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Maryellen

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  • The Retribution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    World-class crime writer Val McDermid has sold millions of copies of her books worldwide. In The Retribution, clinical psychologist Tony Hill and detective Carol Jordan face a terrifying reality: Serial killer Jacko Vance has escaped imprisonment - and appears hell-bent on revenge against those who put him behind bars.

    Ruth says: "Very disappointed"
    "Just so wonderfully wicked...."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Retribution to be better than the print version?

    The audio is great because the narrator draws the listener in to the plot!


    What other book might you compare The Retribution to and why?

    There is no other writer that can compare to Val McDermid.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    He is gritty. Gerard Doyle is able to use many accents and inflections.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!! I immediately wanted the next book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished: Private Justice, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Irene Hannon
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Vanished, the first book in the Private Justice series, follows reporter Moira Harrisons, who strikes a pedestrian while driving late one night on a wooded road. Dazed from the crash, Moira sees a second man appear at her window and assure her everything will be all right - but then she passes out. When Moira wakes, both men are gone, and a mystery awaits.

    Elise says: "Story is good. Narrator...not so much."
    "narrator ruins a good story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Vanished the most enjoyable?

    I loved the characters. It is a little thin in story line~but it is a first in series....The narrator is just horrible!! I might not buy the second because her fake male voice and rotten intonations are very distracting. I may just read this series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are likable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Celeste Ciulla’s performances?

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Soul: A Charlie Parker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Tony Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (58)

    Randall Haight has a secret: He is a convicted murderer, a man with the blood of a young girl on his hands. He has built a new life for himself in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay, but someone has discovered the truth about him. He is being tormented by anonymously sent reminders of his crime. He wants private detective Charlie Parker to make them go away.

    Marian says: "Great plot, Narration not so great"
    "great narration adds to a wonderful plot!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Burning Soul the most enjoyable?

    The narration of the two men is just wonderful. I loved the quiet reading of one man played off of the course reading of the other man. The juxtaposition of the stories was terrific.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I wanted it to last....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2161)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (717)

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "Three for the money"
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    What did you love best about The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11?

    Loved all of these books. Strong story lines and great narration....


    Which character – as performed by Len Cariou – was your favorite?

    Len Cariou is the perfect voice for this series. His Harry is the quintessential Harry....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1926)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Good read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Poet is classic Michael Connelly. The story is good and while not hes best~really really good.....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Harry's development in this book. He continues to grow and become more real with every story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2279)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (833)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "great read"
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    If you could sum up Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9 in three words, what would they be?

    fun fun fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    More information about Harry


    What about Len Cariou’s performance did you like?

    Lou is very good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Michael Connolly does it again


    Any additional comments?

    You won't be disappointed....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2004)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (835)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "great pairing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7 to be better than the print version?

    I love audio because I am able to remain busy with tasks and still keep up with m reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really like the weaving in of characters.


    What does Richard M. Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is not Dick Hill.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I did enjoy this book. However, not as much as lone wolf.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2194)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1114)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "The best of the series"
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    Where does The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best of the best. The story line fills in all the questions. I love that after 3 other books in the series, the reader finally gets to fill in the background of Harry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Last Coyote.......


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill is able to give each character a voice. I have always been a huge reader of books. I am now so busy, listening while I am working or driving I am happy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book should come with a warning....You will sit in your driveway long after you arrive at home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2010)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1054)

    Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music", a Mafia hit.

    Dan says: "Another Harry Bosch winner"
    "another hit"
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    What made the experience of listening to Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5 the most enjoyable?

    Dick Hill is a terrific narrator. Michael Connelly is a terrific writer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry of course


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    No one does Harry better than Dick Hill.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (629)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "do not bother"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be good for anyone unfamiliar with the series


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    I would sample the book first.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Bed?

    Way too much regurgitation of the same facts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing Point

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Antonia Beamish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    thriller with a nightmare scenario: a parent who loses her child in a bustling international airport. Young Jimmy Higgins is snatched from an airport security checkpoint while his guardian watches helplessly from the glass inspection box. But this is no ordinary abduction, as Jimmy is no ordinary child. His mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted the boy to the person she believed best able to give him a happy, stable life: her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker.

    Greg says: "Great Book except for the last 10 minutes"
    "best val mcdermid book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have recommended this book


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was wonderful. A story with in a story...


    Any additional comments?

    So worth the money. Buy this book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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