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John

Boston, United Kingdom | Member Since 2009

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  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems.

    Rosanella says: "What a story and what an ending!"
    "Mmmm ... a little disappointed"
    Overall

    OK ... I'll admit it right at the outset .... I'm much more of a Harry Bosch fan than a Mickey Haller fan ... Harry is a much more complicated individual and Haller can often come across as not the most pleasant man ever written about.

    But Michael Connelly is one of my favourite all-time authors and definitely the master of the procedural crime novel. This, as always, is excellently written but the story is just a little ... strained. the problem starts right at the outset, because I do not believe that, even in America, there was enough evidence for the police to charge Haller's client with the murder at the centre of the book. A real lawyer would have made a motion to dismiss (and almost certainly had it granted) right at the outset. However, without the charge, there is no novel.

    Having said that, I do like the way the novel expands on and promises more of the Haller story.

    Not his best, then, but even a below-par Connelly is a better bet than the vast majority of crime authors

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bricklayer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Noah Boyd
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    A trained killer and former FBI agent, Steve Vail despises authority, and he's never met a rule he didn't break. These days, he's working as a bricklayer when the FBI contacts him, desperate for his help: someone is killing their operatives. To stem the tide of murders, Vail must re-enter a world he hoped he left behind long ago - his own past.

    Stella says: "A good discovery"
    "Pretty Decent Debut"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaps a little deeper analysis of the motivation of the villiain


    Would you recommend The Bricklayer to your friends? Why or why not?

    Have done so already. Has the makings of a good series


    Did Nick Landrum do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes ... it was easy to follow the story during the dialogues and none of his voices were clichéd


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No .... I fall asleep during every film I watch!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TORMENT: A Novel of Dark Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeremy Bishop
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jeremy Bishop's first pulse-pounding novel is a horrific tale of post-apocalyptic terror that is one part zombie story and one part Dante's Inferno. The story asks hard questions and generates strong emotions in everyone who reads it--anger, excitement, and most of all: FEAR. This book asks the question that everyone is afraid to answer: Are you ready? Enter the mind of Jeremy Bishop if you dare. Share his nightmares. Experience the fear that shaped his life. You may never be the same.

    John says: "Worst Book Ever?"
    "Worst Book Ever?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book written by Jeremy Bishop or narrated by R. C. Bray?

    Definitely not .... preposterous story, clichéd character


    What was most disappointing about Jeremy Bishop’s story?

    I wanted to be scared. I ended up laughing at the paucity of talent on display


    What didn’t you like about R. C. Bray’s performance?

    Shouldn't really blame the narrator ... I expect he struggled to keep a straight face whilst reading the story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from TORMENT?

    Pretty much all of it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    V. Wilson says: "Brilliant But Not For The Faint Hearted"
    "Oh dear ...."
    Overall

    The American Civil War is one of my favourite chapters in world history. I devour books, documentaries and films on the subject. Accordingly, was really excited when I saw this series was available to download.

    Unfortunately, totally let down by the narrator who reads the book so flatly that he makes the whole thing sound very boring indeed. It's even worse during the battle scenes .... the book sets the scene by explaining the terrain and the positioning of the rival forces. However, the way the narrator reads it, you really have no idea who is where, or why?

    A book for reading, not listening to

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost: Myron Bolitar, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (7)

    Harlan Coben was voted winner of the Bestseller Dagger, at the 2009 Crime Writers' Association's Crime Thriller awards .

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese in years, so her call surprises him. She's in Paris: her estranged husband has been murdered and she is the prime suspect. Then comes a piece of evidence that turns the entire case upside down. Caught in a foreign landscape where nothing is as it seems, Myron must search the city for answers.

