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Tom

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  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1926)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
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    Michael Connelly is a master. Connelly started out as a writer for a newspaper so it makes sense he would have a story about a reporter. I really like how he switched the point of view between Jack McEvoy (the reporter) and a creepy pedophile/murderer. At first there seems to be no connection in the storyline, but eventually it becomes apparant that these two are destined to clash. When I realized how early the book was was climaxing I was happy that my radar for the bad guy seemed to be intact. I was wrong.

    Isn't it fun to read 20 year old books? People having to find pay phones, dial-up internet connections and no cell phone tracking.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Bosch Box Set: 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1508)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (979)

    Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

    Jami says: "nice collection -- one missing in the order though"
    "3 For 1 Bosch Can't Be Beat"
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    This Box set Includes 3 of the Harry Bosch series; The Narrows, Echo Park and The Overlook. The Closers is not included but fits in the series The Narrows and Echo park. Pick it up at the same time and you are still getting 4 for the price of 2.

    The Narrows:
    While investigating the death of a former FBI profiler friend at the request of the friend's wife, Harry stumbles upon the return of the Poet. Something was a little off with this story. It may have been the combination of first person with Harry's telling and third person with the other characters. But Connelly is still 10 times the writer most others are.

    Echo Park:
    Another excellent book. But I think Rachel is right, Harry gets tunnel vision when it comes to bad guys. He cannot find a way to work with others and he does not take appropriate precautions to keep himself and others safe. It is obvious throughout the series but finally someone he cares about slaps him with it. Think that'll change his ways? Nope, he just dumps Rachel.

    The Overlook:
    The layers in these mysteries are amazing. no wonder so few of his novels have been made into movies, it is too hard. So much of the story would have to change you are left with something not as powerful. Blood Work is exactly that, okay movie, awesome book. One thing I am not liking though is that too often Connelly is going back to the corrupt cop. This is book 13 and probably 5 times he has tapped the bad cop/federal agent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercenaries

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jack Ludlow
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Six brothers, trained since birth to become great warriors, prepare to experience their first taste of battle…The Norman/French border, 1033. The sons of Tancred de Hauteville are following in their father’s footsteps. As knights, they have but one true purpose: to fight. But denied service with their Duke, they are forced to take employment as mercenaries: their unequalled battle skills are for hire to the highest bidder.

    Paul McMahon says: "Conquest Trilogy - first book"
    ""I Told The We've Already Got One""
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    I love to read historical fiction. Especially if it is a great story that follows real history as close as possible. This does both. I know little about the Normans or the Lombards but apparently they both existed in some troubled times. In fact, the first time I heard about Norman it was Monty Python doing rasberries and caltipulting a cow at King Arthur.

    This story follows the large family of a Norman lord. But because it is a large family he can't support them all so they go do what Normans did back then, become soldiers of fortune. The two oldest sons head to what is now Italy to join other Norman mercenaries already there. Their ambition is kindled while there and we will follow their quest for power and fortune in the next two novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Wave: A Family's Adventure at Sea and the Disaster That Saved Them

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Silverwood, Jean Silverwood
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    When John and Jean Silverwood, both experienced sailors, decided to give their four children a taste of life on the high seas, they hoped the trip would offer important learning experiences - not only about the natural world but about the beauty of human life stripped down to its essence, far from civilization. But the adventure that awaited them would surpass anything they could have imagined.

    Elizabeth says: "Enjoyed listening...."
    "Sail the World or Stay Home? Stay Home"
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    This book has cemented in my mind that sailing is for crazy people. The story was interesting and entertaining, but I found them to be a bit preachy when it came to explaining the whole "the world is a schoolroom". They tried to sound noble saying the trip was for their kids education, but this was totally about them, not the family.

    I love the ending when John explains how he watched a young family at the zoo enjoying the "extraordinary beauty of the planet" then mentions how lucky his family was to have the resources to make the trip they did. He finishes with the thought that that beauty of the planet is all around and we can find it anywhere. It sounded to me like he was wishing they had just gone to the zoo!

    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
    (2632)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1369)

    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!"
    "Getting To Know Harry"
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    I loved this book. Harry Bosch is one of those guys that depresses me but I can't help but really care about what is happeening to him. This story is pivitol in the making of Bosch. It sets up a defining experience in Harry's life, the investigation of his mother's murder.

    The only drawback for me was some of the courtroom drama was too contrived. It made sense to move the story alog, but it did not seem to belong in a real courtroom.

