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Darrell

Inglewood, CA, USA
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  • The Dark Tide

  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Melissa Leo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

An explosion rips through New York City's Grand Central Station one morning, destroying the train Karen Friedman's husband, a successful hedge-fund manager, is riding in to work. On that same day, a suspicious hit-and-run accident leaves a young man dead in Karen's hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut. Ty Hauck, a detective, becomes emotionally caught up in the case and finds a clue that shockingly connects the two seemingly unrelated events.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • wince...wince

  • By S. Johnston on 03-28-08

Why curse?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-08

Why was the wife cursing? It made no sense.
And what in the world was the sex about in this book. Ill timed, and made no sense according to the emotion of the scenes and points in the story.
Very disappointed in this solo effort. I was drawn to it because he co wrote a book with Patterson, but clearly he is not ready. Gross tries to force twists and gets repetitive and overly descriptive. I did not have that big of a problem with the narrator, she is okay, it is the story that drives you nuts rather than the voice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hand of Evil

  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Karen Ziemba
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he's dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix's South Mountain Preserve. It's the perfect place to drive a man to his grave: literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tiresome

  • By Lori on 01-08-08

Slow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-08

Definitely not fast paced. Starts in one place and takes 4 hours to come back to it. And the tie ins are a stretch. I am used to James Patterson, that is fast paced, this was slow motion. Far too much character study and no follow up to the energetic beginning.
By the time you get to the conclusion you have almost forgotten who.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Inspired

  • By: Derek Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Motivational speaker Jermaine Hill seems to have it all: celebrity, money, women, even a Cadillac Escalade. But one thing he doesn't have is the will to keep on living. Will he find the one true path to happiness?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Raw and reaching

  • By Darrell on 03-24-07

Raw and reaching

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-07

Inventive story in terms of the central figure in Jermaine. However, the leaps of emotion and illogical thought processes do not fit the character.
Writing is decent and smooth. There is a flow to the story, but you will find yourself sucking your teeth on some of the typical reactions, too soap opera, TV talk showish. Should have been a little more sophisticated.
My biggest issue with the book has nothing to do with the story at all. Whoever published.produced this audio version cut too many corners and pinched too many pennies. I can hear the reader breathing. There are unexplained pauses in the reading, you expect to hear the chapter read out, but the story just continues. The production is terrible and at times a real distraction from the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • So You Call Yourself a Man Part 2

  • By: Carl Weber
  • Narrated by: various
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Three best friends who've grown up together encounter some of the real tests of manhood. All's good for James and Cathy until a woman shows up with James' love child. Suave Brent thinks he's found happiness with a born-again churchgoer - until another leads him into temptation. And longtime friend Sonny is going to need help from James and Brent if he's to have any hope of salvaging his marriage.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Questionable

  • By Darrell on 01-16-07

Questionable

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-07

The only good part are the twist in the story. The characters are unrealistic and that made the book annoying.
This is a story about men alledgedly from the different men's perspectives, but the author made their thoughts and actions too feminine. He attempts to draw us in and paint us a picture of each man accordingly but ultimately they come off closer to women with deep voices rather than men with various problems.
I have asked my sister in law and wife to listen to the story because I may be too much of a "man" to relate to this and it is possible the author was targeting a female audience, and that is why his characters are the way they are? I am not sure.
You may listen and think it funny and entertaining because it has its moments, but the estrogen driven emotions of the men in this story did not work for me.