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Frank Lawrence

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State College, PA USA | Member Since 2014

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  • Halo: The Fall of Reach

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Eric Nylund
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (727)

    As the bloody Human-Covenant War rages on Halo, the fate of humankind may rest with one warrior, the lone SPARTAN survivor of another legendary battle...the desperate, take-no-prisoners struggle that led humanity to Halo: the fall of the planet Reach. Now, brought to life for the first time, here is the full story of that glorious, doomed conflict.

    Joseph says: "Great book and easy listen."
    "Nylund is an outstanding Scifi author"
    Overall

    I am a fan of Scifi literature. Without a doubt this is one of the best audiobooks I have had the pleasure of listening to. Eric Nylund is one of the best writers I have encountered in this genre. If you were only going to listen to one SciFi book, you would be well advised to listen to this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • When the Devil Drives

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Christopher Brookmyre
    • Narrated By Hilary MacLean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Actress turned private investigator Jasmine Sharp has become accustomed to clients looking for long-lost relatives, so when a woman hires her to find her younger sister Tessa Garrion, Jasmine presumes the case will be relatively straightforward. The assignment takes her back into the world of professional theater, where she is warned off more than once for probing too deeply into the past. Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent and mother-of-two Catherine McLeod is called to the scene of a murder in the Highlands.

    Amazon Customer says: "just as good as the 1st"
    "outstanding narration"
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    another excellent mystery by Mr Brookmyre. twists and turns to the end. Ms Maclean made you feel like you were in Scotland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Blood: An Inspector Rebus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    When a former soldier murders two 17-year-old students at a posh Edinburgh boarding school, Rebus immediately suspects there is more to the case than meets the eye. Links between the killer and a local group of "Goths" begin to surface just as Rebus finds himself threatened with suspension from the police force. Now Rebus must get to the root of the school killing as he tries to clear his own name.

    Maura says: "Great book, best Rebus I've heard"
    "best detective ever"
    Overall
    Performance
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    superbly written wonderfully told. this is what detective story's are supposed to be. Rebus sets the standard

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeves
    • Narrated By Kenny Blyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface.

    Julie Jones says: "Atmospheric mystery"
    "narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    the narrator makes the story. he makes you feel like you are in Scotland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only the Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rachel Abbott
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    When philanthropist Hugo Fletcher’s dead body is discovered tied to a bed in his London home, Chief Inspector Tom Douglas determines right away that he’s hunting a female killer. Though Fletcher made countless enemies through his work with Eastern European prostitutes, the crime scene reeks of sex and revenge. This murder was personal. Douglas knows Fletcher’s unhappy wife, Laura, should be his prime suspect. She’s definitely hiding something. Something big. But he isn’t convinced it’s murder. Besides, she’s not the only woman with a motive to kill the manipulative billionaire....

    Colorado-reader says: "Sigh... Sigh... Ohhh Sigh..."
    "brilliant mystery"
    Overall
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    from the opening chapter this book grabs your attention and never let's go. superbly performed and very well written you will enjoy every minute of this text.

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (461)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    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.

    C. Hartmann says: "One of the best of the series"
    "A true murder mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
    (164)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    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
    Performance
    Story

    There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe how great this book is

    1 of 4 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!"
    Overall
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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
    (2107)
    Performance
    (1978)
    Story
    (1972)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    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"
    Overall
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    Story
    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

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