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Larry

Montara, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Last to Die: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (1433)
    Story
    (1461)

    For the second time in his short life, Teddy Clock has survived a massacre. Two years ago, he barely escaped when his entire family was slaughtered. Now, at 14, in a hideous echo of the past, Teddy is the lone survivor of his foster family’s mass murder. Orphaned once more, the traumatized teenager has nowhere to turn - until the Boston PD puts Detective Jane Rizzoli on the case. Determined to protect this young man, Jane discovers that what seemed like a coincidence is one part of a killer’s mission.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "CSI High School"
    "First to be Duped-Rizolli or Isles?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think readers of the series might spend their time better by skipping this one. The heroines have become incredibly naive and gullible. The story is a mass of intricate and ultimately unbelievable contrivances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5352)
    Performance
    (4886)
    Story
    (4884)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    tooonce72 says: "Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way"
    "Evocative and beautifully narrated!"
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    This is one of the best audiobooks ever. The crafting of plot, characters, and narration all come together to create an audible masterpiece. There are two overlying mysteries in the book. The first is a whodunnit, but the second is the one that really makes the book: The mystery of how the characters will handle the truth. For many readers who grew up in the 60's the book will evoke their own childhood memories and thoughts. This is a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glass Houses: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Robert Bathurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2392)
    Performance
    (2193)
    Story
    (2183)

    When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

    Sara says: "The Balm Of Community "
    "Gamache as Churchill does not quite cut it."
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    Although beautifully written and narrated, one really has to suspend disbelief to like this book. The plot and its premises are absurd. The characters do inane things. Gamache cannot seem to make up his mind whether he is Winston Churchill, the Pope, or Crazy Harry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Late Show

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Katherine Moennig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7058)
    Performance
    (6493)
    Story
    (6463)

    Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

    Destry says: "Oh, the narration!"
    "Great plot and characters, but really poor narrator"
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    I am scratching my head on how this narrator was selected. She never changed her delivery for any of the characters. She sounded more like a parent reading a bedtime story. The plot was good, but not as good as most Harry Bosch books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dark So Deadly

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stuart MacBride
    • Narrated By Steve Worsley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (294)

    Welcome to the Misfit Mob... It's where Police Scotland dumps the officers it can't get rid of but wants to: the outcasts, the troublemakers, the compromised. Officers like DC Callum MacGregor, lumbered with all the boring go-nowhere cases. So when an ancient mummy turns up at the Oldcastle tip, it's his job to find out which museum it's been stolen from. But then Callum uncovers links between his ancient corpse and three missing young men, and life starts to get a lot more interesting.

    6catz says: "Deranged and Murder-ey"
    "Long Journey from Fantastic to Fantastical."
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    The author needs to rein in his imagination. Ultimately there were so many inconceivable plot twists that the story became completely unbelievable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Nix: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nathan Hill
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8272)
    Performance
    (7731)
    Story
    (7708)

    It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

    Bonny says: "Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller."
    "The book with no degrees of separation"
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    When you read this book, you realize that you are reading about yourself, your times, your friends and your family. It could have been subtitiled: A Baby Boomer's Guide to the Galaxy as it was Then and it is Now. It is funny, sad and most of all inciteful. I finished listening to the book on January 21, 2017, the day millions of "Packer Attackers" marched all over the world.

    Ari Fliakos' narration is phenomenal and really adds an extra dimension to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Boy: The Fjällbacka Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (268)

    Mats Sverin was Fjällbacka's financial director on a regeneration project worth millions. When he's found dead, detective Patrik Hedström must find answers. It seems Mats was a man who everybody liked yet nobody really knew - a man with something to hide. Is it just a coincidence that his high school sweetheart, Nathalie, has returned to the area? Does she know who Mats really was?

    Donna says: "I like this author"
    "Very Good, but perhaps one too many mysteries"
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    This entry in the series was very compelling. The clues in the main mystery were laid out in subtle fashion and timed so that the reader and Patrick solve it about the same time. However there are 3 other mysteries within the book and that is at least one mystery too many. In fact the author seems to have forgotten about one of them and just leaves the reader hanging. This may very well be the plot basis for the next book, but it was unsatisfying not to have a conclusion in this book. There is also a flashback mystery which only kind of works because it is set in the 1870s. The naivete of the young wife living on an island with two men who despise her is believable only because of the era. The latter subplot also figures into the supernatural element of the story and this actually does have an intriguing continuity within the larger plot. All in all well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape Clause: A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3113)
    Performance
    (2835)
    Story
    (2834)

    The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large and very rare Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they've been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others - as Virgil is about to find out.

    Ted says: "Super Sandford"
    "Not for animal lovers or lovers of John Sandford"
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    Besides being a slow story, the central plot revolves around animal abuse. I could not finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye: Harry Bosch, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Titus Welliver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13046)
    Performance
    (11929)
    Story
    (11865)

    Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Connelly Delivers Everytime"
    "A wonderful addition to the series!"
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    This was every bit as good as the best Harry Bosch books. Harry may have lost a step or two, but his mind is as sharp as ever. There are actually two separate stories here which is a bit unusual, but still worked very well. The reader gets two for the price of one. Titus Welliver was very good and of course his performance here synergizes with his performance in the Amazon Harry Bosch series. Mick Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer, also plays a prominent part in the book and Welliver seems to be imitating Matthew McConaughey's Texas accent when he narrates Haller's part. Its all good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trespasser: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Hilda Fay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6917)
    Performance
    (6380)
    Story
    (6344)

    Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

    lesley says: "A literary mystery"
    "A book of Revelations"
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    No serial murders in this book, but plenty of serial epiphanies. The principle character seems to spend much of her time being gobsmacked, so much that you start to wonder how she ever became a detective. Nonetheless the book held my attention and Hilda Fay was superb as a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Great Reckoning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Robert Bathurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4623)
    Performance
    (4269)
    Story
    (4246)

    When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.

    Lisa K. Dillon says: "A Return to Three Pines"
    "Prose and narration save implausible plot"
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    No question Louise Penny is a fantastic writer. However this book tends towards even more fantasy than previous entries. The book goes on and on about how strange it was that the murder weapon is a revolver (not a spoiler). In fact Penny would have us believe that Commander Gamache and his veteran cadre of agents have never even held a revolver in the past. This notwithstanding the fact that Gamache has been a policeman so long that at one time a revolver must have been his sidearm, and of course revolvers are not at all rare or all antiques. This kind of cavalier attention to detail is annoying.

    Also the whole scenario of LeDuc and the students is completely unbelievable.

    However, the book is written beautifully and I think Robert Bathurst who had a difficult act to follow does a great job as the new narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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