    I have listened to Dick Hill perform several Connelly books and I think he is great. If you have the opportunity to listen to these don't pass it up.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2449)
    Performance
    (1368)
    Story
    (1378)

    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"
    "A Step Down For Connelly"
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    Another fantastic story by Connelly and performance by Hill. I gave it lower marks for a couple reasons; I figured it out myself too soon and, in my opinion, Harry goes too far off the reservation at the end. But all together a great addition to the franchise.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2550)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1278)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "It's Not About What You Think"
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    For sci-fi lovers this is some awesome stuff. For the casual reader this is real heavy and will be slow going. I am some where in between so I liked it but I am not raving about it. Larry Niven has some fantastic novels and I know this is one that has spawned other ideas and inspired other authors and at least one massively popular video game. His mind goes places others can't touch.

    This story is told from the point of view of Louie Wu but is really about Teela Brown. I can't go into why without spoilers so either read it or ask me later. There is not much of a plot here as the entire book is spent with the 3 alien races discussing thier own science and life philosophies (where Teela Brown's sitation comes in). This is what makes it classic science-fiction, the science is primary the story secondary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conquest

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jack Ludlow
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    In 20 years the de Hauteville brothers have gone from penniless obscurity to become the most potent warrior family in Christendom. Now, at the head of the tribe stands Robert, who has only one aim: to expand his power by military conquest. Roger, the youngest of the brothers, is a giant in build and a great fighter. In company - and sometimes in conflict - with Robert, he will seek to raise the family to the pinnacle of influence.

    Tom says: "Decent Ending to a Decent Trilogy"
    "Decent Ending to a Decent Trilogy"
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    A good ending to the trilogy. Robert and Roger (pronounce it with a french accent) complete the conquest of Sicily and sounthern Italy. This has been interesting to me since I knew nothing of the Normans and what kind of influence they had on the world in their time. I have stood on the wall of a Norman keep in England, and seen Monty Python's impersonation in The Holy Grail, but never realized what they did other places

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warriors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jack Ludlow
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    The Byzantine Empire rules in Southern Italy, but the indigenous populations are restless. The Lombards are no exception to this. One of their number, Arduin of Fassano, is appointed by a young Byzantine general to hold the key to Apulia. He is unaware that Arduin intends to join his Lombard brethren and rise up in revolt, hiring to aid him the Norman mercenaries of Campania.

    G.Monie says: "Great Historical Fiction: Plus teaching cool truth"
    "Disappointing"
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    I was looking forward to the continuation of De Houteville brothers' story but it was not like I expected. This seemed to be more the set up for the final conquest of southern Italy by the Normans. This was more the political intrigue between Byzantium and the Lombards that set up what is to become their loss of control as they try and wrest military power from the Normans...typically done through assasination. In telling this part of the story the book moves slow, talking is not as exciting as a calvary charge.

    Reading about the Norman mercenaries you get the sense for the military power they represented, but what they lacked was the mind for politics. They were brutes. We were introduced in the first book to the beginnings of the Norman desire to acheive more than being mercenaries, real power is land and titles. This book explained how that was acheived. I look forward to the next as they consolidate and expand their influence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (368)

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
    "Unlikely Protaganist"
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    I like the idea of knowing the story from the viewpoint of "the bad guy." I listened to this book on audio and I enjoyed the way it was performed. The delivery really encouraged sympathy for the hitman. He became just a regular guy with a demanding job. He has relationship problems, trouble with the boss, visits a shrink and really hates amateurs...I mean REALLY hates them.

    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
    (4552)
    Performance
    (2568)
    Story
    (2563)

    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"
    "Connelly is the Master of Curve Balls"
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    This was a great introduction to Michael Connelly and Harry Bosch. I have decided that small doses of Connelly are best. I find him to write dark stories. Not only do bad things happen around him, but he is a sad and depressed man. Now I know why.

    Harry Bosch has been an LA cop since he returned home from Vietnam. In his opinion, it was either that or be a criminal. Harry has already had some serious successes in his carrier and has a knack for catching serial killers. His success has been so good that he even got a TV movie deal and local fame. But Bosch is still haunted by his Vietnam service. He was a tunnel rat. A soldier that searched and destroyed the multitude of underground tunnels the Viet Cong used. Bad things happened to him down there and more often than not he sleeps in an easy chair where the nightmares and insomnia are easier to handle.

    The Black Echo, also what tunnel rats called the tunnels, follows Harry's investigation of the murder of a former Vietnam comrade. He ends up forced to work with the FBI after being accused of being a co-conspirator in a bank robbery involving tunneling into a vault. His relationship with his FBI counterpart becomes more than it should be which adds to the complication of the case.

    There are some good twists and curve balls thrown in. It did not end the way I thought it would. Be prepared for lots of coarse language. Michael Connelly's characters are not boy scouts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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