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John Powell III

Houston, Texas - United States
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Jack Reacher is my newest favorite guy!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

Where does Die Trying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty dang high, I have to tell you.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way Jack Reacher continued to surprise himself, and me, with the way he discovered the plot to be twisting and turning with him in it.

What about Jonathan McClain’s performance did you like?

Sort of subtly interesting, down to earth, but with a fierceness if you will, that leads right into the character's mindset.

Virgil Flowers becoming independent

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

Reviewed: 07-06-13

What did you love best about Dark of the Moon?

The story is a return for John Sanford back to the roots of the types of books which I originally loved, his Lucas Davenport series. Still love them, but with Lucas older, and married to Weather, with kids at home - all realistic, mind - it leaves the storyteller struggling to keep romantic subplots effective and tasty, always a keen point in the Davenport series. Here, Virgil's story is a return to grit, investigation by walking around, and less polito-drama than the most recent Lucas boioks. Don't get me wrong, I still read and enjoy them, too... but...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Protagonist Virgil, actually. For the usual reasons of a protagoginist. I didn't care for much of anyone else, and the villians are too crazy to be likeable. Probably Sanford's point.

What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

Eric is breaking new ground in this one. It felt as if he was working his way into Virgil's character as the story went. By the time he's finished it, he's going well, but at the beginning, "feeling his way" is a good description. Again, I liked it a lot.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Virgil giving his statement to the press after the ambush south of town.

McGee gets back on his swaybacked steed again

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

Reviewed: 06-09-13

If you could sum up The Dreadful Lemon Sky in three words, what would they be?

desperate poignant saddening

What did you like best about this story?

McGee is not a superhero, nor a secret agent. He is merely a man of slightly above average size and intellect, gifted with excellent reflexes and a changeable manner. Smooth operator comes to mind, but that doesn't fit, either. McGee struggles to understand what is going on himself, while the story unfolds, he is as lost as the reader and it shows.

What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

He was great

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I've no idea how to draft a tag line...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A swampy problem for McGee

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

Reviewed: 06-09-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Lavender Look to be better than the print version?

It is a hard task to be "better" than Macdonald's original print, but having a skilled reader (the original McGavin or now performed by Robert Petkoff) accomplishes the objective.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Lavender Look?

As with many of the Travis McGee series, the opening sequence of events where McGee narrowly misses running over the girl, then is shot at. To say the writing is skillful would be insulting to how good it is.

Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I recently listened to the entire Travis McGee series as read by Petkoff, and to my mind, he does the occasionally grouch McGee in fine fashion, and captures the caring Meyer perfectly. Great performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nearly all of the McGee novels cause introspective thought on the societal commentary contained in them, even now, 30 or 40-odd years later.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Gritty, real world cold war feel

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

Reviewed: 06-09-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to be better than the print version?

I generally do prefer audiobook versions to print versions nowadays, though it is a great experience to be able to have time to sit down and read a great novel.

What other book might you compare The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to and why?

Seems trite, but Casino Royale, the original Bond by Ian Fleming. This book is more grounded in realism and gritty, and loss of life, etc. However, the time period is very reminiscent in each.

Which scene was your favorite?

The recollection of Limas about the recruitment of the German spy in Berlin's Presidium secretariat.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At the realistic-seeming finish, where no one swoops in and saves the world, ala James Bond, I started out with an initial disappointed feeling, and then realized that how I felt was exactly what the author wanted us to feel.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Harry goes Sexy Anti-Hero, sort of...

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

Reviewed: 03-17-13

If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

Winter is Hot

What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

Shoot, nothing really compares to the Dresden novels, that's why I enjoy them so much.

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

The witty turn of voice, alterations of voice treatments that bring Harry to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Harry gets a glimpse into Mab's past.

Any additional comments?

These books, ALL of them, well, except for the 2nd one, have been some of my favorite reading of the past decade.

Epic Closes down, pleasant feeling of closure

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

Reviewed: 03-17-13

If you could sum up A Memory of Light in three words, what would they be?

It is over

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rand al'Thor, protagonist, hero makes good in the best way - unexpectedly.

Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading – was your favorite?

Matrim Cauthon

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The fight scene where Lan slew Demandred

Any additional comments?

This epic, which I began reading about a week after The Eye of the World was released to paperback, closes in a very satisfying way, with loose ends tied up, but with plenty of possible spin-off stories available for Brandon Sanderson - if he has the gumption to tackle them. Great Read.