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Carl

Vetlanda, Sweden | Member Since 2012

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  • Seconds Away: A Mickey Bolitar Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (403)

    When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon - find themselves at the center of a murder mystery involving their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter and the Butcher of Lodz, he needs to figure out what happened to Rachel - no matter what it takes. Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves.

    Michele says: "Compelling story for the kid in each of us!"
    "Great entertainment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I will because it is a well written story what gives you a good time while listening to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Minute

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Simon Kernick
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    'It's night, and I'm in a strange house. The lights are on and I'm standing outside a half-open door. Feeling a terrible sense of foreboding, I walk slowly inside. And then I see her. A woman lying sprawled across a huge double bed. She's dead. There's blood everywhere. And the most terrifying thing of all is that I think her killer might be me ...'

    Carl says: "A great novel without any boring parts."
    "A great novel without any boring parts."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Final Minute the most enjoyable?

    It is entertainment from the first to the last minute.


    What other book might you compare The Final Minute to and why?

    Only Simon Kernick is able to write a such book, why The Final minute can only be compared to some of his earlier books. However, in my opinion, The Final Minute is his best novel so far because Simon Kernick has written less unrealistic events in this book.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Thornley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Wery well, indeed. Paul Thornley is my number one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not really. But dividing it to 12 - 18 parts while taking a daily walk makes the walking alot easier, even in lousy weather.


    Any additional comments?

    Of course, Simon Kernick books are nothing for "deep thinkers", only great entertainment with some unrealistic parts just as in a 007 James Bond film.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Simon Kernick
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The gripping new race-against-time thriller by the best-selling author of Relentless, The Last 10 Seconds, Siege and Ultimatum. One witness. You’re on a trip with your family, miles from anywhere. A shot rings out – and your whole life changes in an instant. One secret. A woman is racing towards you, chased by three gunmen. Although you don’t know it, she harbours a deadly secret. She’s in terrible danger. And now you are too. No escape. You’re running, terrified, desperate to find safety.

    Carl says: "A new impression of Scotland"
    "A new impression of Scotland"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I will do if the friend is interested in pure entertainment.


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

    Kernick will always do that to his "fan club".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    A few short unneccessary parts would been left out from this story.


    Any additional comments?

    No reason to care if all parts in the story doesn't fit perfect together because it is only
    entertainment and who cares about minor details. If the events in this story had happened in the real life about 150 years ago in the old American wild west, they had still been famous legends in our time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Payback

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Simon Kernick
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Dennis Milne is a man with a past, and a past that involves murder. A former cop, he’s earned his living killing the bad guys – drug-dealers, corrupt business men - people who, in his opinion, deserve to die. For the past two days, he’s been in Manila, waiting for his next target: a young woman who’s made herself some poor life-choices, and some even worse enemies. DI Tina Boyd is a woman on a mission. Tough, spiky and determined, she’s looking for the man she holds responsible for the death of her lover.

    Carl says: "Action all the time, no boring parts."
    "Action all the time, no boring parts."
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    Would you listen to The Payback again? Why?

    Not nowadays but probably after several years.


    What other book might you compare The Payback to and why?

    My previous Simon Kernick book.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Thornley – was your favorite?

    Paul Thornley is, without any doubth, the very best performer at least in my humble opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did it in ten one hour parts during daily long walks.


    Any additional comments?

    This Kernick/Thornley co-operation is a great entertainment though is has some strange details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Found

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Mickey and his friends once again face dangers untold in their quest to discover the truth about the mysterious Abeona Foundation and what really happened to Mickey's father. Things take a strange turn for Mickey when one of the basketball players from his team disappears and another is accused of taking steroids. An unexpected hand of friendship is offered - and Mickey and Ema may just be a step closer to unravelling the mystery...

    Carl says: "Enjoyable even for adults."
    "Enjoyable even for adults."
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    What did you love best about Found?

    Harlan Coben is my favorite author why I'm listening to all of his books, even this one for younger readers.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Expected in some way but not really as it happened.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Meyers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Fair job of him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really but it is good enough for long parts.


    Any additional comments?

    As mentioned before, Harlan Coben is my favorite author and I'm looking forward to his next novel 2015.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Utan nåd [Relentless]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Simon Kernick
    • Narrated By Coach Bengtsson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    John Meron är en lyckligt gift tvåbarnspappa som aldrig har varit i trubbel. En dag får han ett telefonsamtal som kommer att förändra hans liv för evigt. Hans kompis Jack Calley, en uppåtsträvande advokat i storstan, skriker på hjälp i telefonluren. Medan Meron lyssnar blir Calley mördad. Hans sista ord till sin mördare är de två första raderna i Merons adress. Förvirrad och skräckslagen lyckas Meron samla ihop sina barn och lämna huset. I sista sekunden. Inom ett par minuter stannar en bil utanför huset och tre män stiger ur. De har kommit för att hämta honom.

    Carl says: "Lot of action"
    "Lot of action"
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    What did you love best about Utan nåd [Relentless]?

    Lot of action without long "transports". Entertainment at a high level.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Utan nåd [Relentless]?

    The beginning.


    What does Coach Bengtsson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a fair job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not 10 hours in one sitting, but my ten times one hour was okay for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Kernick will be in my favorite list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2384)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1172)

    A movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. In a seemingly unrelated case, a loner is murdered, leaving the sheriff's department with no clues. One unsettling revelation after another leaves a retired FBI agent and an L.A. detective thinking they've unmasked a most frightening killer with almost inconceivable calculation.

    Aaron says: "Terrific Pairing of Connelly's best Detectives."
    "Not any of Connelly's best"
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    What disappointed you about A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7?

    Harry Bosch wasn't the main character in this story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

    Yes, I'm sure about that.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He is far from any of my favorite narrators.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Darkness More than Night: Harry Bosch Series, Book 7?

    An editor ought demanded Connelly write a new story as book 7.


    Any additional comments?

    I got the feeling that Connelly was in short of time with this book why he used "leftowers" from some of his earlier writings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2590)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1572)

    Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music", a Mafia hit.

    Dan says: "Another Harry Bosch winner"
    "Probably my best Harry Bosch novel so far."
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    If you could sum up Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5 in three words, what would they be?

    Very well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole "Harry Bosch team"


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    He did a very good job with all of them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Most of my book listening happens during one hour long walks and that story really turned my long paths to great pleasures.


    Any additional comments?

    That Harry Bosch character with his friends and enemies is great entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3291)
    Performance
    (1956)
    Story
    (1964)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "Different and good story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3 to be better than the print version?

    Yes it is, at least for me.


    What other book might you compare The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3 to and why?

    It was only the third and there are several more to com.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He does a good job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Concrete Blonde would be OK even for a film


    Any additional comments?

    As usual, a forced "Conelly ending"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3190)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2054)

    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"
    "Action"
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    What did you love best about The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2?

    How the story went forwad in small steps.


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

    Good entertaining.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It was my second time with him and he did it well, very well indeed.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Darkside L.A.


    Any additional comments?

    Conelly is a master of unexpected endings. This one might be too unexpected in several ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (5572)
    Performance
    (3498)
    Story
    (3501)

    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"
    "As expected"
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    Would you listen to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 again? Why?

    Who knows? Probably sometimes in the future after I've listened to further Harry Bosh stories.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A totally different ending because reliable endings seems to be Michael Conenelly's weakpoints. My rather early guess in this book was 50 % correct.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He did it well, very well indeed.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Connelly (and several other famous authors) ought to think a bit moore about how they are writing endings. A real surpise is OK but only if it is reliable and fit into the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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