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Mitchell

Germantown, MD, United States
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Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do audiobook cover art

Quite Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-16-14

I've read all of Parker's Spenser and Jesse Stone novels and while the author chosen to continue the Spenser stories (Ace Atkins) seems to have hit the mark and is highly recommended, Michael Brandman is way off in his attempt to capture Jesse Stone. This book just never seems to get going. It's almost like a computer was programmed to hit all the marks of a Parker book (i.e., swim upstream of traditional thought, visit the crime boss, etc.) but the result is a very wooden effort that falls far short of anything written by Robert B. Parker.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Third Bullet audiobook cover art

Plausible Theory and Good Story

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

Reviewed: 02-26-13

What is it about November 22, 1963 that so fascinates us? Thousands of books and hundreds of hours of video speculation later, we still don't really know what happened that day in Dallas. Stephen Hunter has written his theory of events around his hero, Bob Lee Swagger, and turned it into a thriller. The theory is pretty interesting but the events that surround Bob Lee are a bit stretched. Still, a very worthy story and a great narrator.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore audiobook cover art

A charming and wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 10-25-12

Robin Sloan has brought a wonderful story to life and it is narrated perfectly in this audio version. I wouldn't change a thing. This one is highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Robert B. Parker's Lullaby audiobook cover art

Spenser is Back!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-12

Ace Atkins captures the essence of Robert B. Parker's Spenser in this story, capably narrated by Joe Mantegna. Having read or listened to almost all of the Spenser books, I was worried this was going to be an attempt to trade on the Spenser name with inferior goods. Not the case. The story is excellent, the pacing perfect and Mantegna's narration is spot on. If you're a Spenser fan, don't miss this one.

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Stone is Getting Old

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

Reviewed: 04-03-12

I've read or listened to most of the Stone Barrington series from Stuart Woods and while they are entertaining, this most recent entry has become formulaic, and that's not a good thing. Stone seems to have ventured far from his humble roots in that he now receives million-dollar bonuses and defends international arms dealers without moral qualm. The plot is workable, but one senses that crafting plots is not Mr. Woods' main reason for writing these stories any longer. He seems to like discussing flying airplanes, fine dining and wines, and putting forth a platform to advertise such things as the Today show and Mercedes automobiles (joining James Patterson I might add). Tony Roberts does a fine job with the narration and brings Stone and his buddies to life. He just can't save a tired story.

If you're new to the Stone Barrington series, stick to the early stories. If you want to read or listen to Stuart Woods at his best, try "Chiefs", an excellent work on all levels.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

A Voice from the Grave audiobook cover art

Good Story, Bad Narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

This is a well-researched story that works well for fans of the time period (Civil War). However, the narrator sounds like she's reading to a kindergarten class and it's just too hard to get past. Ok, I'm not a southerner, but do all people of the old south speak so slowly they sound lobotomized? And do all southern women have to sound like little girls?

I'd say read this book rather than listen to this version.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful