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Rollin

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  • A Plague of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (193)

    The first victim is Dylan Vogler, a charming ex-convict who manages the Bay Beans West coffee shop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. When his body is found, inspectors discover that his knapsack is filled with high-grade marijuana. It soon becomes clear that San Francisco's A-list flocked to Bay Beans West not only for their caffeine fix. But how much did Maya Townshend - the beautiful socialite niece of the city's mayor, and the absentee owner of the shop - know about what was going on inside her business?

    Stephen says: "A 'Law and Order' Type Story"
    "Lescroart in decline?"
    Overall

    I hadn't read Lescroart in some years but remembered enjoying his work. I went back to him with Plague of Secrets with enthusiasm. But although the plot is, as always, very complex and interesting, his writing seems to have become sloppy. He uses a lot of fashionable phrases and jargon. His dialogue was especially disappointing: conversations made from templates. This book is OK for anyone interested in the current San Francisco political and cultural scene and in courtroom drama but not choosy about syle.

    2 of 2 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
    (89)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    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"
    "Outstanding spy fiction set in contemporary Egypt"
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    Where does The Cairo Affair rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    That's hard to say (I've listened to so many!). But compared to other spy stories, such as Daniel Silva, this is certainly superior.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophie Cole and John Calhoun. Both are complex and interesting characters who evolve as you read.


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

    Unlike other US narrators, he stays away from American twang and maintains a stable tone throughout. I'll certainly look for other narrations by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several, but one that stands out was Joe Calhoun's (a supposed tough guy contracted for dirty jobs by the CIA) love of poetry and his connection to Beth.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first experience with Steinhauer. It won't be my last!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (275)

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "A truly outstanding whodunit"
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    If you could sum up The Purity of Vengeance in three words, what would they be?

    Original, complex but also funny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Purity of Vengeance?

    The flashbacks to the 1980s when a group of right wing eugenicists imprisoned and operated upon so-called "fallen" women are disturbing and well written.
    Also, the quirky relationship between the Danish Inspector and his Syrian assistant, Hafez al Assad (the name of the previous Syrian president!) is weird, funny, and an extremely important part of the investigative process.


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    His tone and his capacity to shift voices among different males and females make for a lovely listening experience.


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

    It's too long for that but it's certainly thrilling enough to want to gobble it up in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Jussi Adler-Olsen is proving to be a better writer with each new novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    One of the iconic investigators of contemporary fiction, Arkady Renko - cynical, analytical, and quietly subversive - has survived the cultural journey from the Soviet Union to the New Russia, only to find the nation as obsessed with secrecy and brutality as was the old Communist dictatorship. In Tatiana, Martin Cruz Smith’s most ambitious novel since Gorky Park, the melancholy hero finds himself on the trail of a mystery as complex and dangerous as modern Russia herself.

    richard says: "Extremely disappointing. Renko fades away."
    "Interesting story but terrible narration"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A completely different narrator would be crucial.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I never finished the novel.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Henry Strozier narrates like a tired old man with a maddeningly slow pace and excessive emphasis on certain syllables.


    Any additional comments?

    I've enjoyed Martin Cruz Smith's novels in the past, but I'm afraid this experience has turned me off to him

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • False Colours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    The honourable Christopher Fancot, on leave from the Diplomatic Service in the summer of 1817, is startled to find his entrancing but incorrigibly extravagant mother on the brink of financial and social ruin - and more than alarmed that his identical twin, Evelyn, Earl of Denville, has disappeared without trace. Christopher, or Kit, the respectable brother, is forced into an outrageous masquerade by his wayward family's tangled affairs. But in the face of Evelyn's continued absence, even Kit's ingenuity is stretched to the limit.

    Carol says: "Wow! A great listen!"
    "A delightful comedy of errors and love"
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    What did you love best about False Colours?

    The main characters: the cool Kit, his lovely mother and smart Cressy, his beloved. They are wonderfully portrayed, complex human beings that go through several transformations in their feelings and relationships as the novel progresses.


    What did you like best about this story?

    First, the setup: serious Kit poses as his rakish twin brother, Evelyn, who is nowhere to be found and must appear at a family function to save his upcoming nuptials. The hoax turns out to be much more complicated than originally envisioned, making for a thoroughly enjoyable plot. Also I greatly enjoyed the description of an English manor house in the early 19th century, the food, the clothing and the general setting. It's full of interesting detail that brings an old story into the present.


    Have you listened to any of Phyllida Nash’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to and enjoyed the Black Moth.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to more books by Georgette Heyer, a novelist I feel fortunate to have discovered.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (936)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Gripping, unremitting action"
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    What made the experience of listening to FREE The Gray Man the most enjoyable?

    I was gripped immediately by the story of an ex-CIA operative who's being hunted by his previous employers, his incredible inventiveness when faced with insuperable odds, and the terrible scrapes he gets into (and out of).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character himself. The Gray Man is a cool and extremely competent killer but not a psychopathic monster. He's trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to maintain his humanity after years of working as a special operative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first scene where the Gray Man is picked up by a rescue aircraft only to discover that the guys on board have every intention of eliminating him.


