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S. Harvey

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  • The Light of Day

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Graham Swift
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The author takes us inside George Webb's -a divorced ex-policeman turned private investigator- mind. For one day, we see what Webb sees and know only what his thoughts reveals. We learn about his childhood and the secret it forced him to carry; the last moments with his ex-wife; his fall as a cop; the ease with which he has turned his police skills to the demands of his new profession. And we learn how those demands have put him in a league with a client, a woman he has come to love.

    Mike says: "A wordsmith no doubt."
    "One of the best listens yet"
    Overall

    I found this book perfectly outstanding, from the quality of the writing to the fine and sympathetic reading. It held my attention from beginning to end and, as really good books do, it left me with a sense of nostalgia so complete I simply had to listen to it all over again. And that was a first for me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The 9th Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (856)

    On a frigid New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis, a young woman’s brutalized body falls from the trunk of a car into the path of oncoming traffic. Questions as to whether she was alive or dead when she hit the icy pavement result in her macabre nickname, Zombie Doe. Unidentified and unidentifiable, she is the ninth nameless female victim of the year, and homicide detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska are charged with the task of not only finding out who Zombie Doe is but who in her life hated her enough to destroy her. Was it personal? Or could it just have been a crime of opportunity?

    Sires says: "Not Fond of Narrator, Characters Sterotypical"
    "OUTSTANDING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was hugely enjoyable. The characters were credible, the plot was gripping, and the inter-familial relationships realistic and touching. I would definitely recommend this book and will listen to more of Tami Hoags books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 9th Girl?

    The sadly flawed relationship between mother and daughter - Penny and Julia. Tragic.


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

    No - but I thought David Colacci's narration was outstanding. I tend to be very critical of narration since it can easily ruin the listening experience - but this guy is marvelous. Speed, characterization, and appropriate emphasis, etc. were spot on


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2999)
    Performance
    (2680)
    Story
    (2687)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boys in the Boat to be better than the print version?

    I listened rapt to the story and do not own the printed version. The writing is first class and the historical detail fascinating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The story focusses on Joe's experience as he battles to raise enough money to pay for his college career at Washington University and for ultimate fitness and skill in the racing eight.


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

    My response to the book was one of admiration for all those who took their rowing to the pinnacle of success - their guts and determination at a time in American history when life was difficult and unrewarding.


    Any additional comments?

    Very, very enjoyable - highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1863)
    Performance
    (1637)
    Story
    (1636)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "Vintage Sandford"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Excellent story full of suspense and psychopathy. If you like John Sanford's writing you will enjoy this one.


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

    Good - his narration does not interfere with the sense of the story and enhances reader response.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sentry: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (272)

    Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it — and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.

    S. Harvey says: "Vintage Crais"
    "Vintage Crais"
    Overall

    This is vintage Crais so if you have enjoyed his earlier books you will enjoy this. Pike is his silent, effective self and the plot is engaging. Excellent narration.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4063)
    Performance
    (2407)
    Story
    (2415)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    " "Faithful Place" is wrenching to a degree that detective fiction rarely achieves."(Laura Miller). Beautifully written, wonderfully intelligent and an extraordinary deconstruction of the ultimately dysfunctional family. The prose is clever and the observation detailed and perceptive. Running throughout is a vein of kindness and acceptance of human nature and the forces that move us. Tana French is absolutely brilliant as she brings us into more intimate contact with the texture and pathos of life in a poor Irish family than anything I have ever read. Tim Gerard Reynolds' narration is masterly and this is very likely a book that makes a better listen than a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Motive: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    It starts with a double homicide. Because of the high profiles of the victims - a politically connected socialite and his glamorous fiancée - the mayor of San Francisco herself demands that a high-ranking detective be put on the case. And so Abe Glitsky is thrust into the controversial investigation.

    Ed says: "Last hour lost it a star"
    "Unexciting"
    Overall

    Found this book dull. For me a book comes alive as the author builds credible characters who carry forward the action in a way that grabs and holds one's attention and, sometimes, one's emotion.. In The Motive this just doesn't happen. Narration was fine - did not interpose itself between the book and the listener in a distracting way - but could not rescue the essential tedium of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (5911)
    Performance
    (4952)
    Story
    (4976)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Charles says: "Dark Places Indeed..."
    "Not To Be Missed"
    Overall

    Could not turn this off. One cold winter's night 7-year old Libby's mother and two sisters ae murdered. Her brother is convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Twemty years later Libby begins to look into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy, unravelling a complex history woven by a mixed cast of dysfunctional characters. The narration is excellent. As the story is told first by Libby and then by the men and other women involved in the action, male and female narrators provide their voices. It is immensely effective.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Predator

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Park
    • Narrated By Mark Davis
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Here's the first of best-selling author Tony Park's gripping thrillers to be published in audio by Bolinda."In a luxury private safari lodge in Kruger National Park, Detective Sergeant Tom Furey has just woken to a protection officer's worst nightmare. The VIP in his charge, British government minister, Robert Greeves, has been abducted. Knowing his career is on the line, Furey vows not to stop searching until Greeves is found - dead or alive.

    Beverley Zabow says: "Great book, enjoyable, despite the poor reading"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This contribution by Tony Parks is an outstanding listen. The plot is intriguing, the characters human and engaging, and the descriptions of Africa are spell binding. I enjoyed this book from first to last and recommend it to other listeners who are looking for a good thriller. It was hard to put my iPod down.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lying with Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Grippando
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Peyton Shields had always wanted to be a doctor. But a late-night drive home in a heavy snowstorm changes everything. A car coming straight at her drives her off the road and into a frozen pond. In an instant her wonderful life has turned dark. No one believes her claims that the "accident" was deliberate; not even her husband. Without explanation, he has become distant and bitter, calling her paranoid and accusing her of having an affair with a former lover. Yet the terror has only begun.

    Carolyn says: "Lying with strangers"
    "Not quite the ticket"
    Overall

    Never quite sure that men authors should make women their central character or vice versa. There are of course exceptional exceptions. The male stalker is much more compelling than Peyton - but none of it quite works. Not enough depth, and none of it helped by the narrator. Just having a woman as a central character is not enough reason to cast a woman as a narrator. The whole topic of stalking, lurking malevolence and violent death is better delivered by a really good male narrator. This woman narrator has a curiously staccato delivery and a rather strained voice that does nothing to enhance the atmosphere or engage the listener.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bodies Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    The Bodies Left Behind is an epic cat-and-mouse chase, told nearly in real-time, and is filled with Deaver's patented twists and turns, where nothing is what it seems, and death lingers just around the next curve on a deserted path deep in the midnight forest.

    Deb says: "very disapointing"
    "Hard to put down!"
    Overall

    I always know if I've found a compelling listen if I start to lose sleep because I don't want to turn my iPod off. This is a superbly crafted story with enough turns and twists and surprises to hold the listener's attention. the characterisation is strong and the pursuit section gripping. If you like Jeffrey Deaver you will certainly like this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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