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Kelbey

Clovis, NM, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Crime Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (145)

    Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.

    Kelbey says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Mr Hurwitz has now joined Michael Conelly, James Lee Burke, and Vince Flynn as one of my favorite writers. Even though I had a good idea of who the killer was about midway through the book Hurwitz threw so many curve balls at me that I still very surprised and pleased with the ending. This book is definitely worth buying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Oath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Farnsworth
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (533)

    The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President's vampire. Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he's partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant.

    Carol says: "Fabulous summer read"
    "Original and Excellent"
    Overall

    I didn't think I would like this book because of how overhyped Vampires are these days. On the contrary, it was amazing! Assuming this will be a series, I can't wait until the next one comes out.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • City of the Sun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Levien
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Jamie Gabriel gets on his bike before dawn to deliver newspapers in his suburban Indianapolis neighborhood. He is 12 years old. Somewhere en route, he vanishes without a trace. Crushed by frustrating dead ends and exhausted by a police force that cannot (or will not) find their son, the Gabriels finally stumble upon a name - an elusive private investigator who may represent their last chance for answers.

    Barry says: "Easily 5 stars"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    This writer is a star in the making. I love the lead character! His second book (Where The Dead Lay) is even better. Trust me...ignore the negative review and download both books. If you like hard-boiled detective novels you will love Levien's work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Road Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Jack Foley is serving a 30-year sentence in a Miami penitentiary, but he's made an unlikely friend on the inside who just might be able to do something about that. Fellow inmate Cundo Rey, an extremely wealthy Cuban criminal, arranges for Foley's sentence to be reduced from 30 years to three months, and when Jack is released just two weeks ahead of Cundo, he agrees to wait for him in Venice Beach, California.

    Richard Delman says: "Pretty fine Elmore Leonard."
    "Way Too Much Talk"
    Overall

    I'm pretty disappointed because I thought this book would be a lot better. I love smart and interesting characters like the ones in this book. But, where was the intrigue??? At some point they have to do more than just talk their way through 95% of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Man

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (239)

    Marlie Keen was trying to lead a quiet, ordinary life. She thought the knowing - the clairvoyance that allowed her to witness crimes as they happened - had been destroyed in the nightmare of her past. Then one night it returned with a vengeance, and she desperately needed to find someone to make it stop.

    Kelbey says: "Nice Dream"
    "Nice Dream"
    Overall

    I have to admit that I often steer clear of some women authors because they sometimes portray the men in their books as sex-oholic morons. Before you ladies go off, let me say that I also understand why you are hesitant to read/listen to books that portray women as weaklings or air-heads. Well, Linda Howard provides the best to both worlds. She seems to always find a way to write books that appeal to both sexes. Dream Man has a great mixture... Its part police procedural (appreciated by the guys), part supernatural thriller (appreciated by the ladies), and part romantic sex-capade (adored by all).

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Where the Dead Lay

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Levien
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    After the sudden disappearance of two high-priced detectives, former Indianapolis cop Frank Behr, the brooding private investigator introduced in David Levien's nationally acclaimed novel City of the Sunis pulled into a case that is harrowing, relentless, and, ultimately, personal.

    C. McCarthy says: "Very Good Writer"
    "Tough Guy"
    Overall

    I don't understand why this book is being ignored by downloaders??? Author David Levien has created an outstanding lead character in Frank Behr. He is a throw-back to the unrepentant bad-@$$ tough guys of the past, but with a modern edge (I love the Brazilian jiu-jitsu angle). Behr is the kind of dude that we all wish really existed and were on our side. Behr is as complex and interesting as my favorite cop/private eyes (Bosch, Robicheaux, & Cole). This book and its predecessor, City of the Sun, are on par with some of the best crime novels of the last few years. Levien's skills aren't quite yet in the same class as Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, and Robert Crais, but he's on the same campus.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (486)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "Good, but Silva's done better"
    Overall

    A good listen... I wanted to give it 5 stars because I love the series, but it wasn't quite as exciting as the previous books.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeff Pearlman
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    They were America's Team - the high-priced, high-glamour, high-flying Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, who won three Super Bowls and made as many headlines off the field as on it. Led by Emmitt Smith, the charismatic Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, and Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, the Cowboys rank among the greatest of all NFL dynasties.

    John-Michael says: "Wow"
    "Excellent writing...Lame narrator"
    Overall

    Boys Will Be Boys was the finest sports book I've ever heard/read. The authors research and presentation were excellent. I am an avid football fan and I consider myself a quasi historian of the game. Yet, on numerous occasions I found myself listening to facts that I'd never heard before. The story itself was so hard to pull away from that I would have listened to it in one sitting if I had the time. It is so interesting that you don't have to like sports at all and you would still love this book. I actually think that people that don't follow the game would probably receive the most satisfaction because they wouldn't know the end result of the many great characters in this book. In this case, truth is more interesting than fiction.

    One caveat though... The narrator was pitiful!!! He obviously had zero knowledge of the game of football nor of any of the Dallas Cowboys. The guy should have done SOME research into how to pronounce the characters names. It was very distracting because I knew the correct pronunciations. I found myself talking back to my IPod trying to correct the dude. Don't get me wrong... When he wasn't mispronouncing names his work was good. He has a good narrators voice, but he constantly jacked up names. In spite of that this was still a 5 star book. If you download it you will not regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Watchman: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    Pike commits himself to protecting the girl, but when they immediately come under fire, he realizes someone is selling them out.

    As the body count rises, Pike's biggest threat might come from the girl herself, a lost soul in the City of Angels, determined to destroy herself - unless Joe Pike can teach her the value of life...and love.

    Andrew says: "A Quick Read! Both Drama and Action!"
    "Be Like Pike..."
    Overall

    The Watchman was outstanding! Robert Crais is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I was initially concerned with how short his books are, but I have come to realize that he is not short-changing his readers at all. He simply produces fast-paced, intelligent, and fun to read thrillers. I'm glad he devoted a book solely to Joe Pike. Pike reads a little like Dirty Harry with a soul. To bad the world doesn't have many "real" guys just like him.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (379)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Two masters at their best!!"
    Overall

    James Lee Burke and Will Patton are by far the finest pairing of author and narrator that I have every listened to. Burke's writing gets better with each book. In Swan Peak he continued to keep Dave and Clet their usual "hell raising" selves, while also introducing new and complex characters. This book was just as great as Pegasus Descending and The Tin Roof Blow Down, my favorite JLB works. Patton is so perfectly suited to read the Robicueax novels that it was truly difficult for me to listen to any of the older books in the series because they were performed by a different narrator. I wish that he could start at the beginning and reread every title in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blackman's Coffin: A Sam Blackman Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mark de Castrique
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Sam Blackman is an angry man. A chief warrant officer in the criminal investigation detachment of the U.S. military, he lost a leg in Iraq and has been outspoken in his criticism of his medical treatment. Then, ex-marine and fellow amputee Tikima Robertson walks into his hospital room, hinting that she has an opportunity for Sam to use his investigative skills. But before she can return, Tikima is murdered.

    Robin says: "Not Normally a Mystery Fan"
    "Save Your Money"
    Overall

    This was a very weak audio book. The story line was well researched, but far fetched. The worst part of the book was the narration. It was so bad that I was sure that the publisher had used a "nobody" to read it. I was shocked to find out that the narrator is considered one of the best. If that is the case, he didn't bring his A game to this project.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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