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George Pickstock

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14 hours I'll never get back.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-09-05

Very disappointed with the ending. Thirteen and a half hours of an unbelievable scenario ending with an equally unlikely climax. Not his best Reacher book.

A Superb Course for Aspiring Authors

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

Reviewed: 2019-08-17

I listen to this course often. Since its purchase, I have probably listened to these lectures dozens of times. Jame Hynes is fantastic at explaining the various nuances of the writing art. I highly recommend this audiobook to any would-be author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Loved Scott Brick - Story, not so much.

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-21

I chose this book above all the other Reacher books because of the narrator. I prefer Scott Brick to any of the others who have narrated Lee Child's work. As others have previously noted, this story is tedious. It is, in fact, two separate storylines that never really connect until the last five or six chapters. I got the impression that the author was having a difficult time figuring out how to merge the two, albeit there were hints along the way. Still, it's not the best of the Reacher series, and it will, no doubt, be the last one I buy in audiobook format.

I expected something more

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-08

I respect Stephen King. He is arguably one of the most successful writers of our time. However, I am not a huge fan of the horror genre. So, when I read the synopsis for this book I decided to give it a try. After reading King's Mr. Mercedes series I had hoped this book would be similar. Sadly, the story let me down. The Narrator was blah. I wouldn't listen to it again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not as good as the movies

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-15

I freely admit I'm a bigger fan of the movies. This is the first of the Reacher series I've read/listened to. I didn't know what to expect. Frankly, I'm surprised by Reacher's character as being larger than life. I expected something different. I had the villain figured out early in the narrative and as others have stated the long, drawn-out descriptions become boring quickly. The story was okay but I wouldn't read it twice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Poorly Narrated - Story too over the top.

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-12

I've read and listened to more than a few Baldacci novels, so I'm mystified by this poor offering by a talented author. This series does not compare well at all to Baldacci's Memory Man Series. This story is just so unbelievable and far-fetched as to insult the intelligence of the reader. As for the narration, both narrators failed in their ability to differentiate between characters. I found myself confused as to who was who. I admit, Ron McLarty did a better job than Orla Cassidy, but not by much. Cassidy was pitiful. And don't get me started on the sound effects. Overall: Very disappointing.

Not Baldacci's Best

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-28

I had hoped this story would be of the calibre and quality of Mr. Baldacci's Memory Man series. Sadly, I am disappointed. I think one reason might be because there were too many situations in which more than two or three voices were present in dialogue and Mr. Brick, who I think is a great narrator, failed to distinguish clearly between the voices. It confused me. Secondly, the story falls flat and becomes less and less believable as it progresses. And last but not least was the climax. A crazed serial killer who has escaped capture, rigged a massive explosion, set fire to the same building he intends to blow up, then returns to that same building to kill the hero only to be killed himself, defies belief. Add that to a cliff-jumping, high-jumping, track and field heroin, and well… stories have to have some level of believability. And this one isn't. And that's a shame because I like David Baldacci's books. Sadly, not this one.

One last thing unrelated to the story - this audiobook version had a tendency to skip ahead and back. I found that I was on chapter 11 of 18 chapters and suddenly it is over, Somehow the book was finished when I believed there was more to come. When I investigated the additional chapters I seemed I had listened to parts of them but not all. It must be a technical glitch in the file.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Even Better the Second Time

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-23

I read this book when it was first published. Loved it then, love it now. I would read it again, however, I'd forego the audio version. Why? Because the quality of the recording is not great. The Narrator is mediocre at best but more importantly, the recording quality sucks. It's fuzzy and somewhat distorted. Kind of like listening to an old 78 record. It detracts from the story because it makes it hard to understand at times. Otherwise, it's classic Clancy and they don't get much better than that. Still waiting for the movie.

The Ultimate Primer for Aspiring Writers

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-18

#Audible1 - Even if you don’t like Stephen King’s books, one cannot argue with his success. In this memoir of his life and career as an author, Mr. King imparts not only his wisdom about writing but also a large piece of himself. His no-nonsense approach to writing is refreshing and understandable without being condescending and obnoxious. His method of teaching is by showing and he does it like no other can. I have listened to this book many times and I read along with the narrative at the same time. Stephen King tells us in his own words and in his own voice what it takes to write a compelling and absorbing story and he holds nothing back. I highly recommend this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Mediocre

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-06

I love Tom Clancy's books. The originals, I mean. Not the pseudonym Tom Clancy. They can try to duplicate but they can't come close. On Ok story but not up to snuff. wish I could return it but OH well...