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Alex

Stephentown, NY, United States

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  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1447)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (859)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!"
    Overall

    I was really upset when the book was finished - I had so enjoyed hearing about this slice of Southern Life. The story centers on crimes committed in a small Georgia town - but its main achievement for me is that it is also an amazing portrayal of human relationships, changing racial relationships, local, state and national politics from the Twenties to the Sixties as seen through the eyes of the local protagonists. Mark Hammer's warm narration made it an absolute gem! Go get it!!!!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Three Shirt Deal: A Shane Scully Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (96)

    Truit Hickman is a small-time crook doing life in California's notoriously brutal Corcoran State Prison for the murder of his mother. He admitted to the crime, but now Hickman claims his confession was coerced by the cops. A beautiful Internal Affairs detective, Secada "Scout" Llevar, asks Shane Scully to help investigate.

    Anne says: "Plausibility problems"
    "Intelligent & interesting - absolutely terrific!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Three Shirt Deal?

    The storyline is interesting and manages be suspenseful and hold your attention without gratuitous violence and sadistic murders. The plot is intelligent, nuanced, twisting and doesn't seem to fall into the trap of cliche; the characters are well developed. I have enjoyed listening to Scully & Co immensely - finished the book in two days. I have listened to the first Scully book (Tin Collector) but can't remember anything and bought this books because it was on sale. What a great surprise. Hope the other Sully books are as interesting! Absolutely worth your credit - don't miss it!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I used to pick books because he narrated them, then went totally off him because I started to find his reading affected and thought he turned his reading into a performance instead of being simply the narrator and letting the story take center stage. I recently started listening to him again (sale books) and once I got over the slightly excessive way he reads - it was thoroughly enjoyable! He reads women's voices well.


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

    absolutely!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    More books like this one please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orchid Beach

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (41)

    Major Holly Barker, the army brat daughter of a master sergeant, has been forced into early retirement at the age of 37 as the result of a scandalous sexual harassment case. With the help of her dad, she makes the move to civilian life, becoming deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the surface of this sleepy, well-to-do coastal island town lies a web of evil and deceit that escalates when a colleague and another associate are brutally gunned down.

    MSEreads says: "Enjoyable"
    "writing by numbers - very boring!"
    Overall

    I usually really enjoy Stuart Woods, and his CHIEFS is one of my favorite listens, but this one is simple and boring! I kept waiting for twists, subplots etc but the narrative is as linear as if it had been drawn with a ruler. Will not download any other book of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bank Shot: A Dortmunder Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    With the help of an unusual set of cronies, bank robber John Dortmunder puts a set of wheels under a trailer that just happens to be the temporary site of the Capitalists' & Immigrants' Trust and hauls it away. But when the safe won't open and the cops get close, Dortmunder realizes he's got to find a place to ditch the "bank".

    Alex says: "great story - well narrated!!!"
    "great story - well narrated!!!"
    Overall

    Happy I discovered Donald Westlake. I love Thomas Perry's capers such as 'Metzger's Dog' (except his Jane Whitefield stories), this is similar! Great fun to listen to and well narrated by Jeff Woodman who I sometimes find a bit whiney (e.g. Chris Grabenstein stories). Don't miss out!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (573)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Amazon Customer says: "Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!"
    "least favorite DEXTER book"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the previous DEXTER books but this book is pushing the envelope of 'good' bad taste a bit far, not a very clever storyline and some details of the central story are quite disgusting, but not in the usual clever and funny and over the top dexter-esque way. Felt like Jeff Lindsay had run out of ideas - well I hope not. Hopefully he'll make the next book as much fun as the previous ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Void Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (703)

    In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

    Snoodely says: "Connelly rules!"
    "disappointing - story never got off the ground ..."
    Overall

    ... The narrator was probably the main culprit. I don't get it - I really enjoy Michael Connelly's stories, but some of the narrators chosen for his books are simply awful (and many reviewers have commented on this) and spoil the story. With a big name like his he should be able yo get the best narrators - who chooses them???? Anyway, I would have given up after the first few hours if it hadn't been a Connelly book - I had hoped it would finally come to life. But It never quite did! The storyline is actually very interesting and clever but the narrator really killed this one for me, and the description of the details of the caper are tedious, and in the end i really could't care less what happened to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shutter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (300)

    Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

    But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry?

    Barry says: "Outstanding psychological thriller set in the 50s"
    "this story and its narration just blew me away..."
    Overall

    I have literally just finished listening to Shutter Island, my first Denis Lehane book. And it simply blew me away. A fantastic story line, more interesting, suspenseful and humane than anything I have listened to or read in a very long time! It keeps you engrossed and at the edge of your seat without the usual gimmicks of superhuman strength and implausible plot twists. GO GET IT!!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Dalziel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Shaun Dooley
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (57)

    Caught in the blast of a huge Semtex explosion, the only things preventing Superintendent Andy Dalziel from stepping through Death's door might be his own size and indomitable willpower. As he lies on a hospital bed, it falls on DCI Peter Pascoe to seek justice for Andy. The security services have written it off as an accident: the terrorist suspects have paid for their clumsiness with their lives. Who, then, are the Knights Templar, a shadowy group exacting summary public justice on their enemies?

    A User says: "Great Entry in a Great Series"
    "interesting story, characters and great narration"
    Overall

    interesting contemporary tale - fab dialogue - great characters and amazing narration!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Good Morning, Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Shaun Dooley
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Like father like son....But heredity seems to have gone a gene too far when Pal Maciver's suicide in a locked room exactly mirrors that of his father 10 years earlier. In each case, accusing fingers point towards Pal's stepmother, the beautiful, enigmatic Kay Kafka. But she turns out to have a formidable champion: Mid-Yorkshire's own super-heavyweight, Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel.

    Evelyn says: "late comer loves reginald hill"
    "bit tedious beginning - but well worth hanging in"
    Overall

    I found the beginning quite tedious and had to start again at the beginning - but then it was well worth it. Narrator is absolutely amazing and the reason why I stuck it out (also I read the death of daziel before - which i loved). Not the most likely story but the dialogue and character development is fantastic - especially for a 'crime novel'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    It is 1956. Radio reports of the Hungarian revolution break through the government's radio jamming, setting the entire Eastern Bloc on edge.

    Inspector Ferenc Kolyeszar must track down a murderer while dealing with his crumbling marriage. As he is drawn deep into an underworld of betrayal and violence, he finds that he is not so different from those he pursues.

    Vivian says: "very good very different"
    "interesting - but rather unlikable main character"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Olen Steinhauer's The Tourist. In contrast, The Confession is engaging but the central character is not particularly likable although the eastern bloc background is interesting - in particular the role of the US ultimately deserting the cause of the resistance in Hungary. Pretty grim reading.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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