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  • The Three-Day Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Kardos
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each has gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything. Will is a part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios. Then one night Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store, drags a young woman into Will’s car, and shouts a single word: "Drive!" Shaken and confused, Will obeys.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "Gem of a novel"
    "Decent Narration, Ho Hum Story"
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    A guy's weekend for old college buddies takes a bizarre turn when Jeffery robs the Milk and Bread convenience store and decides to kidnap the teenage clerk for good measure. He tosses her in the car with all his buddies and shouts 'DRIVE!'

    The rest of the story is a reasonable scenario as Jeffery's buddies figure out how in hell they can get out of this mess without legal ramifications.

    There are a couple of late surprises at the end of the book but it left me with a 'meh?' feeling. I give this story 3 stars as it was just moderately interesting.

    The story was quasi-creative but the quality of the writing is very middle of the road. This is not Stephen King, Jonathan Franzen, Cormac McCarthy, etc. quality stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (362)

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    Robert says: "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
    "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
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    I'm an unabashed fan of all the Department Q series of books and this one is another winner. The story is perfectly told from several perspectives and Graeme's narration is wonderful.

    Rose and Assad have to be the most hilarious assistants in all of the thrillers I've read/listened to in a long time.

    You can pick up and listen to really any of these books in any order and fully enjoy them. If you love Jo Nesbo, you'll also love this series.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1751)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Hilarious....Forest Gump Multiplied by 1000!"
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    Outstanding performance by Steven Crossley of this utterly charming story. I compare it to Forest Gump in that the protagonist Allan Karlsson, turning 100 years old, escapes the nursing home and starts an incredible adventure. Throughout the telling, there are flash backs to Allan's life and his unlikely encounters with world leaders like Mao, Stalin, Truman and more.

    If you love to laugh, this audiobook is a sure bet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (960)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Yawn...I want that 19 hours back"
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    I got the kindle version of this book for free from the Kindle First program and the audible version for a very small cost....thank goodness...in this case, you get what you pay for. This book was so slow, predictable and bland. There is maybe 5 minutes of suspense in the whole 19 hours. My recommendation...move on, nothing to see here. Get a Jussi Adler-Olsen or a Jo Nesbo title instead and you'll be far happier.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (663)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Witty and Fast Paced"
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    Here's a case where the audiobook format truly enhances the written word. Jeff Woodman delivers the narrative with the New England tone, cadence and humor that makes this a wonderful book to enjoy. Of course, the actual brilliance comes from the hand of the author Bruce DeSilva.

    I'm hooked and going directly to use my credit for Cliff Walk!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10224)
    Performance
    (9355)
    Story
    (9376)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "A Deep and Rich Story"
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    What can you say about a 32 hour book? First I'll say, I've listened to 12 hour books I thought would never end! This 32 hours went by in a flash. I was constantly interested and entertained. I won't re-hash the story line, I will only say the writing and pacing and character development are wonderful.

    This is destined to be on everyone's best fiction of 2013 list for sure. Pulitzer prize quality writing in my opinion. Not since 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' have I been so taken in by a book.

    Just get this book...you will love it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3103)
    Performance
    (1898)
    Story
    (1893)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Get Hooked on this Series!"
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    Will Patton delivers a great performance of superb writing. James Lee Burke is wonderful at describing New Orleans, Cajun culture, the attitudes and the ways of a cop in a very tough and corrupt town and state.

    Dave Robicheaux is a fantastic protagonist and you cheer for him as he navigates this world of reprobates and hustlers. You'll want to read all the books!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (720)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    John S says: "Alternative to Nesbo/Harry Hole Novels"
    "Jussi's Stories Just Get Better- Need More Dept Q!"
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    This is the 3rd Department Q and I have to say I just love these books and this one is the best so far.

    I love the characters and Assad has to be the most entertaining sidekick in all the mystery/thrillers I enjoyed in a long time.

    You can read the overview of the book to get the thrust of the story. I will tell you the pacing, narration and story keep you wanting more. This one is hard to stop listening too.

    How long do I have to wait for the next Department Q? I'm hooked!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (224)

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Riley A. Vann says: "Challenging Read/Listen, Narrator Outstanding"
    "A Varied Life With & Among the Downtrodden"
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    I'm a huge Cormac McCarthy fan. His prose is just among the richest and most descriptive. It just flows.

    I gave this book 4 stars because I just couldn't piece together the stories. Inside this book is a series of events all richly described, but varied and unordered.

    If you love Cormac McCarthy, you'll instantly recognize the prose and style. You won't however find this a well ordered story. It doesn't flow like the Border Trilogy or The Road or No Country For Old Men, etc.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Tight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (409)

    This novel by Carl Hiaasen, author of Tourist Season and Native Tongue, begins as most thrillers do, with a killing. But this is no everyday, hum-drum, garden variety killing. Our hero, Nick Stranahan, a 42-year-old private investigator who has killed five men and been married five times, skewers his attacker's aorta with the razor-sharp bill of a stuffed marlin.

    Chris says: "Skintight"
    "Really Funny"
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    This was my first Carl Hiaasen novel and it was just really funny and enjoyable. The characters are just so well developed and the narration was spot on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (409)

    It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

    Joanna says: "A new favorite detective series!"
    "Nothing Remarkable Here"
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    I listened to this book with high hopes of finding a series on par with Steig Larsson, Jo Nesbo or Jussi Adler-Olsen, but there was nothing here. I didn't find a complex and relatable protaganist. Sure Kurt Wallander likes whiskey and scotch, has a daughter he doesn't relate to and his wife has left, but on the job he's just a cop following leads.

    If you've listened to Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series, you'll know what I mean. Harry is all action and derring do.....Kurt is at the crime scene looking at shoe prints or working the phones...yawn.

    I'll pass on the rest of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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