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Marc

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  • Chasing the Dime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (401)

    The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

    David says: "Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I expected more from the author of the Bosch books and others. I couldn't make the "leap of faith" to imagine the protagonist of this novel - a Ph.D. chemist - willing to risk so much for a "wrong number", and if I read "I just wanted to help. To see if she was all right." one more time, the book would have wound up in the fireplace. By the end, it was "who cares?".

    29 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2132)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (558)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Come back to us, Michael!"
    Overall

    I had to put Disk 1 back in the player after 1/2 hour, just to confirm that this was actually a work of Michael Crichton - the same author who wrote Prey, Timeline and Andromeda Strain. I've rarely been as disappointed in a book, especially after anxiously awaiting this one's release. The narrator is about the worst I've ever heard (I've listened to about 200 audio books), with an annoying habit of adding about one beat too many between an end of a quote and "he said". Character development was sophomoric, if existent at all, and no one character came out of this book as anything more than clueless. Plot was unbelieveable, and frankly I don't think I've ever read a book where I wished that all the major characters would meet a disasterous end, including the publisher and the narrator. Don't waste your money or book credit. Go read a Robert B. Parker novel narrated by Joe Montagna, or any book in the "Ender" series to hear how a great book and great narrator can make for an enjoyable experience.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Mission Flats

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (83)

    When a Boston DA is found brutally murdered in a lakeside cabin in rural Maine, local Police Chief Ben Truman finds himself defending his own innocence while trying to uncover the truth about the murder.

    Marc says: "Amazing first novel!"
    "Amazing first novel!"
    Overall

    I was surprised to learn that Mission Flats was the author's first novel, as it reads like it was written by an old pro. Part Spencer, part Harry Bosch, and part like no one I've read before, the author brings you into his world and his story, and keeps you there and, most importantly, makes you care about his characters. The story is compelling, the characters are believable, the ending is surprising. Good job! Can't wait for his next.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2620)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1135)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "The Best Bosch"
    Overall

    This has everything you'd want in a mystery, especially Harry Bosch himself, finally retired, but still working. The narrator really nailed all of the characters, and the ending was satisfying and not the least bit sad, but hopeful. This is by far, in my opinion, the best Harry Bosch book yet.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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