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  • Triptych

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,545

From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiler Alert

  • By Patricia on 12-13-15

If you crave graphic violence and torture...

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Closet Psychopaths, or openly Psychopathics

Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Slaughter again?

Probably not. It's possible to write about intimacy without resorting to pornography.
It is also possible to write about a murder mystery without describing the carnage in excessive gory detail.

What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

It was very well done. He was able to change his tone of voice between characters with apparent ease.

What character would you cut from Triptych?

I'm OK with the characters, I'd just tone down the descriptions of people getting their tongues bitten off while being raped and murdered. It's just too much. (NOTE: Not a spoiler. This happens early in the book.)

Any additional comments?

I was a police officer for 39 years and I never came across the level of horror written into this book. Blood, murder, evidence of violence doesn't really bother me, but this book is overloaded with it, and it just doesn't work for me. For example, read in the last chapter the description of injuries to one of the characters. Then, at the very end, she simply states, "so and so" was OK. Trust me, "so and so" died of her injuries.

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,258

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

A very interesting listen

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

This is a very engaging listen. It is a bit graphic, but on balance, is well written. I looked forward to getting the time to listen.

  • The Omen Machine

  • A Richard and Kahlan Novel
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,408

An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone’s ability to stop. As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing Return to a Great Series

  • By William on 11-08-11

I am really sorry I listened to this book

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

Reviewed: 10-03-11

What would have made The Omen Machine better?

Move the story along. It was laborious. Way too much descriptive detail. Way too much. It didn't really contribute to the value of the story.

What could Terry Goodkind have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book could have been half the length. There was a great deal of repeating of the text within a few minutes. Sometimes the same idea was repeated three or more times. It was as though the author wanted to "catch the reader up".

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to like this book, but I really did not. If it's a sequel, I'll avoid companion works. Sorry.

Glenn L. Ladd

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