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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
    (325)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (185)

    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"
    "Can't get enough"
    Overall

    Since I read the first book in this series I cannot get enough of Elvis and Joe. The books are gripping from start to finish. Crais needs to start turning them out because I'm almost at the end of the series. I give these 5 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2585)
    Performance
    (2222)
    Story
    (2209)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Not for me but not bad."
    Overall
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    This book was on sale. Being the third in the series I bought the first two also as I hate not starting a series at the beginning. Well I'll never buy a sales book out of order again. There is a lot of psychology in this series. More than I care for being more fond of the Robert Crais and Lee Child genre. I was able to semi enjoy this listen. The narrator makes the story listenable but if I was reading rather than listening I would have put it down long ago. I couldn't finish the second book in the series. Not for me, but if you like a lot of psychology in your mystery/thriller you may like these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1356: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (401)

    On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
    "Absolutely wonderful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have always enjoyed Mr. Cornwell's books. I went through the Sharpe's series and wanted to tell him"more". I read all of those and was thoroughly pleased. I have some series I read and some on audible. I don't know why I purchased Agincourt and 1356 on audible but I couldn't be more pleased. Having a teen who thinks the most mundane is " awesome" I hesitate to use superlatives. The narrator made a wonderful story wonderous. If you enjoy Cornwell and historical fiction then this is well worth the listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Spies of the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (110)

    Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece, the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania, the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe.

    writerly says: "historical insights, not much suspense/tension"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Night Soldiers was entertaining. This book seemed to go on and on. It did not hold my attention and I had to hit the back button on several occasions. I began well but became tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (650)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a marvelous book. The story is wonderful, this history is interesting, with a performance to match.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (269)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Very Good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not my usual genre. I tend to stick to thrillers. However this was compelling, interesting, and informative. The writing holds the attention and the performance is top notch. This was worth straying from fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1304)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Gotta Love Virgil"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Prey series got me hooked on Sandford and Virgil Flowers is even better. I went through the the first three books of the series one after another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (587)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Loved it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I so enjoyed this "listen" that I followed each book in the series immediate with the next. I took drove circuitous routes just to continue the stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Firewall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Nick Stone is offered enough money to mean he won't have to work again. The work involves recovering stolen sensitive military secrets from Russian organised crime. In Finland, Stone discovers that he's a pawn in a much bigger game than he had imagined.

    itinerant says: "I should have listened to the warnings, not the bo"
    "Getting better"
    Overall
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    Story

    I ended up with the first three books in this series because of a sale. I panned the first because of the presence of an annoying little girl tagging along with the protagonist. The child is becoming less of a presence other than the reason for his undertaking the missions to get money to support her. The less she's a presence the better the story. I don't know if I'll purchase the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remote Control

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Ric Jerrom
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Nick Stone, ex-SAS, now with British Intelligence, discovers the seemingly sensless murders of fellow SAS soldier Kev Brown and his family in Washington, D.C. Only Kelly, seven-years-old, has survived, and immediately the two of them are on the run from unidentified pursuers.

    Marius says: "Graphic and tough"
    "Annoying child"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Andy McNab and/or Ric Jerrom?

    The protagonist has a seven or 8 year old girl with him during most of the book. The whinny kid detracted from the story. Nothing against the performer. He did a good job.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Andy McNab? Why or why not?

    Well these were on sale and I bought several. I will try another but if the kid is still there I may just have to rack this up to caveat emptor.


    Did Remote Control inspire you to do anything?

    Wish I hadn't bought more books in the series during the sale.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    In 1969, Jake Cazalet saved the life of a Frenchwoman in Vietnam, and a brief, passionate affair ensued. Years later in Paris, he was introduced to another beautiful young woman - his daughter. For many reasons, their relationship remained a secret.

    Stuart says: "Not up to standard"
    "Not up to standard"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Jack Higgins and/or Michael Page?

    I am a fan of the Sean Dillon series. This book was disappointing. The dialogue was so full of cliches that I often found myself saying the next line with the narrator. The plot was predictable and overall this was a disappointment. I will however get the next book in the series and hope for a return to form.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Higgins again?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Page’s performances?

    Probably will have to if he performs other books in the Dillon series.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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