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  • Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (267)

    As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there - longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed, between them, more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart - half tavern, half temple - stands Brokeland Records.

    Darwin8u says: "26,784 sq in (and 4.5 miles) surrounded by REALITY"
    "Skip the audiobook; read the real book"
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    I'm a huge fan of audiobooks. I've probably listened to well over 200 titles, including some literary works. Having enjoyed other books by Michael Chabon, I started to listen to Telegraph Avenue with the highest expectations, but simply couldn't continue beyond a couple of hours. I'm notsure what the problem was, but I had to abandon the book early on. After a couple of months, I finally picked up the actual book and loved it. It is a brilliant novel, with themes of parents/sons; spouses, partners, race, etc. As some reviewers have noted, it recalls Joyce's Ulysses, at least superficially. It just doesn't work as an audiobook, despite the best efforts of the narrator. So, this is just one of those occasions when one is better advised to skip the audio and read the text. (Note, an article in the Times Sunday Book review from November 2013 also led with this book as a prime example of a title that didn't work in audio format.)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Marco Effect: Department Q, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (353)

    All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

    Robert says: "So Well Written, So Well Narrated"
    "Fantastic addition to fantastic series."
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    These are about the best Scandinavian detective books around. While not as devious or violent as Jo Nesbo, these Department Q books have great humor to break up the detection. Very highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Matthew Iden
    • Narrated By Lloyd Sherr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (389)

    In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer.

    William says: "This book was a distraction"
    "Police procedural falls flat"
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    This book started out okay... A detective having to revisit failed a prosecution 15 years after perpetrator is acquitted at trial, but then fell flat with too obvious leads not pursued and clumsy interjection of protagonist's cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy (hence, the title). It was barely worth the $3.99sale price; it would not have been worth a credit. The narration was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (672)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Sires says: "Shakespear, E.A. Poe, and Pocket the Fool"
    "Rolicking, clever, and funny"
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    Fans of Fool will not be disappointed by this worthy successor, marked by clever and filthy repartee, twists and turns of plot, and Shakespearean villains and heroes to spare.

    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
    (312)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (277)

    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"
    "Solid Espionage Thriller"
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    As others have noted, Olen Steinhauer is the new John leCarre. Though maybe not at the same level as the Tourist series, this is a very solid book that should appeal to fans of that series and to the genre.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (425)
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    (425)

    On a spring morning in 1951, 11-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.

    Margaret says: "One of my favorite series: try it!"
    "A delightful addition to the Flavia Series"
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    I'll admit it. I can't get enough of Flavia de Luce. Although the chemistry, detection and plotting in this addition were not as clever as some of the earlier entries in the series, I am captivated by the character of Flavia de Luce, who is once again performed to perfection by Jayne Entwistle. The best thing about this book is that, based on the ending, there will be more to come. I can't wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jar City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (195)
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    (196)

    Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason’s novels featuring Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson became international sensations on their way to selling millions of copies worldwide. The debut of morose detective Sveinsson finds the inspector and his team delving into the murder of a retiree with horrifying secrets.

    Tracey says: "Great Icelandic police procedural"
    "Meh"
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    Quite a middling book. A really awful character is found murdered. The police work is plodding and not really believable--ignoring most likely explanation for crime based on a hunch then going to extraordinary lengths to investigate the hunch. Nesbo has nothing to worry about.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Police: A Harry Hole Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (541)

    The police urgently need Harry Hole…. A killer is stalking Oslo's streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can't help.... For years, detective Harry Hole has been at the center of every major criminal investigation in Oslo. His dedication to his job and his brilliant insights have saved the lives of countless people. But now, with those he loves most facing terrible danger, Harry is not in a position to protect anyone. Least of all himself...

    Charles Atkinson says: "Simply the Best Detective Series In any Language"
    "Nesbo is king"
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    The best Scandinavian crime author out there, and one best regardless of language. Read the series in order. Police had more twists and turns and emotional ups and downs than a roller coaster. Hole is one of the great crime characters of all time. I can't wait for Nesbo's next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Critic: The Enzo Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Gil Petty, the world's number-one wine critic, is found dead and strung on a cross in the vineyards of France. Enzo Macleod, Scots exile and former forensics expert, finds that the genteel world of winemakers hides a business driven by greed, envy, and desperation, with no shortage of possible killers.

    Jerry says: "Only a Fair Mystery"
    "Weak story, lousy narration"
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    I'm a big Fan of Peter May, but didn't think this book comes close to the first Enzo book,let alone the three Lewis books, which are truly excellent. There are too many coincidences, and the motive that is eventually revealed is completely unconving. Enzo is supposed to be a forensic scientist. But, he comes across as foolish much of the time. The choice of narrator for the Critic was definitely disastrous. Enzo is a highly educated Scott from Glasgow. He should have a Scottish accent, not the BBC intonations that the narrator provides. Even worse was the narrator's attempt to mimic American accents. Don't British actors watch American television and movies? I can usually overlooked dialect faults in the narrator, but this narration was truly painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (784)
    Story
    (801)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "A masterpiece."
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    This is a beautifully written novel with very human characters who are brilliantly brought to life in this audio production. The heading for my review, 'masterpiece,' says it all though. Having listened to well over 200 audio titles, this is one of my top five.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tarquin Hall
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in the multi-million-dollar Indian Premier League dies during a post-match dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan - the country in which many members of the P.I.’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one woman in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

    Maine Colonial says: "Delightful Delhi detective (see recipe too)"
    "Makes me want to visit India"
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    Probably the best of a highly enjoyable series. Vish Poori is a singular detective, stubborn, idiosyncratic, a tough guy and mama's boy who loves his samosas. He's also very funny and a clever detective to boot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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