    Paul S says: "Myron Goes Global"
    "The darkest Myron Bolitar book yet?"
    Overall

    Myron usually makes me laugh, but this chapter in his story takes him down dark and sinister roads. I missed the wisecracks, but loved the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    He is Dexter Mayhew, tall, dark, and (she can't deny it) handsome. She is Emma Morley, bottled red hair, wilfully badly dressed, all principles and no action. Could this be the dawn of the rest of their lives? Or are Dex and Em living proof that - despite an unlikely beginning - men and women really can be just good friends?

    Charles says: "You'll laugh, you'll cry."
    "A wonderful surprise"
    Overall

    I don't read chick-lit and, on the face of it, everything about this book screams "CHICK-LIT". In fact, I have no idea why I downloaded it.

    So glad I did. Warm, witty, and very true-to-life. Laughed out loud in places, and nearly crashed the car at one "OMG" moment (those that have read it know what I'm talking about).

    I grew to like Dex over the 20 year period, and fell hopelessly in love with Emma

    Anyone downloading this book will be doing themselves a big favour,

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (307)

    Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

    Tom says: "long and absorbing"
    "Just brilliant!"
    Overall

    Without doubt, the best audiobook I've ever listened to and already one of my favourite books of all time.

    It is actually very cleverly written, because it is not one book but three books that tell a compelling (and scarily believable) story. Mr Cronin is one great author, and I suspect a fan of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series - has a similar post-apocalyptic feel for much of the book.

    However, it is the characterisation that really hooked me in. Totally believable people in scenarios that should be too fantastic for words, but are not.

    There are to be two sequels, apparently. This could well be the "Lord of the Rings" for the 21st century. my only complaint is that the next part of the trilogy is still another year away.

    You will not listen to a better book this year

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miracle Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Harlan Coben's thrilling second novel, now available as an unabridged audiobook. Sara Lowell and Michael Silverman are the ideal celebrity couple: she's TV's most popular journalist and he's New York's hottest basketball star. Their lives would soon be shattered by Dr. Harvey Riker's clinic and the miracle cure that millions seek. One-by-one, his patients are getting well. And one-by-one, they are targeted by a serial killer more fatal than their disease....

    John says: "Coben fans - avoid like the plague!"
    "Coben fans - avoid like the plague!"
    Overall

    I downloaded this thinking it was a new Coben who, on his day, is one of the sharpest writers around.

    It wasn't - this is a real con; his second attempt at novel writing.

    Set during the advent of the AIDS panic, it is weakly plotted with unbelievable characters. It is also hindered by the fact that time has moved on and thus is incredibly dated

    Don't let this put you off Harlen Coben - his books after this one range from very good to great.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (181)

    In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn't want to be found.

    Chanel says: "The Leopard"
    "Another excellent Nesbo book"
    Overall

    I like Harry Hole ... he reminds me in many ways of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch (never a bad thing)

    I bought The Snowman because the cover said he was the new Stieg Larrson. He isn't, but that little marketing ploy introduced me to an author I am thoroughly enjoying

    Densely plotted, and filled with well-drawn characters, the book is narrated in a way that brings it all to life. You feel like you know Norway really well and the characters are people you might actually know.

    highly recommended to all crime fiction fans

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Adrenaline

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeff Abbott
    • Narrated By Kyle Riley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Sam Capra is living the dream. He has a perfect job with the CIA, and a perfect wife, Lucy, who is pregnant with their first child. But one sunny day, Sam's life changes forever. After narrowly avoiding an explosion, Sam wakes up in a prison cell. Adrenaline coursing through his veins, Sam enters a frantic race to survive, and discover the truth about those he thought he knew...

    John says: "Ludicrous, but ..."
    "Ludicrous, but ..."
    Overall

    What is it about Jeff Abbott? He's an even worse author than John Grisham, his plots are ludicrous and usually identical to the plot of all his other books; they never stand up to any sensible examination. He piles coincidence upon coincidence to the point that they become laughable, and his "heroes" are more often than not complete wimps who achieve astonishing physical feats with amazing powers of recovery from the serious injuries they sustain.

    Yet ... I listened to the end and will probably listen to his next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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