    Any additional comments?

    Jay Snyder provides an extremely good narration, with the right tones and different voices. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Cold Day for Murder: A Kate Shugak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow.

    Tracey says: "You never go wrong with a Stabenow novel"
    "Interesting anthropology, mediocre whodunit"
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    Would you try another book from Dana Stabenow and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    No, I don't think so.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dana Stabenow? Why or why not?

    Her characters are interesting only from the anthropological standpoint: they project a clear and crude image of life among Alaskan Indians. The whole story revolves around her main character, but she doesn't pull her weight. So the story drags out, and it doesn't help that Stabenow's style is full of clichés.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    I would prefer Jean Smart, a wonderful narrator.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Count Belisarius

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Laurence Kennedy
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    The sixth-century Roman Empire is a dangerous place, threatened on all frontiers by invaders. But soon the attacking armies of Vandals, Goths and Persians grow to fear and respect the name of one man, Belisarius: horseman, archer, swordsman and military commander of genius. As Belisarius triumphs in battles from the East to North Africa, his success causes him to become regarded with increasing jealousy and suspicion.

    Darwin8u says: "Procopius can keep his cuckolded history"
    "Drawn out and tiresome narration"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Graves and/or Laurence Kennedy?

    I love historical fiction and especially loved I Claudius, by Graves, which is why I tried this book. But I was greatly disappointed by the plot. Well, there really isn't a plot: it's a drawn out memoir which takes a long time to take off. The exasperating and humdrum narration of Laurence Kennedy didn't help.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll try another book by Graves, if I can find one not narrated by Kennedy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laurence Kennedy’s performances?

    I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is for listeners very interested in daily life and political ins and outs of the late Roman Empire in the East.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Time: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Jean Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    What secrets hide behind the razzle-dazzle of the entertainment industry? V.I. Warshawski is about to find out. Her friend, reporter Murray Ryerson, has just landed a plum job as host of a Global Entertainment network television show. On her way home from the party celebrating the event, V.I. stops to help a woman lying in the street. Her Good Samaritan act exposes dark truths, and suddenly V.I. finds herself playing a game she can only win by staying alive.

    Ron says: "Excellence Marred By Poor Technology"
    "Fast moving plot and great character"
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    Where does Hard Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's pretty high up on my list of whodunits. Sara Paretsky is a wonderful writer. Her principal character, P. I. Warshawski is a lovable, maddening, intrepid investigator who risks life and limb to get the bottom of the assassination of a young Phillipino immigrant on the bad streets of Chicago after almost running her over. She goes head to head with powerful players in the media, the police, the prison system, and although she gets beat up along the way, she comes out on top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Time?

    When Warshawski gets unjustly accused of kidnapping a kid and thrown in jail.


    Which character – as performed by Jean Smart – was your favorite?

    Warshawski. None other.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's a lot of fun but there are times when you get very anxious over Warshawski's risk taking.


    Any additional comments?

    Extremely entertaining and full of suspense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast of Carrion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Keith McCarthy
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    St Benjamin's Medical School is the greatest of its kind, any death occurring within its walls would have created ripples within the academic world, but the death of Nikki Exner is far from being ordinary. Raped, and then grotesquely executed, her theatrical murder horrifies everyone. John Eisenmenger, a former forensic pathologist, finds himself dragged unwillingly into the case. Teaming up with solicitor Helena Flemming, Eisenmenger sets out to discover what really did happen to Nikki Exner.

    A User says: "excellent book"
    "Dark, gruesome but well written"
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    Would you try another book from Keith McCarthy and/or Sean Barrett?

    I'm not sure I'm always in the mood for the gruesome detail of his murder scenes. His characters are mostly twisted, treasonous, aggressive opportunists who see life as "a thing of smoke and tears."


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

    I love his narrations. He has just the right twist of humor in McCarthy's brilliantly ironical character descriptions.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good read as far as the glittering style is concerned, but I was repulsed by the atmosphere of squalor and the poor character development.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karin Fossum
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Eva is walking by the river one afternoon when a body floats to the surface of the icy water. She tells her daughter to wait patiently while she calls the police, but when she reaches the phone box Eva dials another number altogether. The dead man, Egil, has been missing for months, and it doesn't take long for Inspector Sejer and his team to establish that he was the victim of a very violent killer. But the trail has gone cold.

    Rollin says: "Complex, subtle and satisfying mystery"
    "Complex, subtle and satisfying mystery"
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    Where does In the Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is high quality detective fiction. Karin Fossum is one of Sandinavia's finest mystery writers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is complex and the characters are fully rounded people who evolve throughout. What makes the listening experience so engaging is how the characters interact, often in unexpected ways.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I can't say it made me laugh or cry (pretty extreme reactions) but it certainly fascinated me, raising my expectations and suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to continue reading Karin Fossum

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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