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Friday, April 25, 2008

Force of Nature by Suzanne Brockmann

Force of Nature (Troubleshooters, Book 11)
Audio Books
Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank (Reader)
ISBN-10: 0-345-48017-1

This is my lowest rated Suzanne Brockmann's book. I listened to this one on audio because I kept re-reading chapter of the hardcover. The book wasn't gelling with me. It seem dry and I can't emphatized with any of the characters. It's probably just me because this is Suzanne Brockmann we're talking about. The author with a magical touch.

Ric Alvarado doesn't seem real to me, nor Annie. My other favorite character, Jules Cassidy is just about the only redeeming part of this book (as read by these readers). Now I know that a good book can be ruined by readers.

I borrowed from my library the audio version of this book. I listed to 13 audio CD, and wanted to rip my ears out. I cannot tell between the characters. At all. If there's a boring reader contest out there, then Patrick Lawlor should be a contender. After listening to readers like Kate Flemming, Jim Dale and Lorelei King, you just want to dive into your iPod and scream for this reader to please, please, dear God, vary his narration voice with his character voice. His voice is the same as a narrator, and as different characters. It's not that he has unpleasant voice, but every thing sounds the same.

My husband said I should have compassion, that maybe they have only had a budget for one recording, or they may have accidentally have their dry run switched for the final version, or they may have a gun pointed at their heads by anti-Brockmann factions. In any event, he says that computers need compassion too.

If you have no idea how dry this reader is, try listening to that computer reader of blogs, that computer reader have more expressions. I can't find the link to that reader. I don't know if they still exist.

I'm off to read the next one in the series, and I hope Ms. Brockmann picked a better reader this time around.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Power Play by Joseph Finder

Power Play
by Joseph Finder
Audi CD
List Price: $29.95
Published in 2007
ISBN-10: 1-4272-0123-4

This is a story about a man being in the right place and the wrong time. Very suspenseful. always entertains.

From Publishers Weekly
If Jake Landry, a tough guy with an understanding of airplane engineering and an innate grasp of corporate politics, is too good to be true, he's still fun to watch in this sleek thriller from bestseller Finder (Killer Instinct). A junior executive at California's Hammond Aerospace, Landry possesses a remarkably flexible intelligence, which lands him on a high-end corporate weekend at a lodge called Rivers Inlet, where the new CEO, Cheryl Tobin, discreetly asks Landry to help her identify corrupt executives. Almost immediately, the lodge is assailed by five men who at first appear to be hunters turned vicious at the sight of the weekend participants' enormous wealth. As they interrogate the executives, however, it becomes clear that they know quite a bit about Hammond and its workings. Landry's job, then, is to figure out their purpose as well as rescue the entire crew. Tight, fluid writing more than compensates for the occasional plot implausibility.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Company Man by Joseph Finder

Company Man
by Joseph Finder
Audio CD
List Price: $49.95
Published in 2005
ISBN-10: 1-59397-595-3

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This is a wonderful thriller. I listed to the audio, so maybe the reader has something to do with it. This is about a man who was made into CEO of a company, the Stratton Corporation, which makes premium office furniture. This dream job turned sour when he has to lay off half of their workers. He's become the town's favorite man to hate. When his house is vandalized, the cops does not even do a proper investigation.

If I put myself into Nick Conover's shoes, I'll be one stressed out person. His wife died in a car accident, and while recovering from that, the company he works for is going down the drain. I think that the story would have been boring, except that it's written by Joseph Finder, and he never writes boring stories. Worth it to read.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter

Me and Mr. Darcy: A Novel
by Alexandra Potter
List Price: $12.95
Published in 2007
ISBN-10: 0-345-50254-X
I saw this at my local library and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice was just fresh enough in my mind, I grabbed and read it.

What a fantastic read. I think it is. I understand it's a re-released, but it's a good read still. I used to not read chick-lit, I was purely into romance. With ages comes the broadening of my reading horizon right along with my spreading behind! I enjoyed this so much. I think all Jane Austen fans should read it. You get to met Mr. Darcy before he fell in love with Elizabeth Bennett.

Most of all, I read this book

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Suzanne's Diary to Nicholas by James Patterson

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
by James Patterson

I read this book from a Reader's Digest Book Club Selection. It was abridged. It not only caught my attention, but it had me sobbing my heart out. My eyes were swollen for a whole day from crying so much! A few months later, I read this book again in full. And then, I listen to it on audio. I was crying all the way, and I've never love a book more.