David D Thomas

Roseville, CA United States
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  • The Dinner

  • A Novel
  • By: Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,421

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dinner To Remember!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 02-23-13

The Characters You Love To Hate

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Reviewed: 11-06-15

I begin this book with a presupposition; that I would like the main character. You always like the main character , right? But as I invested time into this book, even before the secretes were revealed, I had a strong distaste for Peter. What a self-centered jerk, I found myself yelling.

For that, I applaud the author and narrator. They did such a good job of it, I debated with myself weather or not I wanted to go on listening. I LIKE to like my main characters, to find some redeeming value in them. But the decisions made by these characters, I found absolutely appalling.

So go on... Get immersed in the telling, but have your mouthwash ready to wash the lingering taste from your conscience.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,064

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Longer Commute Times Are a Joy

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Reviewed: 02-20-13

If you could sum up Theft of Swords in three words, what would they be?

Likable Characters, Splash of magic, Good adventure

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the way Royce's life is revealed as his adventure is unfolded. You will find he is a loyal friend and a man who has deep love for one woman. If you were a leader, you would want Royce's council and witty character as part of your life. You can sense that he is a friend who would make trials bearable and that he would tell you the hard truths. At the same time, he seems to know when to give his best friend, Hadrian, the space he needs to figure things out. Lastly, if you were in a battle, you would want Royce at your side.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

Royce was my favorite.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This audio book makes long commutes a joy. I found myself listening in the car and at home. The story and characters compelled me to turn off the television and play just a few more chapters before bed.

Any additional comments?

Some of the puzzles that Hadrian and Royce must solve are a bit predictable. A few you are even able to figure out before the character does. It does not make the book any less likable, but it does demonstrate that Sullivan is still in the process of mastering the unexpected.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful