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  • The Last Detective: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    Elvis Cole's relationship with attorney Lucy Chenier is strained. When she moved from Louisiana to join Elvis in Los Angeles, she never dreamed that violence would so easily touch her life - but then the unthinkable happens. While Lucy is away on business and her 10-year-old son, Ben, is staying with Elvis, Ben disappears without a trace.

    Fanne says: "One book and I was hooked"
    "One book and I was hooked"
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    I came to crime fiction quite by accident and surprised myself about 2 years ago when i was looking for a new book and found THE FIFTH WITNESS by Michael Connelly. now I don't much want to read anything else.I found the Elvis and Joe series via Crais' SUSPECT, which I loved. I immediately bought the first three Cole/Pike-s. I have now been through most of them I was reluctant read the Pike-centric books because I am so wild about Elvis, but I now love the Still Zen quality of Joe. I hate guns. I am not so into this much violence, but I still really like the books. the Last Detective and LA Requiem are my favorites, but I like the whole series very much. not as much as Michael Connelly, but I like Crais enough to be wondering what will come next. To me, finding new authors is one of the great pleasures of reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8704)
    Performance
    (7987)
    Story
    (7992)

    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"
    "i don't want it to end"
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    "The Goldfinch" moves into to my list of top modern American novels. The others are "The Color Purple," "To Kill a Mockingbird," something by Pat Conroy, probably "The Prince of Tides" and the "Secret Life of Bees."

    The plot,which goes on for hours, is mesmerizing. The narration is long, over 30 hours, but I still don't want it to end. The narration, by David Pittu, is the best ever. I'll be looking to see what else he has read as soon as I finish this. I'll also be looking for Donna Tartt books as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Word of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (444)

    He is a good man, a brilliant corporate executive, an honest, handsome family man admired by men and desired by women. But a lifetime ago Ben Tyson was a lieutenant in Vietnam.There the men under his command committed a murderous atrocity -- and together swore never to tell the world what they had done. Now the press, army justice, and the events he tried to forget have caught up with Ben Tyson.

    Diana says: "Nelson does it again"
    "Full of Surprises"
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    It took me a while to get into this book. For me, it started off slow, but by the end I was completely mesmerized.. It was longer than many, which I really like. Definitely worth a listen. One of my favorite Nelson DeMille books yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winner

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (293)

    She is 20, beautiful, dirt-poor, and hoping for a better life for her infant daughter when LuAnn Tyler is offered the gift of a lifetime, a $100 million lottery jackpot. All she has to do is change her identity and leave the U.S. forever. It's an offer she dares to refuse...until violence forces her hand and thrusts her into a harrowing game of high-stakes, big-money subterfuge. It's a price she won't fully pay...until she does the unthinkable and breaks the promise that made her rich.

    Stephen says: "This was the worst narration I have ever heard!"
    "I liked the story..."
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    I liked the story of 'The Winner," but I thought the narration was about the worst I had ever heard. It was overly sappy, melodramatic. It really ruined the book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (580)

    An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

    Oenophile says: "Much improved"
    "This is my fave "harry bosch" ever"
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    I am not sure why it took so long to have this released as an audio book, but I suspect it might have something to do with the "kiddie porn"aspect. not sure. regardless, as soon as I saw that it had been released, i dove right in. There was a lot to learn about Harry in this book, and the plot was so strong that it led me right through the book. Thanks to Michael Connelly. Peter Giles, the reader, was excellent. Just a really nice listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3010)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2099)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Three Books in Four Days"
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    Nathan McBride is my new favorite hero. Andrew Peterson has developed a cast of characters that made me want to keep reading. And now I am waiting for more.

    1 of 1 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
    (3593)
    Performance
    (3008)
    Story
    (3029)

    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!!"
    "Too Bad about the Performance"
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    I really love this story. Robie is cool. A little too nice to be a hitman, but cool nonetheless. The problem with the book is that the narration is just godawful. I think the narration was not done as a performance, but as two separate readers whose readings were then spliced together. At times, the conversation was more like a "Saturday Night Live" script than a conversation in a novel. That was really poor. I will finish the book, and go on to THE HIT. But I wish the production people would offer a better production for two really good readers. I really like Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy, but the producers did not seem to care much on this one.

    Meanwhile, David Baldacci is one of my favorite crime writers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3049)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1227)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "It took me a while"
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    I only recently discovered David Baldacci, and I must say I have really been enjoying his books. I discovered The Camel Club series a few weeks ago, and just sort of breezed through them. I love all the club members!

    For me, the hardest part was getting used to the two narrators. I really like one narrator doing all the voices. I had to start over three or four times before I felt comfortable listening to the books. But by the end of the fifth book in the series, "Hell's Corner" I was totally hooked and hope that we will be seeing more Oliver Stone books soon. Baldacci has created true individuals. I only wish that Oliver did not sleep on a cot.

    ps. David. Please work on your syntax. Some of your sentences get really garbled by the fact you end them with prepositions. And your subject/pronoun connections are off kilter. Shame on your editors for not fixing that stuff for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Matter of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William P. McGivern
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Mark Weir, a Chicago police lieutenant, is killed investigating a smuggling ring set up by army servicemen in Germany. His father, a retired general, decides to solve the case and find his son's murderers. Meanwhile, Durham Lasari, an Army private gone AWOL, is chosen by a drug smuggling ring to be the next courier in their drug loop between Germany, and Chicago.

    Fanne says: "I did not read to the end."
    "I did not read to the end."
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    It moved too slowly. It was a nice story except that it did not keep my attention. That is all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18530)
    Performance
    (8412)
    Story
    (8439)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Listen slowly"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. it really holds my interest


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

    I'm listening to this in real time. Usually I listen at 11/2, but I want this to last longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe I waited so long to read this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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