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The Inn audiobook cover art

Another dumb book by Patterson co-writers

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

Reviewed: 08-14-19

Sorry...as usual, this series has become simplistic, predictable and read by awful readers. Couldn't finish it.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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EXCELLENT STORY HARD TO STOP READING

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

Often established writers become stale, the plots predictable, etc. NOT SO WITH REDEMPTION. This book holds your interest all the way. I've never been too fond of the female reader...she had a nasal, southern twang that can be irritating, and it's often difficult to discern which character she is trying to emulate, though she grows on you after a while. The male reader is excellent. The plot is fresh, with the lead character's past (an almost fatal concussion caused a personality change in his youth) and unusual approach to life fitting his detective occupation in a unique way. I just finished this new release and wanted to immediately encourage readers to try it - you'll definitely be entertained! It's Baldacci at his best.

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Needlessly gory, violent

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

A good novel does not require child sexual abuse and other gory violence to be good. I didn't finish this book because the plot - such as it was - was mired in descriptive human torture, etc. Again, not necessary to make a good book!

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Alex Cross book great; other two substandard

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

The first book, written by James Patterson alone, was fabulous in every way - story, reader--ALL.
The other two were not.
The Women's Murder Club installment had a far-fetched, unbelievable plot and was read by a girl with a baby-doll, bimbo-sounding voice - totally inappropriate for a crime novel. Typical of all the Murder-Club books.
The Michael Bennett story was also far-fetched and became boring--I didn't finish it!
James Patterson's "co-writers," at best, are mediocre. His love for money should be tempered by a little pride!!!

The Looming Tower audiobook cover art

MAKES YOU HATE NONFICTION

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Yes, this book is one of those nonfiction boos that makes you hate nonfiction. It is as overdetailed about such nongermane things that I deleted it from my Clipzip after only a little over an hour. There seems to be no point. Perhaps it's developed much later, but it wasn't worth the suffering to get there. Don't waste your $$ on this one, unless you like history lectures with unending over-detail.

Report from Engine Co. 82 audiobook cover art

PUTS YOU ASLEEP

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Maybe the story was OK - dunno, because I couldn't stay interested long enough to find out. The reader talks in such a monotone, disinterested attitude that it's impossible to ride along. I anticipated a great firehouse book. In fact, it was written and read in such a boring style that I could listen to only an hour (hoping it would improve) before I gave up.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Late Show audiobook cover art

MICHAEL CONNELLY IS BACK!

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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: 06-22-18

This is a story about a female cop who has some difficult fellow cops to work with on the day shift, so changes to the night shift, or The Late Show. I'm writing this many months after I read it; it was so good I intend to read it for a second time when I run out of newbies. Definitely recommend it. Not the typical cop story at all.

The Plea audiobook cover art

BEST "NEW" AUTHOR I'VE FOUND IN A WHILE!

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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: 03-06-18

New to me, that is. Great everything. Had trouble turning it off to go to work. Highly recommend it. Intricate plot, but author never loses you. Very creative. Loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Special Circumstances audiobook cover art

ENGAGING; GOOD STRATEGY & COURT SCENES

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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: 02-12-18

The narrator was new to me, and he was excellent in every way. I find this is as important as the content of the book.

The plot was inventive and well designed. The defense's strategy was particularly creative. Doubt that any judge would allow both attorneys so much latitude with recurring procedural transgressions, but they did add to the plot.

The book held interest - never wanted to stop listening. The ending was unexpected and yet just right. Author created an amazing number of people who could have been whodunnit--each quite valid.

Well done.

The Cuban Affair audiobook cover art

VERBOSE AND TRITE

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Nelson DeMille has always been verbose, but he takes this to a new level in this book. He goes around and around, and the reader wonders if he'll ever get to the point - that is, the plot.

I would never call this a suspense/mystery book - it's more like someone showing how much he knows about Havana's sights and attractions.

His metaphors are juvenile and old-fashioned at best; they often don't really fit the situation at all. If a reader likes sitcoms, this might be OK. Otherwise - no.

With 3 hours left to listen to the book, I gave up. It was totally boring. Just couldn't face dealing with 3 more hours of waiting for something to actually happen.