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R. Provost

Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 209 titles in library
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  • Bad Little Falls: A Mike Bowditch Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Paul Doiron
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Maine game warden Mike Bowditch has been sent into exile, transferred by his superiors to a remote outpost on the Canadian border. When a blizzard descends on the coast, Bowditch is called to the cabin of a terrified couple. A raving, half-frozen man has appeared at their door, claiming his friend is lost in the storm. But what starts as a rescue mission in soon becomes a baffling murder investigation. The dead man is a notorious drug dealer, and state police detectives suspect it was his friend who killed him. Bowditch isn’t so sure, but his vow not to interfere in the case is tested when he finds himself powerfully attracted to a beautiful woman....

    Kathleen says: "No. 3 in the Mike Bowditch series."
    "Hooked on Maine"
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    Love the sense of place in this series. The reader in the second and third books sounds like he's from New Jersey not Maine but that may be a good thing. Most folks probably couldn't make it thru the book if he had a real Maine accent (I've lived on the border of Maine and New Hampshire for the last 37 years). The reader does nicely capture the spirit of the character and his often near fatal flaw. Not your typical hero but not much about the real Maine is what people expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1437)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1040)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Patroo says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "It'd like there to really be a Longmire"
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    The people and relationships set these books apart. The dual time line was done better than I've seen before. Yes, way too many coincidences and too much compassion for any real sherief ... but I'd love to think Longmire exists. The writing is brighter than most the ysteries and I do love the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (4815)
    Performance
    (4385)
    Story
    (4395)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Too Dumb"
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    Interesting reader but dialogue and action just too crazy for me. At first I thought reader was reading a Phillip Carr book but then writing didn't match the reader's capability

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2933)
    Performance
    (2097)
    Story
    (2095)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Steven says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "A well written Western"
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    The US equivalent of a British mystery .... interesting character wanders around meeting other interesting characters and doesn't let story get in the way. The story is carried by excellent and intelligent prose. Very much like a Peter Lovesy Inspector Diamond book but with more humor.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (915)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Bourdain's telling wit"
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    Feels more like a chat with a wit than a book. I enjoyed the back door look at high end food even if repulsed by the food its self. His gift for characterizing people and himself is the hook that drags you past the food and gives a rare critical look into these famous kitchens. But Mr Bourdain's bawdy wit is what makes the book fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (1819)
    Story
    (1809)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Fun, Fun, Fun"
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    Brings the fun back to books. So much smarter than Dan Brown with the humor to keep you hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trespasser

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Doiron
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    In Paul Doiron’s riveting follow-up to his Edgar Award-nominated novel, The Poacher's Son, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch’s quest to find a missing woman leads him through a forest of lies in search of a killer who may have gotten away with murder once before.

    Ronna says: "Maine Game Warden solves murder!!"
    "The reader destroys this book"
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    Loved first book in this series but can't stand to listen to this reader and his phony Maine accents. I have lived in the area for over 30 years and his accents are very annoying but worse is his reading voice, almost in possible to follow the story. Very sad, I was looking forward to this book. I guess I have learned to listen to the sample first before buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3111)
    Performance
    (2565)
    Story
    (2562)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "Author and Reader Phoned it in"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Lee Child has obviously been tired of writing Reacher books in his last 3 or 4 books. This time it looks like Dick Hill, a fav of mine, is also tired of reading Reacher books.

    Not as bad as last 3 Reachers but way below par.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shibumi

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Trevanian
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (251)

    Nicholai Hel, born in the ravages of World War I China to an aristocratic Russian mother and a mysterious German father, raised in the spiritual gardens of a Japanese Go Master, survives the destruction of Hiroshima to emerge as the world's most artful lover and its most accomplished and highly paid assassin. Genius, mystic, master of language and culture, Hel's secret is his determination to attain a rare kind of personal excellence, a state of effortless perfection: shibumi.

    David says: "Only a Russian could be this shibumi"
    "So trite and dated"
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    Bought because of new Don Winslow book, but writing was so trite and stiled I couldn't stand it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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