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Mark

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (268)

    On the Swedish coastline, the bodies of two victims of grisly torture and cold execution are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain that he has the ability to solve the case. After the victims are traced to Latvia, Major Liepa of the Riga police takes over the investigation. Thinking his work is done, Wallander slips back into his routine - until he is suddenly called to Riga and plunged into an alien world.

    Stevon says: "My first Mankell book"
    "Great Book, WRONG READER"
    Overall

    Mankell is one of my favorite detective writers and audiobooks are my favorite medium for novels. I may be driven to paper or eBooks by the awful decision to have Dick Hill read them. Hill's voice is perfect for the brutal, raw emotion if Lee Childs, but totally wrong for the ironic European Mankell. Mankell neeeds a European-sounding voice.

    For American noir, Hill is the greatest. For other genres, he is totally wrong. Don't the tim eared decision to have him read this put you off this superb writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (377)

    Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind.

    Melinda says: "The Ennui of a Naughty Dog"
    "Great Book. Hello Werewolves, Goodbye Zombies"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Extraordinary story. The author builds on traditional werewolf legends to build an urbane and amusing tale. The story is complex, modern and amusing without breaking once from classic werewolf conventions. The performer is perfect for the tale. As the vampire craze was replaced — or complemented — by zombies, so werewolves may be the next wave.

    I'll look forward Glen Duncan's next book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Calumet City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charlie Newton
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    Among the most self-assured and sharply crafted debuts in recent years, Calumet City detonates a Molotov cocktail of character-driven suspense and ghetto-Chicago intrigue. A powerful fiction debut that captures the precise emotional landscape of one cop's hard-bitten life in the trenches. This first-time author joins that rare breed whose fiction is suffused with profound authenticity.

    Snoodely says: "Lee Child owes me 15 hrs. & 15 bucks"
    "Noir to the tenth power"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Beyond noir in . The protagonist is a woman, which is a welcome change from the standard burned-out male detective of the genre.

    Alas, the woman is haunted by extremely black memories and the brave reader who plunges into her bleak world gets a giant dose of noir and despair. If you plan to read this as a diversion, think again. If you're ready for the blackest noir, you are in for a wild ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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