and one has to love Sandford way with a phrase such as when Flowers is musing about if admiring a woman’s ass is cheating he says, “I know what Jimmy
Carter would say…aw F### him!”

This is one of those books that you just don’t want to end, can hardly wait for Sanford’s next.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rough Draft

  • By: James W. Hall
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

When her parents were murdered, Hannah Keller was 3,000 miles away, on leave from her job with the Miami Police Department. Her family's only survivor on that deadly day was Hannah's six-year-old son Randall. While fishing on the dock behind his grandparents' house, the boy glimpsed the killers, and later discovered his grandparents' bullet-riddled bodies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tiresome

  • By Charles on 06-27-11

Tiresome

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-11

James Hall spent a lot of time researching material for this book, unfortun onately he felt compelled to include every sliver of information, no matter how boring. The only feasible way to listen to this is with one finger on the fast forward button. This is particularly true after the maniac killer is killing his second and third victims, the gruesomeness just goes on and on. I should have just deleted this book after the first couple of hours, but I am so cheap, I feel compelled to get my money's worth. In this case, I felt like I should have been paid to listen. By all means, avoid this one.