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Kenneth H. Berry Jr

Farmers Branch, TX United States
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  • Depth of Winter

  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840

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

Not a favorite

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I love the Longmire series. Even so, I’m disappointed in this book, not so much in the story — well ok, in the story too.

First, as others have commented, our favorite supporting characters are absent. Whether you like that or not, it has an effect on the story in that it means there is much less dialog. The result is that by the time you get near the last part of the book, it’s like listening to the play-by-play at a football game. It’s tiresome in the extreme. Add that to the fact that the book doesn’t follow the classic structure — just about the time you think Walt has gotten rid of the bad guy, he resurfaces... and resurfaces... and resurfaces. It gets laughable at the end that Walt has to meet this guy in battle so many times!

The one change most missed by the readers, Walt having at least Vic, or better yet Vic and Henry with him, would have solved both problems. Even if they had showed up halfway into the book, maybe with s little “off the books” help from the FBI ? it would have kept the book more lively, more interesting, and alleviated the “won’t this ever end” feeling I had when I neared the end.

There were also a lot more opportunities that the author could have taken to weave Virgil White Buffalo and other aspects of Indian mysticism into the book that would have kept the pace up (conversation) and revisited a continuing theme and struggle with Walt’s belief system.

Overall, as much as I hate to say it, within s few hours of the actual end of the book. I was bored.

  • The Dark Horse

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,927
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086

The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another outstanding book from Johnson

  • By V. Sharol on 05-31-09

Another great Longmire book

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Every book adds a bit more to your understanding of Walt Longmire, and this one follows form. However, in this book he shares the spotlight with the horse of your dreams! Don’t miss Longmire’s somewhat clumsy attempt to work undercover!

  • A Cold-Blooded Business

  • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 4
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

A string of drug-related accidents at an oil company's rig in the Arctic Circle forces Kate Shugak to go undercover to scope out a cocaine connection along the TransAlaskan Pipeline. She's out to ID a major deal and shut down his operation. Of course, the deal has other ideas....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Immense, Immersive Enjoyment

  • By Blaine on 02-12-13

Another great story!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Part of the fun of these books is learning so much about wherever the story takes place. By the time I was well into this book, I had learned a ton about the oil drilling business!

As always, the writing is superb and the performance almost flawless. The story is engaging and, of course, Kate solves the crime!

The only problem with these books is how many times I find myself sitting in the driveway listening instead of going on into the house!

  • A Better World

  • The Brilliance Saga, Book 2
  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,612

The brilliants changed everything.

Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the reviews I've read would suggest

  • By Andrew Pollack on 05-02-15

Great story. Chilling End.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

It’s a great story, but I’m warning you: the last hour is hard to listen to! You’re so tense you want it to be over! It seems like it keeps you in fear and suspense for a year! Your feelings are mixed between surprise, hatred, awe, and sadness. The bad guy is too bad. The man who could have been a hero is too weak. You can hardly wait for it to be over but you don’t want it to end! And of course it doesn’t — you’ll have to read the sequel.

  • Nightstalkers

  • An Area 51 Novel
  • By: Bob Mayer
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Staff Sergeant Winthrop Carter only enlisted in the army for the steady pay. When he cheated on the Special Forces’ final exam, he never expected his actions would get him drafted into the Nightstalkers - an elite team with a mysterious mission and even more mysterious leader. For decades, Rifts have been opening and unleashing bloodthirsty alien life forms into our reality. The Nightstalkers’ goal is to shut down these breaches and stop the beings that emerge from rampaging out of control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "We don't need no stinking lawyers"

  • By Tracey on 01-13-13

Super fun story!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

This is definitely just for fun but fun it is! Bad guys that aren't even guys. Country club super rich people setting which is fun because the team SO doesn't fit in! And the Cleaner has a really tough job in this one straightening up behind them! Enjoyed it for sure!

  • Chains of Command

  • Frontlines, Book 4
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,177

The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens' seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Becoming a bit too repetitive

  • By Sailfish on 04-25-16

Edge of your seat exciting!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Do not start this book unless you have plenty of time! It's the kind of book that, at certain times, makes you wonder how much sleep you REALLY need in order to function at work tomorrow because you Can't. Stop. Listening! Absolutely addicting, and the best of the series yet!!

  • A Storm of Swords

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,139
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46,104

As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Magikarp Salad on 12-22-07

Don't get attached to any character!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Any additional comments?

To use a cliche, the plot thickens! But whatever you do, don't get attached to any one character. They'll be dead before you know it!

The only thing I don't care for about these books is that the reader tries to use different voices. There aren't enough voices for all the characters. Just about the time to get used to a particular voice being Tyrion, for example, the reader uses the same voice for Jaime. I wish he would just read the book. Vocal inflection should be enough for the audience to know when someone is speaking.