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Frank Lawrence

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State College, PA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (433)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "Great mystery"
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    Very realistic. the authors did an excellent job presenting very authentic people. the story keeps your attention throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backlash

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Late at night on a notorious high-rise estate in the London Borough of Hackney, a white van is being driven erratically. The driver is pulled over by the police and questioned. A woman on the street after a long night of drinking never makes it home. A suspect, an arrest, a confession - a case closed? Five years earlier, a thirteen-year-old girl disappeared in broad daylight on a busy London street.

    Frank Lawrence says: "A true murder mystery"
    "A true murder mystery"
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    LA Plante knows how to write murder mysteries. They hold your attention until the last sentence of the last paragraph. Hicks makes the story come alive. She makes it authentic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Departure: The Owner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Neal Asher
    • Narrated By Steve West, John Mawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    The Argus Space Station looks down on a nightmarish Earth. And from this safe distance, the Committee enforces its despotic rule. There are too many people and too few resources, and they need 12 billion to die before Earth can be stabilised. So corruption is rife, people starve, and the poor are policed by mechanised overseers and identity-reader guns. Citizens already fear the brutal Inspectorate with its pain inducers. But to reach its goals, the Committee will unleash satellite laser weaponry, taking carnage to a new level. This is the world Alan Saul wakes to.

    SciFi Kindle says: "Bites the Hand that Enslaves"
    "Awesome"
    Overall
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    There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe how great this book is

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Streets of Payne

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Brackett
    • Narrated By Joy Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Humanity is in the eye of the beholder. But for street-smart detective Amber Payne, it's the eyes that aren't human. Cybernetic implants replaced the organics she lost in the line of duty, and their appearance often causes Amber to doubt her self-worth. Rookie detective Kevin Glass is her partner. And though he may be new, Kevin's unparalleled skill as an elite cyber-surfer makes him an invaluable asset. When Alta Corp contracts the two of them to solve a case of high stakes data theft, they will need every bit of skill, experience, and determination to succeed.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Futuristic police procedural"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is very well written. This book blends SciFi with mystery/thriller in a way that makes the story entirely plausible while holding your attention and engaging you in the story. It keeps you on your toes by taking you to the very edge in multiple dangerous situation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Streets of Payne?

    Ken has a virus placed in his head which prevents him from jacking into the web. He knows that if he interacts with the WWW, he releases the virus yet the virus, in his head, continues to try to trick him into making that connection.


    Which character – as performed by Joy Nash – was your favorite?

    Ken. Ken is a geek who is very sociable yet extremely smart.


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

    NSA in the next 10 years.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like SciFi and you like thrillers, listen to this book. I hope Jeff writes another one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1720)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1618)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Outstanding performances"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Neverwhere [Adaptation] to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. The actors bring a dimension to this performance that cannot exist in the print version.


    What other book might you compare Neverwhere [Adaptation] to and why?

    It reminded me of Tolkien's books. The key characters pass into an alternate dimension where they carry out their quest.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    James McAvoy gives an outstanding performance. He is so believable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where the Bodies are Buried

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Hilary MacLean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    When small-time heroin dealer Jai McDiarmid turns up dead one fine Glasgow morning, no one is that surprised - he'd been sleeping with a drug trafficker's girlfriend and had made himself a lot of enemies - so many, in fact, that Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod doesn't know where to start when she is assigned to the case.

    Frank Lawrence says: "Great Mystery; pleasant listen"
    "Great Mystery; pleasant listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Where the Bodies are Buried to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print edition.


    What did you like best about this story?

    MacLean was the best thing about this story. Her accent make you feel like you are on the scene. She is perfect for this book; perfect for a great many books.


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

    First time listener but it won't be the last. I would like to see her read many, many more books.


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

    It turned out that way; not a feeling I had going in. But, MacLean makes you want to keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    Story starts slow. I was 4 hours in before I became caught up in the action. Stick with it and you will enjoy the listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (896)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Outstanding Mystery; Narrator Excellent"
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    Where does The Woodcutter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. Reginald Hill is a top mystery writer. The problem with his stories is once you start listening to them, you can't stop.


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

    Normally I would say the Daiziel & Pasco series but this is way different. Sort of a cross between Ian Fleming and Ian Rankin.


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

    I have not - my loss. Keeble makes the book come alive. He has the accent and diction to make you feel like you are living the story.


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

    I would not characterize the reaction as emotional. Rather I think of it as one that holds your interest. For example, the central character likes to rock climb but is an accomplished spy, assassin, and financier. Quite a combination of traits.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you start listening you will find it hard to stop. I would allow myself several hours to listen once I start the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reckoning

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    To the public, he’s a hero: a brutal killer who targets sex offenders. To most of London’s police force, he’s the suspect in a gruesome, time-consuming case to be avoided. But to Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, he’s a murderer - no matter the sins of his victims - and catching him is her job. Assigned to the case with the division’s unreadable new DI, Josh Derwent, young and inexperienced Maeve is determined to prove she has what it takes to make it as a female in the tough world of the London police.

    Frank Lawrence says: "WoW!"
    "WoW!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Reckoning the most enjoyable?

    Ms. Coomes is an outstanding narrator and perfect for this story. Ms. Casey is a superb mystery writer and, in combination with Ms. Coomes story telling this story comes alive. One aspect of the performance I did not care for was switching the character that Ms. Coomes is representing between Rob and Mave. There is no difference in the voice so it becomes distracting. It is hard to tell who Ms. Coomes is speaking for. I would prefer that the narrator sticks to representing one character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reckoning?

    One very memorable moment is when Mave finds Patricia in the attic of a house that Mave and Liv broke into without a warrent. I don't want to give away the story but it will have you on the edge of your seat.


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

    As I said above, Ms. Coomes is at least 50% of the success of this story. She adds the ambiance and, with her accent, you really think and feel like you are listening to Mave. She makes the story come alive.


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

    It did not make me laugh of cry but it did keep me on the edge of my chair.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series. I hope Ms. Casey continues to add to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "Shocking Ending"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The first three quarters of the book leads you to believe the ending will be predictable and that you understand what is happening. You don't. Also, so many books have a storyline that does not comport with the narrator's style. This one has the right narrator for the right story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As I mentioned above, this book is all about the ending. I don't want to give it away so just read (listen) it. You will not be disappointed.


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

    The narrator is superb. You fell as though you are in England; you are walking the streets; you are hearing the crowds and the traffic; and you are asking the questions.


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

    Not an emotional reaction but a psychological one. It was great!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Expert in Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nicola Upson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (95)

    Revered mystery writer Josephine Tey is traveling from Scotland to London for the final week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the surprise hit of the season, with pacifist themes that resonate in a world still haunted by war. But joy turns to horror when her arrival coincides with the murder of a young woman she had befriended on the train ride - and Tey is plunged into a mystery as puzzling as any in her own works.

    Trish says: "A well written book about an expert writer"
    "Narrator and Author - Excellent"
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    What made the experience of listening to An Expert in Murder the most enjoyable?

    Davina Porter made the listening experience marvellous. She has a tremendous repertoire of voices and accents. When the characters were in Scotland I felt like we were on the streets of Edinburgh.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Expert in Murder?

    A memorable moment is when the female victim returns to the train to collect her belongings. I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the experience or the scene.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    As I said above, I liked everything about her performance but I especially like the accents.


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

    I don't know if "moved" is the right term but there are many, many exciting scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Superbly written and superbly delivered. If you like crime mystery you will not go wrong with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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