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  • Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (263)

    Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

    Jefferson says: "Beware of Mysterious Sexy Women with Big Suitcases"
    "Entertaining crime drama"
    Overall

    Good little story with a likeable main character. Plot twists. I'd read the next installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    For the first time, listeners to James Bond's adventures will see Agent 007 as he appears through the eyes of a beautiful woman...a woman who, in the midst of brutality and terror, recognizes Bond for what he is: a handsome and appealing killer. But only a killer can help her now!

    She says: "Not the best in series"
    "An excruciating listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Don't make the mistake (as I did) that this was another James Bond 007 book. It is not.

    If you're listening your way thru the James Bond series, don't think you need to listen to this book so that you don't miss any history for the next book in the series. You never need to listen to this book. Do yourself a favor and skip over it.

    James Bond only appears in the story somewhere near the last third, and he's not the same sort of secret agent whose exploits you're used to hearing. He rather muddles thru making uncharacteristic mistakes from which shear luck saves him.

    There's no real plot....no spy thriller. It's a meandering story line about the pathetic life experiences of the female narrator. And the French Canadian accent is annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3469)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2105)

    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?"
    "Another great Connelly thriller..but poorly read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another good Connelly thriller. Unfortunately the narrator detracts from the story. A different narrator could have made this a superb listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Along Came a Spider

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Charles Turner
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (706)

    Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.

    Robert Randell says: "Extremely disappointing"
    "Good story.....poorly narrated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good story, but it should move along at a better pace. The narrator is tedious, and unpleasant to listen to. He sounds like he has a horrible head cold, and his reading style is mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2897)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1635)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "A good story....RUINED by the narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's amazing how a good reader improves a story, and how a poor reader drags one down. Scott Brick is a really poor narrator. He's tedious and plodding and monochromatic. I almost turned it off a few times, I hated his (lack of) style so much. I will most probably never again purchase a book read by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2690)
    Performance
    (2013)
    Story
    (2026)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Great story for all ages."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I hadn't read the book as a child. Now, as an adult, I'm addicted to listening to books whenever I can....during my commute to work, or puttering around the house doing chores. I've started listening to some of the classic titles I missed in my youth, and this is one.

    The reader is very good, having different "voices" for different characters which makes dialog so much easier to follow. And, any one who listens to books knows that the reader is just as important as the story...and sometimes more important. A poor reader can kill a good story.

    The story is a classic tale with dependable heros and selfless acts of courage, where good always triumphs over evil. The world is full of disappointment and sorrow, and I love a story full of hearts that are true and strong and brave and unwavering.

    Good read, uh, er, listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6234)
    Performance
    (1811)
    Story
    (1836)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Great story...loads of details"
    Overall

    Plot twists and turns. Great main character...got to love him. Expertly written as you might expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1690)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (754)

    There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

    Chuck says: "Skip the Prologue"
    "Passable Crime Drama"
    Overall

    There's a little too much "personal drama" thrown in for my liking. Not sure if I'd listen to any other installments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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