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Jon

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  • The Narrows: Harry Bosch Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1777)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (530)

    FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years: the one that tells her the Poet has returned. Years ago she worked on the famous case, tracking down the serial killer who wove lines of poetry into his hideous crimes. Rachel has never forgotten Robert Backus, the killer who called himself the Poet, and apparently he has not forgotten her either.

    Jon says: "Bosch again"
    "Bosch again"
    Overall

    What can I tell you? If you read the prior Harry Bosch novels you'll love it. If this is your first you'll be hooked. It's just great to be able to listen the yarn unfold. Michael Connelley is a masterful story teller.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3096)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2726)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "I wanted to keep listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Gods of Guilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved almost all of Connelley's books especially the Harry Bosch series and the way that he was able to keep the reader so involved. I never wanted those books to end and always looked forward to the next book in the series. The Mickey Haller series never quite made the cut for me. But Connelley finally got it right with this book. Nice work Michael. I think this is the first book in a long time I've rated 5 stars. Get it, you'll enjoy the listen.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3581)
    Performance
    (3000)
    Story
    (3020)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Very Exciting mystery with an absurb story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Innocent? What did you like least?

    Baldacci creates a captivating novel of absurdities. If you like a yarn that help you pass some time and get involved in trying to understand the puzzle of the story then you'll enjoy this book. I did! But, I also thought it was so far removed from reality and believability that it was a real stretch to just say, "Give me a break".


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it less convoluted, make the # of people killed much smaller, make the number of government traitors much smaller.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Sure


    Do you think The Innocent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2332)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (961)

    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Derek says: "Not Connelly's Best"
    "He's back"
    Overall

    The prior reviewers were very wrong. I've listened to every Michael Connelly book. Some really missed the mark. I've only had one Harry Bosch story that wasn't quite right, that was the "BrassVerdict". He was not the main character in that story, Mickey Haller was the main character.
    This book had it all. Len Cariou was terrific as the reader, the plot had some significant surprises and the deaths of one of the characters was shocking.
    I was compelled to bring my ipod from my car to my kitchen to other places in my house so that I could continue to listen to the end of the story.

    This was a great listen. It was great to see that Harry was back.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (336)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Ed says: "Really"
    "You're going to like this experience !"
    Overall

    This was my first Coben book. After listening I bought another. I never felt let down. The book just flowed with one twist after another. I usually listen to audible books when I commute to and from work. This tale caused me to continue listening every night when I finished my journey. Get it, you'll love it, I did.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2383)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (635)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    The first few chapters were terrific. After that is was just plain stupid. It was all I could do to finish listening to the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fortress of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

    Jonathan says: "A smorgasbord of language"
    "A Perfect title for a very sad story"
    Overall

    Perfectly crafted sentences......yeah, if you carry a dictionary with you. The writer likes to use words that make the sentences flowery and beautiful....but what did he say?
    I walked away after listening to this book with a very sad feeling. The book was about being depressed .......passing through life without any meaning.....wasting time.....being a victim...I wish I had never read this.

    The author was able to keep my attention for the entire book but I felt very let down at the end with the absurd fantasy of a jail entry.

    Maybe I missed something. But, I can't recommend this title to anyone.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Police detective Harry Lyon is a perfectionist who likes his files error-free. To Harry's dismay, his partner, Connie Gulliver, embraces chaos, urging him to "get in touch with the rhythms of destruction." But when Harry and Connie have to kill in the line of duty, the ensuing surreal nightmare makes Connie's cynical world view seem all too accurate.

    Dan's Gal Sal says: "My first Koontz, but not my last!"
    "Rivoting!"
    Overall

    If you commute to work this might be a difficult book to listen to. You're not going to want to stop the story and listen the rest of it when it's time to go home.

    I haven't listened to Dean Koontz for a while. He really captures your attention. While the theme is pretty far out the story grabs you.

    If you like to me totally immersed in a story Koontz will do that for you. If you like being kept on the edge of your seat this will not disappoint you.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Reversible Errors

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By J. R. Horne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Scott Turow has written a supercharged, exquisitely suspenseful novel about a vicious triple murder and the man condemned to die for it. No other writer offers such a profound understanding of what is at stake when the state holds the power to end a man's life.

    Kent says: "An engaging story"
    "Worth reading"
    Overall

    The author, Scott Turow, put together a book that was more than just a "Who done it". He exposed the conflicts in the legal system by allowing us to view the personalities of the players in the system as real people. The unraveling of the hidden truths throughout the book kept me looking forward to the next chapter.
    The beginning of the book was difficult to follow because the story jumped from the present to the past. Perhaps it was the reader, but in the beginning it was difficult to tell what time frame the story was in. As the story progressed however the problem of time was resolved.
    I thouroughly enjoyed the reading but felt a little let down with the ending.
    The process of getting to the end of the book made the reading worthwile. The personalitites of the players were very well developed in the book.
    I rate this 4 stars and would recommend this audio as an enjoyable listening experience.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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