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Stevon

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  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5206)
    Performance
    (3165)
    Story
    (3165)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    This was my second Michael Connelly and it was enjoyable. It was entertaining which is what you want out of a book. Harry Bosch is fun and Connelly does a good job of keeping the story moving, throwing in some romance, a snappy LA style, and good insight into human nature. I know I'm a bit late discovering this author but 'll methodically work through his stores.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jade Island: Donovan Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Wild and restless, Kyle Donovan has freed himself from the constraints of his family's high-powered gem-trading empire to rove the world as a treasure hunter. Now the president of Donovan International has given Kyle an assignment with explosive ramifications. When one of China's legendary cultural treasures is stolen, Lianne Blakely, a mysterious and beautiful jade expert, is accused of the theft. It's Kyle's job to get to the bottom of what could be a potential disaster for the Donovans.

    VoxVolat says: "An Older Series that stands the test of time"
    "entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Interesting premise in this one, my second Lowell book. Two families involved in precious gems task a family member to get to know the other to get an inside track to the other family. The two not only get to know each other but sparks fly immediately. I don't know that Elizabeth Lowell is known as a romance writer but this one had plenty of romance in it. It was an entertaining listen, though, as the author wove the story line of the mystery, the gem in this story being jade. You learn a lot about jade in this book. I enjoyed the characters, the setting in Seattle and the San Juan Islands, and the plot was OK. Sometimes it seemed the book didn't flow as well as it should but it didn't detract from the book too much. I will listen to book 3 in this 4 book series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1806)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "an interesting time"
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    I didn't really know much about the life and times of President James A Garfield when it was recommended to me. But I like history and it sounded interesting so I went for it. It's actually a fairly short listen and due to the interesting times was easy to stick with. The biggest fact I learned was that Garfield was a good man, made of presidential timber although he didn't even want the job and the mark he would have made could have been significant if he hadn't been shot just four months into his presidency. The book tells of his life from a young age until the end. When you read history you always find the key issues of the times and inventions that were being made that still affect us greatly today. Garfield was alive when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, they even knew each other, and both witnessed the beginning of that great revolution. What would both of them think of what a telephone can do now? This era was just 16 years after the end of the Civil War and here a second assassination of the nation's leader took place. You can imagine what this did to the psyche of the USA. Good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Fox Deceiv'd

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    It is a chill and foggy 12th Night, wild with North Sea wind, when a bizarre murder disturbs the outward peace of Rackmoor, a tiny Yorkshire fishing village with a past that proves a tangled maze of unrequited loves, unrevenged wrongs, and even undiscovered murders. Inspector Jury finds no easy answers in his investigation - not even the identity of the victim, a beautiful young woman. Was she Gemma Temple, an impostor? Or was she really Dillys March, Colonel Titus Crael’s long-lost ward, returning after eight years to the Colonel’s country seat and to a share of his fortune? And who was her murderer?

    tennreader says: "Second reading through narration a real pleasure"
    "what genre is this?"
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    I came across this series and started with book #1 and this is my second in the series, book #2. I'm still not quite sure what genre to put this in? it's clearly a murder mystery but it's not really a thriller, not a page turner. It's more in the line of a Sherlock Holmes mystery, a thinking person's mystery. And, yet, there is also the aspect of an American author writing the story set in England and sort of making fun, a spoof almost, of the British way of life, the language, the aristocracy and the class system, which we Americans find interesting, I suppose, if not a bit strange. Still, with all this said, my goal in any book is to be entertained and that I was.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (624)

    Sonny Lofthus is a strangely charismatic and complacent young man. Sonny’s been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. The inmates who seek out his uncanny abilities to soothe leave his cell feeling absolved. They don’t know or care that Sonny has a serious heroin habit - or where or how he gets his uninterrupted supply of the drug. Or that he’s serving time for other peoples’ crimes. Sonny took the first steps toward addiction when his father took his own life rather than face exposure as a corrupt cop. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Maybe The Best Mystery Novelist Anywhere"
    "stands on its own"
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    If you are like me and started listening and enjoying Jo Nesbo due to his Harry Hole series, that is probably what drew you to this book. When I first read the summary and reviews, I wasn't sure if I wanted to tackle this book. In the end, it was my enjoyment of Nesbo and Harry that had me listen to this. I'm glad I did. There is no Harry Hole in this novel but the trademark dark, brooding characters are there. Nesbo really came up with a creative, imaginative story in this book, a young man who goes to prison to try and find out the truth as to what really happened to his father. Nesbo explores a lot of different angles of human nature, makes you think about your own life and those in it. As the story weaves its way through, you get caught up in it, think about it and it really flows to the end. I was almost dreading finding out what dark, dastardly things might happen. I really enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Wolf: Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    On a hot June day the body of a 16-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to identify her. Then a new case comes in: a popular television reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives - barely - and is able to supply certain hints to the police having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potential uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society.

