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  • Hillinger's California: Stories from All 58 Counties

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Hillinger
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The California revealed here is not the stereotypical land of movie stars, sensational trials, or tourist snapshots, but instead a remarkable patchwork of out-of-the-way places and everyday people. Former Los Angeles Times columnist Charles Hillinger hones in on what makes each county unique, such as Johnny Heinold's First and Last Chance tavern in Alameda County where Jack London first began writing his stories.

    Mark says: "Charming and off-beat true stories"
    "Charming and off-beat true stories"
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    It is a compilation of well-crafted and entertaining columns about quirky places and people in California. As has been said elsewhere, Hillinger works in a styles similar to Charles Kuralt or his successors at CBS Sunday Morning. I really enjoyed this book on a long drive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2288)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2123)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Strong Second Entry in Her New Series"
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    This dark story is very engrossing and hard to put down. The story lines of the hero and his assistant deepen and move forward in a satisfying way. There is so much bad writing out there in the detective fiction genre that to find such craft as is found here is a refreshing quaff. The narration is first rate, with distinct and unstrained characterizations. Please keep them coming, Ms. Rowling, and I will keep listening!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2338)
    Performance
    (2090)
    Story
    (2072)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Donna M Thomas, Author of From Pebbles to Pathways says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "Simply Ridiculous"
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    I have enjoyed earlier books in the Jack Reacher series. Child seems to be losing it. The book is in the "Reacher is unjustly jailed as part of a big conspiracy" mode yet again (yawn). What's worse is the cartoonish, nonsensical actions that Reacher and the other characters take, as if the author feels no responsibility toward plausibility, just randomly writing down whatever comes to mind. Reacher and his companion are fleeing the police, FBI, and MPs on a winter's night in rural Virginia in a stolen Corvette and so they--of course--put the top down for kicks--because that is a sure way to avoid notice, right? It's like that over and over again. Simply junk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solo

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Dominic West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his 45th birthday, James Bond - British special agent 007 - is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime. Bond's arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war - and he soon realizes the situation is far from straightforward.

    Mario says: "More Please!"
    "Deeply Disappointing"
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    I heard an interview with William Boyd discussing the book on The Guardian Books podcast. He was intelligent, witty, and I couldn't wait to read it. What a disappointment. The thin excuse for a plot takes an hour of listening before it begins, then meanders around without direction until it terminates with a whimper on an absurdly implausible note. The indeterminate ending is apparently a tee-up for a sequel. I won't be buying that one. The writing here is close to complete incompetence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1300)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Over-rated Writing, Ridiculous Narration"
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    The writing is similar to the style I see from high school students attempting to write fiction--belabored exposition, assuming the reader is an imbecile; everything is explained and then over-explained and I just feel dragged into mud. There is no spark. There is nothing for the reader to do. He should learn to show action (as does a good writer like Ian Rankin, PD James, Ruth Rendell, James Ellroy) and let the reader get engaged and figure things out for himself or herself.

    Speaking of imbeciles--what Einstein had the idea to make the narrator attempt "Danish accents" for all these Danish characters? That is just absurdly stupid, as if they are all speaking English to each other, with grotesque accents? The stupidity of that artistic choice--plus the painful inability of the narrator to pull of the bad idea--makes this very close to completely unlistenable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King and Maxwell

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (1590)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1390)

    It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

    JR Parrow says: "Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!"
    "Ghastly. Horrible writing."
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    Cartoonish action. Absurd dialogue pushing exposition. Just an implausible and incompetent mess of a book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6372)
    Performance
    (5805)
    Story
    (5813)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Loved It--Write More of Them, Please, Jo!"
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    I love detective fiction. I am devoted to Robert Bloch, John D. MacDonald, Ross Macdonald, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and a few others. But I have read all they have written, and I have been disappointed with so many attempts to find new writers. They are often cutesy (hate cutesy), implausible, self-indulgent, badly written.

    So I would not have tried this one had I not found out it was by J.K. Rowling, whose work I have always enjoyed. I was not disappointed. The story is original (not easy in detective fiction as the paths are so well-worn), the hero and his sidekick are intriguing, complex, and likable. The writing is--as you might expect--deft, elegant, and engaging.

    I greatly hope that Rowling makes this a series. I can't wait to get back into that world and see how the lives of these characters develop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer
    • Narrated By Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (54)

    Is it possible to eat normally, five days a week, and become slimmer and healthier as a result? Simple answer: yes. You just limit your calorie intake for two nonconsecutive days each week - 500 calories for women, 600 for men. You’ll lose weight quickly and effortlessly with the FastDiet.

    Megarian "Scott" says: "Worked for me"
    "Good Science, Well-Explained, and It Works"
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    I have been following the plan now for three weeks (male, 5'10" 215 lbs) and have lost 6 pounds. I was afraid of the idea of fasting, but the authors' assurances that it is okay and one is not going to drop dead are helpful, and they are right. It is not really that hard after the first day, which of course feels weird as a change in habit. I have also noticed the improved mental acuity and upbeat mood that research shows the intermittent fasting can enable.

    Dr. Mosley's explanations of the science behind fasting and how it is natural for humans is first-rate and very accessible. The book is narrated by the authors; both have intelligent and pleasant voices. I am looking forward to reaching my goal weight in 40-45 weeks, and enjoying the health benefits of this simple program as I get there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Manjit Kumar
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (344)

    Quantum theory is weird. As Niels Bohr said, if you aren’t shocked by quantum theory, you don’t really understand it. For most people, quantum theory is synonymous with mysterious, impenetrable science. And in fact for many years it was equally baffling for scientists themselves. In this tour de force of science history, Manjit Kumar gives a dramatic and superbly written account of this fundamental scientific revolution.

    Terezia says: "Biographic facts not explanations."
    "Wasn't Able to Listen Beyond an Hour"
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    I was hoping for a more engagingly told story behind the science. It was fairly tedious and I gave up on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tommyknockers

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (634)

    Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell.

    Grant S. Burroughs says: "The old Stephen King"
    "Loved It"
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    For some reason, I had avoided this book for years. Maybe it was the length, maybe just the odd title. I am so glad I broke down and chose it. It is a long, entertaining, wild ride. It is rather campy, cartoony, compared to other King books, and I was delighted to see that facet of his amazing talent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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