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R. Hart

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  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2005)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1233)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Didn't Hold Interest"
    Overall

    I wanted to like this book much more than I did. Living in the Twin Cities it's fun to hear places referenced that you know. The killer is an interesting one, but this early Lucas is an underdeveloped caricature, and at least in the 1st half the cops proceed on the bizarre assumption that a serial killer who rapes and kills women would be gay. Yes the book was written in the late 80's, but even for then it's strange. Narration was O.K.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (346)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "Narrated by the Drowsy Man"
    Overall

    The description makes this sound like a great book -- I'll have to pick up a hard copy. I usually listen to audio books in while driving. This one would make that dangerous. The narrator has so little enthusiasm or voice inflection I couldn't force myself past the 1 hr. mark. I downloaded Michael Connelly's Angel's Flight and I'm safe on the road again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blonde Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend, Christmas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. But Easter's appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems.

    Timothy Frescona says: "Good but not great"
    "Mosely phones it in"
    Overall

    Disappointing conclusion to a great series. A so so story, and poor Easy's become conflicted to the point of absurdity. I loved the other books and the narrator is great. If it wasn't a relatively short audio book I would have given in to my instinct to delete it part way through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (732)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "Not Funny"
    Overall

    This book would be better were it actually funny, and all of the accents by the reader weren't variations on the same New York accent. I couldn't waste my time getting even half way through before sending it to the trash.

    2 of 8 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
    (1357)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (421)

    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"
    "Hardboiled with a heart"
    Overall

    One of the best books I've listened to from audible. The chapters are more like short stories, but they tie together in a broad way. I'm not sure why some people don't like Robert Forster as a narrator, I think he's fantastic for this kind of material. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (581)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    Elysabeth Cummings says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "Good, But I bet the Abridged Version is Better"
    Overall

    Usually I'm careful to only choose the unabridged versions of audio books. There's nothing more frustrating than realizing halfway through a good listen that there would be so much more good stuff to listen to if only you'd bought the unabridged. This time the reverse is true. This is a really good book, but the unabridged really needs editing. There were seemingly endless sections with details unnecessary to getting the point across, particularly in chapters that described in mind numbing detail whom is related to whom in what way in particular polygamist communities. But overall, a very interesting account of the origin of the Mormon religion, and the mainstream vs. fundamentalist directions it's taken.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Bangkok 8

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Burdett
    • Narrated By B.D. Wong
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Under a Bangkok bridge, inside a bolted-shut Mercedes, a Marine is killed by a python and a swarm of cobras. Two cops arrive too late. Minutes later, only one is alive: Sonchai Jitpleecheep. Now, his partner dead, Sonchai must search for the murderer in the moneyed underbelly of Bangkok - and track a predator of an even more sinister variety.

    Brett says: "Bangkok 8 worth the listen"
    "Teriffic mystery in the City of Angels"
    Overall

    Bangkok's the original City of Angels preceeding LA by hundreds of years. It's also tops LA as a great setting for a mystery. Bankok 8's the best I've read with the exception of the Vincent Calvino series by Christopher G. Moore. B.D. Wong does a great job as a reader -- I only wish the version was unabridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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