    Melinda says: "A Grim Tale"
    "German crime thrillers coming on"
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    This is my second Neuhaus and I enjoyed them both. In this one, the author was slow in the beginning, seemingly laying the groundwork for the eventual crime. I read in researching her that in her first book she edited out 400 pages so this must be a trend. I've also noticed that several of the northern European authors I've listened to seem to plod along setting the stage for the crime. Maybe it's a cultural thing? But when the author did get to the crime the story did get going and became a page turner. This book, like other European crime stories I've listened to, has a real dark side. I would expect that as Neuhaus gains experience she will become more succinct in her storytelling. The translation from German to English was pretty good as well and I liked the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Steven Kearney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny's situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter's tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

    Amanda says: "How did this get published?"
    "entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was my second book by Joseph Find and it had been several years since the first. I was at a bookstore to hear author Greg Iles speak about his latest book and he mentioned that Finder is one of his favorite authors. This book had recently come out and was showing on audible so I decided it was fate and time for this second book. In reading some of the reviews, several were negative almost to the point of stopping me listening to it. But I persevered and am glad I did. Was it the greatest thriller ever written? No. Was it entertaining? Yes, it was. If you've ever thought to yourself, what if my life came into contact with a crime syndicate and they wanted my cooperation, it would change my life to the bad, no question. That's what happened in this book. I thought the author created an imaginative tale that kept me interested and wanting to know how it would all play out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiddler

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Beverly Lewis
    • Narrated By Christina Moore, Andy Paris
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (112)

    A wrong turn in a rainstorm leads Englisher Amelia Devries to Michael Hostetler - and the young Amishman's charming Old Order community of Hickory Hollow. Despite their very different backgrounds, Amelia and Michael both feel hemmed in by the expectations of others and struggle with how to find room for their own hopes. And what first seems to be a chance encounter might just change their lives forever.

    Anne says: "Doesn't disappoint!"
    "asdf"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Living your life according to your own expectation not others is at the core of theplot in this book. Most of the books I've listened to with Amish settings have had more crisis in them so this wasn't the most exciting of them. But, it was a fairly short, interesting tale that makes you feel good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (924)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (834)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "and the beat goes on......."
    Overall
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    If you're a Walt Longmire fan you'll want to listen to this book but I don't know that it's the best in the series. The plot to me was kind of sketchy to be set in a really small town in Wyoming, I just don't see it happening. But, the creative, witty writing of Craig Johnson is there and that's why you listen. The stage is also set for some future action so that's another reason to listen. Since I listened to my last Longmire the TV series on A&E has been canceled, supposedly due to the average age of viewers being 60 and conventional TV wisdom being that for advertisers the age range must be 18 to 49. In listening to this book it is true that many of the characters are older but in my opinion still enjoyable. Maybe the author should take heed and add some youth and spice into the series. I don't know, that's his call and maybe he doesn't want to. I will say that the TV series took some serious liberties with the series as laid out in the books and part of me is saying I'm OK the TV show got canceled so I don't have to experience these parallel Longmire worlds. From what I've read they TV producers are looking for another TV channel to carry the series but at this writing nothing has been done. C'mon, Craig Johnson, give us another good Longmire, your version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloomsday Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (377)

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    Johnnie Walker says: "SIX STARS ******"
    "great end to the trilogy"
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    I have now listened to all of two Adrian McKinty trilogies. I loved all six books. I really like his writing style, the narrator is great, he develops great characters, and he tells a good tale. What's not to like? This book ends the Michael Forsythe trilogy and like all the other books it's action packed, interesting, and well told from start to finish. All I can say is I hope you enjoy McKinty as much as I have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5239)
    Performance
    (3006)
    Story
    (3048)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "a good one"
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    My second Kate Morton book and I enjoyed them both. The author is an Aussie that lived awhile in England and this book takes place in both like the other I listened to. This one I would term an historical mystery where the author goes back and forth in time; 1900, 1909, 1913, 1975, and 2005, telling the story of a family that is trying to figure itself out and the mystery flows from a garden in the Cornish area of England that holds the secrets to the tale. The author does an expert job with this. Americans, like me, and Aussies don't seem to understand or especially like the British class system and this story brings that out. I suspect many have left Britain for just that reason. This is a mystery that isn't really a page turner, rather it's a make you think mystery, trying to figure what happened but it's interesting enough to keep you coming back to it in quick order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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