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The ultimate result of extreme resume padding

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

Reviewed: 07-29-12

Would you listen to The Amateur again? Why?

No, hearing about this "train wreak Presidency" once is enlightening, twice would be torture.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that it is reported as a journalistic piece, not opinion.

Have you listened to any of John McLain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time listening to John McLain. His style is appropriate for this book because it's not a dramatic read.

If you could give The Amateur a new subtitle, what would it be?

The Amateur: Why community organizers should stay in the community

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Koontz's worst from a "former" fan

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-09

It's fitting that the evil Sherman Waxx is a book critic, this is probably written after a sweaty nightmare Koontz had about the guilt he was suffering over the downward spiral of his riduculous plot lines.

I have always liked the supernatural / spirtual / psedo-religious story telling style of Dean Koontz but this one is like someone took the Koontz formula and tried to add a road trip and a psycho killer to fit the name "Relentless" because it would look good on the cover.

Spooky was never developed, motivation for Waxx was never revealed, the Boom family was never used, the satisfaction of a horrible death of the ultra bad guy was never gained, and the "twist" at the end was pathetic.

Don't waist your time, money, or credits on this turkey. Read Odd Thomas if you like Koontz but the new stuff has lost it's edge.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Gripping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-08

This is my second Dean Koontz book and I liked it very much. Odd Thomas is a well narrated story about a short order cook with a special talent to see and communicate with spirits who wander the earth. This gives him insight into the what is going to happen and where the danger lurks. The author uses the supernatural without offending believers or non-believers. He has a matter-of-fact style that makes you accept that things are really happening to Odd and never tries to explain them, or define where they come from. It's hard to avoid the comparison to "The Sixth Sense" with the biggest difference being that Odd accepts the spirits and no attempt is made to scare the listener with ghosts.

The story moves well and will take you through all your emotions without a boring moment in the entire book. This is the first of 3 featuring Odd Thomas, the second is just as good, and I can't wait to get started on #3.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

A truely historic person

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-05

A very interesting biography of a true historic person. This book gives a lot of insight into the motivation and moral compass of Miss Rice, and how she brought herself out of the segregated south to a position of international prominence. I highly recomend this book.

Riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-05

Tremendous audio book, I couldn't stop listening. The voice characterizations were perfect; you got to know each character from the voice. One of the best books I've "read," and by far the longest, but worth every second.

Eye opening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-03

This is the first audio book that I've listened to that I couldn't put down. From start to finish this book will grab you with anecdote and example of the fascinating career of the author, as told by the author. It is amazing to me how the ?big three? networks can continue to operate the way they do after Mr. Goldberg exposes them for what they are. Anyone who wants proof of a liberal bias in the press, and the arrogance that is behind it should get this book.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful