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Old Hippy

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  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1172)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "They Might Be Scum, But they were German Scum"
    "Really good WW II yarn"
    Overall

    A top secret raid to stop the Nazis from producing a gas WMD, well-written and expertly narrated. Oh, one could quibble about a number of details, and there's the usual bang-bang-blow everything up ending, tailor-made for todays tired formula-driven movie scripts. I suspect the real Nazi SS were not quite as incompetent and they certainly did a far more effective job of running a concentration camp than depicted here. Still, be not afraid - this is a good story, made even better by Hill's reading and voices.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Twenty-Year Death: The Falling Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ariel S. Winter
    • Narrated By Ira Rosenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In 1941 Hollywood, a movie studio hires a down-and-out private eye to watch one of their leading ladies, an actress who thinks she’s being stalked. Is there really a mysterious man after her? After another actress is brutally slain, the detective discovers the truth, uncovering corruption deep within the studio system.

    Old Hippy says: "Great Noir!"
    "Great Noir!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Reminiscent of Chandler and Hammett. Nicely narrated. Next will read Winter's other two in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hammurabi Road: A Tale of Northern Ontario Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Steve Vernon
    • Narrated By Robert Thaler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Hammurabi Road is a dark redneck-noir novella of retribution, backwoods justice, and getting closer to a black bear than was ever dreamed possible. We start off with the eternal triangle - four men ride out in a pick-up truck; three in front and one duct-taped and bound in the back. It is a clear-cut case of Northern Ontario railroad vengeance, served up as cold as a frozen hunting knife. Fans of the movie and television series Fargo are going to love Hammurabi Road.

    Geoff says: "Northern-southern Gothic. Loved it. "
    "Dreadful! Awful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No redeeming value at all. And the attempt at first person country-fied dialog gets tedious right from the start. Save your money.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Not Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Craig A. Falconer
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6222)
    Performance
    (5809)
    Story
    (5798)

    When Dan McCarthy stumbles upon a folder containing evidence of the conspiracy to end all conspiracies - a top-level alien cover-up - he leaks the files without a second thought. The incredible truth revealed by Dan's leak immediately captures the public's imagination, but Dan's relentless commitment to exposing the cover-up and forcing disclosure quickly earns him some enemies in high places.

    Russell says: "Impressive Book About Aliens & the Hype Industry"
    "It passed the time ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not exactly thrilling science fiction, but it had a couple twists and likeable enough protagonists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Blinds: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Adam Sternbergh
    • Narrated By Stephen Mendel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Imagine a place populated by criminals - people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who've been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don't know if they've perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one. What's clear to them is that if they leave, they will end up dead. For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace - but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town's residents revolt.

    Old Hippy says: "What a find!"
    "What a find!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great yarn! After ten years and hundreds of stories, I was beginning to think there were no more good books to be found here on Audible. It's so good to be proven wrong.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirst: A Harry Hole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - translator
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1107)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1009)

    In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

    B.J. says: "Normally, I love Jo Nesbo."
    "Jo Nesbo delivers again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another really good Nordic Noir with our favorite happy warrrior, Harry Hole, Nesbo manages to recycle an old nemisis for more murder and mayhem. Read it, you'll like it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Since We Fell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1186)

    Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel's marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

    Na says: "Compelling but far fetched"
    "DL writes better as a man than a woman."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Listen to first 20%, skip over next 30% (contributes nothing), then listen to rest. Not too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (932)

    Aaron Littmann, the chairman of one of the country's most prestigious law firms, has just been contacted by a high-profile defense attorney whose client is Nikolai Garkov, a Russian businessman arraigned on terrorism charges for pulling the financial strings behind recent treasonous acts. The attorney informs Aaron that Garkov is looking to switch representation and will pay $100,000 just to take the meeting.

    Will says: "Could not suspend disbelief."
    "A Really Great Whodunnit Wrapped In Court Drama"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    One of a kind author - looking forward to reading the rest of his other legal thrillers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Goes There?: The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John W. Campbell
    • Narrated By Steve Cooper
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1366)

    Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "An Absolute Classic!"
    "Astounding ... Incredible ..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So unbelievably good! Up there with anything from Matheson, Asimov, Clark. Great economy of words, while weaving intense suspense. Makes the two movies that followed feel like pale imitations. Also, terrific narration, gripping.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Jon Lindstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14755)
    Performance
    (13554)
    Story
    (13551)

    "Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

    BenL says: "Good premise, poor execution"
    "Meh - Crouch Swings and Misses"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Predictable right from the start and, by the end, you're sick and tired of Jason's endless lovesick miserable existence. Way too long. Not nearly as gripping as all his prior stories. Almost no element of surprise, unlike what we've been accustomed to from Crouch.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Passenger 23: An Audible Original Drama

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sebastian Fitzek
    • Narrated By Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (304)

    With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

    AudioBook Reviewer says: "a solid thriller if you don't think too hard"
    "The first Audible Original I've Really Enjoyed!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story, fine performances, super production qualities. Well done,Audible! Until now it's been a disappointing series of releases - here's hoping you're now hitting your stride.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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