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  • The Last Confession

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Solomon Jones
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Having come of age on the mob-controlled streets of 1960s South Philly, Detective Pete Coletti learned early to walk the fine line between cops and criminals - a skill that served him well during his eighteen years in homicide. Now nearing the end of his illustrious career, the highly decorated Coletti seems to be on the top of his world. But Coletti is harboring a terrible secret.

    Barbara says: "Who cast and directed this?"
    "Who cast and directed this?"
    Overall

    I chose this novel, in part because I grew up in Philadelphia. The author has good ideas, his narrative skills are a bit pedestrian. But the narration is driving me up the wall. All the characters so far are locals, yet many of them speak with a vaguely southern accent. This is Philly. People in every neighborhood have a distinctive accent, and it doesn't come from anywhere near below the Mason/Dixon line. It's making it really hard to listen to. It's like you had characters from Southie, in Boston, speaking with New Orleans drawls. Or Scottish burrs. It really detracts from the listening experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Case Histories: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (357)

    Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

    Carrie says: "Deftly written, completely original mystery"
    "pure pleasure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does Susan Jameson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This narrator couldn't have been more perfect for this author and book. Her narration was seamless, an absolute delight.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great novel, in which the mystery, while it didn't take a back seat, was gracefully woven into a truly captivating fabric. Characters were all fleshed out beautifully, humor was balanced with pathos in just the right degree. I can't say enough good things about this book, the author, and the narrator. They were all made for each other, and the lucky listener was the winner.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (1158)
    Story
    (1154)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "more better editors please apply!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

    No.


    Has Snow White Must Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Fass?

    Don't know.


    Was Snow White Must Die worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was mediocre, detracting from the action by its amateurish characterizations. The plot eventually turned me off too. I am not a police officer, nor do I play a cop on TV, but the mistakes and missed connections these two are guilty of piled up, finally, to a maddening degree. But, the worst fault lies with the story line itself. Twelve hours in to listening, I bailed. There was simply nothing that could make me sit through any more clunkers. How many permutations in the glaringly obvious list of motivations can one poor little book stand?

    I'm really sorry I wasted my time on this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2479)
    Performance
    (2121)
    Story
    (2108)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Too annoying; can't believe it's the same author."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Stephen Hogan?

    I've listened to her other books on Audible, and enjoyed them a good bit. This one makes me wonder about her. The narrator is so dense and attached to his point of view, it makes it hard to continue listening. I'm about half way through, and got online to see if others had similar reactions.

    The reader is excellent. Too bad about the material he has to work with.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No idea.


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

    Not sure. He's very good, though.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Severe impatience for a blown opportunity to write a book worthy of her earlier ones. I kept being shocked by how lame the plot was.


    Any additional comments?

    Did the author get over-confident after her earlier successes? I can't imagine how else to understand this lapse. Close to disgusted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2672)
    Performance
    (1946)
    Story
    (1938)

    Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

    DERALD says: "Great on par with" LION'S GAME""
    "Where are the editors?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    Not by the author. Yes by the reader.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Relief that it was over.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Workmanlike, believable, well-done


    What character would you cut from Plum Island?

    The protagonist!


    Any additional comments?

    The character is a cardboard cutout of a macho man. His flippancy and sexual hangups get in the way of a serviceable plot. I don't get how this poor caliber of writing finds publishers and readers. I only finished it because I'd started it. I rarely abandon books halfway through, but this one made me regret the money I spent on it. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone I liked or respected.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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