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  • Cop Hater: 87th Precinct Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    When a sniper begins gunning down cops from the 87th Precinct in cold blood, it’s up to Detective Steve Carella to solve the case. With three cops already dead, Carella delves into the city’s underworld to search for the killer.

    PAR-TEE says: "1950's Noir..."
    "Amazing"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absoutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Written during a time before CSI and Law and Order, Cop Hater takes the reader back to a time when police work was pounding the pavement. No technology, no women in the workplace, "foreigners" looked at as if they were exotic animals, smoking indoors and everyone dressed in their Sunday best, are just a few things that make Cop Hater so enjoyable. The reader has to figure out the who-dun-it without the cell phone records or DNA evidence. It makes you wonder, how did anything ever get done before David Caruso and his Aviator sunglasses?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Morgue Drawer Four: Morgue Drawer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jutta Profijt
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (125)

    Shy, but scrupulous, he is happy working as a coroner in the Cologne morgue - until one of his usually taciturn “clients” starts talking to him. It seems the ghost of a recently deceased (and surprisingly chatty) small-time car thief named Pascha is lingering near his lifeless body in drawer number four of Martin’s morgue. He remains for one reason: his accidental death was actually murder. Pascha isn’t too keen on the good doctor, considering the tidy manner in which his body was dissected upon the autopsy table.

    Patricia says: "My first read by this author"
    "Not the best, and not the worst"
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    I picked up this book because I was looking for another series to start. I'm sure I wouldn't be reading the next one.

    This novel was just mediocre for me. There was nothing special about the plot, and the summary tells you all you need to know about the book - guy dies and he can only talk to one person - he wants to find out who killed him.

    Although I like MacLeod Andrews as a reader, I couldn't stand the sound of his voice in this reading. The accent, the emphasis, everything just drove me up the wall. I prefered him much more in Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart (there, the cadence of his voice was much more appropriate and added to the story as well as the character).

    This is a novel to pass the time. Nothing ground breaking here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6153)
    Performance
    (5423)
    Story
    (5470)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Stephen King is a master storyteller..."
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    ...but you already knew that. This book for me was so engrossing, I was honestly surprised that I had sat through a 47 hour book so quickly.

    King for me created a terrifying picture of the accident that ends the world. Can people nowadays really survive without Google, electricity and their cell phones? I think what really hits home with this book is how plausible it is. If something were to wipe out 99% of the world's population, how easy would it be to give up?

    I never read the abriged version, but I cannot imagine what could have been left out of this book, but I loved every word of it. I think this may be my favorite novel of his yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5954)
    Performance
    (5560)
    Story
    (5578)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Engaging"
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    The way Brandon Sanderson manages to create new worlds, or just restructure our existing one is intelligent and seemingly effortless.

    Think the X-men, but completely re-imagined with the heroes turning into the villians.

    I can honestly say that I never wanted to hit stop while listening to this book. I am eagerly awaiting the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snatched: Will Trent, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (187)

    Will Trent, a dedicated agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for 15 years, knows that there’s definitely such a thing as a cop’s intuition - which is why he should have listened to his own. While in a restroom at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Will overhears a girl’s pleading, plaintive voice: "Please, I wanna go home." Something isn’t right here, thinks Will. He feels it in his gut. But he waits too long to act, and now the girl and the anxious, angry man she’s with have disappeared into the crowds at the busiest passenger airport in the world.

    Stacey says: "Too short"
    "Short and sweet"
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    Although Karin Slaughter's Trent series does not need to be read in order, it helps. This novella picks up right where the previous book left off, and the next book picks up at the ending.

    The only thing I didn't like about this book is that it was so short. I can't get enough of Will Trent and Grant County.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6276)
    Performance
    (4290)
    Story
    (4265)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Intense"
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    Dick Hill did a great job bringing to life the sometimes slow moving storyline. His telling of the story kept you engaged and made you feel as if you were truly in the mind of the main character. Although the plot at times was a little slower than I would have liked, it was an excellent story.

    The setting of the story didn't allow for the main characters to use their GPS to find a location, or call a friend on their cell phone to warn them off...this absoutley heightened the tension in the story line. Instead of relying on technology, the main character had to rely on his training and footwork to get the answers he needed.

    Excellent read, I would recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17315)
    Performance
    (15382)
    Story
    (15335)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Amazing"
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    I am usually not the biggest fan of Stephen King. He tends to be too wordy for me at times, but I absoutley loved this novel. I think his attention to detail and descriptions are what made this book so amazing. Time travel, in my opinion, is a tricky subject to handle, but King managed to master it while keeping the reader entertained and involved. I have to say there were times I wanted to skip forward so I could cut the suspense and find out what happened but I didnt because it is worth the wait.

    Touching on a subject that almost everyone knows something about, or has some opinion on was bold on King's part. No matter if you think Harvey was the lone gunman, or if there was someone on the grassy knoll, you will love this book. It's told from a completely reimagined perspective and sheds new light and thoughts on the what if's. What if Kennedy wasnt killed? What if LBJ hadnt taken over? What if time travel is possible? Who was Harvey, really? Why did he think killing Kennedy was necessary? -- It also makes you think of the things you would like to do over, and if your do over is worth the price.

    Wasson did an excellent job narrating. At times I was so engrossed in the story I felt as though Wasson truly were the protagonist - not just someone reading lines from a page. Everything about this novel is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2822)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1934)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Take it for what it is"
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    Where does First to Kill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a decent story line. There is nothing deep and revealing about the plot. Just think Expendibles.


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No, I have to say that I couldn't stand the reader's voice in this book. During his narrations, he was fine, but when he tried to differentiate the characters - everyone, and I mean everyone got a Southern accent - a horrible one at that. Im usually not too picky about my readers, but this drove me up the wall. If everyone is supposed to be from California or Washington DC, why the hell do they all sound like they just stepped out of the backwoods of Alabama?


    Any additional comments?

    When choosing a book, I like to read some of the more negative reviews first. Even if 50,000 readers thought the book was amazing, there are still that 100 or so that can find something wrong with it. That being said, I took this book for what it was - an action novel about a retired Marine sniper. He's the best at everything - including operating on the fly, sniping, and tracking people through the mud.

    I thought the story was enjoyable and it did pass the time as I had hoped - quickly. There is nothing deep and revealing in this story, just a retired Marine called back to the line of duty when no one else will suffice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8311)
    Performance
    (7615)
    Story
    (7648)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "A little different than the rest"
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    This series, is very well crafted. My only criticism is that Roy Dotrice (the narrator) changed the pronunciation and voices of several of the characters. This was incredibly annoying - coming from someone that has listened to the series non-stop from book 1.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15848)
    Performance
    (14058)
    Story
    (14098)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Everything you want, NOTHING you are expecting."
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    Flynn has managed to take a very mundane story line and turn it on it's head over, over and over again. She is a beautiful writer, and allows you to deeply connect with the characters, even if at times, you don't want to. Great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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