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The Samaritan audiobook cover art

Lazy Plot

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

I was sorry that the second Carter Blake plot was a standard stalker and shocker. In addition, Mason Cross sometimes gets a little lazy with the plotting, with smart, effective characters doing dumb things to propel the action forward.
On the plus side, the narrator Eric Meyers has the perfect hard-boiled cop voice and the protagonist Carter Blake remains intriguing, if overly mysterious.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Highgate Rise audiobook cover art

Listening to paint dry

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

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

I'm not sure -- the plot rarely moved forward, just sideways, with all the characters repeating the thin drama and even thinner language.

What was most disappointing about Anne Perry’s story?

The lack of actual writing. Approximately 10 sentences are repeated over and over -- her eyes were bright, his eyes went dim, she breathed in softly. By the middle of the book it sounded like a satire.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I'm afraid so. Overwrought but thin.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

If one were totally ignorant of the English political and class system in the 1880's one might learn a bit.

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For fans of the TV show only

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

What would have made Orphan X better?

A decent story and characters that are not cardboard cutouts. The author took no effort with this one.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ian Caldwell, The FIfth Gospel

Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, he does modulate his voice. His readings tend to the very melodramatic, though.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. Audible suggested this for me, as I do love thrillers, and I saw the very high ratings. But this book is only for fans of the tv show, which I've never watched. It was remarkably cartoon-like.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Pharaoh's Secret audiobook cover art

just too boring

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

Would you try another book from Clive Cussler and Graham Brown and/or Scott Brick?

I have enjoyed many in the series -- this one is so dull I cannot finish it

Has The Pharaoh's Secret turned you off from other books in this genre?

No but I'll check out future purchases more carefully

Which scene was your favorite?

none

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no -- an adventure book should not be so boring that one prefers silence to listening

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

When Will There Be Good News? audiobook cover art

Beautiful story with exquisite narration

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

Would you consider the audio edition of When Will There Be Good News? to be better than the print version?

I didn't read the book, but I believe Ellen Archer's narration added emotional depth to an already very moving book.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes -- by switching back and forth between cliffhanger situations. Often the peril was psychological as much as physical.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any scene with the detective Brody is a favorite.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes -- it was so compelling I didn't want to turn it off.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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For junior high school

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A far better story, with narration that didn't continually trip over the multiple accents

What was most disappointing about Clive Cussler and Russell Blake ’s story?

The juvenile tale -- really, I do think this adventure tale would be perfect for a 6th or 7th grader.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

He is typically a better narrator than this -- he used multiple Australian and island accents, and the continually shifting accents tripped him up quite a bit as he switched characters with the wrong or a poor version of the correct accent.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation. I listened through to the end, but thought about returning it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Map of Bones audiobook cover art

Riddled with cliches, read like a romance novel

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

Reviewed: 09-02-15

What would have made Map of Bones better?

Certainly a different reader would have helped greatly-- this narration features overly emotion-laden female voices and monotoned delivery of the historical backgound,. But the writing is also full of cliches -- stock phrases, match-making Italian grandmothers, tough on the outside but melting on the inside and ready-for-romance female heroines. A painful listening experience.

Has Map of Bones turned you off from other books in this genre?

I love the genre -- thrillers, spy stories, historical fiction -- but it does cause one to seek quality over quantity.

How could the performance have been better?

Hire Simone Vance, Daniel Weyman, or any of the other great narrators whose performances make even trashy fiction sound like great art.

What character would you cut from Map of Bones?

The story included a number of clicheed, boring and unnessary figures that stopped the action throughout the novel.

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Exciting but simple-minded

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

Exciting plot but the characters are cartoonish, particularly the evil ones, and the plot is based on absurd assumptions as to the characters' motivations, thoughts and actions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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espionage for elementary school students

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

Would you try another book from Brad Thor and/or Armand Schultz?

Yes. Armand Schultz is an excellent reader, and Brad Thor has written much better books.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure yet -- possible some classic adventure story.

What does Armand Schultz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A great reader like Armand Schultz brings dramatic intensity to a story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Path of the Assassin?

Much of this story was embarassingly foolish. The storyline was ridiculously unbelievable. The tradecraft of all the bad guys was ludicrous. The plot could have been interesting; the execution of the plot was not for any adult. The book was poorly written with wooden dialogue.

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Breathless and Boring

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

Reviewed: 02-15-15

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

It is hard to know what type of a reader might enjoy this book. Rather than enable the reader to understand the interesting places she's been, Lindsay Addario chooses to constantly tell us how she feels -- she's frightened, or cold, or fascinated, or excited. She tells us about feelings, rather than bringing us to the world she explored. She's clearly no writer.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Nick Harkaway's The Gone-Away World.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was not the main problem, though it was probably more breathless than called for.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I can't think of any -- better to look for another book on the lives of photographers and journalists who take risks to help us understand the world.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful