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Carter West

Belmont, CA USA
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  • Redemption

  • Memory Man Series, Book 5
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,062

Amos Decker and his FBI partner Alex Jamison are visiting his hometown of Burlington, Ohio, when he's approached by an unfamiliar man. But he instantly recognizes the man's name: Meryl Hawkins. He's the first person Decker ever arrested for murder back when he was a young detective. Though a dozen years in prison have left Hawkins unrecognizably aged and terminally ill, one thing hasn't changed: He maintains he never committed the murders. Could it be possible that Decker made a mistake all those years ago?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like cordwood the bodies stack up...

  • By shelley on 04-17-19

Is the performance edited like movies?

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

Reviewed: 05-16-19

I've enjoyed many titles performed by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy. Both performers are very good individually. But, this book almost got returned early on because of the poor post production. There is an unusually long gap in between actors lines. I can't pretend to know how the process works, but I came away with the thought that the actors are reading in response to a playback in the recording booth. Then, in the editing process, whomever does this magic splicing was either not listening to the rhythm or just not good at this job. The gaps were simply too long to allow the listener to get the feeling that we are a fly on the wall and listening to the dialogue. To the point that it distracts from the story.

I'm not saying don't listen, or read for yourself this story. It's on par with the Memory Man series and pretty well done. I'm just saying that it may be a tough listen for some of us that are looking for a better quality production.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,732

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Painfull

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I've been a Reacher Creature since the Killing Floor. Own every book (Audible) from then to now. Mr. Dick Hill was the reason I began listening to books instead of reading them. Since then, I've enjoyed many narrators (George Guidall my favorite) including Mr. Brick. I've been mildly entertained by his narration. Don't get me wrong, he is a fine reader, but he is NOT Jack Reacher. By the way, neither is Tom Cruise (never saw the movie because of this casting choice).
Sad that one has expectations and when you get this performance coupled with a mediocre story...
"Hope the best, prepare for the worst"

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Box

  • Harry Bosch, Book 16
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,442

In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Contrary to the tagline, Harry Bosch is not back!

  • By Joanna on 11-27-12

Dissapointing narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-29-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Box to be better than the print version?

I wish Mr. Connelly would insist that the narrators of his works listen to the previous narrators reads before they find their voice. For example, they would then know that J Edger had a great voice that sounds like Barry White.

Mr. McConnohie does an 'okay' job, but needs to put a little more spark in the presentation. It was like listening to Joe Buck doing color commentary for the World Series - yawn.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

Absolutely

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael McConnohie?

Len Cariou 1st choice
Dick Hill 2nd choice.
Dick HIll is a little better, but when I hear him now, I can't help but think of Jack Reacher

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for Harry's next case