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Cayce

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Hard to stop listening...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-19

This is my second Nick Petrie book and it won't be my last. I love thrillers and have read and listened to most of the big authors but I'm always looking for ones I don't know.

This book elicits the full heart thumping experience I expect from the thrillers I read, but it was not quite as formulaic as a lot of the genre, which is fun. The same was true of the other book of his I read. So you can listen to this without trepidation if you're looking for a fast moving thriller. It will make your commute, household chore or photo editing (for me) go a lot quicker. But you'll also enjoy the characters with their flaws and struggles. No one is perfect, no one knows exactly what to do at every moment.

I look forward to many more Nick Petrie books and a little more of Peter Ash.

True Crime at it's best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Reads like a spy thriller, except it is true. A deeply reported look at Russian financial corruption by someone who lived through it

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Good primer on the subject

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-18

While some of the critical reviews here are valid, I think they largely miss the point. This is not a technical manual, nor an investing guide, but a decent introduction to a complicated subject. Yes the authors are true believers and yes there's more magical hand waving than I would like. But I learned a great deal and feel far more confident engaging with the subjects of block chain technology and cryptocurrency than I would otherwise.

I wanted to like this...

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-17

I wanted to like this book. The blurb sounded great and the mention of Karin Slaughter and Lee Child made me think it was going to be a thriller. So maybe expectation was partly to blame for my lukewarm response.

This book is slow and filled with detail about living in the wild in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The writer is good and if you like detail filled fiction or stories about living in nature and how to survive with your hands and makeshift tools, then you will likely enjoy this book. But I play books in the background while I edit photos and I need them to move more quickly than this.

I'm also not sure the narrator did this book any favors. The woman's voice is innocent sounding with a slight singsongy quality. It really grated on my nerves after awhile. The long descriptions of hunting and killing the animals and how wonderful she thought her father was went on way too long for me.

It's possible this book picks up in the second half, but I couldn't get that far. Check out the sample and make sure the narration doesn't drive you nuts.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

A good listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-17

This is a good book that moves through the story comfortably until close to the end when it goes into high speed. I defy you to stop listening at that point.

It stops short of being a perfect book, largely because it's trying too hard. As a fellow southerner, I understand Ile's desire to remind the rest of the country that racism is and was far more widespread than the borders of the southern states as well as to let people know that everyone wasn't bad. But there's a subtlety to the argument that's lacking. As another reviewer pointed out, our hero was wildly heroic, with few obvious character flaws and it didn't land in a completely honest way for me.

That said, it's a very interesting listen and a worthy effort. You won't be wasting your time listening to it.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

Truly excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-17

I've never read Ian McEwan before, but after reading this very clever novel, I will definitely read his other books. It was smart, inventive and suspenseful. What more could you ask!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

I'm always so sorry when these books end...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-17

I love this series - everything about it. The character, the writing and the narration. If you like thrillers, do yourself a favor and take a ride with the Gray Man. The only thing you have to lose is the hours you're going to spend listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Pretty brilliant...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-17

I loved this book but I can understand why the reviews are mixed because it would not be for everyone.

First off, it's not a sweet or heartwarming story. It's a clunky coming of age and never quite getting there story. The characters are flawed and confused and just downright crazy at times, but I thought it was masterful and I never lost interest.

While it's not even remotely political, if you are a law and order kind of person, you might find yourself a bit put off by the characters and the situations they find themselves in.

If you love books like Confederacy of Dunces (which was even more brilliant, I think), you might find yourself right at home with this quirky, surprisingly deep novel.

Listen to the sample (always listen to the sample) and if you laugh a few times, then buy the book.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

This is not really a gift...

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-17

I tried to listen to this but it was just boring. Off the cuff reminiscences about Christmas from the narrators felt like I was stuck at a party listening to people's family memories. Not everyone is good at telling stories, even if they have a nice voice.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Really missed on the narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-16

I like these books and I like both sets of characters. It was fun seeing them come together and I hope we will get more of that, but the narration was a total mess! There's nothing wrong with either narrator, but I can't figure out for the life of me why they broke this story up into two narrators. It just made a slightly convoluted story way more difficult to follow. It was jangled and jumpy and basically a really bad idea.

Pick a narrator and let them read the story!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful