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To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....

tallevast, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 316 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • L.A. Requiem

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (370)

    Edgar Award nominee Robert Crais’ L.A. Requiem is a gritty, harrowing look into the minds of a serial killer and the men determined to stop him. Elvis Cole and former cop Joe Pike have been partners in a detective agency for 12 years. After an ex-girlfriend of Pike’s disappears, the girl’s father asks them to help the police with the search. When the missing persons case turns into a hunt for a killer who has been stalking victims in Los Angeles, Cole and Pike find themselves battling both a hostile police department and a madman.

    David says: "Equal to Bosch and Davenport"
    "I liked it................."
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    The dynamics between Joe Pike and Elvis Cole are a good combination. I love the ex military factor. Reminded me of Reacher - Only better in my opinion. Not an earth shattering story - But a good listen.

    J

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Nowhere: Jonathan Stride, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Ten years ago, six-year-old Catalina Mateo hid under the porch of her family home while a knife butchered her mother and a bullet killed her father. Now a rough-sleeping orphan, Cat arrives at the house of Detective Jonathan Stride, pleading for protection. Drenched in the icy waters of Lake Superior, she claims to have narrowly escaped a cold-blooded killer. Stride's raw instinct is to protect Cat, whose late parents' case - and his personal guilt associated with it - still sends a shiver down his spine. As a result, he takes the troubled teenager under his wing.

    John says: "A true Freeman fan truely dissapointed"
    "A true Freeman fan truely dissapointed"
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    Gillian Flynn, Val Mcdermid, Anne Emery, Nora Roberts, Tana French. These are a few of my favorite authors - male or female. I preface the statement with that because this had a degree of femininity that was uncomfortable to listen to. It was extremely emotional and I could barely get through the first part of the 2 halves. I stuck around to find out what stride was afraid to reveal to Serena - That was a big disappointment. Huge actually considering the build up. Also Kat's aunt was hiding a secret that was ho hum compared to the build up. This was a big attempt at multiple Red Herrings to throw things off. I was probably 2 hours off finishing and deleted the book from by library. Any other author wouldn't have made it that far. It should have been deleted through the first. This book was written to the point where the narrator had to do worse than normal with his dream yelling for Kat. It was very bizarre sounding. and not in a good way. I think this book should have been cut to five hours like "Turn to Stone" which I enjoyed thoroughly. Also - Should not be sold with the idea that this is a follow up as Turned to Stone. It's not.

    I have many audio books by Brian Freeman - He has always received my praise - Until now.

    I'm done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turn to Stone: A Jonathan Stride Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    On his way back to Duluth, Stride stops to visit the grave of his mother in a small Wisconsin town. After a shocking occurrence in the cemetery, Stride becomes enmeshed in a gruesome and suspenseful search for a killer who knows things no one else alive should know.

    John says: "For the Freeman fans - This review is for you"
    "For the Freeman fans - This review is for you"
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    I have to tell you - I am through the first part of "The Cold Nowhere" and this book is not a prequel. It stands on it's own and I liked it a lot. It was a fast past non abridged short story & I'm starting to wish The Cold Nowhere was a lot shorter. Back to this book though. The ending was great! This was a very good psycological thriller. Brian Freeman is one of the few writers with repeating characters that I follow. The Cold Nowhere review to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cairo Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    Sophie Kohl is living her worst nightmare. Minutes after she confesses to her husband, a mid-level diplomat at the American embassy in Hungary, that she had an affair while they were in Cairo, he is shot in the head and killed. Stan Bertolli, a Cairo-based CIA agent, has fielded his share of midnight calls. But his heart skips a beat when he hears the voice of the only woman he ever truly loved, calling to ask why her husband has been assassinated.

    Darwin8u says: "In the widening gyre"
    "A little too back and forth for me"
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    This could have been a 4 star review. I listen a lot at work and I am able to keep track with books like The Story Teller, so I gotta say that this one had my head spinning. A lot of people with the same sounding Egyptian names. Some of those people had different names for on person. To be fair - Maybe it was one person. I felt like I was hearing "Jaun duelly - John Dooley - Hans Drooly" And so on. That's the American version of what I thought I was hearing. Some quick jumps back and for through time didn't help, and the politics didn't resonate with me personally - Though I should study up more about other countries current affairs. Besides countries like Venezuela and the Ukraine of course. God be with them. It had a lot of good intrigue in there mixed in with the stuff I didn't like, and the narrator was really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Morning I'll Be Gone: Troubles Trilogy, Book 3 (Detective Sean Duffy, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    It's the early 1980s in Belfast. Sean Duffy, a conflicted Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), is recruited by MI5 to hunt down Dermot McCann, an IRA master bomber who has made a daring escape from the notorious Maze prison. In the course of his investigations, Sean discovers a woman who may hold the key to Dermot's whereabouts; she herself wants justice for her daughter who died in mysterious circumstances in a pub locked from the inside.

    B.J. says: "Great conclusion to a terrific trilogy."
    "It's hard to give a five star review"
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    I can't justify a five - But I'm tempted to give 41/2. This is probably my favorite Sean Duffy novel yet. I normally steer away from mysteries and books that occur outside the current decade - But Adrian and Gerard have kept me on the hook with the Sean Duffy series. I give equal credit to both - Because without a good narrator - I wouldn't have continued series after book one. This one has the better mystery out of them all in my opinion. I'm 4th generation Irish - Just wish I had that darned accent =0)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "I am a fan of Gillian Flynn and now a fan of Laura"
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    I know I'm not right in the head sometimes because I really enjoy the dark twisty stuff in this novel and the mystery that unfolds. I like the back and forth story telling that eventually comes together. I am a big fan of Gillian Flynns and though this novel isn't as dark as Dark Places or Sharp Objects - It is definitely a good story.

    J

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tier One Wild: A Delta Force Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet. The most wanted man in the world, American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki, and his handpicked team of terrorist operatives, have acquired stores of Russian-built, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM's) from ex-Libyan spies in Cairo.

    Jeff says: "My Mitch Rapp Replacement"
    "41/2 stars overall - But he's not Mitch people"
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    Let's not get ahead of ourselves people. That said - This was a perfect follow up... I enjoyed getting to know Kolt in Black site - But this may have been the better overall book. I won't go ino much detail. If you haven't read the first - then this is a perfect one-two combination. If you like these - Do yourself a favor and get Sniper Elite one way trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By C. J. Box
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (347)

    New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box delivers a novel starring Joe Pickett’s sidekick: fan favorite Nate Romanowski.

    In Force of Nature, trouble comes calling from Nate’s past in the Special Forces, and the colleague he once called a friend won’t stop until those who know a deadly secret are silenced. Everyone close to Nate is at risk, including Joe and his family. To save them, Nate will have to convince law-abiding Joe to finally break a few rules along the way.

    Ronna says: "Best mystery series ever----great performance of t"
    "I guess I'm the only non C.J. Box fan"
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    Or David Chandler... I hate when someone over does a Super gruff voice for a tough guy - As I do for a high pitched girl. I grinded through one part of the book because I wanted to give it my all + 10 minutes of the second. It had a promising story line - But I didn't like the main characters at all. Maybe if I read it - I would have liked a little more - But I'm not entirely sure. The reader was slow and his voice was not engaging. Don't hate me - But it seems like a book for an older generation that likes it a little bit of rough..I might also understand why it might appeal to female readers. That's not sexist - That's sensitivity I'm talking about. It's returnable - That's how much I didn't like it. I'll take a look - but I have bought quite a few books & this might be number 4 that I am returning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Six

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (352)

    Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die.

    K says: "Great story, characters, narration, and more"
    "Returning this one"
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    I was duped... This is science fiction military. UN military forces - ETC. Even if it was something I would have liked - I could barely continue listening the narrator. He wasn't bad - I just couldn't slip into his voice. After 20 minutes of listening - I was done. The story could not hold my attention. I've listened to books outside of my genre, but this is not one of them. Look at the other books bought by people who bought this one. Ghost stories and sci-fi. My Bad.... I saw the carrot of reviews praising it as a Military super book and 5 star ratings, and I bit down. It's pseudo private military something or another.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sniper Elite: One Way Trip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (218)

    The President of the United States can’t decide how to respond to a classified video showing the Taliban’s brutal treatment of their captive - a female helicopter pilot of the Army’s elite Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Afraid that a botched rescue will further destabilize foreign policy and end his presidency, the Commander-in-Chief falters. But when the Special Ops community learns that one of their own is being tortured and will almost certainly be killed, no executive order will stop them from attempting a rescue mission.

    CyndiB says: "A FIVE STAR READ"
    "This might be the best book in a couple of years"
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    I hope I see another book soon by this writer.?These writers. And I pray they use the same narrator. This book gave me almost everything I could wish for. A good story (Though it stretches plausibility a little) & An awesome main character in Gil Shannon. I'll say it - I got choked up a bit in this one. It is probably the best military sniper - assassin type book I have listened to since..... Well - The latter half of the Mitch Rapp series - Consent to kill and most of the books that followed... I will probably give it a couple of weeks - But I could easily listen to this book again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Site: A Delta Force Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (343)

    Meet Kolt Raynor. A Delta Force operator and one-time American hero, he is still trying to make sense of his life - and duty - after a secret mission gone bad. Three years ago, in the mountains of Pakistan, Raynor made a split-second decision to disobey orders - one that got some of his teammates killed and the rest captured. Now he’s been given a second chance to do right by his country, his men, and himself. But Raynor’s shot at redemption comes at a price.

    Dennis says: "What a great surprise"
    "I gave this high marks - Because..."
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    It was pretty darn good. The Narration was great. The story was mostly plausible. To tell you the truth - I was really, really liking three quarters of the book. I was feeling it emotionally and intrigued. The ending didn't (kill) it overall for me. It wasn't bad - It just didn't rock me. I had a better time getting to know Colt in the beginning and listening to the transformation - Then I did listening to the end. High marks for Dalton Fury's 1st fiction Novel. The character and series have promise.

    J

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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