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Robert

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  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3650)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1810)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Where is Bosch"
    Overall

    I won't comment on the book itself yet, since I'm only about 1/3 into it. I gave it a 3-star rating, but only because I had to rate it to offer this review. I might very well up this rating later. My problem is with Peter Giles reading of the Bosh dialog, Giles is great reading Mickey Haller's parts, but I guess I can't easily accept anyone but Len Cariou as Bosch. Would have been nice if there would have been a collaboration on this one. I miss the brooding, noir Bosch that Cariou gives us...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    My life was ordinary until three years ago when I was thrown out of a downtown hotel window. My name is Robbie Brownlaw, and I am a homicide detective for the city of San Diego. I am 29 years old. I now have synesthesia, a neurological condition where your senses get mixed up. Sometimes when people talk to me, I see their voices as colored shapes provoked by the emotions of the speakers, not by the words themselves. I have what amounts to a primitive lie detector.

    Susan says: "Good entertainment!"
    "OK, but..."
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    This book would have been much more enjoyable if two of its characters had been eliminated, or at least minimized or viewed differently by the protagonist. The adoration of his cheesy, shallow, bimbo wife Gina, and of his beloved "city", San Diego, were a little hard for me to take. I call San Diego a character because the author used it as such in the book. Come on, SD may be big for a small town, but that's really all it is. There is a blandness to the book's setting that I don't feel when I read books based in LA, SF, NY, or other major cities. And Gina - she should have been dumped her in the beginning of the book. Robbie's constant attempts at pleasing her with expensive trinkets made him look like a fool. Actually, there seemed to be too much babble throughout the book about expensive toys. I don't think I'll read anything more by TJ Parker.

    The book was well performed by the excellent narrator, David Colacci.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (322)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "cliché... cliché... cliché..."
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book comes across more like a Harlequin Romance than a crime/mystery novel.
    A little too affected,,, too cute for my tastes.
    I'm only a short way into it, but I'm desperately looking for a real-life/live character. Everyone in the book is just too cartoonish, stereo-typed... characters, not people.
    Too many brand names and designer labels.
    And I'm not convinced the coffee information comes from anything other than book research.
    Don't think I'll be reading anything else in the series.
    Three stars is a little generous, but two would be too low.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marked Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    All Victor Carl knows is that he's just woken up with his suit in tatters, his socks missing, and a stinging pain in his chest thanks to a new tattoo he doesn't remember getting: a heart inscribed with the name Chantal Adair.

    Nesrine says: "Marked Man"
    "Great read (listen)!"
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    Really enjoyed this one. It was a great listen. I've read some other Lashner books, but have stuck to paper versions since Marked Man is the only Lashner book Audible offers that is read by Richard Rohan. I sampled the other books on Audible, but couldn't get with any of the other narrators.

    I have listened to this one more than once and it never fails to entertain. Good humor, good story; an off-beat, and good mystery. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Scrambler: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (327)

    John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fun ride on the Mind Scrambler"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Enjoyed the humor in this one. Good characters, interesting story. I kind of felt this was more of a Danny Boyle mystery than a John Ceepak tale, but that's really not a good or bad thing. I found the book similar in style and mood to other crime novels set in his region of the country, I was somewhat reminded of William Lashner's "Marked Man". Interesting... one reviewer complained about the author's "political sniping" If there was any of this going on, it was mild (and somewhat refreshing) and there were very few instances of it anyway. I can always enjoy a little poke at the right. If the author was truly political, he's have crucified Donald Trump. I'll read more by this author as long as the same narrator does the reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2379)
    Performance
    (2005)
    Story
    (2010)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Too short? No, too long!"
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    I almost stopped listening before the end of this silly, unbelievable exercise full of cookie-cutter characters and poorly strung together clichés. I'm glad I only paid a buck of so for this sample of Gardner's work. I'll know better than wasting a credit or any money on anything else she has written. It read like a very bad TV show from the past. Like she gathered together a hat-full of plot elements and ideas, picked out a few, and pieced them together in an attempt to form a unified whole.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2: Harry Bosch, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2651)
    Performance
    (1554)
    Story
    (1564)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "Bosh is always great to read..."
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    ...but much better when Dick Hill is not the narrator. It would be great if Len Cariou would re-read all the books that were read by Hill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ophelia Cut: Dismas Hardy, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    Moses McGuire has good reason to be concerned about his beautiful 23-year-old daughter, Brittany. She moves quickly from one boyfriend to the next, and always seems to prefer a new and mysterious stranger to a man she knows something about. But her most recent ex, Rick Jessup, isn’t willing to let her go, culminating in a terrible night when Brittany is raped. Within 24 hours, Rick Jessup is dead, Moses McGuire is the prime suspect in the investigation, and Dismas Hardy has been hired to defend his brother-in-law.

