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R. L. Ketcham

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  • Red Horizon

  • Discovery Series, Book 2
  • By: Salvador Mercer
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

The truth of discovery is on mankind's horizon, a Red Horizon. For nearly four long years, the world's superpowers have mobilized their people and resources in preparation for the next discovery, Mars. The race against one another pales in comparison to the inherent dangers of travelling through the vastness of the cosmos, going where mankind has never gone before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not much sci fi

  • By Theo on 05-20-18

Virtually the same story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Any additional comments?

This is virtually the same story as Lunar Discovery. Except this time US, USSR 2.0 and China race to Mars instead of moon. The biggest disappointment about the "Discovery" series is that there is so little about the "Discovery". Not very imaginative for a science fiction writer.

  • Good As Gone

  • By: Amy Gentry
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,056

Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic - but Anna, Julie's mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worse than a waste of time

  • By Wayne on 12-10-16

Very disappointing read

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

What disappointed you about Good As Gone?

This is a very hard book to follow. The author jumps around so much it is hard to follow. To add to the confusion, the author writes one half of the story in reverse order changing the main character's name several times. This flipping is done with little pause and no other indication by the narrator.You are just forced to catch up

61 of 66 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,696

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

This book hates women

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

Any additional comments?

This book started off good. There are good story elements in this book that have been poorly executed in the second half. Most of which could have been solved by some smart editing resulting in about one third of the book being removed.

1. Cut the repetitious, gratuitous, graphic, and violent rape, beheading, and more rape scenes that seemingly go on and on. Way, way overdone. I started hitting the 60 second skip button because I could no longer take it. Sometimes I had to hit it 5 times to get to a more comfortable place. Ten minutes later the torture returned. It was really hard to listen to.

2. One method used making the story longer was making the female characters prone to making stupid mistakes, over and over again. You get the opinion that this story was over if Claire had made one or two other choices.

  • Tom Clancy Under Fire

  • A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel
  • By: Grant Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,374

On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory: an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth slips Jack a key, along with a perplexing message.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mark Greaney is much better than Grant Blackwood

  • By Wayne on 06-19-15

Clearly not a Clancy novel

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

What disappointed you about Tom Clancy Under Fire?

This is not a Tom Clancy story. It does not have the complexity, reality, or hold of a Tom Clancy book. It was so boring that I gave up about two -thirds of the way through, This is the first Clancy, or Clancy attributed, novel that I was disappointed with.

What was most disappointing about Grant Blackwood’s story?

It pretty much was straight Jack Ryan Jr, Did not bring in other aspects of intel, military and command authority that Clancy books are noted for doing, In fact, he did not even portray Jack Ryan Jr that well.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good competent narration

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no, not really

Any additional comments?

I see a another Jack Ryan Jr book is going out by same author. This will be the first Tom Clancy book I do not buy sight unseen. I will wait to see the reviews.

  • The Devil's Star

  • By: Jo Nesbø
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404

A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!

  • By JayAre on 12-12-11

Like the stories - hate Harry Hole

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

Reviewed: 12-28-14

What did you like best about The Devil's Star? What did you like least?

4th novel I have listened to by Nesbo. He writes very credible complicated plots. I love the stories themselves. I usually see Harry begin to catch his prey, but then see there are many more hours left to the novel. That is when the story takes some unexpected turns. Very entertaining to the reader.

Any additional comments?

The main thing I do not like about these stories is Harry Hole. He is a self destructive alcoholic. I do not want to deny the problems alcoholics have, but then I do not care to read about them either. They make for very boring and predictable stories and add nothing to the storyline. Just filler. Worse - it becomes repetitive across novels. A second issue I have with Harry is his reckless disregard to the safety of his friends and colleagues because he always goes it alone. In this novel he even puts a little boy in jeopardy. There are always better approaches that can be taken in the story.

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  • Mission to Paris

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cary Grant Goes to Paris

  • By Darwin8u on 06-18-12

Very Slow

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

Reviewed: 04-26-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book has very little story to it. In fact, it really does not get started until almost halfway through.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Furst again?

Maybe

  • A Conflict of Interest

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,562
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,939
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,940

Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A man with no character seeks revenge...

  • By Chip Atkinson on 05-02-12

Flat

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

Reviewed: 06-17-12

Would you try another book from Adam Mitzner and/or David LeDoux?

Maybe. I like legal thrillers. This was a dull book though.

What was most disappointing about Adam Mitzner’s story?

Very slow and tedious.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Good

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Port Mortuary

  • A Scarpetta Novel
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 694

In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • once again angry

  • By teresa gooch ross on 12-09-10

Every once in awhile, I just can't listen any more

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

Reviewed: 01-25-12

What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

This was one of those times. I was two-thirds of the way through and I just did not see the point of going on. I was no longer interested. The main thing wrong was the main character - Scarpetta. Cromwell has turned her into one of the most self-centered egotistical paranoids I have ever seen. The story is lost as the mental ramblings of Scarpetta as she goes on and on about how this person slighted her, lied to her, or is out to get her. Even her closest family and friends (Benton, Lucy, and Marino) are lying or undercutting her. It just kept going on and on. It was just too painful to listen anymore. Usually, even with a bad book, after I have this much time invested in the story, I want to see it through to see the resolution. But in this case, there was not even a significant story to keep my interest,

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was OK. I actually began to feel sorry for her.

What character would you cut from Port Mortuary?

Drop Scarpetta.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mystery

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 548

Few know the city of Los Angeles the way #1 best-selling author and acclaimed suspense master Jonathan Kellerman does. His thrilling novels of psychological drama and criminal detection make the capital of dreams a living, breathing character in all its glamour and infamy. That storied history of fame, seduction, scandal, and murder looms large in Mystery, as Alex Delaware finds himself drawn into a twisting, shadowy whodunit that’s pure L.A. noir—and vintage Kellerman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As one narrator to another

  • By Marion on 07-04-11

The Delaware novels seem to getting old to me

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

Reviewed: 12-31-11

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better linkage in the plot to the killer. I did see the story in the last 30 minutes, but until then I did not see much of a path. It all hinged on a huge coincidence in Delaware seeing a man at an event that just caught his attention. Then one leap after another and the crime is solved.

Also the dialogue style has gotten annoying to me. All interviews are always one way. This style is practiced by both Milo the cop and Delaware the psychologist. Not saying it is not realistic. Just boring and annoying dialogue.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Kellerman again?

maybe

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Loved the introduction of the girl Mystery. She would have been a more interesting character.

  • The Altar of Bones

  • By: Philip Carter
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Cryptic dying words from a murdered homeless woman in present day San Francisco unlock a decades-buried secret that changed history. Now a pair of ruthless assassins are sent to cut the few living "loose ends." And a young, resourceful woman on the run encounters a determined man with his own connected past and vengeful agenda. Forced to partner for survival and answers, a fast-paced and deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Moving Exciting Read

  • By Jack on 03-27-11

Mystery, intrigue are just fillers for chase

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

Reviewed: 12-27-11

What was most disappointing about Philip Carter’s story?

Did not enjoy the endless chase from killers who always seem to be able to find their prey. Just seem to go on forever. The story, or mystery was treated as occasional filler.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The plot seemed to resolve all issues in the end.