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Kelley

Wilmington, NC, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The King of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (193)

    John Hart creates a literary thriller that is as suspenseful as it is poignant, a riveting murder mystery layered beneath the southern drawl of a humble North Carolina lawyer. When Work Pickens finds his father murdered, the investigation pushes a repressed family history to the surface and he sees his own carefully constructed facade begin to crack.

    Scott says: "Better than a Grisham novel"
    "Negitive Reviews Almost Kept Me From Buying!"
    Overall

    I recently stumbled on Hart's latest book Last Child. LOVED IT TO DISTRACTION. So I went straight to Down River and though it was also fantastic, it didn't trump Last Child. This author is just getting better and better and I can't wait until his next offering.

    Despite my need for more Hart, I almost didn't buy his first book: King of Lies because of the reviews whining about the narrator.
    I was worried about all the purported lip smacking and swallowing by David Chandler.

    I am glad I took the chance. Chandler is an excellent narrator. I think the problem lies with the production company. I guarantee you that Scott Sowers and, my personal favorite, Scott Brick, smacks occasionally in the audio booth too, but state-of-the-art editing software renders such distractions a thing of the past.

    Bottom line, Chandler was pretty damn good and quite frankly, his purported "smacking" is not that bad. Ignore the negitive reviews and get this book. Just FYI. Recorded Books produced the King of Lies. Last Child was produced by McMillan Audio and Down River was offered up by Audio Renaissance . Critique the production company,not the narrator.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Iron House

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (382)

    He would go to Hell.... At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, there was nothing but time. Time to burn and time to kill, time for two young orphans to learn that life isn’t won without a fight. Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. When tensions boil over and a boy is brutally killed, there is only one sacrifice left for Michael to make: He flees the orphanage and takes the blame with him.

    Deborah says: "Half-Harted"
    "Don't Expect 'Last Child' Characters"
    Overall

    I did not discover John Hart until last year. Once I did, I was hooked. I listened to every Hart book ever recorded back-to-back and then began a year long vigil in anticipation of Iron House. I realize now that it was Hart's incredibly insightful characterizations that had me enthralled. About a third of the way through Iron House, I reluctantly admitted to myself that I was disappointed. I wasn't staying up half the night listening... unable to turn it off. But... I kept listening. Turning a hit man (and his friends/family) into loveable characters worthy of a readers emotional investment is no easy task. I am glad I stuck with the story. By about half way through, Hart had me once again. In the end, I actually had tears streaming down my face (an extreme rarity for me) and was swept away by what I can only describe as a bittersweet close. As with all his books, the plot was fresh, imaginative and convoluted. The end? Never saw it coming. Scott Sowers did a great job. He sounds like a North Carolinian to me. As a former professional voice talent from NC, I am sensitive to these things. I highly recommend this book... you just have to be a little patient. You will be glad you did!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Think of a Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Verdon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (254)

    Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

    Kelley says: "Fresh and Frightening!"
    "Fresh and Frightening!"
    Overall

    If you like Connelly and Coben, you'll love John Verdon. This book is intelligently written, and excitement builds and builds to a very frightening ending! The main character and his relationships develop beautifully over the course of the book. I have been looking for a new author in this genre since my old favorite authors just can't keep up with my audio book habit! It is also my understanding that Mr. Verdon is planning more books with retired NYPD detective David Gurney as the main character. I do not recommend the abridged version... unless you regularly prefer abridged novels.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (405)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Wonderful Story - Excellent Narration"
    Overall

    I have been a member of Audible since 1991... and have listened to hundreds of books. This is one of the best... and the first one I've listened to twice. I am from eastern North Carolina and Hart's dialect and Sowers accent are spot on. I was dumbfounded by reviewers who said the story was slow to develop and the narrator inappropriate. This is how many people speak here!

    Hart's colorful writing helped set the backdrop for characters I was immediately drawn to (either to hug or to strangle!) and that really made the book for me. The never-saw-it-coming plot twists and excellent narration was just a bonus. 4+ stars.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (420)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Delightfully Artful Phrasing"
    Overall

    Bazell doesn't just turn a phrase, he whirls, twists and twirls it. He had me chuckling one second and recoiling the next. What a refreshing style. More please Mr, Brazell. Bring along your character Peter Brown. Loved him! And for God's sake, when you have a narrator as talented as Robert Petkoff, don't go looking else where.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Closers: Harry Bosch Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2271)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (817)

    In Los Angeles in 1988, a 16-year-old girl disappeared from her home and was later found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death appeared at first to be a suicide, but some of the evidence contradicted that scenario, and detectives came to believe this was in fact a murder. Despite a by-the-book investigation, no one was ever charged.

    Wheelman says: "Thoroughly enjoyable....."
    "Predictable, but a MUST read..."
    Overall

    I have read all the Bosch books by Connelly and although I had this one figured out early on, it was still a great addition to the series!I love Harry and it didn't really matter that I guessed the outcome. Throughout the extensive Bosch series, Harry has matured as a character, adding new dimension with every title. Len Cariou is a tremendous. No one else should ever read for Bosch. If you're a Bosch fan, this is a must read... if you're new to the Bosch series, I recommend going back to the early novels and take them chronologically... get them all...there is not a "dog" among them!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Is the Grave: An Inspector Banks Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Robinson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    The Inspector Banks novel In a Dry Season was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won an Anthony Award. Cold Is the Grave won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award. It takes the aging, solitary inspector from his cozy Yorkshire cottage into the dark underworld of London. The assignment is a favor asked by Banks' boss and greatest enemy: Chief Constable Riddle.

    Colleen says: "Very Solid"
    "Overbearing Narration, Weak Characterization"
    Overall

    I had to force myself to finish this one. Of the 50 or so books I've listened to, most have been 4-5 on the scale. This one has been a chore. The dialogue, characterization and story were not compelling enough to overcome the narrator's annnoying delivery. Besides the thick British accent, which I found distracting, his inflection and tone made him sound way too old for the characters, including Banks. A book with more cleverly constructed dialogue and more interesting characters might have been able to withstand the negitive effects of the delivery.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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