    Jane says: "Entertaining but unconvincing plot resolutions"
    "What a let-down."
    Overall
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    Spoiler alert!
    I'd been waiting for a new Dismas Hardy novel from John Lescroart for too long a time, and when I saw this one available here on Audible.com, I jumped right on it. All I can say is it was a big let down. Only mildly entertaining. Unresolved plot elements. Weak and/or unlikeable characters (even my old time favorites). Brittany was a shallow, empty-headed bimbo till the end. And Tony... this jerk was a totally unnecessary distraction. I fail to see the purpose of his undeveloped character. I know he was a hit man, but was he really an ex-cop? Does it matter? Abe and Dismas were thin self-interested shadows of their former selves. I still don't know who killed Jessup. The reader is to believe it was probably/possibly the sex-trade guy and the county supervisor, but that red herring went nowhere. Thank goodness David Colacci was reading; otherwise this would have been a big "zero". This was not one of Lescroart's best efforts. Felt more like an outline of a possible novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inherent Vice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (126)

    It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy", except that this one usually leads to trouble.

    Philipp Marian Selman says: "If you enjoyed The Crying of Lot 49..."
    "Great listen."
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    Typical Pynchon. Complex, darkly funny, intelligent, wonderful prose... Can't say how happy I am that this book WASN'T read by Dick Hill.
    I see that he reads "Against The Day", and for that reason I will not buy that one.
    For me, Hill's irritating voice and inability to keep his own interpretation of the books he reads out of his narrations is reason enough not to buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2723)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1642)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "OK, I guess..."
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    This book was a more than a little over-the-top. I don't believe for one minute that any police agency would go to such lengths to solve a simple case of murder. The under cover thing was just not believable on many levels. In fact the entire book (plot and characters) made it difficult to suspend any sort of disbelief. I really didn't like or care about any of the characters in this book. It wasn't horrible, though. That's why I tried a second Tana French book - "Broken Harbor". I got it because of the stellar reviews and found it to be one of the worst mystery/crime novels I've ever read. What a mistake and waste of money.If "Likeness" was over-the-top, Harbor was in outer space. And... all but one, or maybe two of the characters were absolutely detestable - especially the protagonist. I'm through with Tana French - I think she's overrated and not really that skilled as a writer. As dark as she tries to be, her stories and introspective characters end up being laughable at best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2284)
    Performance
    (1949)
    Story
    (1935)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Well..."
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    I hated this book; but not as much as I hated the characters.
    If Kennedy is the Murder Squad's top cop, it's a wonder any murders ever get solved by these clowns. Mick is a jerk - a buffoon - a self-possessed, arrogant, unpleasant, fool who thinks his "clever" little methods of interrogation could result in anything more than amusement from anyone other than a suspect with an IQ higher than that of a stone. If there was any character worth saving and developing in this over-indulgent book, it was Richie, who got thrown under the bus by his wannabe teacher. I cringed every time this joker offered his sage advice. I've never read a book where I disliked so many of the characters. I kept thinking it might have been better for everyone if Mick's had dragged both he and his sister into the water with her way back when in Broken Harbor. Tana French is a much overrated writer. This was my 2nd and last of her books I'll ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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