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Robert

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  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3165)
    Performance
    (2581)
    Story
    (2551)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Very good read!"
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    Where does The Drop rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one is way up there with the best of them. Some of the negative critics act as though Connelly should write just for them.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot had enough twists and turns to keep me ready and eager for the nest


    What about Len Cariou’s performance did you like?

    Cariou has always had Bosh nailed. He maintains the ambiance that paper Connelly Harry Bosh put forth.


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

    I was able to feel the revulsion that Bosh and others experienced when confronted with the horrors of the serial sicko's crimes.


    Any additional comments?

    I was left a little wanting at the ending - would have liked, perhaps, more resolution. But there is always the next book to deal with issues that were not resolved in this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (318)

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

    A. D. Mcrae says: "Mostly Disappointed but it was Quick"
    "Nothing to get excited about"
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    As much as the book tried to depict a new and unique kind of PI, the main character offered nothing out of the ordinary to the genera. She kept telling us how different she was, but never showed us why.I didn't really dislike this book, but just found it to be a run-of-the-mill PI novel. I think I got it on sale. Glad I didn't use a credit or pay full price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beastly Things: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Brunetti has little to work with. No local has filed a missing-person report, and no hotel guests have disappeared. Where was the crime scene? And how can Brunetti identify the man when he can’t show pictures of his face? The autopsy shows a way forward: It turns out the man was suffering from a rare, disfiguring disease.

    Julia says: "Worth the credit"
    "Not her best..."
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    ...but still an enjoyable read/listen.
    The story seemed a little thin to me, but I'd still recommend it to a friend.
    The regular characters are great as usual, but my admiration of Brunetti was knocked down just a notch when he admired a pair of Tasseled Loafers in a shop window. Tasseled Loafers! Come on Guido, loafers are bad enough, but Tasseled Loafers - yuck!

    The narration by David Colacci was stellar, as usual. He's one of the best narrators in the business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Day: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (83)

    This novel spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "brilliant!"
    "Love Pynchon, but..."
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    I advise anyone who really cares to read this book on the printed page where it won't be polluted by Dick Hill's intrusive and cloying narration. I tried to listen, but a giving up because I can't bear another minute of Hill.

    1 of 1 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
    (64)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    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
    (561)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (488)

    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..."
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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 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marked Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By William Lashner
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    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
    (595)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (352)

    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"
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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
    (2440)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2065)

    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 Richardson 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
    (2746)
    Performance
    (1640)
    Story
    (1652)

    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
    (180)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (157)

    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."
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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

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